Opponents to the national health plan would have you believe yesterday’s town hall outbursts were spontaneous.
I call B.S.
The events were fueled by a high-paid corporate lobbyist and former GOP congressman from Texas – Dick Armey. A guy in his office wrote and spread around a hate-filled memo on how to take over town hall meetings.
Think about that.
A fat-cat corporate lobbyist is choreographing ways to shut down public discussion of a vital piece of legislation. He is getting paid to disrupt democracy – paid by the health industry, by the drug companies and by the rich insurance companies. That much we know. Lord knows what else they have done to foment such high drama.
This is manipulation, pure and simple. Scare tactics. Disgraceful. Calloused. And a genuine assault on free speech. This does not lead us to a better place.
The mob shouts down anyone brave enough to disagree. “Sit down,” they shout. “Shut up,” they yell. Are jackboots next?
If conservatives insist this mayhem is righteous anger, then walk away from the lobby money. The staged theatrics taint your credibility, undercut your arguments, and make your protests suspect.
This is not democracy. Disavow Dick Armey.