03/25/10 — No threats, just vote: There are better ways to fight against health care reform bill.

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No threats, just vote: There are better ways to fight against health care reform bill.

Before we even start let's get this clear: It is never right to threaten to harm someone, to throw bricks through their windows or to otherwise act in a ridiculously stupid manner.

So, anyone who encourages anyone to react in an irresponsible manner to the recent health care bill passage is quite simply ... wrong.

But that said, that does not mean that those who believe strongly that what was done this week in the House of Representatives was patently wrong -- and who want someone to know it -- should sit silent.

There are many much better choices for those who are now engaged in the politics of their country and in being a part of having a say in its future -- and who want those who are currently serving to know what they expect from them.

And while it might make many Americans angry to hear the condescending rhetoric about how the decision was made to approve the bill -- because it is what a leader does, even when the majority of his constituency disagrees -- that does not mean that the battle is over and the only recourse are threats and violence.

If you disagree and you want to remind your representatives for whom they work, go down to your local party headquarters and get voter registration forms. Talk to your neighbors and get them interested in the upcoming elections. Encourage them to have their say.

And if you wholeheartedly support the measure, have your say, too.

The way to effect change is simply to use your vote to send a message -- that is why this country is so great -- the people are the ones who decide the future of this nation, not the politicians.

And about the Sarah Palin alleged Internet controversy -- give us a break.

Encouraging her supporters to "reload" is, quite simply, a metaphor for reorganizing, re-energizing and getting involved in the process. Targeting districts is not a call for violence, but a recognized reference in politics. And it is one many of you have heard before.

Remember when the Democrats sent out an e-mail campaign threatening those who were considering voting against the health care reform bill?

Check out that language. Where was the outrage then?

There is going to be lots of grandstanding in the next few days -- and more than a few press conferences. Do not let them dissuade you. If you want to have a say either way, do so, responsibly, and then work to get out the vote.

This nation really does still belong to the people.

Published in Editorials on March 25, 2010 11:02 AM