Really, we have to start finding a way, as a civilized nation, to have honest discussions on issues. To find a way to understand the facts without lying to each other. To seek the truth and have the courtesy and interest to listen to each other. To make decisions based on all the knowledge available. To allow choices and options to stand on their honest merits. To reject those who are obviously disingenuous. To demand integrity. To stop calling each other names, to stop denigrating each other. To be responsible. To be impeccable with our words.
Where is the truth in all the health care noise? Who can be trusted? Where are the facts?
We need to think, to look past the yelling of our friends a bit, to find the elusive truth.
Only a little bit of research enabled me to find a wealth of information. I found so much information, in fact, that I had trouble deciding what to share with you here. From truthout on August 17th comes this wonderful perspective -
"What we need is not "change"; we need tradition. An American tradition of fortitude and caring. It can no longer be the responsibility of the corporations or the government; the community must lead. The time has come to fight for the public health care option.
The dialog must be broad enough and creative enough to include moderate conservatives and religious conservatives as well. Moderate conservatives have been pushed to the margins too long, their voices cowed along with liberals. If the conservative movement is to recover, it must be prepared to re-embrace social responsibility."
From every side, from every angle, the voices of reason are entering the dialog, at last. My country is not a country where chaos, riots, death threats, disgust, lies, and yelling rule the day. I live in the United States of America, the home of the proud, the brave, and the free.
You might also find some enlightening information at FactCheck.org, where I found alot of detailed, referenced information in the article Seven Falsehoods about HealthCare. And here is a great blog, written in plain simple English, providing a very clear picture on more of the details of health care reform, easy to read and fact based. You can also go to Time Goes By, a wonderful blog for everyone to reference, and get some more health care clarity.
After you do your research - and PLEASE go do some research - then contact your congressmen & women and help them represent your perspective. An easy reference on how to contact your congressmen can be found here.