Monday, August 10, 2009
Private Citizen Palin Urges Restraint at Town Halls
A few days after suggesting that Democratic healthcare proposals being debated in Washington may imperil the life of her son, Trig, Sarah Palin Sunday urged reform opponents to not give the opposition fodder by disrupting town halls.
Palin's comments, posted on her Facebook page, come after weeks of raucous town halls in which conservatives have shouted down members of Congress.
"There are many disturbing details in the current bill that Washington is trying to rush through Congress, but we must stick to a discussion of the issues and not get sidetracked by tactics that can be accused of leading to intimidation or harassment," Palin wrote. "Such tactics diminish our nation’s civil discourse which we need now more than ever because the fine print in this outrageous health care proposal must be understood clearly and not get lost in conscientious voters’ passion to want to make elected officials hear what we are saying. Let’s not give the proponents of nationalized health care any reason to criticize us."
Good advice. We are all justifiably angry: we have an Imperial Congress that treats us like we're stupid, a President who excoriates his dissenters to "shut up" and a criminal media that continues to carry the water for the Marxist-in-Chief. Not to mention the SEIU thugs who've been unleashed on nationwide town halls under orders from the DNC to instigate altercations, in an attempt to make freedom-loving Americans look like unruly, violent mobs. Irony, thy name is Democrat!
But, do not play into their hands.
We are winning this argument, as evidenced by the polls. According to the latest Rasmussen, 51% fear the federal government more than private health insurance companies, while 41% hold the opposite view; and 41% view the town hall protesters favorably, versus the 35% who take an unfavorable view.
If sunlight is the best disinfectant, then we must keep using these meetings as opportunities to inform the public of the contents of the horrible bill, since our government sure as hell won't. The other side has given us all the ammunition we need to win, without having to shout over any Congress Critter who actually has the gumption to face his or her constituents. By all means, react vocally to whatever lies they put forth at the microphone; just be sure to allow them the chance to deceive the population. And continue to attend the meetings with copies of the worst provisions of the bill in hand; at the Ron Klein meeting last week, the majority of the folks who addressed the crowd read portions of the bill out loud. It's kind of difficult to argue that the government isn't promoting euthanasia when you're quoting directly from the proposed legislation.
Finally, keep it clean. My co-host Steve Rosenblum and I had a discussion about this yesterday. We understand and share the frustration and the anger. But telling Barack to "shove it up his ass" as a mutual Facebook friend did in an email to the White House, is clearly not the way to go. I wrote a sarcastic missive to the "flags" thoroughly articulating my position, without resorting to obscenities. I know how tempting it is to do so when our very freedoms are at stake; however, let's not supply them with more propaganda to use against us. Fight hard, hit 'em with the facts, and by all means, always take photos or videos at every event you attend.