Have you ever studied American history? Have you ever noticed the horrifying behavior of unruly mobs who just couldn't be bothered to enter into civil discourse with anybody, and whose actions and rowdy conduct ultimately spoiled fair debate, interfered with the plans of well-mannered people, and poisoned the political atmosphere so much that nothing good could possibly grow out of their rage-based tantrums?
Take the civil rights movement, for instance. Unruly mobs staged sit-ins at lunch counters, shouted at politicians, marched with signs, misbehaved on buses, and otherwise made spectacles of themselves. Sure, we might all support civil rights, but really, was there any excuse for such rude behavior?
Or go back a bit earlier, to the labor protests of the turn of the last century. Granted, wealthy people holding all the cards were making employees work inhumane hours under really bad conditions, but isn't that kind of free-market capitalism what America is all about? How dare those labor protesters of that day stage protests--even before any of them became violent, it was just wrong of them to disrupt the economy, shut down fair conversations between politicians and major industrialists as to how they could best exploit America's cheap labor, and distract the nation with headlines about riots.
In fact, our whole nation suffers from its origins in this kind of mob rule and protesting. I'm sure the British of King George III's day thought we were nothing but tea-dumping rabble, who needed nothing but the business end of a few bayonets to be brought into line--and when you think about it, no matter how much we may appreciate American independence, it's lamentably true that we trace our origins to groups of angry people shouting a lot about unfair government actions. Embarrassing, really, to a civilized person these days, no?
And now, in our present day, we have unruly mobs of people showing up to do a lot of vicious, mean-spirited shouting at town hall meetings. Wow. It's like a throwback to the uncivilized world of 1776, isn't it? I bet some rival tea-company paid the Sons of Liberty to dump that tea in Boston Harbor, and if we only knew it, the tabloid-style early American newspapers were spreading an awful lot of disinformation about the King's plan to finance British wars on the backs of unrepresented Americans; just like talk-radio today, their only possible purpose was to stir up rage against their political opponents (because we all know that any information that deviates from the administration's talking-points duly parroted by the MSM is clearly biased, misinformed, partisan, rage-induced, and flaggable) . If only someone had controlled those badly-behaved colonists way back then!
Of course, if some civilized person or group of people had managed to calm down--by force if necessary--the outraged colonists who were so blinded by their rage and partisanship that they actually saw something wrong with the way they were being treated by Mother England, every single American today would be enjoying the British National Health Service. Although "enjoying" might be too strong a word, per the referenced article, unless one is a canine-American.
Our elected politicians have had few unruly mobs to deal with in recent years. Oh, sure, there was Cindy Sheehan and the "Bush lied, kids died" chanting emanating from the penumbras of many a street march; there were globalism/WTO protests, often well-coordinated; there have been some attacks on military recruiting centers which have gone mostly unnoticed by our MSM many of whom remember (if that's the right word) the patchouli-scented anti-military protests of days gone by, and thus can't get too upset when a recruiting center or ROTC booth gets targeted for protests; there have been the usual run of anti-nuke, anti-corporation, anti-lobster-eating efforts by the usual suspects.
None of these things has particularly bothered our kinglike elected officials on either side of the aisle, who serenely bypass such vulgar displays on their way to the next congressional fact-finding mission in some nice tropical climate. What does it matter if the little people vent their frustrations circulating another useless petition about some issue which most people don't care about in the first place?
But when the little people start showing up at town hall meetings to discuss health care, only to be shut out while pro-Obama signs are circulated among the supposedly friendly crowd, and when even some of the friendly people in the crowd start shouting in anger at the congresswoman speaking because this time they're not buying the fragrant compost she's selling--well, clearly, these are rage-induced talk-radio zombies who've read just enough disinformation about the beneficent government's zygote-to-crematorium Total Health Universally Doctored (THUD) Plan to be capable of some manufactured outrage that is clearly different (though how, we can't exactly tell) from all the principled and noble examples of protest behavior that used to be called "Civil Disobedience" even if it was anything but civil.
And these groups of citizens--these probably highly paid professional mobsters--are lowering the tone of political discourse for the rest of us. Why, how are we supposed to sit around with our loved ones, fellow church members, random strangers at the grocery store etc. and praise the government health care plan or plans (which exist in multiple versions none of which anybody, least of all congresspeople, have read in their entirety and all of which could be altered drastically before anybody ever votes on them, though of course as a loyal American let me hasten to assure you that a trifling thing like that shouldn't stop anybody from giving his or her total unqualified support to the government plan! or plans, etc.) when gray-haired or baby-toting thugs keep on poisoning these elegant and civilized propaganda sessions--er, conversations--by their unruly, rude, mob-like behavior?
Until we Americans repudiate once and for all the notion that we have the right to assemble in public meetings and just learn to accept that so-called "town halls" are meant to be political photo ops for our elected officials and their favorite quislings, until we realize that free speech doesn't mean we can rudely shout just because our elected representatives utterly refuse to answer or even to entertain our questions, until we turn away from the public-protest as a means of getting our grievances addressed, we're just going to keep seeing the purveyors of hate and rage stirring up their demented, brainless followers into the kind of people who actually think that there ought to be limits to the federal government and its ceaseless quest for Leviathanian power. And we can't have that--we all know that without the government's watchful nanny-eyes upon us, most of us couldn't put on a Band-Aid (tm) successfully, let alone manage our own health care.