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The nation's largest federation of labor organizations has promised to directly engage with boisterous conservative protesters at Democratic town halls during the August recess.
In a memo sent out on Thursday, AFL-CIO President John Sweeney outlined the blueprint for how the union conglomerate would step up recess activities on health care reform and other topics pertinent to the labor community. The document makes clear that Obama allies view the town hall forums as ground zero of the health care debate. It also uses the specter of the infamous 2000 recount "Brooks Brothers" protest to rally its members to the administration's side.
"The principal battleground in the campaign will be town hall meetings and other gatherings with members of Congress in their home districts," reads the memo. "We want your help to organize major union participation to counter the right-wing "Tea-Party Patriots" who will try to disrupt those meetings, as they've been trying to do to meetings for the last month. ...
UPDATE: 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.
Saying that these people are corporate shills? And to counter this they are going to send in their Union shills?
I just hope they remain verbal fights and they don't break down into physical violence.
he's mobilizing his brown shirts!!!
The people that are tying to speak up now want answers to their questions not the run around they keep giving.
Washington DC is becoming an increasingly nasty place, with White House bullying tactics designed to intimidate and wear down opposing legislators and governors across the country - at least this is the assessment of House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform Ranking Member Darrell Issa.
In a press statement released on Tuesday, Congressman Issa claimed that White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel has been resorting to a Chicago-style "playbook" that acts as a "scare tactic" against legislators and governors who question the approaches of the Obama White House.
Originally posted by kozmo
WTF do the Unions care!?!? They're already exempted from this horrible uber-socialist take over of health-care - because they have "Contracts". Question, didn't the creditors to the auto manufacturers have "Contracts" as well? Obama didn't have a problem shredding those though. It figures, he's mobilizing his brown shirts!!!
The people speaking up are watching everything they ever worked for being stripped away from them at break-neck speed,
Barack Obama. Alinsky, Rules for Radicals, Rule Number 14,
Pick the target, freeze it, and polarize it. Cut off the support network and isolate the target from sympathy. Go after people and not institutions; people hurt faster than institutions. (This is cruel, but very effective. Direct, personalized criticism and ridicule works.)
Originally posted by Hastobemoretolife
Maybe you guys haven't seen this yet, or maybe you have, but check this out, this is one of the dots that leads me to think the way that I do about this situation.
Now I'm not trying to say it was intentional or anything, but the similarities are striking.
Then when I read threads like this, it makes me question my sanity.
It's really coming down to it.
I have experienced the character attacks on this forum.
I am going to look further into this, I have not up to now, but he really is using Rules for Radicals, isn't he?