Name: Mad Monk of the Midlands

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Third Reich Revisited

Civil discussion be damned! If you can't beat 'em, shout 'em down.
Anybody else see echoes of brown shirts in the '30's in the current disruption of so-called town hall meetings with
Congressmen? I might not agree with everything that's being proposed in the health care reform process going on in Washington. But I fully agree that something needs to be done. Young people in minimum wage jobs can't afford health care. Those of us lucky enough to still have jobs with insurance are not only giving back wages, but any raises we've seen in the last ten years have been gobbled up by increases in our health care costs. But at the hearings around the country on the summer recess, nothing gets done, because some angry people just start shouting. Smells like Karl Rove to me. Back in the summer of 2004, I attended a George W. Bush rally. The crowd allowed in was closely controlled. But I overheard organizers telling some of the attendees, if any unfriendly voices get in, immediately confront them and start shouting, "Four more years!" Sound like a modus operandi for the current disarray. I don't know how to calm down the rhetoric. Maybe if we banned Glen Beck from the radio. He's an argument against free speech, if ever there was one. What's really ironic is, many of these shouters claim to be patriotic Americans. But don't patriotic Americans allow even people they disagree with to have their say? Instead of arresting these rabble rousing protesters, let's just require them to wear brown shirts and jack boots.

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