Axelrod's unsolicited email on health care reform

That community organizing thing with soaring rhetoric, so effective during the presidential campaign, isn't working so well now that the presidency has actually been won. Vague promises won't do, solid accomplishments are necessary. And large segments of the community, exercising their constitutional rights, have decided that being herded into government sponsored, government mandated health care is not an accomplishment, not the way they want to be organized.

Panic stricken, President Barack Obama (D) and his community organizing aides, realizing that mocking and marginalizing opponents of their scheme isn't working, have decided instead to use the limitless funds of the government, ie, everyone's tax dollars, to push their plan forward.

Today, Obama's senior advisor, David Axelrod sent out an e mail, at government expense, Something worth forwarding, claiming it was necessary because

some of the old tactics we know so well are back - even the viral emails that fly unchecked and under the radar, spreading all sorts of lies and distortions.

And this from a man, who with the then campaign staff perfected the art of the e mail and other electronic methods of communications, and is now appalled that others actually use modern technology also. Therefore they are "unchecked" (oh, do they need government/Obama approval?) "and under the radar" (whose? Again, do people sending e mails need government/Obama approval with a copy to the president?) Full of "lies and distortions"? Hmmm, the same way all the e mails backing ObamaCare are accurate?

Claiming to bring the reader facts about Obama's health care proposals, the Axelrod e mail is full of vague generalities, failing to confront and answer the objections. Missing are solid facts on how this vast scheme will be funded, relying instead on comforting words instead of the dreaded taxation. And on and on.

But read it yourself--unchecked but definitely well above the radar. Lies? Distortions?

And then decide if you should continue to be part of the mob and protest. Something worth forwarding?

hat tip: Sonia Nahmod

The White House, Washington

Dear Friend,

This is probably one of the longest emails I've ever sent, but it could be the most important.

Across the country we are seeing vigorous debate about health insurance reform. Unfortunately, some of the old tactics we know so well are back - even the viral emails that fly unchecked and under the radar, spreading all sorts of lies and distortions.

As President Obama said at the town hall in New Hampshire, "where we do disagree, let's disagree over things that are real, not these wild misrepresentations that bear no resemblance to anything that's actually been proposed."

So let's start a chain email of our own. At the end of my email, you'll find a lot of information about health insurance reform, distilled into 8 ways reform provides security and stability to those with or without coverage, 8 common myths about reform and 8 reasons we need health insurance reform now.

Right now, someone you know probably has a question about reform that could be answered by what's below. So what are you waiting for? Forward this email.


David Axelrod
Senior Adviser to the President

P.S. We launched this week to knock down the rumors and lies that are floating around the internet. You can find the information below, and much more, there. For example, we've just added a video of Nancy-Ann DeParle from our Health Reform Office tackling a viral email head on. Check it out: