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A former chairman of the Jasper County Republican Party spoke up in print about health care reform–and not the usual lies, but the truth (or at least part of it):

Republican pundits are sitting back and chuckling [over Democratic intra-partyi struggles], as they always do when reform is mentioned, and repeating the same self-serving platitudes.

What amazes me is that no one is calling these individuals to account. In my view, it is unpatriotic to continue to lie to the American public about the situation facing us. Over the last 10 years, wages have gone up by about one-fourth. Health insurance premiums have gone up well over 100 percent. We cannot continue along this path to fiscal destruction. Inaction is not an option.

It is also against American values to mislead the public into believing that everyone can get good care even if they do not have insurance. The mark of a great nation is not how well it treats its privileged, but rather how well it treats its downtrodden. On this measure, we fail miserably; strange for a nation that prides itself on being the most religious democracy in the world.

Hope the gentleman doesn’t get any death threats from his confreres (or maybe former confreres?). Thank you, Mr. Bernard, for having the courage not to pander on this issue.