It’s been an interesting week in the world of American politics. With the arrogance of congressional Democrats and the White House attempts at discrediting a grassroots movement, the passions will certainly continue to climb after the weekend is over.
Here are some highlights from these past few days:
1. At a town hall last week in Dallas, an elderly “mob” with “manufactured” outrage questioned AARP’s support for nationalized health care, asking: “Do you work for us or do we work for you?”
There were no swastika-wearing grannies at Tuesday’s meeting, as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi might claim. Nor were they “taking their cues from talk show hosts, Internet rumor-mongers . . . and insurance rackets,” as Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has said.
But they were mad as hell at the perception that AARP was selling them out in the name of government-run medical insurance. That perception was not helped when the AARP town hall on the subject was shut down by the seniors outfit once the members dared to ask questions. The AARP representatives did not want to hear from the members at all. Just send in your dues, granny, and be quiet.
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2. You’ve heard a lot about this crazy, scary, vicious mob on some shadowy GOP payroll. By the way the DNC, Rachel Maddow, and President Obama talk, you’d think it was a motley crue of Hell’s Angels.
Let me introduce you to the mob:
To view the rest of Dana Loesch’s article click here.
3. America’s liberals have gone from swooning over Barack Obama’s ascension to the White House and gloating over their Bush-induced domination of Congress to near-hysteria because ordinary middle-class Americans are rising in anger against the Democrats‘ planned hijacking of the nation’s health care system. MSNBC’s Chris Matthews worked himself into his characteristic spittle-laced frenzy while sputtering about the legions of protesters showing up to make meetings designed to sell Obamacare into “Town Hell” occasions.
He had Sen. Barbara Boxer of California on his “Hardball” program to pass along a condemnation of these town hall protesters as being “well-dressed middle-class people in pinks and limes ? [a] Brooks Brothers Brigade.” How dare these people adopt the tactics of the left, like the ACORN or SEIU organizers, and plan demonstrations of political dissatisfaction. The left would have us believe that such actions are illegitimate if performed by any other than their own supporters.
This is amusing, as are the awkward attempts by Mr. Matthews and his like to suggest that those folks giving the health care reform backers from Congress a frosty reception as they try to sell their nationalized health care plans are shills for the health insurance industry.
To read the rest of Ron Smith’s article from the Baltimore Sun click here.
4. And finally Paul Krugman’s amateur New York Times column calling poor elderly white people as racists were condemned by a Black group:
Members of the Project 21 black leadership group have come out swinging against New York Times columnist Paul Krugman for “scurrilously pinning racist motives on critics of President Obama’s health care proposals.”
(Earlier today, Clay Waters covered Krugman’s column for NewsBusters here.)
The group (full disclosure: I work for the National Center for Public Policy Research, which sponsors Project 21) has also called on President Obama to condemn “this effort to stifle debate with race-baiting tactics” as well as “all efforts to derail legitimate public debate.”
Krugman’s column drew the following specific comments from Project 21 members:
Mychal Massie (Pennsylvania):
“Paul Krugman is the one with race on the brain. Specifically, he is using race in the lowest and most repulsive declinations. He is using it because every other argument to stem the growing tide of condemnation for the proposed health care reform bill has failed. Ergo, when all else fails, parade out the race card and attempt to incite blacks into becoming the useful idiots.
“Opposition to the proposed health care bill isn’t based on race. It is based on a people who are tired of Congress and the President spitting in their faces. It is the collective resolve of a people who are tired of being tread upon. One would think a Nobel prize-winner such as Krugman could figure that out.”
Mychal Massie is chairman of Project 21.
To read the rest of Amy Ridenour’s article click here.
5. Our own Donald R. McClarey was prophetic when he voiced concern of the liberal reactions denigrating into violant attacks on Americans:
Lots of videos of townhalls here where members of Congress face outraged constituents.
Liberals can relax however. The AFL-CIO is going to send out union members to restore order at the townhalls. I look forward to the footage when a union leg breaker decides to take a swing at someone who is not enamored of ObamaCare. In the age of cell phone videos nothing will escape being placed on video. Conservative union members, your dues money at work. My late father was a member of Allied Industrial Workers for 30 years, and it used to anger him intensely that his dues were used to support political causes he adamantly opposed. If you don’t like this and you are a member of a union, you might want to attend a townhall meeting! Although maybe they won’t let you in. At the Russ Carnahan town meeting in Saint Louis over a thousand protesters were locked out and only Carnahan supporters were allowed in. Similar tactics were used at a townhall in Tampa. That will solve the problem! Lock people out who disagree with the person purporting to represent them in Congress!
To read the rest of Donald R. McClarey’s column click here.
6. The SEIU Blueshirts made their national television debut when they were disgruntled that a black American dare think and speak his own mind, rather getting his talking points from the mainstream media, by savagely beating him up. Six arrests were made, including a St. Louis Dispatch-Post journalist, who was so flabbergasted to find an actual black conservative that he jumped into the fray. Kenneth Gladney, the black American who thinks for himself that was assaulted, was released from the ER at a local St. Louis hospital.
To read the rest of my article on this click here.