Wednesday, August 12, 2009

This is the kind of thing that just drives me nuts

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The newspapers in Arkansas have been buzzing as of late – U.S. Sen Blanche Lincoln (D-Ark.) was quoted as saying unruly demonstrations at town hall meetings are un-American.

Lincoln later retracted her remark and I’m willing to give her the benefit of the doubt. I’ve voted for her and she has – for the most part – done right by my state and is generally receptive to ideas that fall outside the accepted canon of the Democrats (it’s a pity we can’t say the same about our other senator and that mumbling, mustached congressman from the 2nd District).

What I do take exception to, however, is the notion that people raising hell about what Barack Obama and his ilk are trying to do are somehow un-American. Apparently, that “patriotic dissent” that the left loved to howl about during the Bush years is only acceptable in certain instances (i.e., when a Democrat isn’t in power).

In this latest round of pooh-poohing, we’ve heard a lot about the “manufactured dissent” that the right has engaged in to cause trouble at town hall meetings. We’ve heard about how the extreme right is keeping the uneducated masses in a state of fear when it comes to healthcare reform through exaggerations, half-truths and outright lies.

In short, the right is being blasted to bits for using the same tactics that MoveOn.org celebrates and brags about proudly. The very idea that one group of organized rabble-rousers is patriotic while another one is un-American would be laughable if we didn’t have so many people willing to advance that notion.

I can’t say I agreed with a lot of the shenanigans from the left that we had to put up with during the Bush years, but they certainly had every right in the world to make their views known. It is an extreme example of hypocrisy for some of those same people – folks who were so vocal about how their protests were born of a love for their country – are the very ones declaring that howling conservatives are un-American.

It is more distressing to hear that very sentiment advanced by a U.S. senator. Sure she took her comment back, but one can’t help but wonder how many in her party think the same way.

6 comments:

Patricia Rockwell said...

Amen. I like the idea of the town-halls and that our legislators are attempting (if only for show) to try to get the views of all of the public on health care. Possibly, the format of the town-halls is encouraging the "rowdy" behavior they decry. Possibly, some round table discussions comprised of people with opposing views might be more productive.

lot 2 learn said...

The town hall meetings are exploding with anger, and I am glad that they have not turned violent.
What we are seeing are the folks that have been silent, and did give this " change " that was voted in a chance, and now realize that it is not the change that was promised.
Americans are flexible when it comes to new ideas, but when it comes to the dismantling of our constitution, and putting our future in overwhelming debt, we will make a stand

Sherry at EX Marks the Spot said...

Right on! That an elected official in the United States of America would make such a statement is appalling!!!

Internation Musing said...

since when are the mobs rulling the usa?
kindest
hans

The Natural State Hawg said...

Patricia -- A few more opportunities for reactions would be good, wouldn't they?

lot 2 learn -- Apparently distraught Americans will make a stand. I hope I never see the day when the government can shut them up.

Sherry -- And I've voted for her twice, too!

Internation -- Oh, we've always had rowdy, vocal mobs running around and raising hell. The left should have to put up with them just like the right does.

Fair is fair, yeah?

Blanca DeBree said...

Right on! I remember how tolerant we were of all those liberals who went to Bush rallies wearing T-shirts or with bumper stickers on their cars. We only arrested them or rushed them out or denied them entrance.

All these fine Americans are doing are screaming at the top of their lungs, carrying guns to meetings, and calling everyone a Nazi. They deserve our respect!