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Apparently Community Organizing Is A Bad Thing Now

To hear the left talk about these protests that are springing up and townhalls held by various Representatives and Senators, you’d think that such protests are just unAmerican.

And, of course, the usual raft of “astro-turf” allegations are being thrown around.  I’ve watched a few of the videos though and these folks doing the protesting seem pretty darn dedicated to stopping the big health care grab.

In fact, what I see happening is the right using the same sorts of tactics and methods that the left seemed so comfortable with during the Bush administration. Web 2.0 communications that networks protesting groups and keeps them updated and mobilized. I guess there are those out there that can’t imagine that happening at a grass-roots level anymore, although that is the MO the left developed previously while denying the astro-turf allegations.

In fact, I’m somewhat surprised because the right is less likely to run in packs like the left is, so a tip of the hat to the righties – good community organizing guys.

As for the left, suck it up and have the good grace to suffer in silence, recognizing that what you’re seeing now is what you defended as the highest form of patriotism during the previous 8 years.

~McQ

11 Responses to Apparently Community Organizing Is A Bad Thing Now

  • not much of a surprise.  The left is hypocritical, stop the presses :)

  • Funny i heard a DJ on the radio on the way home that was encouraging people to be civil and respectful when attending these townhall meetings.  Although i’m all for taking the high road sometimes it’s just better to level the playing field and use your enemies tactics against them.  Besides if you are pissed at the way your elected officials are acting how do you convey that in a civil and respectful way.

  • Somehow, when far far far left groups like International ANSWER and the rest of the anti-war and anti-Bush crowd got together, that was “patriotic resistance to the criminal Bush administration.” But if you have some people actually go to town hall meetings and denounce the socialist takeover of our government, you are “thugs” who are trying to “harm the right of people to get health care.”

    BTW, if I hear one more sc*mbag liberal on television say that “these people do not represent America, because Americans want health care reform by a wide margin,” despite the fact that a majority are now against the plans of The Clown™, I am going to scream. People that like should be strangled with their own ties.

  • Apparently dissent is now bad also. For the left, the 1st amendment is just as malleable as the rest of those pesky rights. When they claim The Constitution is a “living” document, I reckon they mean it is supposed to be as fickle as they are.

  • Rush mentioned today that he was surprised that ACORN has not shown up at the “disastrous for the Democrats” town hall meetings that feature vocal opposition to ObamaCare socialism.  Well, I guess we will see them soon since the Whitehouse has asked for snitches to email names of anti-healthcare  citizens . . . so I suppose that  the peaceful demonstrations will be turned uglyvery shortly.   WHOA . . . talk about intensifying THE CHICAGO WAY!

  • It’s easy to understand why the Democrats are pursuing this rhetorical strategy, but it is a risky one. Yes, the birthers are wackos. The tea-party folks are . . . well, let us say highly enthusiastic. Angry mobs are at best an acquired taste.
    But an awful lot of people have misgivings about ObamaCare. According to some polls, opponents already outnumber supporters. That means Democrats have a lot of persuading to do. Assume for the sake of argument that the Democrats make a persuasive case that Republicans are extreme and unhinged. Hell, assume for the sake of argument that Republicans are extreme and unhinged. Does this in any way advance the case for ObamaCare? Is there anyone in America who would turn his health care over to Washington just to spite the birthers?

  • From the article about astro-turfing, which was put up by NBC’s Chicago station:

    Across the nation, the same conservative lobbying groups [Note: This is a link to something by Jane Hamsher on Huffington Post] that brought you the infamous teabagger protests are organizing to flood town hall meetings with outraged yokels shouting about socialism.

    Some legislators have already faced the terrifying spectacle of bestickered mobs chanting “Just Say No!” or reciting the Pledge of Allegiance (which, you will recall, was written specifically by Thomas Jefferson to secure a citizen’s fealty to a free-market health care scheme).
     {snip}

    Our federal lawmakers are, by and large, grownups, and should not wilt under a fusillade of talking points from astroturfing wingnuts. Right?

    Here’s the funny part. You might expect to see this in an opinion section. Nope. A supposedly-objective news organization put this leftist screed up in the “News” category.

    • Billy Hollis – “From the article about astro-turfing, which was put up by NBC’s Chicago station…”

      The article posted has almost a sarcastic tinge to it, don’t you think? Especially the bits about the Pledge of Allegiance being about health care and how our elected officials shouldn’t “wilt under a fusillade of talking points from astroturfing wingnuts”. It’s almost as if a liberal writer is having a moment of pause: “I support health care reform and I hate wingnuts, but… if the reform is such a good idea, and the wingnuts are so crazy… then… well… shouldn’t it be EASY to prove how wrong they are? I mean, why are members of Congress reduced to stammering their outrage at being asked to read the bill? Could it be… COULD it be… that the bill really ISN’T that good????”

  • For eight long years I must have seen thousands of “Dissent Is Patriotic” bumper stickers.  In the last election “Obama08″ bumper stickers joined the Dissent stickers.  In my area, at least, I have noticed the Obama bumper stickers are still on the cars, but the Dissent stickers have vanished.  Hmmmmm.

  • We are just following orders from the Annointed One

    In Elko, Obama tried to anticipate his critics and called on the crowd of about 1,500 to sharpen their elbows, too.
    “I need you to go out and talk to your friends and talk to your neighbors. I want you to talk to them whether they are independent or whether they are Republican. I want you to argue with them and get in their face,” he said.
    “And if they tell you that, ‘Well, we’re not sure where he stands on guns.’ I want you to say, ‘He believes in the Second Amendment.’ If they tell you, ‘Well, he’s going to raise your taxes,’ you say, ‘No, he’s not, he’s going lower them.’ You are my ambassadors. You guys are the ones who can make the case.”