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From: Margarida Jorge To: HCAN Field Partners
RE: HCAN—Responding to Right-Wing Attacks in the Field – August 4, 2009
Since early February, we’ve seen increasing numbers of militant right-wing activists attending public meetings across the country targeting Members of Congress and President Obama. Now in the August recess, the “tea-bagger” protesters and right-wing activists are showing up in larger numbers with a mission to be as disruptive as possible in the hopes of rattling Members of Congress and halting health care reform through pure spectacle and obstruction.
Our response is shaped by 3 things:
- Our targets are Members of Congress who must vote “yes” for this bill. Our targets are not the rightwing extremists. The targets of these attacks are Members of Congress. Those Members are also our targets. We need to use these attacks as opportunities to work with the Members in ways that build our relationship in the field and bring us together as allies in health care reform. Members may be more receptive to partnering with us if they know we will help them combat the opposition.
- Our core message is effective, and we should always come back to it. Our campaign plan has always anticipated opposition. No matter what the right-wingers bring up to distract the debate, we should always circle back to our key message. We are on the side of quality, affordable health care for everyone, and we are against turning over health care reform to the insurance companies and lobbyists who got us into this mess to begin with. We need to educate the press and the public that the protesters are aligned with the corporate lobbyists and insurance companies who are trying to stop reform.
- Our ability to put the extremists into perspective helps us frame our narrative. We should be prepared to respond to the other side, but we don’t need to be reactive or feel pressure to answer their accusations point by point. Instead, we should treat them as agents of the insurance lobbyists who want to maintain the status quo. We can dismiss their radical rhetoric by circling back to the basic things that we know most people care about— affordability, access, and quality.
In many cases, protestors will show up at events or meetings you don’t organize but are participating in as an attendee or sponsor. You can still influence the outcome of these events or meetings, and it’s important for HCAN organizers and leaders to be ready to encounter these protesters in order to make sure that our volunteers and activists respond appropriately as well as capitalize on opportunities to also move our message, work with Members, and educate the public.
You can read the entire e-mail HERE.
Okay, so the video is 20 minutes long…. but it is well worth watching. Steve Crowder, and some of his Canadian friends, take a look at a National Healthcare system. Can you say “Pig with lipstick?”
How deep the Father’s love for us,
How vast beyond all measure
That He should give His only Son
To make a wretch His treasure
How great the pain of searing loss,
The Father turns His face away
As wounds which mar the chosen One,
Bring many sons to glory
Behold the Man upon a cross,
My sin upon His shoulders
Ashamed I hear my mocing voice,
Call out among the scoffers
It was my sin that helf Him there
Until it was accomplished
His dying breath has brought me life
I knoww that it is finished
I will not boast in anything
No gifts, no power, no wisdom
But I will boast inJesus Christ
His death and resurrection
Why should I gain from His reward?
I cannot give an answer
But this I know with all my heart
His wounds have paid my ransom
Lyrics by Stuart Townend
To change and to improve are two different things.
When my mother passed away, friend Alexis asked me to save something “cloth” that had memories of Mom attached to it. She wanted to have a ‘Memory Bear’ made for me.
Well, I chose a jacket a sorority sister of my mother’s had made for her – it smelled so much like Mom. Then I mailed it to Alexis, with instructions to, please, not wash it before building a bear with it.
Here is the results of this labor of love, from my wonderful, godly, friend Alexis:
and Americans need to learn this prior to our next election cycle!
In case anyone has forgotten, we are not a Democracy. We are a Republic. That means that the people elected can represent us the way THEY feel is best – they don’t have to poll us. They don’t have to agree with the majority. Majority does not rule in a Republic.
THAT is why Congress continues to pass the crap they are passing – because we keep electing the same corrupt, ignorant, immoral people over and over and over and over…..
Wake up, before it’s too late and the country we love is gone.
From: The Columbia Encyclopedia, Sixth Edition | Date: 2008 |
republic [Lat. res publica, =public affair], today understood to be a sovereign state ruled by representatives of a widely inclusive electorate. The term republic formerly denoted a form of government that was both free from hereditary or monarchical rule and had popular control of the state and a conception of public welfare. It is in this sense that we speak of the ancient Roman republic. Today, in addition to the above characteristics, a republic is a state in which all segments of society are enfranchised and in which the state’s power is constitutionally limited. Traditionally a republic is distinguished from a true democracy in that the republic operates through a representative assembly chosen by the citizenry, while in a democracy the populace participates directly in governmental affairs. In actual practice, however, most modern representative governments are closer to a republic than a democracy. The United States is an example of a federal republic, in which the powers of the central government are limited and the component parts of the nation, the states, exercise some measure of home rule. France is an example of a centralized republic, in which the component parts have more limited powers.
There have been many reasons to praise God during my mother’s struggle with cancer this past two years. This morning, as I sit coughing and sneezing, I would like to share this one:
For the past two years, I spent most every day with my mother. When she felt well, we went to lunch, shopped, painted in her apartment, etc. When she felt ill, we sat together in her home talking about any number of things. Because of her chemo and radiation regime, she had a very low immunity to colds.
And for all of those two years, I had only one day where I had a low-grade fever and could not go to see my mother. One day. Out of over seven hundred days.
Mother died on Sunday, February 1. On Monday, February 2, I awoke with a sore throat, stuffy nose and dry cough. If that was not a reminder of God’s perfect timing, I don’t know what is.
Thank you, Father, that You watched over my health as I watched over my mother’s. Thank You for Your protection from the bugs and viruses that would have prevented me from being with Mom these past two years. Thank You that we had this time together – time we may not have made for ourselves otherwise.
Your mercy and graciousness is more than I deserve, and I thank You for Your perfect timing in all things. Amen.
Proverbs 30:29-31 (CJB)
29 Three things are stately in their stride, four of stately gait
30 the lion, mightiest of beasts, which turns aside for none;
31 the greyhound, the billy-goat and the king when his army is with him.
Theodore Roosevelt, 26th President of the United States of America, thoughts on immgration: as stated in 1907
“In the first place, we should insist that if the immigrant who comes here in good faith becomes an American and assimilates himself to us, he shall be treated on an exact equality with everyone else, for it is an outrage to discriminate against any such man because of creed, or birthplace, or origin. But this is predicated upon the person’s becoming in every facet an American, and nothing but an American … There can be no divided allegiance here. Any man who says he is an American, but something else also, isn’t an American at all. We have room for but one flag, the American flag … We have room for but one language here, and that is the English language … and we have room for but one sole loyalty and that is a loyalty to the American people.”
But there is something that I must say to my people, who stand on the warm threshold which leads into the palace of justice: In the process of gaining our rightful place, we must not be guilty of wrongful deeds. Let us not seek to satisfy our thirst for freedom by drinking from the cup of bitterness and hatred. We must forever conduct our struggle on the high plane of dignity and discipline. We must not allow our creative protest to degenerate into physical violence. Again and again, we must rise to the majestic heights of meeting physical force with soul force.
The marvelous new militancy which has engulfed the Negro community must not lead us to a distrust of all white people, for many of our white brothers, as evidenced by their presence here today, have come to realize that their destiny is tied up with our destiny. And they have come to realize that their freedom is inextricably bound to our freedom.
We cannot walk alone.
And as we walk, we must make the pledge that we shall always march ahead.
We cannot turn back.