Supporters of President Obama formerly signed up as members of “Obama for America” received an email today from Mitch Stewart, the director of the group’s current incarnation, Organizing for America, to show up at town halls and congressional offices as a counter to the protestors against the president’s health care reform push.
Painting the protesters as “Insurance companies and partisan attack groups…stirring up fear with false rumors about the President’s plan,” Stewart’s email tells supporters whom their member of Congress is and even provides information about town hall meetings they may be holding.
But Brian Walsh of the National Republican Senatorial Committee said, “It’s interesting to see the President’s political machine calling on his supporters to use their Constitutional right to free speech when the White House spent the last week criticizing others for doing the exact same thing. Republicans agree that every American should have the right to voice their opinion in a calm, respectful manner but after the ‘astroturfing’ rhetoric from the Democrats this week, it’s hard to ignore the hypocrisy in this mass email.”
Truly, some of those meetings have gotten fairly unruly. But what do you expect when then government is threatening to take so much away from us? It feels like this scene from Saving Private Ryan.. (starting at 2:44, until 3:20)
NO, the other side are not Nazis… I’m not implying that characterization nor do I support the use of that characterization by anyone… I’m just relying on the scene and its drama in and of itself to convey how this feels.