“Democratic National Committee’s press secretary Hari Sevugan said nationwide protests of democratic health care town hall events were “manufactured outrage” today on Washington Unplugged.”
That’s the talking point repeated all over the mainstream media.
Crap like this:
These mobs are bussed in by well funded, highly organized groups run by Republican operatives and funded by the special interests who are desperately trying to stop the agenda for change the President was elected to bring to Washington. Despite the headline grabbing nature of these angry mobs and their disruptions of events, they are not reflective of where the American people are on the issues – or the hundreds of thousands of thoughtful discussions taking place around kitchen tables, water coolers and in homes.
Why are people showing up to town hall meetings in droves and shouting down Democrat politicians and White House officials over the Democrats’ multi-trillion health care takeover? It’s manufactured outrage ginned up by some vast, rightwing conspiracy. Let’s ignore the fact that Democrats routinely bus in their people, or that no one was more “well funded” and “highly organized” than the Obama political machine.
But a snippet from a Politico article that is describing the vitriolic town hall meetings is telling:
Within an hour of the disruption, police were called in to escort the 59-year-old Democrat — who has held more than 100 town hall meetings since he was elected in 2002 — to his car safely.
“I have no problem with someone disagreeing with positions I hold,” Bishop said, noting that, for the time being, he was using other platforms to communicate with his constituents. “But I also believe no one is served if you can’t talk through differences.”
A registered Democrat confronting New York Democrat Steny Hoyer at a town hall in Utica said:
“Why would you guys try to stuff a health care bill down our throats in three to four weeks when the President took six months to pick what he wanted for a dog for his kids?!?! What are you doing? What are you doing? Are you willing to have your family members sign on to every bill that you pass?”
Pundits are now using the term “Town hell” to describe the outrage with which voters are confronting Democrats pushing for Obamacare. And it is by no means just Republicans who are utterly outraged and confronting their elected officials.
The latest Quinnipiac poll on health care is telling:
American voters, by a 55 – 35 percent margin, are more worried that Congress will spend too much money and add to the deficit than it will not act to overhaul the health care system, according to a Quinnipiac University national poll released today. By a similar 57 – 37 percent margin, voters say health care reform should be dropped if it adds “significantly” to the deficit.
By a 72 – 21 percent margin, voters do not believe that President Barack Obama will keep his promise to overhaul the health care system without adding to the deficit, the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University national poll finds.
American voters disapprove 52 – 39 percent of the way President Obama is handling health care, down from 46 – 42 percent approval July 1, with 60 – 34 percent disapproval from independent voters. Voters say 59 – 36 percent that Congress should not pass health care reform if only Democratic members support it.
Heritage points out:
The White House is losing the health care debate. Polls from National Public Radio, Wall Street Journal/NBC News, The Washington Post, Gallup, and Pew all show that the American people do not support President Barack Obama’s health care plan. The White House wants people to believe they are losing the health care debate because “scary … videos are starting to percolate on the internet” that are spreading “disinformation” about Obama’s health care plan.
Obama and Democrats are not just losing the argument among Republicans called in by insurance companies to raise havoc. They are in fact losing the debate with the overwhelming majority of the American people – as every single poll on health care shows. It is as disingenuous as hell to try to make the angry “mobs” as being Republican plants. Yet that is precisely what the Democrat Party is doing, and the mainstream media is helping them do it.
A message from the Obama White House shows just how Nixonian – and frankly Stalinist – this administration truly is:
There is a lot of disinformation about health insurance reform out there, spanning from control of personal finances to end of life care. These rumors often travel just below the surface via chain emails or through casual conversation. Since we can’t keep track of all of them here at the White House, we’re asking for your help. If you get an email or see something on the web about health insurance reform that seems fishy, send it to email@example.com.
This is an example – unprecedented in modern American political history – of a President of the United States seeking information on political opponents who are exercising their 2nd Amendment-protected rights. Imagine the appalled and angry outrage if George W. Bush had solicited the White House to create such an “enemies list.”
The whole affair very much reminds me of the Orwellian 1984 description of anonymous informers – including children against their own parents – spying on and reporting potential thought-criminals who might endanger The Party.
And of course it reminded me of another incredibly Orwellian statement from the Obama administration on the ‘Cash for Clunkers’ program:
“This application provides access to the DoT CARS system. When logged on to the CARS system, your computer is considered a Federal computer system and is the property of the US Government. Any or all uses of this system and all files on this system may be intercepted, monitored, recorded, copied, audited, inspected, and disclosed to authorized CARS, DoT, and law enforcement personnel, as well as authorized officials of other agencies, both domestic and foreign.”
Heritage.org suggests we turn in Democrats to the White House as “the people spreading disinformation about Obamacare.”
And in point of fact, we should turn in Obama to the White House for being one of the people encouraging anger and a mob mentality:
“I need you to go out and talk to your friends and talk to your neighbors. I want you to talk to them whether they are independent or whether they are Republican. I want you to argue with them and get in their face,” [Obama] said.
Or consider Obama saying he had no intention of laying off his campaign to intimidate AIG executives who were literally receiving death threats:
“I don’t want to quell anger. People are right to be angry. I’m angry. What I want us to do is channel our anger in a constructive way.”
Presumably, that meant trying to limit his followers from just shouting from the streets in front of AIG employees’ houses rather than actually entering the homes and murdering families. Which was nice of him, considering that only Chris Dodd accepted more contributions from AIG.
Hot Air provides the following list of exceptions to the Democrats’ charge of Republican extremism:
* People who want Congress to take more time debating healthcare are shutting down debate.
* Pres. Obama says the time for talk on healthcare is over, but his critics are trying to shut down debate.
* Harassing and threatening the families of AIG employees is awesome; razzing Representatives and Senators is totally bogus!
* Asking Representatives and Senators to read bills before voting on them is killing democracy.
* Sen. Specter saying “we have to make judgments very fast” is awesome. Booing him for saying so is shutting off debate.
* Healthcare protesters are “thugs” “shutting off debate”; antiwar protesters are “rowdy.”
The thing I find the most amazing is that – even if Republicans are doing EVERYTHING the Democrats claim they are (and they AREN’T), the Republicans are merely following in the example that has been set for YEARS by liberals. FrontPage Magazine provided a list compiled way back in 2001 of liberals routinely shouting down conservative speakers and disrupting events. Shouting and being disruptive was a tactic created by the left; how can they be angry if conservatives use it without their pointed heads exploding from containing the massive contradiction?
I found it amusing and utterly despicable at the same time to read about a 14 year old girl who – after noticing all the Obama T-shirts – decided to wear a shirt that said, “McCain Girl.” And was utterly and hatefully attacked for doing so. Just never forget that Republicans are intolerant and divisive, though.
The left is a group of people who come completely unglued if others do unto them as they did unto others. Hypocrisy defines them; it is their quintessential essence.
Barack Obama was a disciple of Saul Alinsky. And Rule 12 of Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals is: ‘Pick the Target, Freeze It, Personalize It and Polarize It.’ And as a business article pointed out, Obama has used that rule to effect again and again.
The White House is saying that the outrage over ObamaCare “appears to be orchestrated” and “organized” by rightwing organizations. The word “organized” should show how demonstrably ridiculous Obama’s outrage truly is, given his pride in having been a “community organizer.” And let us realize that “orchestrate” is merely another synonym for “organize.”
This community organizer is now mad that communities are beginning to organize to stop government health care they absolutely do not want?
I’ve seen about a dozen videos of so-called “mobs” shouting at Democrats. What I’ve noticed is that members of the audience would ask pointed questions, and the crowd only started shouting down Democrats when their elected officials give stupid and dismissive answers. When someone asked Kathleen Sebelius and Arlen Spector why Congress wasn’t even bothering to read the bills they were voting for, for example, nobody started screaming at Sebelius until she gave the utterly ridiculous answer that she had never served in Congress; nor did they scream at Spector until he answered that they had to work very fast and didn’t have time to read the bills that are transforming our society. And the crowd erupted in outrage at such stupid and contemptible answers.
Youtube video of Arlen Specter shouted down after saying “We have to do this fast.”
My own view is this: the Democrat establishment is trying to marginalize the huge crowds going to town halls to confront their elected representatives and telll them NOT to vote for this terrible health care bill. They want the Blue Dog Democrats to ignore the crowds and dismiss them as “plants.” They do so at their own political peril.
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