posted on Aug, 5 2009 @ 05:05 PM
Yes, even though I lean substantially to the left, this reminds me of the days of the Civil Rights Movement and the Vietnam war protests when
demonstrators were accused of being paid political operatives, bused around the country to stage phony events.
The same charges are being leveled at the mostly-Republican right now. I don't know what to make of the charges or how real the "phony" town-hall
events actually are.
I do think it infringes on freedom of speech, though, when speakers are just shouted down without giving them a chance to voice their side of the
issue. Freedom of speech includes everybody's right to be heard.
I didn't like these tactics when my anti-Vietnam colleagues used them and I don't like them now.
[edit on 5-8-2009 by Sestias]