Remember Fight the Smears? I spent the better part of a year using it as inspiration and fodder to hammer insane wingnut lunatics out to prevent Barack Obama from becoming President by lying and sowing seeds of fear and loathing among the masses.
It didn’t work out well for them.
One reason it didn’t was a coordinated effort by the campaign and by bloggers like me who fought back – hard. It’s the only way you deal with insane ignorant bullies. Hit them hard and keep hitting them until those who might sheepishly go along are forced not to. It wasn’t easy, but it worked. It took up a ton of time I didn’t have, but it was worth it.
The Fight The Smears website was a brilliant idea and one in a long list of Obama campaign innovations that will be studied for years. The reason it worked was due mostly to it’s simplicity. A clearinghouse for campaign lies and smears that were being forwarded ad nauseum and parroted in right wing outlet after right wing outlet. The messaging was simple too. Fight the smears. Simple. Easy. Effective. The site was resource with which armies of supporters could battle the insanity of the Palin Mobs. The energy of supporters enabled the campaign to harness a cadre of people willing to get the message out and counter misinformation. Daily.
That we have to do it again is sad, really, but that’s where the Birthers, Palin Mobs, and Townhall Rioters have led us. It is the summer of wingnut discontent and it requires action. Enter “Health Insurance Reform Reality Check“. Not quite “Fight The Smears”, but “Reality Check” is the perfect messaging for what is happening. We are in serious need of a reality check. The stuff that is being peddle by the right is not reality. Death panels. Nazi end of life euthanasia for seniors. So-called “Socialized Medicine”. Killing the Down Syndrome child of a former VP candiate. These fuckers are as unhinged as ever.
So the next time you hear one of these fantastical objections to health care reform (ie complete made up crazy shit), use Reality Check to answer them. Whenever and wherever you see them. Our instinct is to laugh them off, sure. It’s what I did with most of the original Birther arguments and Obama smears. We should begin taking them on directly and unequivocally.
So what is in it for us average Americans? What will health care reform get us? Let’s first answer what it WON’T do:
NO Euthanasia for seniors
NO Government takeover of health care
NO Government rationing, but prevention of rationing by insurance companies
NO Veteran health care affects
NO Small business burden
NO Medicare cuts
NO Forcing you out of your current plan
Of course, the “no socialized medicine” argument is easily debunked by explaining to people what Medicare is (Government run health care). The ignorance in this debate is breathtaking. It’s going to take at least as much work as it did defeating the Obama smears. The misinformation may even be worse!
OK, so that’s what health care reform WON’T do. What about what’s in it for us? Good question. Here are several consumer protections guaranteed by reform. It’s too bad they couldn’t have grabbed realitycheck.com. It doesn’t look like it’s being used and that would be a sweet URL to point people to.
But don’t forget to COUNTER it!
See also: www.healthreform.gov