George L. Barnett: Still more Republican propaganda
Published: Wednesday, January 27, 2010 at 2:38 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, January 27, 2010 at 2:38 p.m.
Day after day, the Republican Party and its supporters on conservative radio, television, and print and internet media have barraged the American people with negative propaganda about the proposed medical reform bill and the progress of the stimulus legislation. It is no surprise that after hearing all of that negative advertising, public opinion polls show less support for the medical bill and a growing belief that the stimulus package has been wasted.
The wonder of it all is how the Democratic National Committee has dropped the ball. They have completely failed to defend either the medical bill or the stimulus package in terms that Americans can understand and respect. While the President and his supporters have pointed out the general benefits of the medical bill, they have completely failed to advertise and explain to the American people the dire consequences that failure to adopt the bill will have. Barraged by negative stories of how we will lose our access to medical care and how our cost for medical care will increase, it is no wonder that support for the medical bill has diminished. Barraged by negative stories of how the stimulus bill has accomplished nothing and how the money has been wasted, it is no surprise that Americans, desperate for positive news about the economy, have lost faith.
It may be too late for the medical bill to be saved and it may be too late for Democratic majorities in Congress to be sustained. It is not enough for the chief administrator of the stimulus package to state that the program is “transparent.” What needs to be done by the Democratic party is to furnish the American people with ongoing information describing all of the ways that the money is being spent and the results that have been accomplished or that will soon be accomplished. The public does not have the resources to gain that information on its own and in the absence of that positive information, the naysayers, the Cassandras, will prevail. Similarly, unless the American people are advised, repeatedly about how the failure of the medical care bill will continue to cause overcrowding in emergency rooms because so many people will lack health care insurance and how insurance companies will continue to reap obscene profits and deny medical insurance coverage, the naysayers and Cassandras will preveail.
Heaven help us all when the Republican Party takes over again and once again ignores the problems of most average Americans. As Joseph Goebbels said, if a lie is repeated often enough it will become the truth. The lies and misinformation being spread by the right wing are now becoming the truth as far as many of us are concerned. Personally, I am pessimistic. Supporters of the medical bill and the stimulus package; Democratic leadership, have been asleep at the switch. It may be too late to recover.
George L. Barnett,