What’s this I hear about Republicans tryin’ to kill progress? Haven’t they heard that progress is now a verb, ala Sarah Palin? Don’t they want to progress this great continent? Sadly, it seems the Republicans got off the progress bus and onto the propaganda bus. And we all know that propaganda isn’t American and it most certainly isn’t Republican/Fox News.
A leaked memo reveals what’s behind the crazies claiming “they don’t want no socialized medicine” at recent Town Halls. Republicans are coordinating an assault and harassment campaign of Democratic leaders’ Town Hall meetings in an effort to kill Health Care Reform and fool lawmakers into believing there is wide-spread opposition to the notion of human beings in a civilized nation being given access to health care.
The right wing is working (paid for by your tax dollars) with lobbyist-run groups Freedom Works (of Teabagging Infamy) and Americans for Prosperity (Orwellian names, no?) in their national socialist style effort to kill health care reform. Yes, they’re even busing people in to the Town Hall meetings, giving them Machiavellian War Tactics to follow. Heck, maybe the C-Street guys were right about Hitler being a good role model, ‘cuz this crap would surely do Hitler proud, and we all know what a great proponent of democracy Hitler was:
“– Artificially Inflate Your Numbers: “Spread out in the hall and try to be in the front half. The objective is to put the Rep on the defensive with your questions and follow-up. The Rep should be made to feel that a majority, and if not, a significant portion of at least the audience, opposes the socialist agenda of Washington.”
– Be Disruptive Early And Often: “You need to rock-the-boat early in the Rep’s presentation, Watch for an opportunity to yell out and challenge the Rep’s statements early.”
-Try To “Rattle Him,” Not Have An Intelligent Debate: “The goal is to rattle him, get him off his prepared script and agenda. If he says something outrageous, stand up and shout out and sit right back down. Look for these opportunities before he even takes questions”
NRCC, National Republican Congressional Committee, has endorsed these tactics and proudly crowed the days of civil town halls are now “over.”” I can only assume the NRCC also endorses the use of the pronoun “him” in reference to all of our representatives. I’m sure we can forgive the good old boys who brought us glass shoe breaking Sarah Palin as the New Face of Patriarchal Power (er, “Feminism”) for this teeny, tiny oversight in what amounts to a gross misuse of their power.
Why did the Republicans feel a need to draft a memo telling their paid workers that they should rattle the Democrats to “make sure there is no intelligent debate”? I should think by now the Democrats, indeed, the nation, are well aware of the inability of the Republicans to engage in an intelligent debate. No need to rattle us, peeps. We done plenty rattled after 8 years of the synthetic cowboy and his posse.
While the days of civilized town hall meetings are over, the days of the Republican Clown Show are clearly not even close to over. Get thee patriotic self to a town hall near theeself soon, take pictures of the Propaganda People, and speak up for your rights. Oh, and you might want to leave your flag pin at home, lest you be mistaken for a authoritarian nationalist trying to overthrow democracy. Jusy sayin’.
A few LTTE about the Republicans adoration for the good old days, you know, before the Revolutionary War, wouldn’t hurt, either. Oh how the Republicans long for the good old days, back when you and I didn’t have – and weren’t even entitled to complain about it — representation. When the privileged could just do whatever they wanted and tax us without even listening to how we think our tax dollars should be spent.
Sometimes, when you love someone, you just have to say no; we wouldn’t want another WMD on the Republican’s already blood-stained hands and I doubt the MSM will be reporting any of these distasteful facts. So, it falls to you, again, my fellow patriot.
A good American’s work is never done, it seems.
Ms. Jones is the co-founder/ editor-in-chief of PoliticusUSA and a member of the White House press pool.
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