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August 7, 2009

“I am sick and tired of people who say that if you debate and you disagree with this administration somehow you’re not patriotic. We should stand up and say we are Americans and we have a right to debate and disagree with any administration.”

Top Democrat denounces health care protests
Article: Breitbart

The Senate’s most powerful Democrat on Thursday scolded health care protesters dogging his party’s lawmakers at local meetings, arguing that some critics on the political right have run out of ideas—and ditched their civic manners. Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada accused the protesters of trying to “sabotage” the democratic process.

A small group of lawmakers blocked out the fevered rhetoric and vowed to keep pursuing an elusive bipartisan deal on a broad remaking of the health care system. With encouragement from President Barack Obama and business leaders, the group reported progress on financing an overhaul. But as polls show Obama’s approach losing favor with voters—particularly independents—Democrats are talking more openly about the possibility of moving legislation without Republican support.

Energized conservative activists said they’ll keep up their fight against Obama’s effort. The president wants to use the government’s clout to subsidize coverage for millions now uninsured, regulate insurance companies more closely and attempt to slow the rise of medical costs. The protesters’ shouts and chants, captured on amateur video, went viral on the Internet.

The Republican Party says it’s not behind the protests, but Reid scoffed at the notion that the protesters reflect grass-roots sentiment. He held up a piece of artificial turf during a session with reporters…

Rowdy crowd grills congressmen over healthcare reform
Article: Fox 16

Democratic representatives Mike Ross and Vic Snyder both came to Little Rock Wednesday to explain what changes could be coming. And Arkansans got a chance to sound off too. It was a loud crowd at Arkansas Children’s Hospital and everybody had something to say.

Mike Massucco said his biggest fear is a government run healthcare option. He said, “it undermines the whole capitalistic system. With them they say, ‘no, we’re not going to have a government option.’ They will and of course nobody can compete with the government.”

Mike Ross is the chairman of the Blue Dog Democrats, the conservative group that slowed down the vote on healthcare reform. Ross says right now there are 5 different bills floating around and lawmakers need to look closely at each one before making a final decision.

It’s not that the American people do not want healthcare reform. They want the right kind of reform and they don’t want it to be rushed,” Ross said.

Tempers flare in South Florida over healthcare overhaul
A raucous group of about 100 protesters confronted staffers of U.S. Rep. Ron Klein, expressing their displeasure with the healthcare overhaul bills being considered in Congress.

Article: Miami Herald

Confrontation over a national healthcare overhaul reached South Florida on Wednesday, when routine office hours for the staff of a Broward-area congressman turned into a raucous protest.

The incident is like others that reflect nerves frayed by the nationwide debate. Democrats decry what they describe as a mob rule orchestrated by special interests trying to protect the status quo; Republicans call it genuine grass-roots concern over a costly government takeover.

Though only a handful of constituents typically show up at the Lighthouse Point public library once a month with questions for U.S. Rep. Ron Klein’s staffers — often questions about Social Security checks or passport applications — this time about 100 people packed the room for two hours.

The group was rowdy, rude and fired up about healthcare.

Protesters Confront U.S. Representative At Simsbury Supermarket Meeting
Article: Courant

Murphy, a Democrat who represents the 5th District, routinely holds informal office hours at supermarkets and strip malls, but such gatherings are generally uneventful. This time, many of the 150 or so attendees were so boisterous that Stop & Shop management called the police to ask that the crowd be moved from the store’s entrance.

The scene in Simsbury is being replayed throughout the nation this week as congressional Democrats convene town hall forums and other public get-togethers to win support for the Obama administration’s plan to overhaul the health care system.

One conservative group critical of the plan has put out a call to members, encouraging them to attend these gatherings and voice their opposition to the member of Congress hosting the event. U.S. Sen. Christopher Dodd, a Democrat and a leading architect of the health care overhaul, has become a chief target.

Democrats pointed to the rowdy, sometimes vicious tone of some of the comments and said that the protests were part of a well-funded and organized effort to derail the health care plan. Wednesday’s protest drew activists from the Tea Party movement and the so-called Dump Dodd campaign.

But many who attended were not affiliated with an established group. Maryann Culkin, a stay-at-home mother from Avon, said she represents no one but herself. She went to Stop & Shop simply because she wanted to have a word or two with her congressman.

For the first time in my life, I’m embarrassed and scared of where my country is going,” Culkin told Murphy. She is worried about how the government will pay for Obama’s health care policies.

Murphy said it didn’t matter to him whether those attending were part of a coordinated effort or just on their own.

Any time I’m talking to my constituents in an unfiltered way I consider it productive,” he said in a phone interview afterward.

So, uh… one more time, Hillary…. What was that?

Shriek it, sister. Shriek it like Monica did. (Oh no she di’in’)

6 Comments leave one →
  1. Annette permalink
    January 7, 2010 10:52 am

    Good points, I think I will definitely subscribe!🙂. I’ll go and read some more!

  2. Cuss permalink
    January 7, 2010 12:00 pm

    FACT: demoncrats will lose in 2010. Question: will they allow free and honest elections?they all have acted as if their not losing their power.

  3. January 7, 2010 7:28 pm

    Since when have elections been free or honest? There is no such thing as long as we have only a two party system. Politicans are not interested in free or honest elections…they want us as slaves to them and they would not know or understand honesty, in any form, if it bit them in the ass!

    • January 8, 2010 2:19 am

      Chyeah. And NOW we’ve got ACORN to worry about. Whatever happened to human honesty?! Seriously. A Fair fight is a fair fight. If someone, even if that candidate wasn’t one YOU liked, sorry. They won. Same thing goes with football. Your team doesn’t win, no worries. Better luck next time. But winning by cheating and deceit is no winner at all.

      As of today, I’m still a FREE CITIZEN and I will NOT be controlled by any government douchebag.

  4. Cuss permalink
    January 8, 2010 2:15 am


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