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I'm starting to wonder, since opposition to President Obama usually comes in the form of completely fabricated arguments and paranoid delusions, whether I'm going to start engaging in the same kinds of tactics myself.

Saturday's rally by people opposed to -- I'm loathe to describe it since I don't think they truly understand what they're opposed to -- turned out a lot of people. Twenty-five people at a rally is a lot, and tens of thousands of people, if that is how many turned out on Saturday, is a damn lot of people. They turned out to -- again, I'm not sure. Feel solidarity in their anger? Who knows. Certainly not offer suggestions on how to fix a health care system that everyone from every political party agrees is broken.

One would hope that the rally should have their act together, and be able to offer cogent criticisms based on fact. Instead, they claim, as Michelle Malkin did, that "Turnout [was] estimated at 2 million." And who was Michelle Malkin citing, essentially? The President of FreedomWorks, the group that organized the event. And their numbers about crowd size were very, very close to accurate. They were only off by about 97%.

So basically we have people who make stuff up to suit their agenda, lie about crowd attendance, lie about what the bill does or doesn't do (death panels, anyone?), and this is from the so-called leaders of the opposition. These people expect respect and trust for their arguments? This amazes me, because I have a brain that I try to use on a semi-regular basis.

I think I've had enough. Because on page 498 of the bill it says everyone gets a free lollipop every day for life! What, you can't find it on that page? It's your fault! You probably also forgot to cross-reference page 611, which talks about the magic lima beans distributed to poor people that will grow small businesses but keep taxes low.

I am so sick of what passes for debate in this country. Made up facts, made up scares, made up crowd estimates. Meanwhile people die or go broke in the U.S.A. because of our health care system, or lack thereof.

Stay classy, everyone.

Originally posted to rbc on Mon Sep 14, 2009 at 11:29 AM PDT.

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