These wild and overblown accusations screamed in the Town Hall meetings are not freedom of speech; they are suppression of speech. That is their object.
As usual, these thuggish tactics are working. Polls show that the Republicans who are against any reform are energized while the Democrats who are for it remain apathetic. How many emails have any of you received FOR health care reform? I haven't received a single one, but people have received many AGAINST it. The media only report on the sensational events and never explain the true reforms being proposed. Where is Walter Cronkite when you need him? The lies about euthanasia and about socialized medicine continue to drown out the truth.
Spreading fear and lies are the tactics that were used by the real Nazi's and the Taliban. Our legislators are intimidated by threats and by the loud voices of protest.
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Obama-Allied Unions Threatened With Gun Violence For Town Hall Participation
Charles M. Blow in an Op-Ed piece in this morning's NYT said the following:
While Democrats are sitting it out, Republicans are storming in.
According to the CNN poll, nearly half of those opposing current plans on health care reform said that they were very likely to attend a town hall meeting. Only 37 percent of those who support the plans were very likely to attend.
Not only are anti-reformists showing up, they’re terrorizing legislators with their tomfoolery when they do. Blinded by fear and passion, armed with misinformation and misplaced anger, they descend on these meetings and hoot and holler in an attempt to shut down the debate rather than add to it.
I must say that this says more about them than it does about any forthcoming legislation. Belligerence is the currency of the intellectually bankrupt. (Emphasis mine)
Trapped in their vacuum of ideas, too many Republicans continue to display an astounding ability to believe utter nonsense, even when faced with facts that contradict it. (emphasis mine)
A Daily Kos/Research 2000 poll released last Friday found that 28 percent of Republicans don’t believe that Barack Obama was born in the United States and another 30 percent are still “not sure.” That’s nearly 6 out of 10 Republicans refusing to accept a basic truth. Then again, this shouldn’t surprise me. According to a Gallup poll released last summer, 6 in 10 Republicans also said they thought that humans were created, in their present form, 10,000 years ago.
Let’s face it: This is no party of Einsteins. Really, it isn’t. A Pew poll last month found that only 6 percent of scientists said that they were Republicans.
Democrats should be leading this discussion. Instead, they’re losing control of it. That’s unfortunate because the debate is too important to be hijacked by hooligans.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Are we going to let them get away with it? Sadly, I think the answer is. "You betcha!"