Thursday, August 13, 2009

Right-Wing Turncoat Gives the Scoop on Why Conservatives are Rampaging Town Halls

This is a quite insightful article by a reformed Christian right-winger on why the right-wingers are working so dilligently to sabotage these town hall meetings and undermine health-care reform (or "Obamacare", as it's nicknamed by these people). One of the prominent organizers of these efforts is a group called Freedomworks, which is an organization formed by one-time House Majority Leader Dick Armey (R-TX) and also is a paid shill for the insurance industry and Big Pharma. The article also tells us of a leaked excerpt from Freedomworks on strategies to people attending these town halls; amongst them are "be disruptive" and "try to rattle him".

Also, although it's entirely coincedential, Frank Schaeffer also points out the GOP's "scorched earth policy", which basically echoes what I blogged about earlier. That is, that the Republican Revolution led by white guys is dead with the election of Obama. Due to demographic and political changes within the United States, it is quite possible that the GOP (and conservative white people in general) are facing a reckoning. Sonia Sotomayer's appointment to the U.S. Supreme Court has just been another blow, and a health care victory for Obama (one that has eluded several presidents before him) might be the final, deciding factor into sending the Republicans into permanent irrelevance. So, when you see footage of people going bonkers at the town hall meetings, they're likely not going bonkers over health care, but that their power is slipping through their fingers.

Finally, the article has a sentence about my congressional representative, Tim Bishop (who I actually got to meet at a town hall meeting, many years ago, a very nice and informed guy), who was surrounded by one of these mobs after a town hall meeting and who had to be escorted to his car by police. So, the brownshirts aren't limited to the red hotspots like Florida and Michigan.

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