The White House has a suggestion for you if you get an e-mail from someone or read something on the web about the Obama health care reform “that seems fishy”: report them. They’ve set up a special e-mail address you can forward it to where the administration will… um… well, they’re not saying what they’ll do with it. And that’s got Senator Cornyn of Texas concerned:
Texas Republican Sen. John Cornyn is taking issue with a Tuesday posting on the official White House blog in which the Obama administration asks supporters to report back when they receive “an email or see something on the web about health insurance reform that seems fishy” to an official e-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org.
“I am not aware of any precedent for a president asking American citizens to report their fellow citizens to the White House for pure political speech that is deemed ‘fishy’ or otherwise inimical to the White House’s political interests,” Cornyn writes today in a harshly worded letter to President Barack Obama in which he asks the president to immediately halt the effort.
Oh, I’m aware of a precedent for a government asking their citizens to report political speech they didn’t like but it wasn’t a president at the top. I find it astonishing that no one at the White House sees that, I might add.
This whole thing where suddenly, after 8 years of “speaking truth to power” and “making your voices heard” to the administration and to Congress being considered the height of patriotism, the Democrats and the general Left in this country are calling citizens registering their dissent “mobs” and “rioters” is just bizarre. Their opinion of the average citizen is clearly pretty low when they figure Americans can’t figure out where they stand on an issue and speak out on it without some kind of corporate sponsorship and a ride home on a bus. Knock it off, Mr. President.