Here's something from Daniel Greenfield that you should read:Â The ObamaCare Revolution Wages War on American Democracy It begins:
The Town Hall meeting has long been a hallowed symbol of American democracy, as embodied in the famous Norman Rockwell painting, â€œFreedom of Speechâ€ that shows a man, surrounded by his neighbors, rising to speak his mind. It is an image and idea that states forthrightly that government belongs to the people, and that it is governed by the people, not simply in some abstract national vote, but at the local level. That is why the Town Hall is a far more sacred and enduring definition of American democracy than the White House, the Capitol Building, and even perhaps the Constitution, because it defines the American system of government as based on public participation from the bottom up.
The Obama administration has cynically tried to hijack the Town Hall by transforming into a one way series of meetings, in which enthusiastic carefully chosen citizens voice their approval of his proposed policies. That is not an American Town Hall, it is a Soviet party meeting. In a Town Hall meeting, citizens question their elected representatives. At a party meeting, they give them their wholehearted approval. But it is a part of a pattern for the Obama administration, which works to put an All-American stamp on its un-American program.
Obama began the process with a one hour ABC network special â€œTown Hallâ€ with no Republican opposition allowed. Naturally enough the Obama Administrationâ€™s Director of Communications White House Office of Health Reform (a position that never existed before) is herself a former ABC news correspondent. Meanwhile to close the circle, ABCâ€™s own new Senior Medical Editor was an Obama donor.
Then the AARP, which had replaced its CEO with Barry Rand, a staunch Obama supporter, who had donated over 10,000 dollars to Obama, replacing Bill Novelli, who as a former McCain donor would have been considered unreliable. Unsurprisingly the AARP leadership, beginning with Barry Rand, came out for ObamaCare. By contrast many of the AARPâ€™s core membership were unhappy with the organizationâ€™s sellout.
The real trouble came with the regional Town Hall meetings, where citizens oddly enough showed up to question their elected representatives. And they didnâ€™t want to â€œdo this thing fastâ€, as Senator Specter proposed. Instead of the manufactured consensus they had been counting on, e Democratic congressmen were suddenly facing real opposition from the public. And the acrimonious Town Hall meetings in which politicians tried unsuccessfully to silence voters, were a reflection of the American publicâ€™s negative reaction to ObamaCare.
Jon Stewart: â€œWow. That Communist sounded a lot like our Presidentâ€
When the Drudge Report ran a video of Obama at an SEIU union meeting talking about phasing out employee health care coverage entirely,Â the White House fired back by putting out its former ABC News correspondent to claim that it was taken out of context. The White House however had no rebuttal video to offer when Jon Stewart, usually a reliable ally of the administration on anything progressive, played Obamaâ€™s own statements, and said, â€œWow. That Communist sounded a lot like our President.â€
Instead the White House focused on the regional Town Halls. The multilevel strategy was to denounce anyone who dissented from the Obama administrationâ€™s line as either planted Republican lobbyists, or violent mobs of racists. On the one hand you had House Majority leader Nancy Pelosi claiming that Town Hall the protesters were carrying Swastikas, a blatantly false charge. On the other hand you had Senator Barbara Boxer claiming that the protesters were obviously high level Republican plants because they were too well dressed to be real. The bizarre image this conjures up of men and women in suits forming angry swastika wielding mobs would be bizarre to anyone but the most die hard Obama kool aid drinkers.
Unlike the Tea Party protests, the media had trouble ignoring the dissent anymore. Instead they followed the White House line by describing them as â€œmobsâ€, â€œextremistsâ€ and suggesting they were racist based on the flimsiest of pretexts, including posters of Obama done in the style of the Joker. Washington Post columnists began channeling the ghost of Joe McCarthy when he denounced the Republican leaders and their ideological fellow-travelersâ€ who â€œby poisoning the political well, theyâ€™ve given up any pretense of being the loyal opposition. Theyâ€™ve become political terrorists.â€ Well clearly if youâ€™re not loyal to Obama â€œand the Obama for which he stands, one nation under Obamaâ€, and all thatâ€¦ you must be a political terrorists.
The same Democrats who had been hypersensitive about any perceived statement by Bush critical of their loyalty, shrieking repeatedly, â€œDonâ€™t question our patriotismâ€, at the drop of a hat jumped into line to denounce anyone questioning their leadership as mobs of extremists and political terrorists. The next stage wasnâ€™t far behind. The beat down.
Greenfield has much more to say. The link above includes the entire article and also shows some videos where Dems sneak union thugs into Carnahan town hall meeting.Â Here's part of the rest of the article.Â To read then entire article, you'll need to click the link above.
Packing Town Halls with members of a violent left wing union, in order to keep dissenting views out, and engaging in violent attacks against against them if they donâ€™t keep out, is an assault on the most sacred symbol of American democracy. Itâ€™s a tactic gleaned from a Bolshevik playbook, with violence used to suppress dissent in the name of the organized â€œworking classâ€. The violence of Obamaâ€™s SEIU goons in the name of the ObamaCare revolution is nothing more and nothing less than the Obama Administration showing its real face.
From calling for people to pass along any emails critical of ObamaCare to the White House, that is reminiscent of Soviet era informants programs (note that Democrats post 9/11 hysterically denounced a Bush White House plan to have postal workers and other local employees pass along tips about anyone suspected of planning terrorism as Orwellian, to hijacking Town Hall meetings to turn them into a bullhorn for Obamaâ€™s agenda-- it has become increasingly obvious that when democracy isnâ€™t going Obamaâ€™s way, then rather than listen and go along, heâ€™s chosen to try and suppress it instead. If Obama and the Democrats have to choose between Democracy and ObamaCare, theyâ€™ve made their choice clear. Meanwhile the American people have made their choice clear as well in polls and town hall meetings. Which side will win, will determine whether America will be a free nation or not.
Read that last sentence again.Â That is the fear of many conservatives who love and value our Founding Fathers, our founding documents, and they way our country was designed.Â They mourn the day in advance when Obama has hidden the last bits of that country in his new socialist nation.Â More importantly, they don't want it to happen!