Town hall protesters raise their voices in opposition to big government and Pelosi, Baird, and others compare them to terrorists and Nazis. A Republican representative calls the President a liar and Democrats reprimand him in a powerless "resolution." So-called death panels were harshly criticized as fear-mongering and lies. A constant attack on conservative opponents to current health care proposals is based in an apparent demand for civil discourse and a condemnation of hyperbolic insults.
But wait...where were Polosi and Baird when Rep. Alan Grayson said what he did the other day? Grayson said on the House floor that the GOP plan for health care is "1. Don't get sick, 2. and if you do... 3. die quickly." Nevermind for now that the claim is demonstrably false. Let's stick the point that while Republicans like John McCain went on TV minutes after Joe Wilson's "You lie" outburst and called for an apology whereas liberals hail Grayson as bold and brazen. It is blatantly obvious that Democrats do not want civility, they want ammunition against a public that is increasingly opposed to their government take-over.
But Grayson's straw-man tactic is nothing new to politics, much less to liberal rhetoric. Has Grayson heard anyhting baout tort reform, illegal immigration crackdown, or insurance portability across state lines? It's not that the GOP has no plan, it's that they don't have his plan. So, instead of actually talking about the courts, immigration, or portability, they string that straw man up on the pole and say that there is no plan at all. And Grayson goes a step further by accusing Republicans of wanting people to die, an accusation that is far worse than the death panel claims (which at least had some root in the proposed bills).
I'm still waiting for Obama to chastize Grayson like he does every critic of his plan that uses hyperbole and insults to make their points.