Saturday, August 8, 2009
Ah, American democracy: Over the past week, members of the House -- currently in recess -- have been holding town hall meetings that have gotten progressively nastier as more and more organized opponents of the Democrats' healthcare plan have shown up to protest. The debate between the two major parties over the town halls has gotten pretty nasty too, with claims and counter-claims about who, exactly, is un-democratic and who's trying to stifle the voice of the people.
Now, the tension is really starting to erupt, and on Thursday night, two of the town halls turned violent.
At one, a forum on aging held in St. Louis County by Rep. Russ Carnahan, D-Mo., six people -- one of them a reporter -- were arrested. Two people, one conservative and one staffer with the Service Employees International Union, were reportedly sent to the hospital with minor injuries sustained during scuffles at the event.
In Ybor City, Fla., there were similar scuffles, some of which were reportedly broken up by law enforcement, but no arrests. That forum was organized by a state legislator, Democratic Rep. Betty Reed, but U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor, D-Fla., was also there. She didn't get much of a chance to address the crowd, though -- the Tampa Tribune reports, "Castor tried to speak for nearly 15 minutes but the crowd drowned her out, chanting, 'You work for us,' 'Tyranny, tyranny,' and 'Read the bill.' She ultimately left the meeting early, further angering some attendees."
In both cases, the breaking point was apparently the size of the crowd -- at both of the town halls, the number of people who showed up was too large for the space in which they were being held, and so some people were not allowed in. Conservative protesters took this as a sign they were being shut out because of their political beliefs, especially in Misssouri, where things turned ugly when two SEIU employees were allowed in when others were being kept out. (Josh Marshall notes that SEIU was sponsoring the event, and the employees in question were apparently staffing it.)
There have been accusations that astroturfing -- fake grass-roots efforts led by industry or lobbying groups -- is behind the heavy anti-reform turnout that's been a hallmark of the recent town halls. In both Florida and Missouri Thursday night, there were organizations apparently responsible for the size of the crowd, but they were organizations of a different sort -- Missouri's crowd was reportedly spurred on by the local Tea Party Coaliton, while Florida's was drummed up by Glenn Beck's 9-12 Project. (Beck himself probably had little or nothing to do with it; it's a decentralized group.)
A third town hall, this one held by Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick, D-Ariz., had to be shut down. Politico's Martin Kady reports that "protesters showed up after a robocall -- it's unclear from whom -- went out to Arizona voters encouraging them to show up at the event." Kirkpatrick was supposed to have one-on-one talks with attendees, but, according to Kady, "was unable to get the event started and canceled it."
Video from Missouri town hall:
Video from Florida town hall:
Outraged Americans across the country get in the face of the system and yell, “Don’t Tread On Me”
For a long time people have been asking why Americans are not up in arms, screaming and shouting about their fast disappearing liberties along with the continuous passage of legislation that they vehemently oppose, from the banker bailout, to the cap and trade bill, to Obamacare. Well now they are screaming and shouting – and if the momentum continues to build, this rebellion could the spark to ignite the second American revolution.
For those waiting for a “summer of rage” it has now arrived – outraged Americans across the country are exercising their first amendment rights to do the most American thing imaginable – speaking truth to power through non-violent civil disobedience.
At first the establishment left media attempted to attack the credibility of the protests by claiming that they were the work of health insurance company lobbyists – but when that fizzled after ABC News reported that there were no lobbyists present at the demonstrations, the attack dogs shifted their rhetoric to claim that the protesters were Nazis and right-wing extremists.
Meanwhile, at the same time media apologists for the administration are labeling the protesters as violent and dangerous extremists, Obama supporters are beating up Obamacare protesters while foundation-funded organizations like ACORN, MoveOn.org, the National Council of La Raza, the eugenics front Planned Parenthood Federation of America, and the Clintonite John Podesta’s war-mongering Center for American Progress are supporting moves to chill free speech and eliminate protesters at town hall meetings.
The only people acting like Nazi brownshirts are the White House front groups who are now calling for the police to crack heads and silence voices of dissent.
The desperation on behalf of the Obama administration and its mouthpieces in their attempts to denounce the protests is clearly evident, to the point where they are now compiling an enemies list via snitch tips sent to them via the White House website in order to try and neutralize the growing anger.
Another talking point now making the rounds is that it is uncivil and belligerent to become rowdy at town hall meetings, when in fact nothing could be more Americana, nothing could be more in spirit with the legacy of the founding fathers and the very soul of the country.
The establishment is scared to death that Americans may see beyond the scope of their partisan divisions and come together to stand up in unison against the offshore bankers and corporations that run the White House, which is why the constant politicized drumbeat that the protesters are nothing more than astroturf Republicans is constantly echoed.
In reality, for anyone who has closely tracked the evolution of this movement, the demonstrations owe their origins in an increasing sense of outrage about the multi-trillion dollar looting being carried out by the Federal Reserve in the form of the bailout, the nightmare cap and trade bill, the totalitarian health care proposals, and the general handover of American sovereignty to globalist interests through crony infrastructure sellouts and the emerging North American Union.
Although admittedly at an embryonic stage, the scenes we see unfolding across the country could be the spark that ignites the second American revolution. At the very least, the passionate, outraged and bold reaction to the Obama administration’s big government agenda is definitely a sign of things to come, and as each new totalitarian program is rolled out the resistance will only increase and get louder as momentum builds and people across the nation get in the face of the system and yell, “don’t tread on me.”
Watch a compilation of protest videos from across the country below.
Elkhart County, Indiana
During a demonstration Thursday evening outside a forum on aging called by U.S. Rep. Russ Carnahan, D-St. Louis, in Mehville, Missouri, a patriot was viciously attacked by union thugs.
Pelosi: Town Hall Protesters Are “Carrying Swastikas”
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