Tennessee politics behind the scenes
Did the Jews sign up for those? I feel like they didn't sign up for those.Plus, you know...health care. Gas chambers. Probably not the most apt comparison. In fact, I'd probably just leave the Holocaust out of this discussion entirely.
I love this. There are rules for the comments on this blog, but clearly none for the author of the blog itself.
Senator,I have carefully reviewed your rules for comments and would like to state at the outset that although my feelings on this posting are very strong, I will make every effort to state them in a respectful and dignified manner.Many people feel that government intervention in our personal lives is always wrong. That is a legitimate political viewpoint (although one with which I happen to disagree strongly), and you have a perfect right to express it. What I believe you don't have the right to do, is compare the suffering and death of innocent men, women, and children, inflicted upon them by a murderous, hateful, psycopathic regime, to a particular government social policy with which you happen to disagree. Doing this cheapens the memory, honor, and dignity of Holocaust victims, of their loved ones, and of those who survived the Holocaust.Speaking respectfully, I must add that it also cheapens the human dignity of the person making the remarks. As a politician, an educated human being, and a Christian, I would have expected better of you.Imagine how you would feel if someone made a cheap comparison of a political issue -- say, mandatory vaccinations -- to some sacred issue held dear by you and millions of other people. Imagine, for example, if an opponent of vaccinations were to say "Forcing me to vaccinate my child for the betterment of the community is like crucifying Jesus on the cross for the betterment of the Romans and Jews." Do you see my point?There is a place for metaphor and hyperbole. While I agree that this is your blog and your rules, I also think would be hypocritical of you to set rules for others who post here while claiming the right to offend as many as you like, in as egregious a way as you like.I believe you owe your audience an apology. Please accept these comments in the spirit of respect and deference with which I offer them, but also with the weight of conviction that underlies them.Respectfully,Avi Jacobson
I hope your obvious care & diligence does not go for naught.
The rules link is not an active hyperlink...
I regret that some people miss the point of my post. It was not to offend. It was to warn. To draw attention to Obamacare and the slippery slope that I see occurring in the lives of myself, my constituents, and the rest of the country with the continued taking of freedom by the federal government.In no way was my post meant to diminish or detract from the pain, suffering and loss of human life that occurred during this dark time in human history. Instead the post was meant to draw attention to the loss of freedom that we are currently experiencing. I stand by my steadfast opposition to Obamacare.My position and record on the sacredness of human life and protecting that life speaks for itself. 300 million Americans are at risk from government bureaucrats deciding who should be given life saving medications and who should be denied. Every citizen now faces the possibility of their tax dollars going to pay for a government funded abortion. At no point in our history have we ever faced a federal government and administration with a lower regard for human life, and that is something that I cannot and will not allow to go unchallenged.I will continue to stand up against the government takeover of the nations healthcare. I will continue to support freedom and life. Stacey Campfield
It's not that your comment offends (although I can imagine it does for some people), it's that the comment is completely out of proportion. Do you REALLY believe that more than 6 million people may be driven to their untimely and inhumane death as a result of Obamacare? Even if you do believe that Obamacare is unjust (and that's debatable) to claim that it is unjust at the level of genocide is silly. At best it is "unjust" because it's an extra tax. There are no death panels.
Stacy,Point well taken. Just compare Obama Care to the level of care afforded veterans in VA hospitals. It would be a better fit for this country. People don't like to hear the truth, but continue to speak out with courage. Joe Hall
The ACA doesn't mean that government bureaucrats decide what health care you get, it means that insurance company bureaucrats decide what healthcare you get. The only difference is that now more people have insurance companies making those decisions rather than deciding whether they should go to the doctor or buy food for their families.
Thank you for your blog post. If more Americans like you, much less Congressmen and Congresswomen, were willing to stand up to Obama and the Democrats and Pelosi and Congress' sheep-like behavior in going along with everyone else, we would be better off!
You don't understand the ACA at all do you? You are a jerk and I can't wait until you get defeated in November. My health insurance cost decreased over 30% because of ACA.
Yes, but they killed the idiots first.
The government does NOT decide what medications are paid for and which aren't...the insurance companies do...place the blame where it belongs.
Both of your examples relate 1. a government 2. forcing its people 3. into programs, 4. urging them forth 5. with untruths.Granted, the final purpose of the two forced government actions is nothing close. Obamcare is not the Holocaust. Maybe a better comparison is Obamacare and FDR's forced relocation of Japanese Americans (except no one told them they could keep their plans). Or one of the incidents from the our civil rights struggle when people struggled for their human dignity, struggled to be free.The issue you've touched is so emotional that some people can't see a) the likeness of today's forced eviction of people from their health plans into government plans, and intellectually separate that from b) rest of the 40's horror. For them, it's all one thing.I understand their visceral, unthinking over-reaction--I've been to one of those horrible, horrible places. Personally. It haunts me. Writing this, I weep.But even knowing the differences between that[sic] and now, I must say I've made the same comparison in my own heart, not because they're exactly the same, but because I too hear the tiniest reverberations of that horrible place--however faint--here today, in an odd deja vu sort-of-way, and it chills me to the core.Obamacare, and the dishonesty that surrounds it--the constant propaganda and false statements from our government, an administration constantly lying about benefits, prices, cancellations, sign-ups; hiding prices with waivers, delays and exemptions--remind me very much of that awful place, where such artfulness and deceit move the very earth with a sound remarkable, curiously, eerily, for its silence. Hearing echoes of the artfulness and silence both today troubles and plagues me. Greatly.At bottom what I'm struggling to say is that, perhaps your expression was unartful, but your instincts...aren't wrong. When governments dissemble, study, and practice to refine the art of deceiving their peoples--as this one is doing...this leads to dark places. Horrible places. And it happens quickly. I've seen it.For your courage, however brash and rough-hewn, thank you.
You realize that slippery slope is a logical fallacy, right? No one has taken anyone's freedom and your scare tactics are backfiring.
You are planning to get rid of Medicare, since you say that you will end government medicine. This nation wants to keep Medicare, and Medicaid also. You do NOT represent the American people. You need to find a career in which you are able to do the work.
Dear Mr. Campfield: You might have a voice, if taxpayers didn't already pay for your own personal health insurance. For the benefit of those reading, would you please list all the benefits you get from your job "working" for the people of this nation? Thank you in advance.
I agree with the Republican principle of personal responsibility; you should not be required to pay for what you don't want or need and if you want something, but can't afford to buy it at one store, then shop someplace else or find someone who will give you the money to buy it. And that includes medical treatment. If you can't afford an operation or a medicine or the emergency room after an accident, then find someone who will pay for it or a doctor who will give it to you for free; you simply don't have the right to expect the tax payers to pick up your bill.
We either all share in the cost of medicine for all or some of us are doomed to sickness and or death and suffering.
I do not think you need to apologize. You told the truth. Obamacare is one big disaster for this country. Hopefully there will be enough changes in Congress to repeal it.
I am glad someone has finally been able to make a statement and not apologize for it 10 minutes later. It is your "right" to speak your mind as you see fit. It is also your "right" to voice your like or dislike of someones opinion. I feel we are in the age of acceptance of everyone else's opinion. We should "respect" you as an individual,with an opinion, doesn't mean I have to "accept" it. Acceptance, whether I do or don't, is my "right", remember. Whether that be, religion, sex, heritage, friendship's or, bless their hearts, their "ways"! I was raised to say sir and ma'am. Where it wasn't "OK" to lose. Where you didn't get a trophy for just showing up. Where effort meant the difference between sitting on the bench, being passed over for that promotion, a "B" on your finals or starting first base, a corner office or the Valedictorian speech you gave at graduation. Where you got the job because of what you had accomplished and how you have proven yourself competent. Not because, someone else told you who to hire, based on a prescribed set of antiquated parameters, based on a 50 year old, out of date, set of guide line. We are Americans, nothing more, nothing less! It doesn't matter to me where or how your family got to this great country. The fact that they got here, put down roots, struggled to become something, primarily, "American". They started a life and family based on his/hers dream of freedom, to work where they can excel, love who they love and worship where they feel they are called to. To be law abiding citizens, walk a beat, answer the bell, tote the mail and pursue happiness as they please. There are 2 things that people throw around, when they feel the need to rant about "Their Cause", "Their View Point" or "Their Rights". These are the things which make us the most hated, disrespected and envied country in the world. Look them up, it's called the "Constitution" and "The Bill Of Rights". The 1st and 2nd Amendments pretty much explain the reason we have fought everyone, including our own brothers, to defend our "FREEDOM". The "FREEDOM" to form a thought, "FREEDOM" to express that thought, "FREEDOM" to act on that thought, "FREEDOM" to be an individual. The "FREEDOM" to make, by all means, a statement of reference to a specific point of history that was horrendous by all accounts. That should never be forgotten. So that, we as human beings, will never allow to happen again. Reference, to something that is, in one mans "opinion", as is his "right" to freely express himself. If we do not remember our past history, hardships, struggles, accomplishments, achievements, milestones and specific events that formed us as individuals. Individuals with free thought and the ability to choose how we want to live, work, vote, worship, procreate, and think for ourselves. The "right", to relate to them in our on time and place. So as not to forget, how, good things sounded in the beginning to a select few, gathered in the name of "peace" and "betterment", as they viewed it. And then how bad it turned out to be for a selected group of "profiled" people and then the human race as a whole.Well I have exercised my "right" to "freely" post this on your blog. Whether you post it or delete it, that is your "right". Never apologize for being able to speak freely. A lot of blood, sweat and tears have been shed, along with lives lost, to afford all of us this right.Thank you for being an American, good or bad, an American.William Roberson, Tennessee
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