Organizing for Action (OFA), is a tax-exempt advocacy group tasked with keeping President Obama’s social welfare healthcare agenda in runaway train mode. OFA is giving away free Obamacare bumper stickers to all who join their Facebook page. The design of the sticker deliberately defiles the Gadsden flag image traditionally used by conservatives and Tea Party groups. The design replaces the coiled rattlesnake image and the motto “Don’t Tread on Me” with the image of a stethoscope and the motto, “Don’t Tread on My Obamacare.” OFA’s sticker design is a blatant attempt to both mock conservative groups and generate more applications for the not necessarily Affordable Care Act before the March 31 deadline.
On the Organizing for Action Facebook page the banner blares, “Last call for health insurance in 2014” as though the March 31 deadline is really a deadline in the standard sense of the word. As has been repeatedly evidenced by the Obama administration, words like “deadline,” “mandate” and even seemingly straightforward phrases such as “If you like your doctor you can keep your doctor” are subject to interpretation. This interpretation is influenced by the potential negative or positive political fallout to the Obama administration, which seems to have a penchant for fuzzy constitutional law.
Jon Carson, the Executive Director of OFA says that the sticker is a tool for Americans tired of hearing the “other side talk smack” about Obama’s signature legislation. By the “other side,” it can be assumed that he means Republicans and conservatives, a demographic that Democrats and liberals love to paint as nasty, mean-spirited money mongers with no heart or social conscience. Carson says people can use the sticker to “brag” and show how proud they are that despite the best efforts and millions of dollars spent by detractors to “tear it down,” the Affordable Care Act is an accomplishment that represents the voices of the people who have taken action and been heard.
Christine Pelosi, daughter of House minority leader Nancy Pelosi (D) who famously said of Obamacare that the bill would have to be passed before its contents could be known, supports OFA’s defiling of the Gadsden flag. Like her mother Nancy, Christine is a Democrat and a strategist and she says that the Gadsden symbol is going to be taken from conservatives and used to defend the “heavy-treading Affordable Care Act.” This hypocrisy is laughable in the face of the original intent of the image, which emerged from the American Revolution as a warning to King George that he would regret any attempt at a heavy tread. If American General Christopher Gadsden were able to get a peek at the current policies of the Obama administration, he would likely turn over in his grave.
Carson believes that Obamacare is allowing millions of Americans to get “affordable, quality care.” It is interesting to note however, that as of today, only 5 million people have signed up for the government mandated program. Unknown is how many of them have received confirmation of their coverage and paid a premium. It is known that only 27 percent of the enrollees were previously uninsured leaving a high population of Medicare enrollees and folks who lost their medical insurance thanks to Obamacare. Despite the promise that they could keep their insurance if they liked it, those folks were faced with a harsh reality and had no choice but to sign up for the government mandated medical coverage.
Organizing for Action’s blatant defiling of a symbol generally associated with conservative and Tea Party platforms is simply another example of a liberal organization insulting and treading on all who do not follow their Obama fueled perspective. OFA has made their disdain for the Tea Party, conservatives and the meaning behind the Gadsden flag abundantly clear but their disdain will have little to no effect other than to generate a brief media buzz. Despite their best effort to appropriate what is a very powerful symbol, it will take much more than a bumper sticker to get droves of young and healthy Americans to sign up in the numbers that Obamacare needs in order to stay afloat.
Opinion By Alana Marie Burke
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