Friday, August 7, 2009

Obama Team Cracking Down on Townhall Meetings

Illegal aliens get the best treatment in the world. But when the medical
establishment becomes the government, rationing will be commonplace, and
when that happens, no one will be able to get health care without the
approval of a government bureaucrat. If you think HMOs are heartless, wait
until the government tells you that you cannot have that surgery. Not, "we
won't pay for it," but rather, "YOU CAN'T HAVE IT!"

It is a lie that people are being denied health care in America. Insurance
companies, which are now being demonized, may refuse out of economic
necessity to cover a certain procedure or pre-existing condition; but if
lifesaving treatment is needed, it is provided by the medical
establishment with no questions asked, and payment is discussed later.




This amounts to an attempted "coup d'etat"! We are now on a level with Honduras, and, without our help, Honduras is in big trouble too. This moron is using the "unions" as a wedge, to be able to pretend that the "people" are demanding his "health care" plan. Well, the unions are NOT the people! If we don't stand up to this takeover attempt, we lose the country. If they win on "health care" it will create a precedent and a template for them, to pass any socialist legislation they want in the future!

Obama Team Cracking Down on Townhall Meetings

Posted by Bobby Eberle
August 7, 2009

The efforts of Barack Obama and his advisers to intimidate and discredit Americans with opposing views continue to unfold. We have learned of Obama's web site which calls for Americans to "rat out" their neighbors and anyone else who is spreading "fishy" information about Obama's health care plan. We also learned how the Democrats are labeling protestors as part of an angry "mob."
But there is more. During this August congressional recess, the Democrats will be making a full court press to rally support for Obama's sagging health care plans, and they will take no prisoners in the process. Disagree with Obama on health care? If so, then your "phony" concerns might just get you on the White House "enemies" list. You may also face increased pressure at townhall meetings.
Obama and the Democrats have faced a wave of angry Americans, and clearly they were not prepared for the opposition. Apparently, they think everyone is just in love with them and their policies to transform America into a socialist state. Democrat legislators have clearly not been ready for their own townhall meetings where constituents voiced their anger and concern with the big spending, big government actions of Obama and Congress.
How has Obama and his team responded? Simple. First, they are trying to discredit the opposition. According to them, "good" Americans favor the health care takeover, while "bad" Americans do not. Second, there is intimidation. As I reported yesterday, the White House is actually building a database of those opposed to Obama's plans, and they are encouraging Americans to report on other Americans. That is scary!
The strategy is now being stepped up. In a report in The Hill, "Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) called the protests 'phony' at a press conference he held earlier in the day, holding up a swatch of Astroturf to reporters to illustrate his point." In addition, "Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) said the groups connected to the health insurance industry have organized the protests in an effort to protect corporate profits from new government regulations."
However, this strategy of discrediting the opposition that is favored by Obama and his team is very risky, and not all Democrats are buying into it. A few Democrat senators were quoted in the story as saying that at their townhall meetings they met strong people with strong opinions.
Still, Obama and congressional leaders are now doing EXACTLY what they are accusing the Republicans of doing: stacking townhall meetings with left-wing supporters. As noted in The Atlantic: "The Service Employees International Union says it's working to turn out its members at town-halls in states where it has a presence, coordinating with members of Congress to orchestrate turnout. (I mentioned earlier that the AFL-CIO will be doing that with a new, targeted campaign.) SEIU was working on town-hall turnout already, along with the rallies and phone banks it has planned across the country for recess, but conservative protests have led to a greater focus on ramping up town-hall presence specifically, in addition to the rest of the program."
In a post on CNN, the author notes that "liberal groups are sending supporters detailed instructions on strategies to counter what they call organized disruptions of congressional town halls -- events that have become new front lines in the fight over President Obama's health care proposal."
So, Obama and the Democrats accuse concerned citizens of being part of some right-wing effort to create an "angry mob," yet they are doing the same thing. The report continues:
OFA (Organizing for America) sent its e-mail list a message Thursday that pointed to the protests as a fresh hurdle that called for a concerted push to contact members of Congress in response. "The goal of these disruptions is for a few people to get a lot a media attention and hijack the entire public discourse," wrote executive director Mitch Stewart. The message identifies the lawmaker who represents the specific congressional district of the e-mail recipient, and provides contact information.
A new campaign by the group also asks supporters to make their presence felt at town hall meetings. "Our congressional representatives are back home this month, and they're facing more and more pressure from special interests on health insurance reform. It's critical that we get out there and show them where we stand," says an OFA e-mail.
HCAN - the massive umbrella organization that represents the lobbying effort on behalf of major progressive groups and unions like MoveOn, the NAACP, and the SEIU - has given its supporters instructions on their own set of defensive town hall tactics.
The group advises them to coordinate event-day strategy in advance with congressional aides; arrive far earlier than opponents and gather "in the front to create a wall around the Member"; and to assign individuals to shadow reporters and "be assertive in shaping the narrative." It provides suggested questions and possible chants to use in drowning out raucous opponents.
In the following video from a townhall meeting in St. Louis, members of SEIU are being allowed into the meeting, while others are not.
As Rep. Mike Pence notes, more people are showing up at townhall meetings because they know what Obama has in store for them.
The key for conservatives is to continue to show up at townhall meetings and make our opinions known. We must also do so in a way that shows that our opposition is sincere and well constructed. Bring video cameras and document efforts by groups which try to shut the door on conservatives.
More people are opposed to Obama's health care plan than support it. We must keep up the pressure! If Obama and the Democrats have to organize the unions and groups like ACORN in order to stifle the voices of concerned Americans, then so be it. There are more of us, and now we are speaking out.


There's a very troubling development underway in Washington - a bold attack on your free speech rights directly from the Obama Administration.

A recent White House blog written by the White House Director of New Media states that ''there is a lot of disinformation about health insurance reform out there'' both on the web and floating around in chain emails.

The blog continues, ''since we can't keep track of all of them here at the White House, we're asking for your help. If you get an email or see something on the web about health insurance reform that seems fishy, send it to''

This is absurd! In a nutshell, the White House is asking Americans to report on their neighbors, family, and friends who disagree with the President's policy choices on health care.

This new White House reporting program strikes at the heart of the First Amendment and has no place in this important debate about health care.

Make no mistake, this outrageous attack on free speech is designed to stifle public debate about the health care issue - including growing concerns from Americans opposed to making abortion services mandatory health benefits.

Americans have the constitutional right to express their opinion and concerns about health care. This wrong move by the Obama Administration is nothing more than a blatant attempt to intimidate those who have legitimate concerns about the health care plan.

We will not let the White House intimidate us! The ACLJ is defending your free speech rights by calling on President Obama to reject this assault on free speech. Here's what you, personally, can do:
Stay informed! Listen to Jay Sekulow Live! today for the latest updates on this breaking situation.
Get your friends, family members and co-workers involved by posting this message and link ( on your Facebook and Twitter pages or by using our website's forward-to-friend tool to alert fellow concerned citizens to this troubling development.
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Get involved personally in the health care reform fight! Click here to add your name to our online Petition to Stop the Abortion Mandate if you haven't already.
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We'll keep you posted on this troubling action by the Obama White House.

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