August 6, 2009
Why I Created "Flag This Obama"
For those that might have missed it, the White House published a blog entry, titled Facts are Stubborn Things on the official White House blog asking for people to inform on their fellow citizens if they said things that were not aligned with the Administration.
The exact phrasing:
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 email@example.com.
Read quickly, there may be little alarm due to the careful couching of this request, however, consider just what they are asking Americans to do. The administration wants people to take emails or "casual conversation" and using the litmus test of "seems fishy", forward the email or report the conversation by sending an email to a special address that the White House has set up to track these reports. Reports about what people say.
Furthermore, in the post and in the videos, Linda Douglass, Communications Director for White House Health Reform Office, purports that we not read HR3200, or related bills, but rather listen to what the President is saying as she links other videos where President Obama is speaking about different aspects of healthcare reform. She goes on to allude that anything that contradicts his statements are "disinformation" and should reported so that "they can track" them.
Well, a number of things that the President has said in the past, and shows every intention of pursuing via his public agenda, would put the US Constitution in disagreement with him. I don't consider the Constitution "disinformation". Therefore, following their wishes, I posted the text of our Constitution and sent and email to firstname.lastname@example.org reporting the site.
Despite Ms. Douglass' desire for Americans to just listen to President Obama and take him at his word, and despite some of our very own Congressmen bragging about not reading or being able to understand the bills (but still supporting them nonetheless), I firmly believe it's our duty as American's to read and understand not only our Constitution, but also the laws that our representatives are writing and trying to pass.
It's not practical for us to read everything that Congress produces. You have to pick your battles. But pick something. Learn about it. Become a voice of reason in this insane world we are living in. There is good reason our Founders set up our system of checks and balances and that the original public schools taught the Constitution as soon as children learned to read. The only way to preserve liberty is for voting citizens to guard and protect our Constitution.
A republic only stands as long as her people are engaged and keep a suspicious eye on how their elected leaders actually lead.
At a breakneck speed, we are losing our country as we know it.
We are being intimidated by the White House to not even have debate on these issues.
We are not even considering what the Constitution has to say on the matter, a document that took us from a few scattered rebels in the late 1700s to the greatest country on earth in just over a hundred years.
So, yes Mr. President, I disagree with you, but so does our Constitution.
So does, the very bill (HR3200) that you are saying needs to be passed (yes, unlike members of congress, I have read it).
Mr. President, I call on you to read, respect, and obey our Constitution.