08/06/2009 (4:29 pm)
The White House strategy for overcoming the true grassroots uprising on health care has been to ridicule the opposition, characterizing it as an organized, paid effort by the insurance industry, staffed with a small number of extreme right-wingers. Comment number one, I have never seen a President deliberately set out to ridicule citizens of the United States for participating in government, and I think it’s repulsive; this alone should be grounds for impeachment. I am not kidding.
Comment number two, I will continue to call the entire “tea party” movement a true grassroots movement until I see strong, consistent evidence to the contrary. I have not seen “strong” evidence that it is organized and paid for yet; in fact, I have seen no evidence whatsoever, not a single shred. I have seen a great deal of personal animation from friends and acquaintances over the snow job President Obama and the Democrats have been pulling on the nation for the past 6 months. I’ve seen well-meaning folks turn out for tea party events in Boston and Hyannis. And I’ve seen the Obama White House lying many, many times already in the past 6 months. So I know who to believe on this.
Unlike the tea party movement, however, the response from the opposition is organized and paid for. RedState has posted links to the organizing memo sent out by Health Care for America Now (HCAN), a group that encompasses more than 1,000 progressive sub-groups, with at least 8 different unions represented on its steering committee, along with MoveOn.org, La Raza, ACORN, and a dozen or so of the progressives’ favorite donation fronts. And yet, with all that professional organizational and fund-raising muscle, it calls itself “grassroots.” Their definition of “grassroots” seems… odd. Cue Inigo Montoya: “You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.”
Here’s the memo in .pdf format, if you want to read it. The parts I like are these:
- “You must bring enough people to drown them out and to cover all our bases so as to marginalize their disruptive tactics.”
- “We need to stack our folks in the front to create a wall around the Member [of Congress], and we need to stake out the best spots for visibility and signs.”
- “Make sure you have people holding signs in every place where a TV camera is likely to be and that next to every right wing sign, there’s one of your signs with your message.”
- “Remember, this is a communications strategy that the right wing is using and our goal is to stop them from hijacking and changing the message and tone of these events. Assign 3-5 people to speak with the reporters who attend and make sure the reporters understand the scope and message of the event… Don’t wait for the reporter to approach you. You must approach the reporters and be assertive in shaping the narrative that they write.”
- “Line up a number of people who feel comfortable interrupting and prepare them with statements like:
- ‘Excuse me, I came today to listen to Representative XXX explain how this bill is going to make health care more affordable for me and my family. We’re being gouged by insurance companies that just want to make more profits while we struggle to keep up with premiums and co-pays. Representative, how are you going to fix that?’
- ‘I’m retired and can’t afford my prescription drugs because I’m on a fixed income. Representative, how is this bill going to affect me?’
- ‘I want to hear the Representative speak. He’s the one voting on the bill. Representative, how will this bill help people who already have insurance at work?’”
- “We should demonstrate that we are the majority by chanting: When the other side gets too loud, we should shut them down with chants that counter their message like “Health Care Can’t Wait!” and “Health Care Delayed is Health Care Denied” and prep people to chant at key points when the other side gets most disruptive.”
So… organized demonstrations. Prepared questions. Hand-picked volunteers intending to interrupt. Focus on media representatives. Controlled meetings.
This is what Progressives call “grassroots activism.” But there’s something improper about concerned citizens coming to meetings insisting that their concerns be heard. Uh…right. Sure thing.
Notice the inversion going on: Democrats imagine that they’re the victim of a paid, organized attack. They’re delusional, but they use the delusion as a justification for their own very real, very well-paid organized attack. This is not the first time Democrats have resorted to real crimes in response to imagined ones. By this sort of delusion coupled with rationalization, thuggery has become the norm for the Democratic party; they’ve imagined demons, and then become the demons they imagined. Scary.
Oh, and by the way — the AFL-CIO is going to be bringing its union goons to intimidate the conservatives at the town hall meetings. And the DNC is calling Republican representatives’ offices to find out when to demonstrate in front of them. The DNC, not some grass-roots organization. The Party.
Aren’t you relieved that Hope and Change have invaded America, creating an atmosphere of cooperation and good will?
It’s Krystalnacht, folks. They’ve drummed up the organized mobs to silence the voice of the people. Do. Not. Back. Down.
RedState also posted a fascinating video of an organized AARP meeting that the members took over and ran themselves. Pay attention to the arrogance of the AARP rep, who is clearly not over 55; listen to the Marxist claptrap from their organized speaker, who I swear must be one of those paid union organizers like John Steinbeck wrote about in In Dubious Battle. Watch the young people leave with the AARP rep as the members simply refuse to be cowed into their pre-arranged Obama cheer-leading coffee klatch. This is what’s really going on in America, not the lying crap coming from Progressive and union organizers. Watch:
3 Comments »
Comment by Marc
AMEN! Phil, I am finally seeing what I have been waiting for and that is regular hard working Americans finally stand up and saying “I can do something to fight back against this insanity.”
I am looking forward to attending a local TH in NJ. I am also enjoying watching the D party get a taste of what it has been doing to us for the last 40+ years.
God Bless America!
Comment by suek
More…not exactly in line with your post, but close enough. You’re right on the mark.
Comment by suek
Also…if you go to MM’s main page, there also an article about the Dems demanding that the Republican house members take action to condemn Rush Limbaugh for calling Democrats Nazi’s.
After all the “Bushitler” stuff??? Unbelievable.
What’s that Chinese curse??? “May you live in interesting times”?