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Screaming constituents, protesters dragged out by the cops, congressmen fearful for their safety — welcome to the new town-hall-style meeting, the once-staid forum that is rapidly turning into a house of horrors for members of Congress.
On the eve of the August recess, members are reporting meetings that have gone terribly awry, marked by angry, sign-carrying mobs and disruptive behavior. In at least one case, a congressman has stopped holding town hall events because the situation has spir
“I had felt they would be pointless,” Rep. Tim Bishop (D-N.Y.) told POLITICO, referring to his recent decision to suspend the events in his Long Island district. “There is no point in meeting with my constituents and [to] listen to them and have them listen to you if what is basically an unruly mob prevents you from having an intelligent conversation.”
In Bishop’s case, his decision came on the heels of a June 22 event he held in Setauket, N.Y., in which protesters dominated the meeting by shouting criticisms at the congressman for his positions on energy policy, health care and the bailout of the auto industry.
Within an hour of the disruption, police were called in to escort the 59-year-old Democrat — who has held more than 100 town hall meetings since he was elected in 2002 — to his car safely.
"With all these blessings, what more is necessary to make us a happy and prosperous people? Still one thing more, fellow citizens -- a wise and frugal government, which shall restrain men from injuring one another, which shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned. This is the sum of good government, and this is necessary to close the circle of our felicities."
-- Thomas Jefferson
"Suppose your were an idiot and suppose you were a member of Congress. But I repeat myself."
-- Mark Twain
Originally posted by finemanm
Its seems that the revolt against the government is starting. Congressmen are affraid to meet with the very people they claim to represent.
More than 400 protesters marched down College Avenue on Wednesday afternoon with one message for Congress: Keep government's hands out of the health-care system.
Carrying banners assailing President Barack Obama's health-care plan and chanting "'Nobama,' no way," the marchers rallied on the east side of College Avenue, then marched through Old Town to confront Democratic Rep. Betsy Markey's staff about her views on a health-care reform bill being debated in Congress.
Originally posted by Stormdancer777
You might think that it is not much, but there are millions that protest with their vote.
Originally posted by finemanm
Can you see Marshal Law on the horizon? If these popularly elected politicians are literally affraid for their safety, why wouldn't they agree to impose Marshal Law.
[edit on 31-7-2009 by finemanm]
Operation EMBARRASS YOUR CONGRESSMAN has officially started. The timing is perfect, coinciding with the August recess. This weekend, hundreds of Senators and Representatives will be slithering out of Washington, D.C., trying to sneak quietly back into their districts. They'll pretend they've been hard at work "doing the peoples' business" when in fact all they've been up to is destroying our way of life, piling up mountains of debt that will take generations to pay back, and enslaving the common man to his government.
If you've "had it up to here" and beyond, it's time for action. Be a part of Operation EMBARRASS YOUR CONGRESSMAN. The Mission: "To expose the arrogance, ignorance, and insolence of our elected representatives." We want to do this on a LARGE SCALE - NATIONWIDE! These arrogant, ignorant, and insolent people have embarrassed America, trampled the Constitution, and ignored their constituents for far too long.
Join the operation (it's free and costs nothing). How? Read the Mission, then The Battle Plan. Familiarize yourself with our (or your own) intelligent, issues-based questions and then go attend public events held or sponsored by your representatives. Follow the outlined procedures (boldly but respectfully) and roll tape! Send the video and audio here. We want this site to be a clearinghouse of examples of their arrogance, ignorance, and insolence. Spread the word! Expose these people and point your fellow citizen-voters to this site so they can view the posted examples of how badly we are being served by our elected representatives. It's not too late. We can make a difference!