Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Crushing Dissent

The DNC sent out an email yesterday that said this:

The Republicans and their allied groups – desperate after losing two consecutive elections and every major policy fight on Capitol Hill – are inciting angry mobs of a small number of rabid right wing extremists funded by K Street Lobbyists to disrupt thoughtful discussions about the future of health care in America taking place in Congressional Districts across the country.

However, much like we saw at the McCain-Palin rallies last year where crowds were baited with cries of 'socialist,' 'communist,' and where the birthers movement was born – these mobs of extremists are not interested in having a thoughtful discussion about the issues – but like some Republican leaders have said – they are interested in ‘breaking’ the President and destroying his Presidency.

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.

The right wing extremists’ use of things like devil horns on pictures of our elected officials, hanging members of Congress in effigy, breathlessly questioning the President's citizenship and the use of Nazi SS symbols and the like just shows how outside of the mainstream the Republican Party and their allies are. This type of anger and discord did not serve Republicans well in 2008 – and it is bound to backfire again.

This email should send a shiver up your spine. The power that the DNC has-- their party has the Presidency, the Senate and the House-- and yet they feel the need to use these awful scare tactics and lies.

This is designed to scare people like you and me into not getting involved with the townhalls. Stay home, stay out-of-it. Anyone who speaks out against their rush towards European-style socialism is an extremist. The rest of the people are having "thoughtful" conversations....but you are nuts. They will call us every name in the book to get us to stay home. Good luck with that.

These people don't get it. Most of the people showing up at these events (tea parties, town halls) aren't even affiliated with a political party. They're just ticked off. Really ticked off. They are some of the 60% of Americans who happen to have a federal income tax liability. They know that once that balance is tipped passed 50%, America is done. They are mad that the country is spending itself into oblivion. . They see friends and family losing jobs and don't see where new jobs will come from. They see the obvious answers; like drilling and nuclear for our energy needs, like encouraging competition to bring down costs in the health care industry, and they wonder why our elected officials are so clueless.

As far as conservatives like me-- well I'm just learning from the liberals, I'm just learning from our President. HotAir points out this from Obama's campaign last fall:

In Elko, Obama tried to anticipate his critics and called on the crowd of about 1,500 to sharpen their elbows, too.

“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,” he said.

A girlfriend of mine and I have been talking about renting a bus to get people to townhall meetings, another Republican I know has offered up his mini-van that seats seven. Yeah, those K-street lobbyists are funding this. Yeah, right. I wish I had some money for all of this stuff I do. I'm a Republican, I like to work to make money.

I'm a proud activist and "community organizer" and these threats only fuel the desire to organize taxpayers and citizens to speak up.

Oh, by the way, another thing I'm learning....how to find town hall meetings that aren't posted publicly for our two liberal Senators.

They want to crush any dissent. They will use any means necessary including the propoganda in the DNC email above. It's astounding, it's frightening.


Jim said...

Hmm, listing their own tactics and projecting them on the "enemy" as evil deeds.

Really, like you said, who's paying the "volunteers" to go door knocking? Oh, Clean Water Action and other members of a coalition of liberal groups, not the Republican "extremists." Either that or I'm a chump for not getting in on the K street gravy train :)

I think both sides bus groups of warm bodies around for the fundamental battle between those who want free stuff just for existing and those who want to keep their own stuff, but I'd guess that the Dems probably do it more in the poor/urban areas where people might not have their own transportation. Of course, when they do it, it's "enfranchising" voters, but if a Republican does it, it's a devious plot.


"rabid right wing extremists"?

From what I've seen of these Town Hall events, those attending are; young/old, male/female, black/white, red/bue working/retired, healthy/sick participants.

The "right wingers" protesting at these gatherings seem to be a pretty good cross section of America.

The left has dominated the protest arena for decades. The tea parties from last spring led to the to lefties attempting to ridicule the righties by calling them teabaggers - an obvious reference to a homosexual sex act.

Obama has been given hours of free air time to promote ObamaCare with informercial style productions, yet the democrats complain "mobs are bussed in by well funded, highly organized groups run by Republican operatives and funded by the special interests."

I'm sorry my liberal friends, but ABC hasn't offered equal time on this one.

Is there a problem with busing people to Town Hall meetings? Isn't this part of being green.

Mary said...

The "vast right-wing conspiracy" continues.

Goose said...

Geez, look how fast Obama turns against his past. Wasn't he a community organizer???

Michael said...

What's rather scary is the context from which many of the new voters in 2010 will be coming from. They will have been born after the Iron Curtain fell and with no real context for understanding what oppressive socialism can do to a people. Or worse, what 'crushing dissent' really means in terms of losing individual freedoms.

As a first generation American with parents from the Ukraine, I grew up hearing stories about how dissent was handled. Sometimes it was brutally crushed by midnight knocks on the door and the disappearance of an uncle forever (true in the case of one of my great uncles who was an anti-communist organizer). But more often it was an innocent child who was incented with a peice of chocolate or fruits to tell the local KGB or police as to what conversations were happening at home. Neighbor would spy on neighbor out of fear of being 'suspected of subversion' if they did not have something to report to authorities.

It's easy for those who have the mind of children and believe in a utopian vision of society, to simply dismiss history or examples from other countries as simply fear-mongering.

Unfortunately, nothing good can come from crushing peaceful dissent. The upside is that so long as questions and concerns continue to be voiced in a peaceful manner, the more apparent it becomes to those standing on the sidelines that the people trying to control the questions truly do have something to hide.