Update: Pictures of the event can be found here. David, the author of that website thought that one of the nurses was me, but alas, I am not that creative or cute. Maybe next time! :)
We had a GREAT turnout yesterday outside of the Group Health clinic in Bellevue, countering the pro-Obamacare robots!! Plus, we had less than 24 hours to plan it and get the word out!! It was so awesome, and I just want to say thank you to everyone that showed up, and I know there were lots of people who couldn't make it who were there in spirit. I want to share a conversation I had with a lady from the opposition. She walked across the street (we were on opposite corners) and as I was right on the curb, I was the first person she encountered.
Woman: I just wanted to tell you that I have been in and out of seven jobs, losing my health coverage over and over, and I have a chronic health condition and I want health care reform. That's all, I just wanted to tell you.
Me: Well, I want health care reform too, but not thi-
Woman: (interrupting me) This is the one I want. I want this reform. This is the one. I want this one.
Me: Well, you pay for it then. I'll pay for my health care and you pay for yours.
End of conversation. She walked away. She then went on to tell her sob story to EVERY SINGLE PERSON on our side. The woman ended up near me and I couldn't help myself when I heard her comment below, so here is the second conversation we had.
Woman: I want basic health care and I need it. I want it and I need it.
Me: Lady, your wants and needs are NO justification for forceably taking from other people!
Woman: Yes it is!
Me: (shocked) No it is not. No one else is responsible for your wants and your needs. We are not responsible for you.
Woman: Yes you are! We are all responsible for each other!
Me: No. No we are not.
Woman: Well I just want basic health!
Me: Then buy it! Washington State offers basic health which you can purchase. I bought it when I was right out of college because I was only working part-time and couldn't get other insurance. It is $160 a month.
Woman: You can't get basic health if you own your own home and I make $40,000.
Me: What???!! You make $40,000?! Buy your own damn insurance then!
Woman: I can't!
Me: Then you need to reorder your priorities ma'am. That's not my problem.
Woman: I have two children! My children need to eat!!
Me: Of course they do! Sheesh, that is a priority. Other things are not.
Woman: My mortgage is $1,000 and because of my chronic health condition my health care is $1,500 a month!
Me: Then maybe you need to move somewhere cheaper.
Woman: But that's the cheapest place in Bellevue!
Me: Maybe you need to move. Or sell your house and move into a cheaper rental. Sacrifice. It's called, priorities. You are not entitled to have it all. Make a choice.
Woman: Well I just want to know that if I get cancer I will be covered.
Me: HA! Under this plan if you have a terminal disease you will be the LAST person to get help! This plan, and the people in charge of it, have explicitly said that the young and fit will get the medical allocations first, leaving the old and sick to die!
Woman: And that is okay with me. We spend more money on the last year of life than we do at any other time.
Me: Lady, when a government bureaucrat starts making the decisions about who gets to LIVE and who gets to DIE based on medical resources and cost, then we live in the SICKEST society and I will not be a part of that.
Woman: This isn't about me.
Me: It is ALL about you. You said that at the start. "I want, I need!" I'm done with you . Goodbye.
She literally whined and bounced up and down like a two year-old!! I'm not joking! "I want, I need!" "I want, I need!" Sickening and hilarious at the same time.
I also just saw on Michelle Malkin's site that the Dallas Tea Party Patriots outnumbered a similar MoveOn.org demonstration outside of Cornyn's office yesterday too!!
As I always say, "When we show up, we win!!!"
In response to the first comment: Yes, we should all be mindful of the needy and be charitable when possible. But the problem lies in semantics and philosophy. Even if we believe that we are, in some way, "responsible" for others, you have to be careful with your language. This is the language the socialists use to defend their policies. Your philosophy of voluntary charity is completely at odds with their philosophy of forced redistribution and mandatory sacrifice. It is a choice that should be left to each individual, and we can hope that everyone makes the decision to be charitable. So when I told the woman that we are not responsible for her or anyone else, I was fighting her interpretation of that philosophy. I heartily believe in volunteerism and charity. As long as it is voluntary.