"There is a lot of disinformation about health insurance reform out there, spanning from control of personal finances to end of life care. These rumors often travel just below the surface via chain emails or through casual conversation. Since we can’t keep track of all of them here at the White House, we’re asking for your help. If you get an email or see something on the web about health insurance reform that seems fishy, send it to firstname.lastname@example.org."
If the Bush Administration had said something like this what do you think the media reaction would have been? Something along the lines of "OMG, the Evil Bush/Cheney are trying to stifle free speech and political dissent!! Those Facists!" Furthermore, you can bet folks like Chris Matthews, Keith Olbermann, and the rest of the liberal media would run with it ad nauseum offering their speculative opinions about what the Bush Administration was planning to do with the information sent to the White House e-mail.
Now for the record, I don't think this is some kind of insidious ploy by the Obama Administration or some way for them to create a list of those who they don't want speaking out. Obama is simply trying to counter dissent and he's pissed that he failed to ram healthcare down our throats prior to the August recess.
It would appear that "Dissent is Patriotic" only applies when a Republican is in the White House. Of course that line is a subject for a lengthy post of its own.
From some perspective, I cannot blame them for wanting to get information about things that are being said out on the interwebs. From another perspective, their methodology sucks.
But, as you illustrated, it is just another great example of the non-stop double-standards so prevalent in our Glorious President's administration...
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