Sorry I've been away from the blog this week, but AT&T inadvertently knocked out my phone lines. I couldn't get online until yesterday.
When the AT&T repairman was restoring my connection to the outside world, he noticed a copy of Ron Paul's book, Revolution, sitting on my coffee table, and we struck up a political conversation. He asked if I was a Republican. I said no, I was a fiscal conservative and a Libertarian, with a few exceptions (such as national security). The repairman asked me what the difference was between a Republican and a fiscal conservative. I replied that most Republicans were just kidding about fiscal conservatism, and I wasn't. Then the repairman asked me if I had heard Barbara Boxer (D-CA) insulting the American people who attended the townhall meetings on health care. That led to a 15 minute conversation that ended only because the repairman had another service call to make. It turns out the repairman was a 13-year military veteran. He was also one of the most intelligent people I've talked to lately. This "regular guy," much like myself, was very concerned with the health care reform that is winding it's way through the halls of Congress. Much like myself (and lots of townhall attendees), he thought the Democrats were being quite dishonest about their health care reform plans. He was also quite unhappy that many Democrats are treating Americans like we are a bunch of thuggish nitwits.
But it's even worse than being treated like a thuggish nitwit. Those Democrats aren't even giving us credit for being able to form our own opinions. They act like we are a bunch of mindless autobots being sent out to do the bidding of Fox News, Rush Limbaugh, and the Republican National Committee. That's why the Dems and their pet media speak of the contentious health care townhalls being an "astroturf" movement (fake grassroots). They pretend we are puppets, speaking words put into our simple minds by others. They pretend we do not exist at all as individuals capable of individual reasoned thought. It's based upon the old military tactic of dehumanizing the enemy. It's easy to kill or ignore what's not viewed as human. Ohio Democratic Representatives Tim Ryan and John Boccieri have both stated that they ignored the flood of e-mails and phone calls from Americans concerned over health care because they thought it was just manufactured outrage, ginned up by Fox News and others. These two are both literally saying they could care less what their own constituents think. This raises the question - who are they representing, if not Ohioans ?
Here is a sampling of Democratic responses to the health care townhall meetings:
"I think they're astroturf. You be the judge. They're carrying swastikas and symbols like that to town meeting on healthcare" - Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi
Swastikas ? Has anyone seen this yet ? I haven't.
“I just want to show you what Astroturf really is.They’re taking their cues from talk show hosts, Internet rumor mongers, and insurance rackets." - Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid
Yes. I can't tell you how many calls I get from insurance companies telling me to stop health care reform. Oh, wait, yes I can. NONE. Of course, my phones were out for a few days. Maybe the insurance guys were trying to call me then.
"These guys don’t care about you. They care about YouTube. We can spot a ringer.” Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin.
Is there a lot of money in getting on YouTube ? I think America's Funniest Home Videos pays better, and that's where Durbin belongs.
“Organized mobs across the country are intimidating lawmakers, disrupting events, and silencing discussions about the change our country needs.” - an Obama campaign aide in an e-mail to Michigan supporters.
"Organized mobs ?" What, now Obama's health care reform opponents are like Al Capone ? The "mob" narrative is being played over and over by the Democratic honchos. Watch this commercial being aired by the Democratic National Committee, appropriately named 'Enough Of The Mob':
Mob. Mob. Mob. Mob. Mob. Got it ? And one Birther thrown in for good measure.
Dehumanize. Illegitimize. Radicalize. That's the Dem strategy. Do anything but respond to the actual issues being raised at these townhall meetings.
Now for Barbara Boxer's comments:
"I saw some of the clips of people storming these townhall meetings. The last time I saw well-dressed people doing this was when Al Gore asked me to go down to Florida to recount the ballots...this is all organized...you in the media have to take a look at this. It's all planned to hurt our President and change the Congress"
Who are these "well-dressed people" ? If you look at any of the townhall meeting clips, you'll see a bunch of people wearing t-shirts, shorts, halter tops, ball caps, etc. I didn't see any Brooks Brothers suits there, except for those worn by some of the Democratic speakers.
The massive irony here is, look at who our President is - Barack Obama, the community ORGANIZER. Organizing people toward political ends is his stock in trade. Even if the townhall meetings WERE organized by some GOP operatives and/or the insurance industry, which, of course, they AREN'T, how can Democrats have the nerve to complain about it ? Obama has encouraged the exact same behavior throughout his career. He was the chief trainer for ACORN, for god's sake. ACORN comes out enmasse to protest anything they don't like. And they shout people down, chant slogans, even break into foreclosed homes to take them over. Have you ever heard a peep from the White House or the Democrats condemning ACORN'S behavior ? Nope. Not a one.
And if you really want to see how liberals act when they are hearing something THEY don't like, just observe how conservative speakers on college campuses are shouted down, how the liberal audiences throw things at the speakers, etc. Here's one of many such examples. I picked this one because it happened at Obama's alma mater, Columbia University, where the protesters stopped the Minutemen from speaking. This makes the health care townhalls look like sunday church services by comparison:
Btw, this is the same Columbia University that sat and listened respectfully to Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad speak. Liberals know who the real enemy is.
The latest Quinnipiac poll shows that 52% of Americans disapprove of Obama's handling of health care reform. Only 39% approve. That's an awful lot of astroturf manufactured phony outrage, I'd say. The "mob" (aka, America) appears not to agree with the Democrats.
So, pipe down, Dems. Your kabuki theater on health care townhall meetings is fooling no one, and it's angering a lot of us. Not to mention that you used the exact same tactics regarding the Tea Party protests. We're onto you. The only thing fake here is the Dems fake outrage.
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