Anti-reform Mobs Seek To Shut Down Legitimate Conversation — 5 Facts About The Organized Protest

This came from a friend in The Democratic Party

There’s been a lot of media coverage about organized mobs intimidating lawmakers, disrupting town halls, and silencing real discussion about the need for real health insurance reform.

The truth is, it’s a sham. These “grassroots protests” are being organized and largely paid for by Washington special interests and insurance companies who are desperate to block reform. They’re trying to use lies and fear to break the President and his agenda for change.

Health insurance reform is about our lives, our jobs, and our families — we can’t let distortions and intimidation get in the way. We need to expose these outrageous tactics, and we’re counting on you to help.

Five Facts About The Anti-Reform Mobs:

1. These disruptions are being funded and organized by out-of-district special-interest groups and insurance companies who fear that health insurance reform could help Americans, but hurt their bottom line. A group run by the same folks who made the “Swiftboat” ads against John Kerry is compiling a list of congressional events in August to disrupt. An insurance company coalition has stationed employees in 30 states to track where local lawmakers hold town-hall meetings.

2. People are scared because they are being fed frightening lies. These crowds are being riled up by anti-reform lies being spread by industry front groups that invent smears to tarnish the President’s plan and scare voters. But as the President has repeatedly said, health insurance reform will create more health care choices for the American people, not reduce them. If you like your insurance or your doctor, you can keep them, and there is no “government takeover” in any part of any plan supported by the President or Congress.

3. Their actions are getting more extreme. Texas protesters brought signs displaying a tombstone for Rep. Lloyd Doggett and using the “SS” symbol to compare President Obama’s policies to Nazism. Maryland Rep. Frank Kratovil was hanged in effigy outside his district office. Rep. Tim Bishop of New York had to be escorted to his car by police after an angry few disrupted his town hall meeting — and more examples like this come in every day. And they have gone beyond just trying to derail the President’s health insurance reform plans, they are trying to “break” the President himself and ruin his Presidency.

4. Their goal is to disrupt and shut down legitimate conversation. Protesters have routinely shouted down representatives trying to engage in constructive dialogue with voters, and done everything they can to intimidate and silence regular people who just want more information. One attack group has even published a manual instructing protesters to “stand up and shout” and try to “rattle” lawmakers to prevent them from talking peacefully with their constituents.

5. Republican leadership is irresponsibly cheering on the thuggish crowds. Republican House Minority Leader John Boehner issued a statement applauding and promoting a video of the disruptions and looking forward to “a long, hot August for Democrats in Congress


4 comments to Anti-reform Mobs Seek To Shut Down Legitimate Conversation — 5 Facts About The Organized Protest

  • Stan Hirtle

    No doubt all of this is being organized by the right as you say. However the right didn’t invent the people doing it, even if they may have located them, transported them and fired them up with the incessant angry demeaning voice we hear on talk radio, cable tv news and the internet. However I wonder who these people are, how they got so angry and why they are so willing to go, scream and boo, even if that is the general tone of a lot of political debate these days.

  • […] Later, I came back to my computer to see what was going on in Ohio’s blogosphere, hoping to see who else might be writing something about the gambling issues in Ohio when I saw a post from Dayton OS that got me totally riled up.  It wasn’t about gambling.  It was about health care.  The Democrats are telling each other lies about the opposition to Obamacare. […]

  • Brian

    Brooks Brothers? No – informed people. Pays for abortions – with tax dollars? Really. Pays for Euthanasia for old people – living will etc. Mimics the N.I.C.E. system of Britain. Not crazies, informed citizens. Just end the HMOs. Revert to Hill – Burton Act of 1946. The Hitler Health Care plan started before W.W. II. it was to save money – for the efficiency to create a great race to win the War. Remember Useless eaters policy? Lives unworthy to live? Same thng – NOT Weimar German policy – Fascism. Why go there?

  • Andy

    “No doubt all of this is being organized by the right as you say.” – Do you have any proof that this is the case?

    So the “thuggish crowds” are being orchestrated by the right? Check out the story coming in from St. Louis about the person who was assaulted by SEIU thugs who want health care reform. How ironic is it that the SEIU is making some people unhealthy over the health care debate?

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