Friday, August 07, 2009

Mob Rule!

"We are all outlaws in the eyes of America...
— Jefferson Starship
"We Can Be Together," 1969

I am simply amazed and awed at the Democratic and Presidential response to the uprising of perfectly normal, everyday Americans against the nonsense coming out of Washington. "Nazis," "thugs," "brown shirts," "mob rule," good heavens! All this from a "community organizer" who spent his formative days organizing just such events. I'm not going to link all the hits...just visit Drudge and browse the huge numbers of articles. I will link you to a Peggy Noonan column in WSJ...she's taken a lot of heat for being "soft" on Obama, but this column sums things up pretty neatly:
In his first five months in office, Mr. Obama had racked up big wins—the stimulus, children’s health insurance, House approval of cap-and-trade. But he stayed too long at the hot table. All the Democrats in Washington did. They overinterpreted the meaning of the 2008 election, and didn’t fully take into account how the great recession changed the national mood and atmosphere.

And so the shock on the faces of Congressmen who’ve faced the grillings back home. And really, their shock is the first thing you see in the videos. They had no idea how people were feeling. Their 2008 win left them thinking an election that had been shaped by anti-Bush, anti-Republican, and pro-change feeling was really a mandate without context; they thought that in the middle of a historic recession featuring horrific deficits, they could assume support for the invention of a huge new entitlement carrying huge new costs.

The passions of the protesters, on the other hand, are not a surprise. They hired a man to represent them in Washington. They give him a big office, a huge staff and the power to tell people what to do. They give him a car and a driver, sometimes a security detail, and a special pin showing he’s a congressman. And all they ask in return is that he see to their interests and not terrify them too much. Really, that’s all people ask. Expectations are very low. What the protesters are saying is, “You are terrifying us.”

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. But you can’t get people to leave their homes and go to a meeting with a congressman (of all people) unless they are engaged to the point of passion. And what tends to agitate people most is the idea of loss—loss of money hard earned, loss of autonomy, loss of the few things that work in a great sweeping away of those that don’t.

People are not automatons. They show up only if they care.

What the town-hall meetings represent is a feeling of rebellion, an uprising against change they do not believe in. And the Democratic response has been stunningly crude and aggressive. It has been to attack.
Maximum Barry, our first Thug President, is of course asking people to report any incidences of "disinformation," rat out their fellow citizens, to

Hey, he's making a list and checking it twice, gonna find out who's naughty and who...needs reeducation! Chicago politics on a national scale is turning out to be a lot uglier than even I thought it was going to be.


Anonymous said...

Beware the block watch it's electronic now so you don't know which neighbor is turning your but in. Shades of the USSR! the mushroom

Anonymous said...

This is only the begining. It will get worse.

Bw in MI

Anonymous said...

Did any one here on the news about a guy selling Gadsden flags getting beat up by BO enforcers ?
Tom B.

John Richardson said...

I'm waiting for the first blue-haired old lady to beat the crap out of some blow-dried Congressman trying to peddle ObamaCare with her over-stuffed purse. And it is going to happen sooner than later. Frankly, I'm surprised it hasn't happened yet.

I can imagine the Obamunists and their Fellow Traveler friends in the media going nuts saying it was all planned by the RNC. Yeah, right.

Anonymous said...

Jefferson Starship? 1969? Don't you mean Jefferson Airplane?

BTW: The "verification word" for this post is "tingul." Is Chris Matthews running this site now? :-)

Anonymous said...

Keep it up Barry and your cronies in congress. You people are the socialists that my parents, who withstood the great depression in the 30's, warned me about! You cannot ride rough shod over your fellow Americans!

Anonymous said...

They're recruiting troops to man detention camps for Who?
Gitmo prisoners can be absorbed with existing personnel/facilities.
Choices are smaller in number everyday!

R G said...

Maybe I should just go ahead and report myself. Town hall meeting this Friday, we'll see how that turns out.

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