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Posted: Sunday, August 16, 2009 3:42 pm | Updated: 2:20 am, Sat Oct 8, 2011.

Linda Turley-Hansen: No one knows who to believe, or where to seek reliable information. Thus, I borrow from two exceptional Wall Street Journal articles to continue in my efforts to warn of the attacks against our most basic freedoms.

We've watched the meltdown of the media. No one knows who to believe, or where to seek reliable information. The vacuum has produced one of the greatest tragedies in the history of this country. Without a conscientious watchdog, the road into the heart and soul of a nation is left naked and painfully vulnerable.

I thank the media gods for Web blogs and certain, but very few, talk radio and TV programs. Even some newspapers give reliable coverage. A growing number of discerning citizens search for balance in truth among those options. My household counts heavily on the Wall Street Journal, an international publication that supports the American system of freedom in competition. That support gives me a level of trust in its pages, though I find balance in multiple sources.

Thus, I borrow from two exceptional Wall Street Journal articles to continue in my efforts to warn of the attacks against our most basic freedoms; attacks generated by both parties over years and years.

Up front is the health care bill. Under scrutiny, it turns out to be one of the most heinous assaults against American civil rights. On Aug. 8, columnist Peggy Noonan called the events surrounding the debate "terrifying." Now, let me tell you about this lady. She's a role-model writer. She stays pretty much in the center and has shown modest support for President Barack Obama. She regularly calls for moderation in response to political issues. Simply, she's earned a ton of credibility with people of all political leanings.

Now hear what she's telling Americans about the White House and Democratic attacks against opponents of the health care bill: "The Democratic response has been stunningly crude and aggressive."

Noonan is shocked by the White House's call for its supporters to forward e-mails of "disinformation" from the opposition. She's suspicious of the White House disclaimer that it won't keep a list of detractors and called for the president to "back off."

On the opposite page is an editorial representing the Wall Street Journal's position. Remember, this newspaper, founded in 1889, has become an international institution; it has earned the Pulitzer Prize 33 times with a philosophy grounded in the freedom and worth of man.

The Journal challenges the Democratic contention that opposition to the health care bill is "a sinister conspiracy controlled by the hidden hand of the health-care industry." It calls the charge "projection." I call it transference of guilt.

The Journal tells us that "doctors, hospitals, insurers and the drug makers" have all been "bought" by the administration - a serious accusation. Take note: Heavily invested in the scheme is the pharmaceutical industry, doing deals with the White House. Apparently, all key health "stake holders" have been convinced to climb on board or be left behind. Funny thing, the Democrats' talking points claim protests, against the plan, are being organized by the insurance companies. Doesn't the deception just shock your senses?

Rot is thriving in Washington. Who wouldn't want it differently, no matter what side of the fence we live on? And, one more issue to note: From the Aug. 10 Wall Street Journal, next year's census will include all noncitizens, an unconstitutional count of who "we the people" are. The census determines "the apportionment of House members and Electoral College votes for each state." Be warned, this count will heavily skew state representation in Congress.

These issues are just a few of a scandalous number, coming out of an administration that promised paradise. Many of my associates anxiously believe in the words of Obama. They voted for him and trust(ed) him.

Yet, feelings of betrayal are surfacing. Polls show, nationwide, Americans are awakening.

The rest of us know how they feel, and welcome all to join peaceful protests, whether through mail, electronically or at events sponsored by your neighbors and mine. It's an American right. Claim it or lose it.

Linda Turley-Hansen is a syndicated columnist and former veteran Phoenix television news anchor who lives in the East Valley. She can be reached by e-mail at

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