Monday, August 10, 2009

Town Hall Protestors 'In Risk of Being Arrested'

Nicolas French
New York Reporter
August 10, 2009

With public opinion turning away from the health care reform effort, President Obama's political allies have become increasingly frustrated. In many cases speeches made by Democratic lawmakers have been picketed by what have been referred to as "angry mobs."

To help counter these demonstrations, some in favor of health care reform have agreed to media interviews to explain their position. Often these forays into the public sphere have been lambasted by conservative radio hosts and outlets such as FOX News.

Tensions have been rising steadily over the last month, with some in the President's own party shying away from the "public option" bill. Congressional leaders have also expressed their anger over the increased protests.

"These extremists are getting in the way of creating a cheaper and more accessible option for millions of disadvantaged Americans." said House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD). "If these continue, public discourse will devolve into a pool of rage and fistfights."

To make matters more contentious, White House officials have acknowledged that it asked prominent unions to "police" some protests. Unofficial reports have also noted that up to $100,000 in federal funds were paid to the AFL-CIO to attend three Missouri town halls in July.

In addition, with tempers flaring and the potential for violence increasing, the White House and its political allies have struck a different tone. Vice President Biden told a reporter to the NY Reporter that if protests continued and the reform bill was stalled, some of the protestors would "face consequences." When asked to clarify, Biden stated:

"These people come to these meetings and start fistfights and yell down their elected officials. You can't do that and still consider yourself a patriot. You can't go around with swatstikas spreading hate. If you do these things after you're told to calm down, you're going to get arrested."

Some attending local protests have noticed increased police activity, includng officers from federal agencies. Whether these occurances have anything to do with the Vice President's comments are unknown.

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D. Hermann said...

It is interesting to note that it was OK to protest Conservatives when Bush was in the White House. It is OK to protest and holler at our reps when its a conservative, but when it's a liberal forget it.

Seems to me that the 1st Amendment is only for the liberal folk. Since when did this happen?

I also note that on MSNBC this weekend that they gave MARCHING ORDERS to folk to get out there and tell us to shut up.

Another note, since when did the government have the right to have you report your neighbor over something they said in casual conversation? Go back and read your history... Hitler did this back in 1932.....

Anonymous said...

Typical extremist reaction, if they can't defend their position, then they villify those who question their beliefs.

Neither the President, nor our Representatives, nor any mortal should dare substitute arrogance for common sense.

Tom G. said...

fucking conservatives should stay in the south and not bother the working class