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Friday, August 14, 2009

About Those Right-Wing Extremists (Updated and Bumped)

Right Wing Extremists Descend Upon Town Halls Nationwide.

With a useful picture to help you spot said political terrorists. Which will be nice for congresswoman Betsy Markey (D-CO) when she finally gets around to talking to her constituents on the subject.

To be fair, I can’t say that I blame any of the Democrats--especially the freshmen or anyone in a more conservative district--who are being saddled with an increasingly unpopular set of shifting proposals on health care, who are watching opinion polls flipping on them dramatically, and who are faced with the probability of very angry voters showing up to their town hall meetings and putting them in the position of having to either say “no” to the Democratic party leadership or saying potentially saying “no” to their own re-election possibilities. I’d want to head off on a fact-finding mission, too; the Middle East seems safer for them.

Some folks--mostly deranged, right-wing extremists from what I hear--are doing their best to ensure that their representatives have a good opportunity to hear their thoughts, though. From a news release I received just a bit ago:

Concerned citizens are making it very easy for Rep. Chet Edwards, D-Tex., to keep his promise to meet with constituents regarding the health care reform bill.  Friday, “town meeting” style rallies will take place at all three of Edwards’ district office locations in Cleburne, Bryan, and Waco.  Simultaneous news conferences will be held at noon to discuss HR 3200, the so-called “America’s Affordable Health Choices Act of 2009.”

“Americans are facing an unprecedented event in our history,” said Randy Shelton organizer of the Granbury Tea Party.  “Never before has the private industry that has made America so great been so threatened by a growing government. No where has a government take-over of a private industry worked out well for the private sector. Nowherehas it been successful.”

Edwards has told KBTX-TV in Bryan that he “will not vote for any bill that sets up a nationally socialized plan like Canadian health care, a one-size-fits-all.  That won’t work in America, I won’t support it, and I don’t think it’ll pass Congress.”

But Shelton said such a pledge is meaningless, since Congress isn’t considering moving directly to a Canadian-style system.

I know: crazy bastards. How dare they think they should have a voice in the political process?

Update: There’s an app for that. Awesome.

Is it just me or is PJTV getting better? Some of the stuff I’ve been seeing from them lately is really hitting a good note.

Now, go check out what Combs has to say about the town hall meetings. I suspect that he’s right: if you want your constituents to conduct themselves civilly, treat them with respect and be willing to listen.

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Parently, Ms. Markey just planned a series of eleven of them.  Which on the face of it is kind of cool.

on Aug 14 2009 @ 11:47 AM

sorry, nine.  But the format is better!

on Aug 14 2009 @ 11:50 AM

I hope that they are productive, civil engagements (that leave her completely convinced that health care reform needs to be approached really carefully).

on Aug 14 2009 @ 09:46 PM

I think that there is a mix. But seeing the video of one of my representatives, I thought his patience was really tested. When someone literally is in your face and screaming before you have had a chance to introduce yourself, would you be kind enough to not want to slap the sh*t out of them? I think many bloggers are living in a world where they can’t discern the crazies from real dissent. I also see a tendency for those same bloggers, taking on a pose as victim. They are always looking for an instance of some slight. Its bordering on paranoia.

on Aug 15 2009 @ 04:08 AM

Are you going Saturday to the President’s Town Hall meeting?

on Aug 15 2009 @ 04:19 AM

I also see a tendency for those same bloggers, taking on a pose as victim. They are always looking for an instance of some slight.

Just what the hell is that supposed to mean!!!???

on Aug 15 2009 @ 05:25 AM

Exactly what I said.

on Aug 15 2009 @ 07:07 AM

And then, VRB, we have instances of Democrats putting fraudulent “speakers” at these events while claiming that the protests themselves are “astroturf”.  Just when is it no longer paranoia again ... ?

on Aug 16 2009 @ 01:38 PM

I think I could discern between those who think death panels are going to get the old people, than posers.

on Aug 16 2009 @ 03:33 PM
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