Clearly, the problem here is Fox News and other crazy Republicans who stir up fear and discontent in their followers. This tactic reminds me of what Muqtada al Sadir is doing in Iraq.

Town halls gone wild

Screaming constituents, protesters dragged out by the cops, congressmen fearful for their safety — welcome to the new town-hall-style meeting, the once-staid forum that is rapidly turning into a house of horrors for members of Congress.

On the eve of the August recess, members are reporting meetings that have gone terribly awry, marked by angry, sign-carrying mobs and disruptive behavior. In at least one case, a congressman has stopped holding town hall events because the situation has spiraled so far out of control.

“I had felt they would be pointless,” Rep. Tim Bishop (D-N.Y.) told POLITICO, referring to his recent decision to suspend the events in his Long Island district. “There is no point in meeting with my constituents and [to] listen to them and have them listen to you if what is basically an unruly mob prevents you from having an intelligent conversation.”

In Bishop’s case, his decision came on the heels of a June 22 event he held in Setauket, N.Y., in which protesters dominated the meeting by shouting criticisms at the congressman for his positions on energy policy, health care and the bailout of the auto industry.

Within an hour of the disruption, police were called in to escort the 59-year-old Democrat — who has held more than 100 town hall meetings since he was elected in 2002 — to his car safely. Full story

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You know, this just keeps going on and on. I have some questions for all these angry people: Where was your anger when Bush turned a trillon dollar surpluss into a trillon dollar deficit? Where was your anger when he sent your fellow Americans into unjustified and poorly planned wars? Where was your anger when Bush/Cheney put a gag order on free speech and refused to let the papers show flag-drapped coffins of American soldiers returning home from Iraq and Afghanistan? Where was your anger when the Patriot Act took away our civil liberties and brought as close to KGB-type policing as we've ever been?

These people make me sick!

Good video Louis. These rethugs are just so full of lies and misinformation. I don't think they even know what is the truth any more.
I've been following Lakoff for over a year. One of the things that is so frustrating is the relative apathy of progressives with regard to hot-button issues like this, and their (our) seeming inability to respond effectively.


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