Monday, September 28, 2009

Help Me Battle Teabaggers on the National Mall

Yesterday my wife and I were discussing some of our weird personal highlights from the past year. We remembered two days when I held homemade political signs out on the streets (this one and this one). Both were great days, though the first one definitely topped the second. Then she told me about some of her recent run-ins on the DC metro with tea-bag types holding signs on their way to anti-health care rallies on the National Mall. Apparently these foot soldiers for the insurance companies have swarmed DC recently. The latest group she saw were from Mississippi. Hmm, I wonder who's footing the bill for these long trips.

Anyway, it got me thinking, we live just a few blocks away from the National Mall, why aren't I out there with my own sign, representing the other side of the health care debate? You know, the side that is for everyone having medical coverage?

So last night, I went out and bought some yellow poster board and big black markers. And sometime this week I am going to walk down to the nation's lawn and engage in the national discussion, or the national shouting match, or whatever is going on down there. (Seems like every time I'm down there, the Smithsonian Folklife Festival is going on.) But anyway I thought I would open this up to suggestions first.

What short health care message would be on your yellow sign?

Remember your audience is mainly DC commuters, tourists, and teabaggers who rode in on the insurance company bus. There are lots of directions you could go with this. Let's hear some ideas.

Here are a few to get you started:
"Get corporate profits away from our health care!"

"Insurance company billionaires or universal health care? You decide."

"If you get very sick, we hope you die. Love, Your Insurance Co."
Surely you can do better than these, so send me your message. I will post an update later on how it goes down on the Mall. Keep up the good fight.

Update: I cross-posted this article on Daily Kos. Check out some of the creative suggestions over there.


Camp Papa said...

I would offer:

Jesus Said, "Insure Others As You Would Be Insured."

Chris said...

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

This section of the preamble could be a catalyst for ideas.

Chris said...


Becky said...

How 'bout something like, "Firefighting isn't for profit, why is healthcare?"


"What are we doing for the least of these?" That might grab the Christians.

I'll keep thinking.

Mark said...

how 'bout

"Remember: if the meek inherit the the earth, insurance companies lose"

Becky said...

Ooh, good comments over at Kos.

I liked the "Single Prayer System: Pray You Don't Get Sick"

but. . .

I think people could use some reminding that many, many people in this country DO have "government-run healthcare."

Get in there, Dave!

Sara said...

Denying health care is un-American.