It used to be that the Left believed that dissent was the highest form of patriotism. However, at a campaign fund raiser in Virginia on Thursday, President Barack Obama revealed just what he thought of dissent when it is directed at him.
According to CBS News, President Obama roared, “I don’t want the folks who created the mess to do a lot of talking. I want them to just get out of the way so we can clean up the mess!”
In other words, Barac Obama has two words for anyone who gets in his way: “Shut up!”
Mind, the President was talking specifically about the banking crisis, but he might as well have also been talking about health care reform, against which the community organizing. There is some delicious irony in that.
So far, at Congressional town hall meetings across the country, people are refusing to shut up. As a result, things are getting loud and raucous. In some instances, violence has broken out as members of Congress respond poorly to their constituents.
According to Fox News:
In Tampa, Florida, “Close to 1,500 people came to the Tampa suburb of Ybor City to speak with Democratic State Rep. Betty Reed and U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor, an event that exploded into a near riot.”
In Mehlville, Missouri, “St. Louis police arrested six people, some on assault charges, outside another forum that was billed as a meeting on aging but was attended by activists on both sides of the health care debate.”
And in Romulus, Michigan, “A forum with Democratic Rep. John Dingell in Romulus, Mich., also got rowdy as foes and supporters of health care reform argued with each other and one man, with his son in a wheelchair, shouted at the congressman.”
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who has compared health care protesters to Nazis, encountered similar scenes in Denver at a homeless clinic.
The violence in Missouri appears to have been caused by unions members beating a man who was passing out “Don’t Tread on Me” flags. In Tampa, the doors to the town hall with Rep. Castor were shut in the faces of constituents who wanted to vent their opposition to health care reform.
One wonders what the President and his supporters must be thinking. The prospect of rationing with the resulting unnecessary suffering and death has got Americans riled up enough. The spectacle of union thugs beating people up for peacefully exercising their First Amendment rights raises the specter of fascist street tactics.
People don’t like being told to “shut up” by anyone, even the President of the United States. The overreaction on the part of President Obama and his supporters to the upwelling of protests against health care reform reveals something very rancid in their collective psyche. It is as if the President is to be regarded not as the elected head of government of a republic, but as a monarch, whose pronouncements are not to be questioned.
The people are not going to shut up. Indeed, they are likely to express themselves with even greater zeal the more their government tries to silence them.
Sources: What Gets The President Fired Up?, Mark Knoller, CBS News, August 7th, 2009
Health Care Town Halls Turn Violent in Tampa and St. Louis, Fox News, August 7th, 2009