In North Carolina, a congressman who backs overhauling health care had his life threatened by a caller upset that he was not holding a public forum on the proposal.
Democratic Rep. Brad Miller received the call Monday, one of hundreds the congressman's office has fielded demanding town-hall meetings on the health care proposal, said his spokeswoman, LuAnn Canipe. She said the callers were "trying to instigate town halls so they can show up and disrupt."
"We had one of those kind of calls that escalated to what we considered a threat" on the congressman's life, Canipe said Friday. "These are some strong-arm tactics, and we are trying to deal with and trying to talk to people in good faith about health care reform."
Earlier this week, White House officials counseled Democratic senators on coping with disruptions at public events this summer.
In the week since the House began its break, several town-hall meetings have already been disrupted by noisy demonstrators.
The latest occurrence was at back-to-back town hall meetings held by , D-Mich., which got so raucous police had to escort people out.The boos, jeers and shouts of "Shame on you!" at the events mirror what other Democrats are encountering around the country.
Now why is this happening? Are people really that opposed to healthcare reform? Do the American people hate making private health insurance compete for their business? No. Of course they don't. These "riots" and "mobs" and "protests" are all thanks to one group, headed up by one aptly named man. Dick Armey. Armey’s lobbyist group FreedomWorks is actively organizing against health care reform. Armey’s lobbying firm represents pharmaceutical companies, such as Bristol Myers Squibb, that oppose comparative effectiveness research in the health reform plan because such a program may cut into revenue for branded drugs.
Armey isn't new to this tactic. Its alreayd been proven that Freedomworks was also responsible for the tea parties that occured earlier this year. Busing protestors all over to stage the tea parties in the hopes of generating negative feedback around President Obama's policies.
Of course as it worked out, the tea parties were small, and mostly ignored and the only outcome was Fox News showing its hand by having all day coverage of the fake tea parties as if it was a National Holiday. Plus it gave Democrats more crazy people to point at and say, "this is what the republicans have come to." And so far that has worked as democratic voter registration is still up.
Armey is hoping to amp up the craziness this time by attacking politicians personally as they try to meet with their constituents. But Freedomworks has already been caught busing "protestors" from town hall to town hall, ACROSS district and state lines, to try and disrupt other politicians from talking to THEIR constituents.
The saddest part is the people who go to protest are not paid actors, but legitimate crazy people being riled up and lied to and taken advantage of by conservatives who would rather see this country rip itself apart then give Obama a win. So they lie to these people and then shuffle them every place they can. One man screamed that the government better keep its hands off his medicare. Others shout that they will never support "death panels" which are a fake panel (made up by the right) who decides when you die, that the right has said is in healthcare reform. Sarah Palin herself, the Queen of Moronica, has said that if healthcare reform is passed, the new bill will have her down syndrome baby killed. I mean seriously, WHAT THE FUCK?! How crazy do you have to be to believe this shit??
What will be the outcome of this? Well so far, the unions aren't going to take it lightly. Major unions from all over the US are sending out THEIR reps to fight the fake backlash from the fake protestors. Which when you mix crazy people and tough union dudes you can be sure, there will be blood.
The silver lining here is that its all so obviously fake, and all so obviously orchestrated by the right, that they seem to forget just HOW MUCH power the left has. And since this started, both the president and democratic leaders have once again brought up the option of using reconciliation. And if that ends up being the case, then the conservatives and THEIR constituents (healthcare lobbyists) are going to be fuuuuucked, because theyll get about as much say into the health bill, as a 4 year old does his candy intake.
So heres to the republicans and Dick Armey. Thanks for being stupid, short-sided douchebags, because youre just making it easier to get things done. Lets hope they pull this same retarded shit with climate change. XD