This may be change, but it ain’t good change…

This healthcare thing is a mess. A government with too many fingers in the pie ruins the pie. Now the Savior of All Mankind, Lord Obama, is asking that Americans snitch out other Americans if their view don’t fall in line with his. Here’s the link and a quote from that link:

There is a lot of disinformation about health insurance reform out there, spanning from control of personal finances to end of life care.  These rumors often travel just below the surface via chain emails or through casual conversation.  Since we can’t keep track of all of them here at the White House, we’re asking for your help. If you get an email or see something on the web about health insurance reform that seems fishy, send it to flag@whitehouse.gov.

Well Mr. American Pie, where do you go from here? Snitching out people who use free speech? Who have an opinion that’s well thought out? Oh I know, let’s snitch on people who write poetry for the school of quietude. I don’t see what good can come from this. Hello, Mr. American Pie.  Goodbye individual that doesn’t want to depend on the government for everything. I guess this means I’m getting ratted out.

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7 thoughts on “This may be change, but it ain’t good change…

  1. I highly doubt it’s a “snitch” issue, Joel. They’re not tracking names but ideas—the disinformatiuon that’s so rife out there. (For example, the euthanasia scare.) Personally, I’d be happy to forward every crackpot idea that comes across my desktop—with names stripped from the email, of course!

  2. Joel,

    I agree with Joe: What’s more important, the right information at the right time or the wrong information (disinformation) at the wrong time? Right now, what the US sorely needs is health insurance reform and not health insurance companies doing their best to stop it–perhaps even using the internet to spread the good word about the bad Lord Obama?

  3. As much as I hate HMO’s and the expense of health care, I equally despise the idea that only the government can rescue the situation (regardless of who’s pres). Whether the White House is collecting names or ideas, I think it’s a really slippery road to ask citizens to report other citizens. Where does it stop? Sure, I can see a benefit to getting the right information out there, but it’s a dangerous place if the citizens jump on board without thinking through the consequences (both good and bad). This also endangers the whole melting pot idea presented by Crevecoeur–the idea that everybody has a right to express their views and perceptions of ideas (and people have varied perceptions of this health care thing regardless of industry influence) in hope that the best and truest ideas result. This kind of reporting thing discourages that, I think.

  4. I agree about “reporting,” but an idea expressed in some email blast or on a blog is after all a public statement; if someone is spreading crackpot rumors (think of the Birthers, who last I saw had convinced 28% of Republicans that Obama isn’t a citizen), there’s no harm in drawing attention to their errors. I guess my paranoia lies elsewhere. Flooding the “marketplace of ideas” with one lie after another is a tried and true tactic. Want to stop reform? Get everyone so confused they don’t know which way is up! I’m with you that people need to understand what’s on the table before they form an opinion, but then there are the shock troops sent out by Glenn Beck and his ilk to disrupt meetings so that the information can’t get out. Those thugs are the ones who scare me. They’re intimidating ordinary people and even making death threats against members of congress—all to shut down debate and co-opt the process. I’ve heard several interviews with people who said they were afraid to attend a town hall meetings because of these cretins. Now, maybe the government ain’t to be trusted; but I these Beckites are a much bigger threat to the democratic process.

  5. Speaking of the meaning of words and how they change and grow, rumors and misinformation are doing that now. People are using flash words that spark emotions and drown the true meaning. I long for balanced discussion, to understand the delicate give and take, pros and cons. Instead, here in Pennsylvania, a senator gets greeted with furor and yelling, not questions and discussion. I walk into my village post office this afternoon and hear how the elderly will no longer be able to get heart bypasses, using flash words like “take over” and “socialist.” Those of us who work with words for a living have such a responsibility in how we use our words: ultimately for the good of others and never to inspire fear of change or fear of the ‘other.’ Oh, for words that inspire the best from us!

  6. I think the wording is rather unfortunate, but it seems clear enough to me that the intent of the notice is to gather information on rumours so as to rebut them in public statements, not to gather information on rumour-mongers so as to send suits to their door for a little chat.

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