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Town Hall Meetings:  a measure of anger or organized opposition?

Much has occurred in the past few weeks in setting the importance of the town hall meetings to the entire process.  The resounding anger of the public was not dismissed as "evil mongers" or "anti-democratic" folks hired by whomever.  Those descriptions only incensed the public that much more.   This video interview with a Congress woman from Tennessee both summarizes the issues and as well, says what the citizens of a State that has tried a public option feel about the state of their healthcare system, largely run by the government. 

 

With Obama now headed out to the town hall meetings to set the record straight, there seems to be something missed, that this is not some clever campaign tactic by some form of opposition (can't be the Republicans, for they seems clueless) as it is being portrayed.  This seems more a measure of Americans that are concerned about the government taking over more of their lives.

How the Administration has incorrectly viewed the country, here is a good video summary:

 

Seib of WSJ also sheds a good deal of light on this angst:

The acquisations on town hall violence are more vocal and inflammatory.   The real question is not if there was a mob at some of these meetings, for there clearly was not.  See pictures here.  The real question is why is Pelosi and the White House describing these animated citizens as hired mobs.  Now even the SEIU, the services union, is trying to stack the meetings, even perhaps committing some violence, as is detailed in this video.  This poor fellow was beat up, and now the Union members say he attacked them.

Is this really happening?  Sad if it is all true.  Those at the meetings are reporting that it is true.  Clearly the opposition to this socially liberal philosophy is taking a more vocal approach, and certainly some of it is grass roots, as I have been to a tea party, and there are average citizens there who are just unhappy about the course of events.  If this is the manner in which dissent is received and resisted, visa vi old Chicago style politics, then the change in Washington that we were all hoping for is not really want we want.  This is a good video showing the people in the so-called mob.  These are enthusiastic citizens, who when they were positive about their support for their candidate in the Fall were well received.  Now that they are voicing their opposition, the reception and response from the elected officials is not pretty. 

A Town-Hall Protest in Maryland gave an indication of the heart of these town hall protests.  It is about voicing concerns.  Below is one video that is most relevant in order to comprehend the tone of the country.   As one woman in the crowd put it. 

She said: "I look at this health care plan and I see nothing that is about health or about care. What I see is a bureaucratic nightmare, senator. Medicaid is broke, Medicare is broke, Social Security is broke and you want us to believe that a government that can't even run a cash for clunkers program is going to run one-seventh of our U.S. economy? No sir, no."

The protest over the protest is showing how desperate the Democrats have become on the issue of healthcare reform.  

Noonan of WSJ writes: 

What has been most unsettling is not the congressmen’s surprise but a hard new tone that emerged this week. The leftosphere and the liberal commentariat charged that the town hall meetings weren’t authentic, the crowds were ginned up by insurance companies, lobbyists and the Republican National Committee....As this column is written, there comes word that John Sweeney of the AFL-CIO has announced he’ll be sending in union members to the meetings to counter health care’s critics.

Also the White House is looking to uncover those bad people that use scare tactics, a measure of intolerance of any dissent, even if it is well reasoned and true. Check out this video from Reason:

 

Aug 9:  the acquisitions on town hall violence are more vocal and inflammatory.   The real question is not if there was a mob at some of these meetings, for there clearly was not.  See pictures here.  The real question is why is Pelosi and the White House describing these animated citizens as hired mobs.  Now even the SEIU, the services union, is trying to stack the meetings, even perhaps committing some violence, as is detailed in this video

Is this really happening?  Sad if it is all true.  Those at the meetings are reporting that it is true.  Clearly the opposition to this socially liberal philosophy is taking a more vocal approach, and certainly some of it is grass roots, as I have been to a tea party, and there are average citizens there who are just unhappy about the course of events.  If this is the manner in which dissent is received and resisted, visa vi old Chicago style politics, then the change in Washington that we were all hoping for is not really want we want.  This is a good video showing the people in the so-called mob.  These are enthusiastic citizens, who when they were positive about their support for their candidate in the Fall were well received.  Now that they are voicing their opposition, the reception and response from the elected officials is not pretty.