"Almost Entirely White and Irritable Crowd" of "Angry" Obama-Care Protesters
"They got up before dawn in large numbers with angry signs and American flag T-shirts, and many were seething with frustration at issues that went far beyond overhauling health care....Ms. Abram described herself as a stay-at-home mother from Lebanon, and in many ways she was representative of the almost entirely white and irritable crowd, most of whom were from the area. Many of the union members who showed up to support health care reform did not arrive early enough to get into the auditorium at the Harrisburg Area Community College, and thus were largely not represented among the 30 questioners called on by Mr. Specter. It was the angriest people who got in line first." -- Ian Urbina and Katharine Seelye, August 12.
Pro-Obama-Care "Grassroots Advocates" Controlled by DNC
"Under the aegis of the Democratic National Committee, various labor unions and grassroots advocates plan more than 1,800 events, including petition drives, phone-a-thons and rallies over the next two weeks." -- Reporter Katharine Seelye on the "Prescriptions" blog at nytimes.com, August 26.
Protesters Not Just White & Irritable, Ignorant As Well
"Lawmakers ran into fresh anger and skepticism on Wednesday as they fielded questions from constituents worried about changes in the health care system, and about a lot of other things having to do with government. The queries hurled at legislators from the Atlantic Seaboard to the nation's midsection reflected deep-seated fears, a general suspicion of government and, in some cases, a lack of knowledge on the part of the questioners....The senator was too polite (or intent on survival) to correct his questioner by pointing out that there is not one bill yet, but rather several proposals working their way through five committees in both houses of Congress, and that to talk of 'the government' as a single entity makes no sense, at least in this context, because of the divisions between Republicans and Democrats, House and Senate, Capitol Hill and the White House....Senator Arlen Specter, the Republican-turned-Democrat from Pennsylvania, endured another day of hostile, sometimes fact-defying questions at a town meeting in State College, Pa., The Associated Press reported." -- Reporter David Stout, August 13.
Paul Krugman Not Happy with His Fellow Citizens Racists
"...the driving force behind the town hall mobs is probably the same cultural and racial anxiety that's behind the 'birther' movement....it's a strategy that has played a central role in American politics ever since Richard Nixon realized that he could advance Republican fortunes by appealing to the racial fears of working-class whites." -- Economist turned columnist Paul Krugman, August 7.
Conservative Town Hall Protests "Shut Down Public Discourse"
"The traditional town hall meeting, a staple of Congressional constituent relations, had been hijacked, overrun by sophisticated social-networking campaigns -- those on the right protesting so loudly as to shut down public discourse and those on the left springing into action to shut down the shutdowns." -- Reporter Sheryl Gay Stolberg, August 9.
A Tale of Two Senators
"Senator Edward M. Kennedy of Massachusetts, a son of one of the most storied families in American politics, a man who knew triumph and tragedy in near-equal measure and who will be remembered as one of the most effective lawmakers in the history of the Senate, died late Tuesday night. He was 77." -- Lead to John Broder's August 27 obituary to Sen. Ted Kennedy, under the online headline "Edward Kennedy, Senate Stalwart, Is Dead at 77."
"Jesse Helms, the former North Carolina senator whose courtly manner and mossy drawl barely masked a hard-edged conservatism that opposed civil rights, gay rights, foreign aid and modern art, died early Friday. He was 86." -- Lead to Steven Holmes' July 5, 2008 obituary to former Sen. Jesse Helms, under the headline "Jesse Helms, Unyielding Beacon of Conservatism, Is Dead at 86."
Conspiracies against Obama are racist and crazy, but conspiracies against Bush were "an American tradition of questioning concentrated power".
A Tale of Two Conspiracy Tales
"The fringe conspiracy theory -- that he is not constitutionally eligible to be president -- has taken on a life of its own and become a dreaded topic for some lawmakers." -- Jeff Zeleny on people who question Obama's U.S. citizenship and thus his eligibility for the presidency, August 5.
"Some participants see an American tradition of questioning concentrated power." -- Text box from Alan Feuer's sympathetic report from a Chicago convention of conspiracy theorists who think 9-11 was an inside job by the Bush administration, June 5, 2006.
Originally posted by silent thunder
The more they toss around words like "racism," "traitor" or "extremist" for those who question things, the more these words will lose their meaing. This is sad, because there are times these words actually do mean something, but because of overuse they are becoming meaningless.
Originally posted by IKnowNothing
reply to post by GorehoundLarry
And this is exactly why, racism continues in the United States. Ignorance. Racism would be a non-issue, if people moved past it. But it seems that those who are attempting to 'fight' racism, are those that continue to push 'racism' as an excuse for everything. What a load of crap. I will tell you right now, racism is a huge money maker. It might as well be marketed out as a business.
[edit on 29-8-2009 by IKnowNothing]
Originally posted by vor78
Its hardly new. They've been doing it for the last 18 months. If you don't support Obama, the only possible reason is racism. As I said in another thread, ridicule, and in this case, name-calling, is much easier than arguing the facts. And they dare call the opposition 'ignorant'?
Oh well. At this point, the media has exposed its bias so much that they're only preaching to the choir. Everyone else has left them. One look at their financial statements provides evidence of that.