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A message from President Obama to Tea Party America

It irks me to no end that there are some sinister folks out there who so mistrust President Obama that they openly -- and without shame -- wonder whether he is some Manchurian Candidate sent here to destroy the United States. That's why I found the following section of Obama's East Room oration particularly gratifying. He speaks to the true character of this nation in only the way a president can.

"But today, we are affirming that essential truth -– a truth every generation is called to rediscover for itself –- that we are not a nation that scales back its aspirations. (Applause.) We are not a nation that falls prey to doubt or mistrust. We don't fall prey to fear. We are not a nation that does what’s easy. That’s not who we are. That’s not how we got here.

We are a nation that faces its challenges and accepts its responsibilities. We are a nation that does what is hard. What is necessary. What is right. Here, in this country, we shape our own destiny. That is what we do. That is who we are. That is what makes us the United States of America."

Tea Partiers love this country. For far too many of them, it's a twisted, exclusionary kind of love. But it's love all the same. So, what part of what the president said does not resonate with them? I can't wait for the response.

By Jonathan Capehart  | March 23, 2010; 2:27 PM ET
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Our response is the President is a liar and a traitor, and he'll be held to account one way or another.

Posted by: pcannady | March 23, 2010 3:13 PM | Report abuse

Pcannady, you demonstrate why there is no reasoning with the teabaggers. You and your fellow teabaggers' hatred of Obama isn't based on facts just blind ignorance.

The only traitor is you. You are a traitor to this country and to your fellow Americans. Shame on you!!

The good thing is this country is moving on whether people like you agree or not. So you have a choice to follow President Obama's lead or just get out of the way. Your time has passed.

Posted by: wmwilliams14 | March 23, 2010 3:33 PM | Report abuse

The speech is great as Obama is a great orator. But the words ring hollow, because the legislation he passed is full of taking from one to give to others.

That is not how this country was built. We were built upon self-reliance. Since when is healthcare a commodity to be forced upon the American people? Buy it or be punished?

There are some serious flaws in our current system, but it does not excuse the president or this ultra-liberal senate to pass a bill that is clearly unlawful.

Obama, and yourself try to paint the passage of this bill as something as simple as black and white. And you know it isn't. Hence the long, hard-fought battle.

The battle wasn't fought because the bill was introduced by a black president. It is being fought, because of clear differences in principal of obtaining healthcare.

The current bill is full of illegal procedures of how it was passed and how it intends to foot the bill. If you can clearly state that this bill is built upon solid principals more than it is with good intentions, then you need to re-read it.

Posted by: jmounadi | March 23, 2010 3:34 PM | Report abuse

pcannady illustrates the problem here. The Tea Partiers and like-minded people do not believe anything the President says. He could say he's for Mom and apple pie and puppies and they would think he is lying and up to no good. I am not sure at all where this cynicism and lack of trust originated, but there it is. I applaud Obama's patience and willingness to offer olive branch after olive branch to these people, a lesser man would have thrown up his hands long ago.

Posted by: catherine3 | March 23, 2010 3:35 PM | Report abuse

I am a conservative Republican and operate a business in VA. I want health care reforms, but not at this cost? I recall our companies open season and less than one third of my workers signed up. The others who rejected our plan just walked into the Emergency Rooms and got treatment when they needed it-then just walked away. Then the hospitals call me up to try to collect, and usually settle for pennies on the dollar. What to do?

But with what has happened now. Its just to much. To many fixes, to fast. Social Security and Medicare are broke and rife with fraud. Its not going to be-well the public is just going to get used to it. The media spun this President into the White House, now they are trying to spin this, very little reform, a few attention getting sound bites about sick kids and college students. I wanted reform-not a campaign promise payoff. That's all it is. America said no, while the majority in Congress said YES WE CAN.

I agree, Yes we can, WE CAN VOTE.

Posted by: cooptoo | March 23, 2010 4:13 PM | Report abuse

I do not get the comments about the tea party people. They seem no more and no less vocal then many liberal groups.

Show me te party members who disrupt Congressional hearing like anti-war Code Pink group?

It seems liberals excuse groups who politics they approve of and only condemn groups whose politics they dislike.

I guess in the new America you can have your own opinion, just so long as it is approved by the liberal Democrats!

Posted by: heathergreeneyes | March 23, 2010 4:22 PM | Report abuse

Perfect example, someone yells baby killer and the media goes wild.

Were was the media when people called Bush a murderer and a war criminal.

But of course liberals only approve of one of those opinions; so only one of those opinions is allowed!

Posted by: heathergreeneyes | March 23, 2010 4:24 PM | Report abuse

Cooptoo: "America said no."

Er, actually, cooptoo, it seems, according to the polls, about an equal number are saying yes & no. Why are you listening only to the ones who agree with you?

Posted by: bigfish2 | March 23, 2010 4:25 PM | Report abuse

What irks me is implying that people who disagree with you are full of hate or fear or other negative emotions (as if to say one's own views were, exclusively and beyond argument, reasonable and just). It's a rhetorical abuse. I tune those criticisms out the same way I tune out vulgar insults. They stifle debate.

Posted by: Candidus | March 23, 2010 4:51 PM | Report abuse

Heathergreeneyes, I have no problem with people having different opinions. I do have problems with congressmen yelling "baby killer" on the house floor. I have a problem with a congressmen calling the president a liar during a speech. It's not that the media goes wild when someone yells "babykiller". It's that a congressmen yelled "babykiller". I'm sure you can appreciate the difference.

Look, the majority of people elected Obama for his policies including his stance on health care reform. As a part of that majority, I'm excited that this reform bill has passed. Bottom line, elections have consequences.

Posted by: wmwilliams14 | March 23, 2010 4:53 PM | Report abuse

The health care bill is a prime example of politics coming before the constitution or the will of the people. NBC Nightly News cited a poll they conducted with the Washington Post (I believe)that found more than 2/3 of those polled were opposed to the bill as it stood.

Instead of heeding the will of those they represent, the democrats decided to tow the party line.

Posted by: Beta_kron | March 23, 2010 4:54 PM | Report abuse

For all the I don't want to be told to buy health insurance crowd why don't you also do the following:

1. Establish your own for profit hospitals so that we can route all the elected/opted to have no insurance folks to your E.R.s.
2. And don't show up to any hospital E.R. unless it's one of those "No Insurance" profiteer types.

Because I'm truly tired of spending tax dollars on your un-charitable @$$es.

Posted by: snake_taylor | March 23, 2010 5:01 PM | Report abuse

The President has indeed lied. Joe Wilson's infamous "You lie!" has been confirmed by none other than a House Democrat from the Hispanic Caucus that said he told the President he could not support the bill without something for the "immigrants." Nod, nod, wink, wink. The additional burden of the individual mandate is mindbendingly stupid. And the joyful braying of Democrats in the public shows PT Barnum was right about a sucker being born every minute.

Posted by: Puller58 | March 23, 2010 5:05 PM | Report abuse

It's always fun and easy to spend other people's money, and it makes you feel real generous.

I sense a unique and combination of obvious classism/racism in the "tanning booth" tax. How about a hair straightening and fake fingernail tax as well?


Posted by: ultra-man | March 23, 2010 5:10 PM | Report abuse

I do wish that we could raise the level of the debate and demonstrate our ability to think deeply and critically by putting the ad hominem name-calling aside.

I WILL NOT accuse the political opposition of being traitorous because they disagree with me. But, by the same token, I take umbrage when the extreme right questions my patriotism. (And I take pride in being called a European style socialist because I AM a European style socialist. We socialists are citizens too!) What kind of patriot questions the patriotism of their fellow citizens?

Just two more points if I may about the woefully low level of the health care debate. The amount of fear-mongering was simply ignorant. Certainly we can frame logical arguments based on facts absent the logical fallacies, can we not? Is this not what our high schools and colleges should be teaching our children (future citizens and patriots all, I hope) to do?

Secondly, as Daniel Patrick Moynihan pointed out, "Everyone is entitled to their own opinion. But no one is entitled to their own facts!"

Posted by: ddhaley | March 23, 2010 5:18 PM | Report abuse

Er, Beta kron, I think it's "toe" the party line. And, by the way, the polls I see show that a large portion of the people who oppose the health care plan do so because it doesn't go far enough. When you combine them with the people who are in favor of the bill, that means many more people support reform than opppose it.

Posted by: bigfish2 | March 23, 2010 5:21 PM | Report abuse

Thanks bigfish2 for making that point. Most of the right wing pundits are quick to point to this poll but do so knowing full well that they are skewing the results. The majority of the people wanted health care reform. Just because those in opposition were the loudest doesn't mean they were the majority.

Posted by: wmwilliams14 | March 23, 2010 5:31 PM | Report abuse

@jmounadi: You romanticize the element of "self-reliance" in America's history.

Read the Mayflower Compact. The history of the COMMON-WEALTHS of Massachusetts and Virginia. The Revolution itself was a collective undertaking, as was the building of the Transcontinental Railroad (paid for with federal dollars), the Panama Canal, etc.

If there is any aspect of life for which free-market economics has demonstrated its limitations, it is health care and health insurance. Every other industrialized democracy has figured this out without destroying their economies. Forbes, that anti-Communist rag, says Denmark has the best business environment in the world, not the US. And Denmark has cradle-to-grave health care.

The idea that universal health care, achieved primarily through private health insurance, is an assault on American traditions of self-reliance is sheer fantasy, and a harmful one at that.

Posted by: Meridian1 | March 23, 2010 6:25 PM | Report abuse

"The speech is great as Obama is a great orator. But the words ring hollow, because the legislation he passed is full of taking from one to give to others.

That is not how this country was built. We were built upon self-reliance."

Yeah, I don't think so. Ask the Indians whether we took anything from one to give to others. If you live in a suburb, or drive on an interstate highway, or collect Social Security, or do any of a million other things, the government already subsidizes your life.

The fundamental problem Tea Partiers and other conservatives have is that they operate in this fantasy world where everything they do is right and everbody else is wrong. Anyone who says they got where they are purely through their own hard work, with no help or subsidy from anyone else, is simply ignorant.

Posted by: simpleton1 | March 23, 2010 7:08 PM | Report abuse

yes, yes Mr. Capehart. I'll bet Obama did pretty well with the cute college girls too. yep, I bought it.

Posted by: talkradiodude | March 23, 2010 7:16 PM | Report abuse

I love this country so much I am prepared to drop my insurance and peacably resist this new law for as long as possible. Even going to jail if need be. This is just another of a long line of human rights violations that have been promoted by both parties for generations.

Am I need entitled to the fruits of my own labor and to dispose (or not) as I see fit?

Posted by: BradG | March 23, 2010 7:39 PM | Report abuse

bradg, you are entitled to the fruits of your labor, just as I am entitled to mine and not having to pay hire health care costs to cover the likes of you who would get free medical care at my expense. Got an idea-don't want to buy insurance? Don't get sick and expect some one else to pay.

Posted by: mikel7 | March 23, 2010 7:57 PM | Report abuse

Well, I like Obama a heck of a lot better than George Bush or John McCain (don't even mention Sara Palin). But anybody above the intellectual level of an ant has to realize that much of what a POTUS does these days is to spout propaganda.

The fact is, the nation is fear-based. The nation's politics are fear-based. Our military industrial congressional establishment feeds on us like a leech. Anywhere we're not afraid, our invariable first preference is always whatever is easiest. That's where the national debt came from. That's where the Great Recession came from. That's where all that flab came from. We don't shape our future. We allow our future to shape us.

We are credulous as the day is long. Credulous enough to celebrate the enactment of this travesty called Health Care Reform. In fact it is nothing of the kind. Costs will continue to soar unchecked. The Congress has put a saddle on the back of the US taxpayer so that the health insurance, health care and pharmaceutical industries may ride. Hurray.

If you believe the "progressive triumph" propaganda being pushed by the administration and the media, you really deserve every inch of what's coming to you.

Posted by: fzdybel | March 23, 2010 8:52 PM | Report abuse

The only thing that I now wonder about is:
Once the Obama agenda and the entitlement populous finish off the USA, with they become fascists, or turn the country back into a successful constitutional country once again? I bet on fascism, because in spite of the fact that big government and central control have NEVER worked. And in spite of their overwhelming failures, and in spite of the imminent insolvency of the USA, they still think that can fix anything with more control, stealing and taking away rights.

Posted by: dswanson2609 | March 23, 2010 9:07 PM | Report abuse

Well, Mr. Opinion Writer,
How about denocrats conforming to the limits on federal power established by the constitution??
The founders did not establish the executive branch as the Office of Santa Claus.
When the money runs out and the Chinese want their money back, where will you turn??
To see our future, look to Argentina's past.

Posted by: sonoflibertypaulrevere | March 23, 2010 9:15 PM | Report abuse



All MUSLIM PRISONERS will be forcibly released to CONTINUE to rape, murder, commit TERRORIST acitvities towards NON-MUSLIMS BECAUSE their RULES claims that MUSLIMS are EXEMPT from PROSECUTION.


All RELIGIONS will become illegal EXCEPT for MUSLIM

SO....To the present it's only one of the 1 % group of people attempting to destroy our Nation's economic systems.

WHY??? It was said to a WASH DC VIP---that the reason the Socialists think they will win this time and are doing this is because ACLU and their DEMS SLUGS -- they don't think American's are " smart enough" to care to let their fingers do the walking to protect their lands, their CONSTITUTION or their freedoms. The DEMS and ACLU don't think the 99% of American's will be 'smart enough" to CARE about their country, their homes, their small business enough to kick the WASH DC SLUGS out and send them packing by way of Balagovich for NOT doing what is right to protect PUBLIC freedoms and the free enterprise system (ie meaning small business/med business) and rights.

seek legislative and LEGAL action to get OBAMA HC & stimulus and bailout kicked out see American center for law and justice OR GOOGLE the problems with socialized health care OR GOOGLE OR GOOGLE OR OR health science institute OR or Alliance Defense

Posted by: moonstream1 | March 23, 2010 9:26 PM | Report abuse

Two paragraphs of speechwriter cliches signifying nothing. Get over your hero worship and start doing your job.

Posted by: mjohns8 | March 23, 2010 9:42 PM | Report abuse

Hey Cap, we will see who sends a message in November of 2010 and November 2012. Your hero is already a lame duck. Keep your boot licking in full throttle because you are going to run out of gas. Very Soon!

Posted by: rchaa27aa | March 23, 2010 10:22 PM | Report abuse

And this health care bill that passed was good and the representatives almost hurt themselves as they raced to vote yes? And they gave things to Pelosi and begged her to let them vote? Yup!! It's awful and the American people know it's awful. It's not just a bunch of right wing folks that understand what's happened..get out of DC and feel the anger in this country...go to WalMart and talk to people...go to any mall and see how empty the stores are..anger is brewing and the smooth talking of our elected officials will not be able to talk their way of this.

Posted by: mbandj | March 23, 2010 10:39 PM | Report abuse

NoBama hates this country and everything for which it stands. He is ashamed and apologizes for the leadership that the US has provided the world. He does not believe that America is exceptional and is doing his best to grind what's left into the ground. So, do I care for him, NO! No President of mine takes the oath of office and then shreds the Constitution that he swore to defend. He's not my President and never will be. This is a dark chapter that will end in 2012.

Posted by: PhanMan69 | March 23, 2010 11:26 PM | Report abuse

His aspiration is to socialize the U.S., though he'd probably settle for remaking it in Europe's image in the short term. That's why he doesn't resonate with many of us.

Posted by: stratman1 | March 23, 2010 11:49 PM | Report abuse

The hilarious (or sad?) part is that the "tea partiers" are more likely than anyone to benefit from this new legislation. Most of them seem to live in some dilapidated red state, possibly in a trailer park, on step ahead of the repo man and with precarious health insurance if any at all.

Still, they are so enraged at the "colored man" occupying a big White House that sure-as-heck belongs to *their* race - and are so eager to rail against the "commies under the bed", just like their good ole daddy did, that they spend their hours listening to Rush and Glenn and marching to the ignorant hate mantras that they live by.

But push come to shove, you know they'll take advantage of this legislation if they find themselves without health care. And of course, they will never admit out loud that on some internet blog that they are doing so.

Just sad, sad people.

Posted by: B2O2 | March 24, 2010 12:43 AM | Report abuse

And I'm tired of my tax dollars going to bomb Iraqis.

What about it?

Im tired of my tax money going to pay for Israel's weapons.

What about it?

Protest money spent on killing in our names, not saving lives.

Like a bunch of ignorant fools.

Posted by: Thinker_ | March 24, 2010 3:23 AM | Report abuse

Europe IS Socialist, you morons!!!!

Even their DAYCARE is paid for by tax dollars!

PLEASE, ed u cate yourselves. For the love of God, read a book!

Posted by: Thinker_ | March 24, 2010 3:26 AM | Report abuse

Reagan offered one of the most sweeping Amnesty programs EVER for illegals.

Didn't know that did you?
Look it up.

He also turned tail and ran from terrorists:


There is truth all around you. Just open your eyes. And turn off your TVs.

Posted by: Thinker_ | March 24, 2010 3:29 AM | Report abuse

The fact is that the Tea Party people understand freedom. Maybe there is a "benefit" for me in Commiecare,(altough I doubt it) but why should someone else have to pay for my benefit? Should I not have to work for my own.
Obama is a Marxist and he wants the US to be a Marxist state just like his real home Kenya is becoming. He is a Manchurian candidate. No-one knows where he was born, who his parents are, or anything else about him. But we do know he is a Marxist who is destroying this coutnry. We must rid ouselves of Pelosi, Reid, and Obama by 2012 or the country is surly doomed.

Posted by: stephenlubinsbcglobalnet | March 24, 2010 5:55 AM | Report abuse

It irks me to no end that there are some sinister folks out there who so mistrust President Bush that they openly -- and without shame -- wonder whether he is some Manchurian Candidate sent here to destroy the United States.
Please, we learned from the masters of hate

Posted by: dcjayhawk2 | March 24, 2010 6:03 AM | Report abuse

The president is absolutely correct with what he said. That said, it's the way of thinking that's off from the "tea party" individuals. This country was formed by everything that he stated. However, it was done on an individual/community level. If you wanted something, you earned it. If you couldn't earn it, you learned to keep trying until you could. It challenged people to do better. To better themselves and to better the country. It was based on pure determination which brought out the best in people. We are moving from that very same concept that made this country great to one of entitlements and apathy. It is weakening the determination and bringing about idleness. It is becoming less dependent on oneself and others, and more dependent on the government. Dependency brings complacency which brings bondage. This is the same reason America was founded to begin with. We are repeating history, that we left to begin with, and there was a good reason for that. While what the president has done may have been a noble idea, while some items in the law have legitimate merit, others are downright scary. And yes, I have read the language in the bill. I am neither a Rep., Dem., Ind., Tea Partier, etc... I am an American. But looking at how this bill was made into law, the corruption that has taken place, and the fleecing of the American people, I can truly see why the Tea Party people are so angry. So why doesn't the President's words resonate with the Tea Party? Easy: President Obama uses the right words, only with the Government in control; and the Tea Party sees what used to be America as the people being in control.

Posted by: shmedley1 | March 24, 2010 8:28 AM | Report abuse

We are a nation that faces its challenges and accepts its responsibilities.(Why are we ignoring the deficit? Why is BHO adding $1.2 Trillion a year?) We are a nation that does what is hard.(Hard would be Tort Reform, hard would be paying down the deficit) What is necessary.(It is not necessary to transfer wealth to the poor, teach them how to work - that is hard) What is right. Here, in this country, we shape our own destiny.(the WE worked until recently- Now it is the "Democrat" that is forcing the rest of us to try and live with their rules) That is what we do. That is who we are. ( I believe in the Bill of Rights - you BHO tend to ignore it)That is what makes us the United States of America." (Lets hope for change - One term for BHO!)

Posted by: SmGovGood | March 24, 2010 8:30 AM | Report abuse

This bill will convince more businesses to move manufacturing overseas. Why? At a time when factories are struggling to compete in America, a greater tax burden is being placed on them.

Now, Obama wants to add a global warming tax to utilities and businesses, and to increase regulation on utilities, which has traditionally been a state function.

The insurance, auto, medical, pharmaceutical and banking industries are coming under increasing government control and pressure. Such controls did not work in the USSR, pre-Capitalist China, or in the most socialist parts of Europe. It won't work here.

Posted by: grantpaten | March 24, 2010 8:32 AM | Report abuse

Our response is the President is a liar and a traitor, and he'll be held to account one way or another.

Posted by: pcannady | March 23, 2010 3:13 PM

pcannady is most likely of the 24% that think Pres. Obama is the antichrist. And is representative of why middle of the road main-streamers and independents see nothing of value in the teabagger "movement".

It's regression not progress. Hurling racial epitaphs and homophobic slurs is not endearing to the majority - in fact, I would hope that most would find it repulsive and unconstructive. If that's representative of the type of country they're speaking of when they say they "want their country back" - they will fail. The majority left that type country - that mindset - a long time ago.

The real shame is the republican legislators that are active participants in the rallies and turn a deaf ear and blind eyes are the horrific slurs and signage. It's the republicans Frankenstein. Good luck dealing with the consequences, just don't expect the majority to jump on that bandwagon.

For those referencing Code Pink. Name one democratic legislator that actively took part in any of their events. You won't find it. That's the difference. You can't control fringe groups from the outside, but when you're working with them from the inside like the republicans are with the teabaggers, there is a level of control. The republicans have chosen to fuel the fire rather than squelch it. That will prove be their ultimate "Waterloo" actively aligning themselves with the extremists.

Posted by: JilliB | March 24, 2010 8:47 AM | Report abuse

Who on the President's staff writes your editorials? I guess WaPo is not ashamed to admit that it is a direct spokes person for the administration. Interesting, I remember when the news papers were part of the great concept of keeping a neutral eye on government in order to support the people...a shame that WaPo has taken the position of TASS in the US.

Posted by: staterighter | March 24, 2010 8:53 AM | Report abuse

Evidently a few Wing Nuts haven't kept up with the news. This bill was passes as most have by voting on it alone. The Fix it Bill was voted on separately also. Neither of these bills were passed by Reconciliation.

Republicans loved Reconciliation until Democrats wanted to use it. Republican Bill Frisk used Reconciliation 100 times to pass sensitive and unpopular legislation.

Posted by: ddoiron1 | March 24, 2010 9:07 AM | Report abuse

As Al Sharpton put it, "I guess if the people voted for Obama, they knew that they were voting for Socialism".

I for one would never have voted for a radical left wing person for president. The truth about Obama was kept from the People of America, by the lame stream media, and the only thing that the People heard was that Obama would make changes so that it was not government as usual. He was right, this is now government abuse of the People on steroids.

From now until November, we will not hear the truth about our economy, every number from the White House is an out and out lie. Every step that Obama will take from now until the elections will be on a rosy path as he tries to sell the healthcare bill to the People. Why would he have to do that if the new healthcare is so great? Why do we still not know what's in this radical bill? And as far as the cost, the CBO's estimate is a bald face lie. The cost is somewhere around $2.3 trillion and The People will once again be robbed and rationed.

This is no ordinary president, Obama is a total Marxist and intends to completely destroy our country, no matter how eloquently he speaks, it rings hollow and there is not one word of truth behind it.

Obama's next agendas are immigration, where our borders will be non-existent and cap & trade, even though global warming has been proven to be a hoax. Either bill will seal the fate of the United States and we the People will pay dearly with money that we do not have.

Our only hope is that the Republicans take back the House and Senate and get all of Obama's radical left out of further radical legislation.

Posted by: aaniko | March 24, 2010 9:12 AM | Report abuse

Somebody wrote that:"No matter what the President says, the Tea Party People won't believe him".
WHY WOULD THEY? Who cares what he says?
"I'm gonna take PUBLIC FINANCING for my campaign, if my opponent does. There won't be any LOBBYISTS in my Administration. This Stimulus Bill is for SHOVEL READY INFRASTRUCTURE JOBS. No more BONUSES.(unless you work at one of the Obama OWNED Corporations. GMAC, AIG, Morgan Stanley. FANNIE MAE. FREDDIE MAC.) We're gonna put all the HEALTH CARE NEGOTIATIONS up on CSPAN. I won't sign any Bill for FIVE DAYS, so people can get a look at what's inside it. Bill Ayers is just a guy who lives on my street. That's not the Jeremiah Wright that I know. This will be the most Transparent Administration ever."
How DARE those people not BELIEVE our President, when he says something.
Why are his BIRTH CERTIFICATE, his COLLEGE TRANSCRIPTS, and his MEDICAL RECORDS all SEALED? Who are all those OVERSEAS DONORS that gave him money? Why is ANDY STERN the most frequent 'visitor' to the White House? What kind of person puts a Radical Homosexual NAMBLA LOVER in charge of our kids' safety in schools? Who puts a CROOK, who STOLE $90 Million from Freddie Mac, by cooking the books, in the Attorney General slot? Who puts a REVOLUTIONARY Hugo Chavez lover, at the FCC? A 'Science Czar' who supports STERILENTS in our drinking water? An Economic Czar who "Gets it. Capitalism doesn't work"? And a Health Czar who favors a "ONE CHILD POLICY", like the Red Chinese?
They compare him to LINCOLN and KENNEDY. God, I hope so. I'd settle for William Henry Harrison.

Posted by: GoomyGommy | March 24, 2010 9:20 AM | Report abuse

The Tea Party movement is a good thing. It is of diverse opinion to be sure, but it represents the essence of traditional America, the old Saturday Evening Post, our traditional values where 'one size doesn't fit all', of regional differences, of distrust (and properly so) of "big government" and the lessening of authority of the States; the Tea Party represents the need for a multiple party system, a change in the way our country does its business of everyday life, the need to focus more on our own domestic problems and reduce our incessant meddling with a 'globalist'point of view; of course we should always be the "good neighbor" but at the same time remember Robert Frost's poetic line "good fences good neighbors make". Rampant Federalism simply doesn't work. And always a bottom line with Tea Party folks: protect our culture with its civility (we're losing it), our historical heritage, including our ancestry, the Reformation and more. That's what made this country.

Posted by: IowaLad | March 24, 2010 9:36 AM | Report abuse

cooptoo wrote:
I am a conservative Republican and operate a business in VA. I want health care reforms, but not at this cost? I recall our companies open season and less than one third of my workers signed up. The others who rejected our plan just walked into the Emergency Rooms and got treatment when they needed it-then just walked away. Then the hospitals call me up to try to collect, and usually settle for pennies on the dollar. What to do?

But with what has happened now. Its just to much. To many fixes, to fast. Social Security and Medicare are broke and rife with fraud. Its not going to be-well the public is just going to get used to it. The media spun this President into the White House, now they are trying to spin this, very little reform, a few attention getting sound bites about sick kids and college students. I wanted reform-not a campaign promise payoff. That's all it is. America said no, while the majority in Congress said YES WE CAN.

I agree, Yes we can, WE CAN VOTE.


America was never against this, you were misled. The numbers that the Republicans were citing during the last year taht showed 54 persent of the people against the plan and 43 percent against the plan did not explain to you rabid conservatives that, 17 percent were against the plan because they felt it did not go far enough by including the public option or single payer. This is a myth that the Republicans have been throwing out there. A new Gallup Poll shows 49% for the plan and 40% against and the numbers will continue to grow as they learn the benefits. Sir as a small business owner you are now eligible for tax credits to help pay for health insurance for your employees. You need to step back from the rhetoric and read the bill so that you can reap the benefits. You are eligible for these tax credits this year. The numbers that approve will probably climb once all of the myths about death panels are debunked. The Republicans have no credibility on the issue, because in the last 40 years they have held the Presidency for 28 years and have not done anything to reform the Health Care System. The Republicans and this repeal garbage are making a huge mistake. They won one election in Massachesetts 52% to 48% against a terrible candidate, that did not even know that Curt Schilling, a sports deity in Massachessetts, played for the Red Sox. Massachessetts also has a public health plan. They better listen to David Frum, they are going to get a rude awakening in November. The Congressional Republicans poll lower than the Congressional Democrats.

Posted by: impartial1 | March 24, 2010 9:45 AM | Report abuse

One can only be bemused at the froth produced by such people as "moonstream1)" "pcannady" and "GoomyGommy". It is the saddest thing to read such drivel and know that it is what is wrong with democracy...and yet it is also what is fair. These are opinions of people who have no intelligence, but lots of cunning; no education, but lots of opinions; no principles, but lots of beliefs. Across the world (which you are part of) there are hundreds of millions of people like you, and thank goodness, also at least as many who are intelligent, educated and principled. On them, the future of the world depends. To survive, we all need to respect one another. Please begin by respecting the right of every person to express themselves, non-violently, with words. Please continue by carrying out the responsibility of studying all sides of every issue before expressing yourself...and that means, Right must listen to Left without prejudice, and vice versa. The Obama presidency is viewed around the world as excellent; I am Canadian and so impressed with his principles, his intelligence, and his education. You who accuse him of being Muslim, of being socialist or communist, of wanting to bring down the US capitalist system, are lying and you know you are; it's just that you are not honest with yourselves. God bless the America of Washington, Lincoln, the Roosevelts and Trumans and Kennedys and so many good Presidents and their families. God bless the America that has been a leader in the world, the kind that President Obama loves and that he leads with courage and integrity.

Posted by: rationaleditor | March 24, 2010 10:03 AM | Report abuse

Hey you Tea Party Fools, it takes a man to admit that they have wronged & they are sorry for their stupidity but it looks like the tea party members have no conscious and no brain. After all if they have Sarah Palin as their role model, what can one expect. I wish the tea party movement would just shut up and evaluate the universal healthcare bill. They are too stupid to realize that just because there will be healthcare coverage for all Americans does not mean we are a socialist Nation. These idiots have no clue & they have no idea to thoroughly examine Canada, Switzerland, Germany. The corrupted & unethical doctors and the corrupted insurance companies are instigating fear and they have hired these stupid tea party mischief mongers to sabotage President Obama's sincere efforts. I am so glad that President Obama took this decisive & historical step and did not waste his time in getting the Republicans on board. It is clear Republicans are not for the ordinary citizen, they want to be elected by the votes of their constituents but they want to pass laws that will help them get reelected; these are republicans who will sell their daughters, wives & their integrity to get elected to the congress & senate. They are dis-speakable crooks, liars, lack morale integrity and they need to be removed from office.

So stop the complaining & get on board or get lost. For once after decades & decades of under hand current we have a president who does care for the average citizen. He is not perfect, he is a little slow, he wants to reach on the other side of the isle & get consensus, yes he is black too, & he may be a Muslim in his past life, so if it burns your behind so much, go to a shrink & get your head examined but stop your clown show. I guess you fools are too stupid to realize;

He is educated
He has a real brain
He does not sound like an air head like George Bush, or Sarah Palin
He can effectively remember and speak rather than struggling for words like George Bush did or writing on his palm to remember simple facts like the woman from Alaska
He comes from a Muslim background, as you stupid idiots may not know the greatest educated scholars were Muslims. Muslims lead the way in Science & Technology, so maybe based on the Muslim genes this president can lead from his head than his rear.

You guys are too stupid to understand how the global economy & politics work, you are too grounded in your daily retail life style and your empty air head life styles of tuning into your sports world, your hamburgers & fries & gaining your knowledge from trashy TV stations & programs. In short you are brain dead individuals and you all need to go for some counseling or take your tea party movement where there is no sunshine.

Posted by: shamahussain | March 24, 2010 10:09 AM | Report abuse

A twisted, exclusionary kind of love. Now think about that. They love their country, their Constitution & their parents that took care of us through ever kind of thick & thin & fought for us, my Dad & Uncles fought in WWll, others fought in other wars & they were fighting for America & our Constitution & our freedoms. Obama chooses to disrespect them by taking 500B out of Medicare. Think about it this way. 85% of us have health care we like & we do not want to change or let the government take it over. 73% did not want this particular bill to pass. We wanted some kind of reform but not this one. But Obama was not willing to work with the Republicans & really never has been. His ideas have been to conquer & divide. Congress, the Senate, Obama & his administration & czars & his Unions do not have to go on this rationed plan but get to keep their good insurance. 300M in America & we are being punished for 30M who do not have health insurance. There is a way to take care of those 30M without hurting the 300M & our Seniors. The bill is unconstitutional & I for one am sick & tired of Obama, Pelosi, & Reid ignoring the Constitution & passing something on a minority of what the people want.

Posted by: egw7777 | March 24, 2010 10:13 AM | Report abuse

I am 55 and can't afford health insurance. I am, however, paying off my medical bills myself, as I expected to. I've never been turned away for not having insurance, apparently as opposed to the "millions" of people dropping dead in the streets, making an icky mess and forcing the elite to step around them. But now I get to look for a job to be able to pay for whatever insurance I'll be told I have to buy. Yay! It'll be more expensive because even Senator Durbin says premiums will go up. Yay! The job market is just booming these days, too - with "millions" of jobs being created by this bill. Yay! I have to look for a new doctor because mine is quitting due to this bill. Yay! I'll have the IRS checking on me to make sure I pay outrageous premiums one way or the other, or face fines and possible jail time. Yay! And the costs of this bill haven't begun to be calculated, because as the Democrats have consistently said, this is "the starter home" - they plan on adding to it as they see fit. Yay! I believe Kusinich caved because he was promised an eventual public option - Yay! And I'm being forced to jump through these hoops because my government is forcing me to purchase a product. Yay!

Posted by: MartyB3655 | March 24, 2010 10:18 AM | Report abuse

By the way, if the Tea Party people are so stupid, why are they reading the Washington Post and not the National Enquirer? Hmmmmm.......Newspaper readers are stupid - I'll have to mull that one over as I sit in my trailor park, downing Doritos and Ding Dongs and watching Tom and Jerry cartoons, I guess.

Posted by: MartyB3655 | March 24, 2010 10:24 AM | Report abuse

Methinks the teabaggers have created their own tempest in a teapot. They delight themselves in seeing the spectre of totalitarianism and socialism in a measure that turns out to be the near cousin of the 1993 Republican Health Care Reform proposal.

Posted by: CntrvilleCitoyen | March 24, 2010 10:35 AM | Report abuse

We are a nation that faces its challenges and accepts its responsibilities.(Why are we ignoring the deficit? Why is BHO adding $1.2 Trillion a year?) We are a nation that does what is hard.(Hard would be Tort Reform, hard would be paying down the deficit) What is necessary.(It is not necessary to transfer wealth to the poor, teach them how to work - that is hard) What is right. Here, in this country, we shape our own destiny.(the WE worked until recently- Now it is the "Democrat" that is forcing the rest of us to try and live with their rules) That is what we do. That is who we are. ( I believe in the Bill of Rights - you BHO tend to ignore it)That is what makes us the United States of America." (Lets hope for change - One term for BHO!)


The poor do work dumb a#s. Who do you think washes cars,washes dishes, cuts grass. Do you realize that we are the only country in the civilized world that allows its' people to go uninsured. Did you see how the tea party people treated the guy with Parkinson's. They were like wild animals attacking this guy. What we know is that americans are not selfish, and if I have to pay 30 or 40 dollars a month more in taxes to insure that a person that works hard has health insurance. These people play to the bigotry and selfishness within people. The land owners used whip up the poor against the so called uppity blacks, thus the KKK was born. This is reminiscent. The Politicians, and Conservative Pundits that whip these people up know good and darn well that this is not Socialism. The mandate was actually the brainchild of the conservatives (Heritage Foundation, Congressional Republicans Counter Proposal in 1994), the mandate was there because they did not want people without health insurance to game the system by going to the emergency room. Now they want to say that it curtails their freedom. These people are PRICELESS in their hypocracy. They were the ones that spent Americas money, the Democratic President left them with a surplus, but they know that their ignorant followers lack historical perpective. Their economic experiments of deregulation and tax cuts failed and they broke the country. Barack Obama only spent what he had to, to stop the blood letting. He even compromised and gave out 300 billion dollars in tax cuts in the stimulus. Why do you think he was able to wipe the floor with them at the Republican Meeting in Baltimore. Because, they are fool of lies and he was able to beat them down with the truth. He will beat down whatever candidate they trot out there now. Milt Romney's dumb a#s is opposing it and it is almost identical to what he did in Massachussets. If it is so bad, why doesn't he try to lead a repeal effort in Massachessetts

Posted by: impartial1 | March 24, 2010 10:42 AM | Report abuse

Until he presents a valid birth certificate we will view him as we please = a man who is hiding alot and paying millions to keep it hidden. And you want us to trust smeone like this ? Wake up ...we r not that stupid or gullible.

Posted by: JUNGLEJIM123 | March 24, 2010 10:50 AM | Report abuse

I, for one, would GLADY pay more in taxes if that means that when my time comes, someone is there for me when I need it. Maybe this is not complete answer, but it is a step in the right direction. For those of you clowns who keep crying about your rights, lemme ask you this. You do realize that your local policve dept. infringes on your "rights" every day, using spped traps, cameras, etc....but you don't cry about it? Why not? you are still giving your money to the "man" why not try to do some good with it? I laugh at the 20 somethings who say, "im healthy, dont need insurance" what happens if they get hit by a car? who pays for it now? YOU DO!!! As someone who has watched a family memeber BEG for help once diagnosed with cancer, it is not pretty. You get Cancer, you dont work. you dont work, no bennys. Social Sec. gave her the run around, medicaid said get lost as well. Even VA said "adios" as well (she was in the navy)So according to you clowns, she should be left in the street? I hope it happens to you. I bet you clowns will be the first in line for this "entitlement" should you get a life threatening disease.

Posted by: rayman9201 | March 24, 2010 11:01 AM | Report abuse

"We must rid ouselves of Pelosi, Reid, and Obama by 2012 or the country is surly doomed."

I certainly agree with the "surly" part.

Posted by: henderstock | March 24, 2010 11:05 AM | Report abuse

Your column is a succinct application of the "less is more" princple. Instead of pontificating, merely point to the source and let the words resonate with the gravitas that they invoke.

The contrasting irony lies within the vacuous responses.

Posted by: rbrent516 | March 24, 2010 11:10 AM | Report abuse

I look at it like this, one side believes that there is no cost to living in America except maybe your neighbors kid dying in a war somewhere. The other side believes that the cost of caring for your fellow human beings is built in as an American citizen. I will happily pay taxes to help those who are less fortunate than me (I earn low to middle 5 figures a year).I do not assume that when I pay state and federal taxes that it is still 'my money'. It's America's money and we elect our rep's to spend that money. I figured that the election of Mr. Obama would bring the worst of America's fears to the surface. It's a good thing. We need to work through the fears to progress. Self examination is a good thing if you're courageous enough to do it and then change your behaviour. About half of us are not ready yet. I am always inspired by the innocence of the youth. Their truth is self evident before they get corrupted by folks who convince them of one agenda or another in the name of 'freedom'. Seek the truth! It's not on cable TV. Vote with your remote and TURN IT OFF.

Posted by: bluecollarbluejeans | March 24, 2010 11:12 AM | Report abuse

These are fascinating times to be sure. It's a time when a plurality of custom-tailored media outlets let individuals 'select' their own reality and dwell in it 24/7. It's a time when our common acceptance of civic duty is being shaped into a wider range of expressions; some constructive, many not so much.

Where all this leads, no one can say. One thing is clear, though: The economic pain being felt today combined with our current array of reality silos presents a frighteningly fertile growth-medium for increasingly shrill and fact-free politics that are antithetical to the foundations of our democracy.

George Washington faced down his own officers in March of 1783 at his main camp at Newburg, NY. He found them all at a meeting that he was not supposed to attend conspiring to revolt against the Congress. Congress was out of money and all of them had gone without pay for a substantial period of time. Does this sound familiar?

In the end, these officers were unmoved by his speech. He then pulled out a letter from a congressman that explained the current financial situation. What happened next was extraordinary:

After reading a portion of the letter with his eyes squinting at the small writing, Washington suddenly stopped. His officers stared at him, wondering. Washington then reached into his coat pocket and took out a pair of reading glasses. Few of them knew he wore glasses, and were surprised.

"Gentlemen," said Washington, "you will permit me to put on my spectacles, for I have not only grown gray but almost blind in the service of my country."

In that moment of utter vulnerability, Washington's men were deeply moved, even shamed, and many were quickly in tears, now looking with great affection at this aging man who had led them through so much. Washington read the remainder of the letter, then left without saying another word, realizing their sentiments.

His officers then cast a unanimous vote, essentially agreeing to the rule of Congress. Thus, the civilian government was preserved and the young experiment of democracy in America continued.

Posted by: sdavis3398 | March 24, 2010 11:22 AM | Report abuse

The real problem is that good decent men and women are being provoked for political gain by the Republican party.
Something terrible is going to happen soon: they're already throwing bricks through office windows. Someone will be assassinated or someone will take a shot at the President.
And those Republican "leaders" and their hate talk radio/television network Fox will act shocked and deplore the event.
When, in actuality, they might as well have been the ones pulling the trigger.

Posted by: easysoul | March 24, 2010 11:36 AM | Report abuse

America said no, while the majority in Congress said YES WE CAN.

I agree, Yes we can, WE CAN VOTE.

Posted by: cooptoo | March 23, 2010 4:13 PM | Report abuse
America certainly did NOT say no. Only HALF of Americans said no. The wealty, selfish half. You are delusional if you think that there is going to be a great uprising against politicians who voted to actually DO something and instead vote for the party of "NO."

Posted by: Central_IL | March 24, 2010 11:45 AM | Report abuse

How do you know Obama isn't a Manchurian candidate?

Posted by: mlemac | March 24, 2010 11:49 AM | Report abuse

If this bill is so good, why are all the members of congress and the president exempt? If everyone is covered, why are 22 million left uninsured? If the tea party is so stupid, why is it that they understand that after the next presidential election, that is when all the taxes and fees are going to kick in while those promoting this great legislation thinks it's all magically free? If doctors are currently not seeing medicaid patients, why are millions more being added to the ranks? For those that tout other countries that have universal healthcare as the end all, be all, why are most on the verge of collapse or changing their system to match ours? It doesn't work being government run! They've figured that out. Read it for yourself.

Posted by: shmedley1 | March 24, 2010 12:12 PM | Report abuse

We are a nation that faces its challenges and accepts its responsibilities.(Why are we ignoring the deficit? Why is BHO adding $1.2 Trillion a year?) We are a nation that does what is hard.(Hard would be Tort Reform, hard would be paying down the deficit) What is necessary.(It is not necessary to transfer wealth to the poor, teach them how to work - that is hard) What is right. Here, in this country, we shape our own destiny.(the WE worked until recently- Now it is the "Democrat" that is forcing the rest of us to try and live with their rules) That is what we do. That is who we are. ( I believe in the Bill of Rights - you BHO tend to ignore it)That is what makes us the United States of America." (Lets hope for change - One term for BHO!)

Listen dimwit at least they paid for the Bill, by raising taxes on those that make more than $250,000 dollars. Bush cut taxes did not offset spending, and passed a 1/2 trillion dollar prescription drug bill that he did not pay for. Barack Obama will wipe the floor with any Republican that you have. You could see that at the Republican Conference in Baltimore, he wiped the floor with them, because they like you evidently got fiscal Religion on January 23, 2009. When they had the chance to exhibit fiscal discipline that showed none. When they had a chance to reform health care they did nothing. What great piece of legislation has the Republican Party ever passed. These people dupe the poor rubes, to ensure that there coroporate backers are free to make money in any way. The Republican Mantra is to not pay taxes and not have anybody watch how they make their money. The poor saps in the tea party movement are ignorant suckers that they misle into doing their bidding. As a military veteran that put his life on the line in two wars, it is appalling that these people are raising all of this hell, because they don't want to pay couple hundred dollars more in taxes. I have government sponsored health care it is called the Veterans Administration, and it is great. You fools keep believing the hype. All of these candidates are basically telling these suckers that the Government is your problem, but please elect me to congress so that I can make $200,000 dollars a year and have free government sponsored health care, and a cushy government pension.

Posted by: impartial1 | March 24, 2010 12:26 PM | Report abuse

I, for one, am glad that the HCR bill passed and will be signed by President Obama! It is a start to really reforming health care in this country. It saddens me to hear people say, as one gentleman told me, "NO, health care is NOT A RIGHT" and "I don't feel that all people are equal!" Yes, this gentleman said this after a church service. I was appalled, but there are others like him out there. He was born into wealth. He sees nothing wrong with "health care today." "We have the best in the world." Well, we have the best in the world IF YOU HAVE a lot of money. Even those of us who are insured could have been capped if our expenses were too high, if we ended up with cancer or were in a severe auto accident. More bankruptcies are due to health care bills than any other reason!
As for the Tea Baggers, look at them. They ae white, older Americans who are either collecting Social Security, on SS Disability, and some are on Medicare. Many of them dislike our president because he is of mixed race. What a sad commentary in 2010.

Posted by: Chessie2 | March 24, 2010 12:46 PM | Report abuse

What I don't get is where the Republican get off saying "the American people are against HealthCare reform". They obviously haven't been speaking to the American I have been speaking with...the majority of the country was ready for reform...check the numbers! But Republican just keep yelling foul...they are yelling so loud they hope their yelling will drown out the truth...but the truth always prevails.

Posted by: TopperGem | March 24, 2010 1:56 PM | Report abuse

TooperGem, The reason why you don't get it is because you're not factual. It's not that republicans are against healthcare reform, they're against THIS one. If you actually read the bill (which I have) you will see this is NOT ABOUT HEALTHCARE REFORM. Read the bill.

Posted by: shmedley1 | March 24, 2010 2:12 PM | Report abuse

President Obama is an amiable fellow.
Perhaps he is experiencing what President
Bush experienced. The office of President is not an office to be in if one wishes unconditional love and admiration at all times. The President is the leader of the United States of America and therefore, has a responsibility to uphold the Constitution and lead all Americans, not just some.
This is a hard job. God Bless you, Mr. President.

Posted by: lcameron307 | March 24, 2010 3:29 PM | Report abuse

Dear Easy Soul-
It IS EASY TO BE AFRAID in light of all the rasicm in America. It saddens me that if anyone says anything about President Obama, the subject of race rears it's ugly head. in this case, it appears subtle- but fear is definitely behind it. Does anyone remember seeing actual riots on TV when President Bush was in office- but they were quickly taken care of. I believe nothing will happen to President Obama-he has the secret service and the MILITARY- HE IS SAFER THAN ALL OF US!
And as far as the Tea Party is concerned- has anyone cracked a history book lately?
The Tea Party movement that we see is NOTHING LIKE THE BOSTON TEAPARTY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! There are many schools of thought is America- sometimes it seems as if there are two Americas. The Tea Party people are peaceful and are speaking their minds. People freely bashed President Bush- had no problem- we never heard him complain.

Posted by: lcameron307 | March 24, 2010 3:42 PM | Report abuse

Ask not what you can do for your country, ask what will you country do for you! I recall seeing that at

Posted by: Blyleven4HoF | March 24, 2010 11:04 PM | Report abuse

I am honestly saddened by people both in support of President Obama and his administration. You are sheep, truly you are. The veil of deception is covering your face for you are like frightened children in the darkness of your bedroom!

Has the notion of unlimited corporate spending on campaigning not sunken in?

Why is Bush not being hauled to court for his crimes?

This is not a matter of me (or anyone) spending money to help someone less fortunate get health care! It is a matter of your right to choose and be free of consequence when your choice is not that of the governments. It's about ensuring that the Federal government does not consolidate and centralize more power than it was designated to have in the first place.

Have you supporters ever even taken into consideration, WHY people are attending tea parties? Have you considered the fact that these events were less attended and organized before Obama was hard tailed for Healthcare reform?

Do you even know about the Blackwater company and their exploits abroad and in Louisiana?

“Whensoever the General Government assumes undelegated powers, its acts are unauthoritative, void, and of no force”

38 States have introduced resolutions into their legislatures with the intent to declare their 10th Amendment rights of State Sovereignty.

Do you not wonder why? Or do the matters of what the President is doing, a media figure, simply keep you all from seeing any truth.

I guess the world really is flat.

Posted by: tearsfromreform | March 25, 2010 1:24 AM | Report abuse

We are ALL of those things... I wish he was half of them... He is NOT...

He treats our enemy's with respect and snubs our allies...

The VAST majority of Americans, said NO, to his agenda driven, ObamaCare... He said Tough titti said the Kitty... And crammed it through regardless... That NOT a leader, he acts like the KING...

He said the Republicans had the majority and did nothing... What he never says is the TRUTH... The Democrats would not work with Republicans... But the Republicans, NEVER did parlimentary trick and gimicks to cram though a crap bill...

Posted by: roofit89 | March 27, 2010 11:19 PM | Report abuse

There's generally nothing wrong with what the President says. He talks and talks and ends up supporting every side of an argument. It's his actions that are the problem.
BTW, You shouldn't call this page "PostPartisan." You should call it "Reporting From Inside Obama's Jockstrap." A little truth in the media would be a good thing.

Posted by: ehw5x5 | March 28, 2010 6:35 AM | Report abuse

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