The double-truth, Ruth

A busy week. But, the routine thing is going pretty well.  I’m not getting up quite as early as I would like, but I am getting to work earlier and doing a good job staying on task while there.  Which means my genetic pre-disposition toward workaholism has kicked in.  Not surprising, really.

Another thing…I’m not gonna worry so much about posting every day.  I’m not convinced that throwing up a video with a few sentences when I’m tired isn’t better served by Facebook or Twitter.  I’m still going to write more often, hopefully update the blog several times a week, but no longer concerned/obsessed about doing it every day.

I saw this story on the Plum Line, a blog written by Greg Sargent, sponsored by the Washington Post. It’s disappointing to see yet another political person using extreme examples to call out the opposition.

In this case, Rep. Steve Cohen (D-Tennessee) compared what he called the lies propagated by the right regarding health care reform last year to the same sort of thing Herman Goebbels did in Germany (which helped usher in the Holocaust) Read Greg’s post for more on this story and for a link to a video of the Representatives statement on the floor of the House yesterday.  Here’s an excerpt:

They say it’s a government takeover of health care, a big lie. Just like Goebbels. You say it enough, you repeat the lie, you repeat the lie, you repeat the lie, and eventually, people believe it. Like `blood libel.’ That’s the same kind of thing.

“The Germans said enough about the Jews and the people believed it — and you had the Holocaust. You tell the lie over and over again. And we heard it on this floor: Government takeover of health care. Politifact… said the biggest lie of 2010 was a government takeover of health care because there is no government takeover. It’s insurance.”

Full disclosure here – I lean left on just about every social issue, including health care.  And, I think much of the rhetoric directed toward healthcare has been dishonest and unethical. I am also very concerned about the state of our deficit and economy in general, and think we as a nation have been writing checks we can’t cash for a long time.  Some might call that conservative.

Like most Americans, I lean left and right of center, depending on the topic, much of the time.

I’m also sick of the name-calling and bitterness that seems to have taken over the political (and cultural) landscape.  It seems to me that we won’t solve our problems by stalking off to our corners and calling each other names.

This scene from the film Do the Right Thing is a great illustration.  Fair warning, there’s bad words in this scene, so if you’ve got kids nearby, plug in the ear buds or wait till they’re in bed.  But, the scene makes a great point, check it out:

I think we need to listen to Senor Love Daddy (aka Samuel L. Jackson).

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