Check out the editorial by Democrats Nancy Pelosi and Steny Hoyer in USA Today. (H/T Hot Air)
However, it is now evident that an ugly campaign is underway not merely to misrepresent the health insurance reform legislation, but to disrupt public meetings and prevent members of Congress and constituents from conducting a civil dialogue. These tactics have included hanging in effigy one Democratic member of Congress in Maryland and protesters holding a sign displaying a tombstone with the name of another congressman in Texas, where protesters also shouted “Just say no!” drowning out those who wanted to hold a substantive discussion.
These disruptions are occurring because opponents are afraid not just of differing views — but of the facts themselves. Drowning out opposing views is simply un-American. Drowning out the facts is how we failed at this task for decades.
Health care is complex. It touches every American life. It drives our economy. People must be allowed to learn the facts.
Nothing like this was ever said by the Republican politicians during Bush’s eight years. Not once. Never. Who are the real fascists now? The same people who are always the fascists: nationalist socialists. This is the way it always worked in history: the left progresses from socialism to fascism.
Ed Morrissey writes:
I can’t think of three better reasons to get government out of health care than that it’s “complex,” “it touches every American life,” and “it drives our economy.” However, it’s now apparently un-American to say that it in public. Will Pelosi and Hoyer set up a tip line for un-American activities, such as email@example.com? Maybe they’ll just recreate the House Un-American Activities Committee to hold hearings and demand testimony. After all, that effort had such a glorious history of operating on the same principles Hoyer and Pelosi espouse here, which can be boiled down to “shut up and do what you’re told.”
Dissent is only patriotic if you’re a left-wing fascist.
What do the Republicans think about your right to dissent?
Watch this interview of Congressman Mike Pence with the lovely Megyn Kelly.
And here’s one with Congressman Tom Price:
These guys are both listed in my blogroll.
SEIU union thug attacks a camerawoman
Watch the video, and see Michelle Malkin comment on Democrat violence against protesters afterwards.
It’s not just SEIU, of course. ObamaCare astroturfing is apparently rampant on the left at the moment, replete with Craigslist ads offering idealistic young Americans a chance to “fight” for health-care reform — for a small hourly fee. Where’s the money coming from? Verum Serum has a theory, and of course so does our own Ed Morrissey. And they’re not mutually exclusive.
At the very least, no one from the Craigslist crowd has sent any protesters to the hospital yet, which is more than can be said of SEIU.
Caleb Howe at RedState has more on how the left hires counter-protesters.
What should be done with un-American protesters?
Click through to this story to see Megyn Kelly interview a protester who confronted Democrat Congressman John Dingell at a townhall. He was escorted out by police and then filed a police report the next day about a nice visit he got that night.
Are the Democrats to blame for inciting violence against protesters?
[Speaker Pelosi] questioning her opponents’ patriotism is actually par for the course for Madam Speaker — but it truly is amazing to think how many “climate of hate” pieces have been written about the right’s rhetorical excesses vis-a-vis the near total pass the left’s gotten over the past week. We’ve had congressmen screeching about “political terrorists,” “brown shirts,” and “rabid animals,” Senators denouncing “un-American” activities, the DNC running ads about “angry mobs,” the president himself telling his opponents to shut up and get out of the way, and the Democratic brain trust now setting up a “war room” to respond to health-care “attacks.” Glenn Beck’s said repeatedly on his show that he supports nonviolent resistance only, but a fat lot of good that’s done him with liberals more interested in the “subtext” of his messaging; pray tell, what “subtext” should we glean from the dehumanizing venom being spit by the Democratic leadership over the past 10 days?
Hot Air reports that MSNBC says that people who oppose socialism are really racists.
This clip goes hand in hand with Cynthia Tucker’s moronic guesstimate that 45-65 percent of town hall protesters are probably racist.
An impartial observer might ask whether the Democrats are creating a climate of hate, fear, bigotry and intolerance that could lead to violence. Do we need to write a hate crime bill to oppose Democrat hate speech that could lead to hate crimes?
Learn more about health care with my previous posts on health care: