AFL calls a HALT to the Brooks Brothers Riot Tactics on Healthcare

AFL calls a HALT the Brooks Brothers Riot Tactics on Healthcare

Just when you thought Real Americans were going to be shut down in Town Hall meetings across the country, democracy thwarted yet again by the Thug Tactics of the right, we hear a rallying roar from our union brothers and sisters.

No, this isn’t the country of 2000. No, we aren’t going to let a Brooks Brothers Riot stop another recount. No, we aren’t going to believe there are WMD just because the right told us we weren’t patriots if we dared to question them. It isn’t the country of 2004 either. No, we aren’t going to sit idly by depending on the civilized democratic process to overcome the loud, angry voices Swiftboating an American war hero.

No more purple band-aids for us!

Just who will stand up for our right to be heard? Who can meet the TeaBaggers head on? Who? Since all thinking people have jumped ship from the Republican party, your average American is voting Dem these days. So, we’re left with the Democratic Party of Discussion and Diplomacy. Good values. Our country is based on these ideals. But not so handy when you’re fighting a bully.

Remember when your mom told you to ignore the bully in grade school who called you or your friends names? Remember how it didn’t ever work out like she said it would, because the more you ignored them, the worse it got? My mom used to have me write compassion essays, or empathy essays. Good exercise, but when the wolf is at the door, you’re starving and you have no health insurance, an empathy essay isn’t the best weapon. At least not when you’re fighting thugs who are hell bent on avoiding an intellectual debate they know they will lose.

Oh, how we progressives fall into angst here! We respect their right to speak, we rush to defend the angry fat man on the radio who lies about us everyday, we talk about karma and muse about how to get them to see our point, we defend ourselves against attacks of being snobby intellectual elites, thinking if we just try harder to understand….

It’s all so lovely and high minded….and unworkable. In THIS fight.

What progressives fail to realize is that we are not fighting the same fight, so we will lose. They don’t want to have a discussion, understand our point, or allow us our freedom of speech. These are the same people who called VERBAL dissent unpatriotic and treasonous when they were in power! In 2007, Fox News host Brian Kilmead said that people who confront politicians are “threatening” and should be Tased or “beaten to a pulp.”

Because back in the Good Old Days of the Synthetic Cowboy and His Gang of Thugs dismantling the constitution, it wasn’t American to protest. But suddenly, now, it seems the Screeching Minority has rediscovered the Sarah Palin Dept of Law and Constitution. You know, the one that’s good for them but no one else? Good Dog, how long will it take until we get that?

There we were, writhing in the mess of 8 years of fascist takeover, as we carried our war protest signs to peace rallies the MSM ignored, and in our hearts we never thought we’d get this country back. We were demoralized and down-trodden.

But along came Barack Hussein Obama. Oh, a new day for us! With his awesome powers of organization and messaging, Obama proved over and over again that he could and would overcome the hate propaganda thrown at him during the GE. “Terrorist! Muslin! Hitler!” – your basic “look at the brown man” message – he overcame them all with grace, dignity and hidden strength.

We won. Yes, we overcame election fraud and voter fraud and illegal prosecutions and slander and MSM corporate allegiance to their party….We, the people, won. Our voices were heard.

At a particularly low point in the GE, I remember the Republicans going to a UAW plant and speaking. The union folks, themselves Real Americans, weren’t fooled by the Beer Heiress and her Prince. Legend has it that as the 12 houses (how many do they have? 12 or 13, but some not in their names? Very confusing) “everyman” POW no purple band-aids here, McCain, and the wife he calls ##@# exited, the plant workers began singing, “We are the Union, the mighty mighty Union.” It gives me chills just thinking about it.

My grandfather was a leader in the union movement, and I’m a proud member of a union myself. I can think of nothing more American than our unions; while they may be imperfect, they are necessary. They give the common person collective power. And they’re usually smart enough to keep their messaging simple.

Well, patriots, our union brothers and sisters have stepped up once again, riding to our rescue to save our Town Halls and the democratic process. The AFL-CIO union movement represents 11 million members. They are teachers and truck drivers, musicians and miners, firefighters and farm workers, bakers and bottlers, engineers and editors, pilots and public employees, doctors and nurses, painters and laborers—and more. In other words, you basic Real American.

TeaBagging Astroturffers don’t want to let the nation have a civil debate regarding healthcare? OK, then.


“AFL-CIO Secretary Treasurer Richard Trumka sends out a scathing statement about the town halls, hitting on Sweeney’s themes and calling the events corporate funded.

Every American has the inalienable right to participate in our democratic process. Our politics is passionate, heartfelt and often loud — as was the founding of our nation. But that is not what the corporate-funded mobs are engaging in when they show up to disrupt town halls held by members of Congress.

Major health care reform is closer than ever to passage and it is no secret that special interests want to weaken or block it. These mobs are not there to participate. As their own strategy memo states, they have been sent by their corporate and lobbyist bankrollers to disrupt, heckle and block meaningful debate. This is a desperation move, meant to slow the momentum for change.

Mob rule is not democracy. People have a democratic right to express themselves and our elected leaders have a right to hear from their constituents — not organized thugs whose sole purpose is to shut down the conversation and attempt to scare our leaders into inaction

We call on the insurance companies, the lobbyists and the Republican leaders who are cheering them on to halt these ‘Brooks Brothers Riot’ tactics. Health care is a crucial issue and everyone – on all sides of the issue – deserves to be heard.”

We are the Union, the Mighty Mighty Union!! Hear us Roar! From the WGA to the UAW, raise your voice, and be heard brothers and sisters!

Bring it, Astoturfing TeaBaggers! Game on.

8 Replies to “AFL calls a HALT to the Brooks Brothers Riot Tactics on Healthcare”

  1. “Ten people who speak make more noise than ten thousand who are silent.”

    Napoleon Bonaparte

    Too true when more than ten are bussed in to town hall meetings, by big insurance business intentionally to be disruptive, and to intimidate others into silence.

    May we hope passionately that all opinions get a fair, and civil hearing; and that intimidation of any kind is opposed.

  2. You can debate, but you can’t destroy our country. Read the Constitution, or at least the 10th amendment. By the way. Talk about being a bully. Your last line pretty much shows you level of intellect.

    Go back to ACORN and wait for your marching orders. You are the epitome of Astroturf you faker.

  3. You rail against those railing against socialized medicine, yet their tactics are the very tactics deployed by Sweeney (shutting down intersections in DC, LA, et al), Stern.

    It seems you have a problem with civil disobdedience when it does not fall in line with your Marxist views.

    Further, the push for socialized medicine (if successful) will reap unions an estimated $10.2 Billion in union dues per year once they turn health care workers into government workers.

    If you are going to call a spade a spade, you better make sure the shovel you’re carrying isn’t full of the same crap you accuse the the other side of using.

    Hypocrisy is hypocrisy. Your problem is you don’t like others using the same tactics unions have used for decades (if not longer).


  4. The very thought of him saying that he will just shove this piece of legislation through with democrats may indeed start this country towards civil war. I know which side I am going to. Heartlands of America where Americans still exist. This Bill is insidious. This President is not the President of our Fathers. He is a Marxist and wants power. This will be his Waterloo. Bring em on. The Second Amendment is alive. I will move to the Mid West and if they want the cities, I will go with the states that recede. This country was supposed to be united under this liberal leftist. It is far from it. Long live the constitution and the bill of rights. And if this legislation passes the second amendment will definitely help us who suceede from Marxism.

  5. Their press release said nothing of the sort, and I challenge you to provide me with any Democratic lawmaker or TV pundit calling for tasering or beating the pulp out of the protesters.

    Union members are not necessarily “thugs” , but thanks for sharing your prejudice with us. I mentioned the WGA, for example — and I’m hard pressed to imagine that you’re scared of bunch of writers attending a Town Hall meeting, but then, I can’t tell what scares the right anymore. Maybe the fear of literacy en masse is enough to instill great fear, akin to what the left feels when Blackwater stormed the streets of the RNC and arrested journalists for no reason?

    A corporate thug is not the same thing as a union thug, by the way. One has a right to be heard by their government. Corporations are not supposed to be represented by congress. Capiche?

    The false equivalences of the right comparing Code Pink, et al to corporate funded protests which are resulting in violence, and are clearly motivated by racism to boot (note the Teabagger’s signs in Fla protest today) are stale. Peacefully protesting a war started on lies is hardly the same thing as being motivated by Fox News or Freedom Works (as the folks in Florida admitted they were) to raise hell against healthcare reform and disrupt the democratic process for other Americans.

    The right was busted with memos clearly detailing that they could not and would not have a “debate” about this, so make noise and disrupt things. That’s all they have.

    And therein lay another difference. War protesters wanted to be heard by the govt, but Bush had free speech zones set up and they were never given an audience. They also protested Obama/DNC , and Obama set a meeting with them and heard their complaints. See how that works?

    What is the goal of these tea baggers? Why are they getting violent? No one is refusing to hear them. They aren’t being relegated to free speech zones. What is the goal?

    They disrupt the meeting so no other American can be heard or hear their representative safely. That’s not being an active part of the democratic process.

    Why is the right being violent? So far, they are the only people being violent and disruptive.

    I’m thrilled our unions are coming together to organize and find a way for average tax paying Americans to be heard at Town Hall meetings. It is our right – and a right which is currently being subverted by these bullying tactic’s of the right.

  6. Most sane people 68% in one poll 73% in another want health care reform, 74% want an public option, next suceede from what the US we that is very unAmerican of you, lastly there is no health care bill yet, jesus talk about jumping the gun, rasist.

  7. Your bolg sucks, with that said an over helming number of people want health care change quit your lying and face facts the only reason you are against Obama is he black your are a rasist!

  8. have you read the bills? Clearly you don’t know what you’re talking about.

    You are threatening violence with your reference to the second amendment.

    You are the Fascist, responding to a Healthcare discussion by threats of violence? Are you crazy?

    There is no reason why that would drive a normal person to civil war, or violence of any kind.

    it’s just crazy and sad.

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