Friday, August 07, 2009

The Truth About the Town Hall Meetings

Some thoughts from Peggy Noonan in the Wall Street Journal:
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. Nancy Pelosi, the speaker of the United States House of Representatives, accused the people at the meetings of “carrying swastikas and symbols like that.” (Apparently one protester held a hand-lettered sign with a “no” slash over a swastika.) But they are not Nazis, they’re Americans. Some of them looked like they’d actually spent some time fighting Nazis.

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2 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Noonan misunderstood Pelosi. Pelosi was not criticizing the protesters/disrupters for being Nazis or claiming to be Nazis. She was criticizing them for showing up with signs that suggest Obama and the Democrats are advocating nazi ideas.

And she is also wrong there has only been one instance of this.

Here are for photos without even really looking very hard:
http://thinkprogress.org/2009/08/07/pelosi-swastikas/

12:42 PM  
Blogger Dad29 said...

To be completely contrarian on all this: I fail to understand why "organized" dissent from ObamaCare is ANY less licit than "disorganized" dissent.

If ObamaCare is wrong, it's wrong, no matter who calls it out.

1:21 PM  

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