Time to Join the Fight Against the Right-Wing Townhall Uprisings?

Via Rude Pundit

Is this really the way you guys wanna play this? Is this the way it's gonna go down? You're sending to townhall meetings of members of Congress a bunch of frightened people with misdirected rage, no real understanding of the issues surrounding even their own health care, and little articulation of their point of view other than "Government bad" to shout down officials, the discursive equivalent of howler monkey yawps across the rainforest. And you're doing it with the imprimatur of the Minority Leader. And with the applause of the right-wing media, who, rather than appear at a townhall to lead the charge like in honorable days of old, are like modern generals, staring at their computer screens and smiling at action they foment.

(By the way, a note to Michelle Malkin: the action of loudmouths trying to shut up everyone else ain't a counterinsurgency. You're using that word to make it seem like you're defending the mainstream. Obama and the Democrats were legally elected in part to implement universal health care coverage. Attempting to stop a lawful government from enacting the will of the majority through intimidation, threats, and fear is, at best, an insurgency, and, at worst, terrorism.)

Can you imagine the cries of "quel horreur" and the fainting gestures of the Fox "news" hosts with dainty constitutions if liberals had coordinated the disruption of meetings of members of Congress in order to oppose a policy of the Bush administration? Oh, wait, we don't really have to stretch that far since any effort, large or meager, to halt the march to war in Iraq was not treated like the free speech acts of citizens to question their government. Nope, we were portrayed as traitors. And we didn't get the support of the Democratic leadership. Is this jealousy that the right gets away with shit we can't? Fucking A, it is.

So the Rude Pundit's of two minds about this strain of reactionary civil disobedience. There's that free speech advocate part of him that's thinking, "Hey, cool, at least people are participating and voicing themselves, and, in general, that's a good thing." But then there's the other hand.

That's the part that says it's time to stop acting like pussies in all of this. Sweet fucking Jesus, we sit by and act like the motherfuckers who protest family planning clinics are just innocuous diversions until some doctor gets killed. We didn't fucking shut down the assholes that barged into the recount in Florida. We take it and take it and take it and then simply sigh that our protests amount to so little, and the whole storyline is stolen from us and run by the compromisers, shills, and punks.

So there's the part of the Rude Pundit's mind that says it's time to show these motherfuckers how it's done, to join the fucking fight. Maybe get some stone-cold WTO protesters to fuck up a few Republican townhalls. When Lloyd Doggett was being shouted down in his district, where were the good Austin hippies to counterprotest? Where, in general, are all of us that fucking fought for Obama to be elected? Step the fuck up.

Tell you what: the Rude Pundit's gonna put up or shut up. He'll go to a few townhalls up here in the wicked Northeast. He'll bring his recorder. And if any assholes try to manipulate the proceedings by thinking they can shout loudest, well, the Rude Pundit's feeling confrontational. No violence. That's for idiots. Just a promise to make sure that liars are called out and motherfuckers are accused of fucking their mothers.

Let's open this up. Who's got ideas - real ones, not fantasy ones - about how to be an actual counterinsurgency?

Update: Apparently, organization, politeness, and a heavy police presence can also work.

4 comments:

Don said... / Aug 4, 2009, 3:34:00 PM  

someones got a potty-mouth.

Pres. Obama was not elected to force universal healthcare on the united states. he was elected because he was able to cloud peoples minds with his jedi mind tricks. he was a pretty speaker, and people wanted "change" because he told them he did. he was elected because people wanted to be a part of history- electing the first (dare i say it? yes, i will) black president. he was a nothing senator, after being a nothing whatever in ILL. i know noone wants to admit it, but, the mainstream media doesn't like conservatives. the media bought into the history bit, and it helped a little that Mccain was an old white guy that the gop threw up because they knew whoever they put up was going to get beaten. Pres obama could have been caught him with a male meth addict inflagranti delicto, and he still would have been elected. he is trying to force change on the people that he is unable to prove that they want. most of america is happy with their healthcare. he wants to force them into socialized medicine, and they are not going willingly. that is the uproar at these townhall meetings. we have read the bills and don't like them. destruction of healthcare in america is not change or reform. there are many other options for reform that are not being looked at. a single-payer option is the only one being forced down our throats. i hope to see the hippies at my local townhall. question- why is it okay for libs to shout down conservatives, but not okay when it happens to them?

smujesse said... / Aug 5, 2009, 3:03:00 AM  

Hi Cody,

I stumbled over here after seeing an incendiary Tweet you left on #tcot about Conservatives being disgusting or something... I'll be the first to admit that there are stupid people on Fox, in the Palin camp, etc., but your blog seems devoid of any meaningful, substantive discussion of the issues. You seem to be stuck on straw mans and hate-filled ad hominem attacks. Not that there isn't a market for that, but I think it's somewhat hypocritical of you to rip on the right when you are merely the mirror image on the left.

Best,

Jesse

bethany said... / Aug 5, 2009, 4:43:00 AM  

Wow... Here's my opinion, although, I may be a bit biased:

I love your blog b/c you find the best stuff to repost... You're a hodge podge of the best of the dailies... ;o)

That's so awesome!!

Sweet "Socialist" Valentine said... / Aug 8, 2009, 6:32:00 PM  

Agreed, let's get real and kick some righty ass. Figuratively speaking of course (hee hee).
I've had it with these Fascist Nazi Teabagging Mother Fuckers. Besides it'll clear the air, how long can we go on like this?

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