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The Astro Turf is Always Greener on The Other Side of the Skeptic Tank August 5, 2009

blackmane-animation(500)How do groups of  normal mild mannered voters suddenly morph into angry, organized hate mobs?

What is the difference between  expressing a legitimate concern about the direction our country is moving in and “acting out” in fits of “phony outrage”?

I couldn’t tell you the answer to either of those questions.  What do I know, right?  Apparently the Obama administration is omniscient and only they know when voters are displaying genuine  anger towards government policies.

Accounts of Barack Obama’s first six months in office have shown us that his administration and followers possess a “if you are not with us, you must be racist right wing extremist and against us” mentality.

If the tea party protesters were all racist Republicans, then any opponent of Obama’s efforts at health care reform must be angry racists too.

Hmm, doesn’t look any different from an Obamabot “yes we can” rally with demon posters of George W. Bush, Dick Cheney, or Sarah Palin Is A Cunt tee shirts.


The Boston Globe

Democrats deride ‘astroturf’ efforts by healthcare foes

by Foon Rhee, August 4, 2009

Democrats are striking back at conservative groups that are taking the credit for helping opponents show up at healthcare meetings around the country.

Town halls with constituents hosted over the weekend by Representative Lloyd Doggett in Texas and by Senator Arlen Specter in Pennsylvania were disrupted by opponents of the healthcare overhaul plans promoted by President Obama and congressional Democrats.

The Democratic National Committee and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee sent out missives today arguing that groups such as Conservatives for Patients’ Rights and FreedomWorks and are creating fake grassroots enthusiasm — “astroturf” in political circles — by stacking meetings with outside activists.

“The Republicans and their allied groups – desperate after losing two consecutive elections and every major policy fight on Capitol Hill – are inciting angry mobs of a small number of rabid right wing extremists funded by K Street lobbyists to disrupt thoughtful discussions about the future of health care in America taking place in congressional districts across the country,” DNC spokesman Brad Woodhouse said in a statement this afternoon.

“However, much like we saw at the McCain-Palin rallies last year where crowds were baited with cries of ‘socialist,’ ‘communist,’ and where the birthers movement was born – these mobs of extremists are not interested in having a thoughtful discussion about the issues – but like some Republican leaders have said – they are interested in ‘breaking’ the president and destroying his presidency,” Woodhouse added.

“These mobs are bussed in by well funded, highly organized groups run by Republican operatives and funded by the special interests who are desperately trying to stop the agenda for change the President was elected to bring to Washington. Despite the headline grabbing nature of these angry mobs and their disruptions of events, they are not reflective of where the American people are on the issues – or the hundreds of thousands of thoughtful discussions taking place around kitchen tables, water coolers and in homes. The right wing extremists’ use of things like devil horns on pictures of our elected officials, hanging members of Congress in effigy, breathlessly questioning the President’s citizenship and the use of Nazi SS symbols and the like just shows how outside of the mainstream the Republican Party and their allies are. This type of anger and discord did not serve Republicans well in 2008 – and it is bound to backfire again.”

Nazi SS symbols? Questioning Obama’s citizenship? What about just common non crazy people who are in opposition to this health care bill that remarkably has not been read by most congressional members, yet it is being forced down our throats?  In the microenviornment of Obamaland, no one is allowed to question “The One” and the media will let you know this.  Take Chris Matthews reporting of the Lloyd Doggett health care town hall meeting:

Chris Matthews refers to the events in Austin, Texas as “zaniness”. What is zany about voters expressing their concern over nationalized health care? How does Chris know that those chanting “Just Say No!!!” are all Republicans?  I am acquainted with several Obama supporters whose criticism of Obama did not begin in earnest until nationalized health care reform had risen to the forefront of political debate.   Are we to believe that there is no such animal as an Obama supporter who experiences a moment in their life during which they are not in complete orgasmic ecstasy with President Barack Obama and his policies?  Only Republicans protest against nationalized health care and of course any protesters are never grass roots but AstroTurf.

Last Saturday, I went to my pharmacist to refill my prescriptions. Failing to phone ahead meant I would wait for twenty minutes or so while the pharmacist prepared my request.  Although I normally wait by hanging out at the magazine rack, this time I remained at the counter because I was privy to an interesting but sad conversation between my pharmacist and another customer.

Pharmacist: Can I help you?

Customer: I need this prescription right away. (Handing pharmacist a piece of paper)

Pharmacist: (looks at paper, punches information in the computer. Hesitates) Sir who is this for? Are you Tash–?

Customer: No, it is for my wife. We have Medicare, Medicaid whatever it should be there in your machine.

Pharmacist: Yes, I know you have coverage but there is a problem…the insurer is no longer allowing payment for this medication because of your wife’s age.

Customer: What??!!

Pharmacist: They are not allowing this medication for your wife because she is over the age limit.

Customer:  (getting angry) What does that mean?

Pharmacist: It means they are not covering the medication. They will not pay for the medication. She is too old to receive it.

Customer: (hesitates, then smiles) Can I just pay for it?

Pharmacist: (shrugs) with your own money?

Customer: Yes (opens wallet shuffles through bills)

Pharmacist: Okay. (proceeds to complete prescription order)…That will be $247.00

Customer: (bug eyed) What did you say? $2.47?

Pharmacist: (shaking head, looking annoyed) No, two hundred forty-seven dollars. That is the cost of the medication without insurance coverage.

Customer: (silent for a while) Never mind. (walks away).

angry_mob-1In the process of eavesdropping, I once again thanked God for my health insurance. My co-pay was only $8 per prescription. $24 is a long way from $247.00.  What would the man and his wife do and why did Medicaid decide was she too old to receive the medication that was prescribed to her -obviously by her physician?

Notwithstanding the need for more health care coverage for more individuals, I  do believe that the execution of the any health care reform plan should address this growing fear among many of us that the government will become our primary health care decision maker by playing God. This group gets this medication while another can not have it because they are unfortunately, over 60 years of age.  No wonder many of the angry town hall meeting mobsters are senior citizens. Who cares if they are Republicans or Democrats?  President Barack Obama, the self-proclaimed “People’s President”  never seems to welcome skepticism from the voters. He does not have constituents, he has subjects.

The former community organizer no longer seems to dig community protest.  What ever happened that eloquent  “get in their faces” tactic?  With the political backing of Oprah Winfrey, The Kennedy clan, George Soros and other rich folk and lobbyist Obama is supposed to shun, the closest he has come to grassroots activism is orchestrating his tee off time at the golf course.  The DNC  is not the party that is down with the people. How could that be at all possible when they specialize in keeping the people down?

Soon it will become evident to all who voted for Obama that Obamabots check in, but they don’t check out.  I predict that there will be many unhappy hipsters lurking about the Co-OP stores looking to change shifts.  Poor things, I hope wheat grass shots come in Astro Turf?

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