An Insurance Boston Tea Party

Written by Christianity and the Confusion on March 19th, 2010

Author: Frankie_B

I just open this email:

An atomic bomb exploding.

That's one of the visuals now being used in an attack ad against Democrats who support health care reform. I'm surprised it took them this long to play the mushroom cloud card.

But it gets even scarier. The fear-mongering thugs running this ad against pro-health care Democrats are from the very same special interest group which got the Supreme Court to allow corporations to spend unlimited special interest cash in elections. Coincidence?

One thing's clear: there has never been a more important time to stand up to right-wing special interests spending whatever they want on swift-boat style ads like this to try and kill health insurance reform. We are in the final stretch and opponents of reform will throw everything they have in to stopping us.

It's really simple. Republicans are hoping to use the Supreme Court's radical decision to allow unlimited special interest cash to target any Democrat who dares to cross them by voting for health insurance reform.

And the closer the House gets to taking the final vote, the more these special interests spend and the nastier their attacks get.
With no limit now on these kinds of special interest attack ads, if grassroots Democrats don't fight back, nobody will.

Let's use this March 31st FEC deadline to show the world that our democracy has not yet been bought by the tidal wave of Republican special interest money.

Thank you,

Paul Begala
Paul Begala

P.S. We're too close to winning the fight for health insurance reform to surrender to the special interests who are now free to spend whatever they want. Contribute before March 31st and your contribution will be matched dollar-for-dollar.

What gets me is that the original Boston Tea Party wasn't against taxes as much as it was against corporate power.  Just like the health insurance companies today, then the East India Company which was owned by the crown, held all the power.  The Tea Party was the culmination of a resistance movement throughout British America against the Tea Act, which was an Act of the Parliament to expand the British East India Company's monopoly on the tea trade to all British Colonies.  The Company long held a privileged position in relation to the English, and later the British government. As a result, it was frequently granted special rights and privileges, including trade monopolies and exemptions. These caused resentment among its competitors, who saw unfair advantage in the Company's position.

Early Americans believed in that all men were created equal and no one should be given extra advantage over anyone else.  They were opposed to what FDR called the economic royalists who made their wealth off the sweat, blood and tears of the common man.  That's what these insurance companies are doing to us and it's high time we threw them in the drink.

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