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Rowdy protesters overrun health care meetings

Original post made by What a Shame, Downtown, on Aug 7, 2009

" his office received a death threat from a caller who said Miller "could lose his life over this. "

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Posted by More Shame
a resident of Downtown
on Aug 7, 2009 at 7:46 am

Glenn Bech and Rush Limaugh promote Violence! Way to Go Conservative Radical! Motive? DERAIL talks on Health Care! Sweet! Not Cool!

Florida Town Hall Turns Into Violent Scuffle
8/7/09 at 09:30 AM Comment 5Comment 5Comments "The spectacle at the Children's Board in Ybor City sounded more like a wrestling cage match than a panel discussion on national policy," explains today's St. Petersburg Times, describing the scene at a health-care town hall organized for Representative Kathy Castor (Democrat, Tampa). The overfull meeting was filled with angry voters on both sides of the issue, but it was protesters outside who chanted loudest, did their best to interrupt the proceedings, and eventually GOT VIOLENT. The impromptu ralliers arrived on the scene after being urged on by activist group Tampa 912 (which is promoted, according to the paper, by Glenn BECK), the local Republican Party, which sent out talking points, and RUSH Limbaugh, who mentioned the town hall on his show. "Obama has mobilized union thugs to go out and also attend these town meetings to intimidate the genuine citizens out there who are upset about [his health-care initiative]," Limbaugh said on the radio. "Paid activists are going to be showing up. And that's why — so the Democrats are going to get brave now. They're going to have protection there. The mob's showing up. The real, genuine mob is showing up to defend these Democrats from the unruly Nazis that are showing up to protest the health care bill."

Democrats in favor of the health-care bill will likely use this as an example today in their increasingly aggressive counterattacks against their foes. Expect to hear the term "astroturf" more and more to describe these sorts of unruly "grassroots" protests. A senseless, hysterical protest that turns violent is exactly the type of evidence the White House needs to paint their opponents as reactionaries organized by well-funded anti-reform groups who are only interested in sensational YouTube phenomena and not reasonable dialogue.

Meanwhile, did anybody see the CEO of AstroTurf on Fox News complaining about liberals using his brand to describe these protests? Dude, this is amazing free publicity. This is the most relevant a synthetic grass product has been since soap operas gave up on filming "outdoor scenes"!

Protesters in Ybor City drown out health care summit on Obama's proposal [St. Petersburg Times]
Update: Six people were arrested in a similar flare-up outside of a town hall in St. Louis, where a forum on aging TURNED VIOLENT after a local Tea Party group organized a protest on health care.

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Posted by Stacey
a resident of Amberwood/Wood Meadows
on Aug 7, 2009 at 8:11 am

Stacey is a registered user.

I already posted that article in another thread...

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Posted by Not Cool
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Aug 7, 2009 at 8:17 am

"And there seems to be less interest in discussion than disruption, analysts said, which may start to backfire on conservatives."

"A senseless, hysterical protest that turns violent is exactly the type of evidence the White House needs to paint their opponents as reactionaries organized by well-funded anti-reform groups who are only interested in sensational YouTube phenomena and not reasonable dialogue"

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Posted by SteveP
a resident of Parkside
on Aug 7, 2009 at 10:14 am

SteveP is a registered user.

I have not seen any evidence that anyone has promoted violence (got proof?) other than second hand accounts from union reps and other Obama supporters that have an agenda to squash all debate and dissenting opinions.
The people at debates shown on YouTube are emotional, just as the the Dems have made the whole healthcare debate emotional (poor people are suffering, big, mean copr. is profiting, people are dying, etc.)
The responses of people opposed to the rushed Dems plans are predictable since it's a huge issue and cannot be solved by government, especially on such a tight schedule.
The rushed agenda is an attempt to avoid public input in order to ram through a flawed plan that will only empower politicians further.

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