Skip to comments.Protester warns: ‘You have awakened a sleeping giant'
Posted on 08/13/2009 5:20:56 AM PDT by Zakeet
Nancy Snyder says she kept quiet when abortion was legalized and prayer in schools was eliminated. Not this time.
They did it for prayer, they did it for abortion, and they're not going to do it for our health care, the 70-year-old nurse from Philipsburg, Pa., said Wednesday as she and her husband Robert, 74, a retired coal miner, waited in a long, snaking line for Democratic Sen. Arlen Specter's town hall meeting.
We're not standing back this time, Snyder said.
Instead, the Snyders and many Americans like them are adding their voices to a populist backlash evident in the taunts, jeers and rants at lawmakers' health care forums around the country in the past week and a half. The contentious sessions highlight the difficulty for President Barack Obama and the Democrats as they push for a comprehensive remaking of the nation's health care system.
The emerging protest movement is almost the mirror image of the grass-roots campaign that helped sweep Obama into office by pulling in people who'd never been politically active. This time Obama is seeing the other side of what can happen when people are motivated, connect over the Internet and seemingly reach a tipping point that turns them from onlookers into activists.
You have awakened a sleeping giant, one woman told Specter at a town hall meeting he held Tuesday in Lebanon, Pa.
Protesters interviewed at Specter's town hall events in central Pennsylvania this week were almost exclusively white, conservative and working class. But they ranged in age and their concerns went beyond health care to deficit spending, taxes, government growth and other issues. Many contradicted claims from Democratic leaders that their protest was manufactured by lobbyists or that they represented an orchestrated opposition led by Republicans or national conservative groups.
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The emerging protest movement is almost the mirror image of the grass-roots campaign that helped sweep this Arrogant Ass into office by pulling in people who'd never been politically active.
Didn't some Japanese feller say something along these lines? It sure was the truth then, eh?
Can you imagine that arrogant dial, in that same pose, that same expression, carved in Mt Rushmore...?
YES WE CAN
It is the same giant that threw off the most powerful country of the time in 1776.
I call it the American spirit of liberty.
It can and will reduce the person known as Obama to rubble.
0 may be the single reason for Republican resurgence. Or the emergence of a viable third party.
Ping to a “remorse” thread.
Not exactly sure how “the giant” managed to sleep through last fall.
Did I miss any pejoratives?
Obozo seriously “misunderestimated” flyover country.
Lack of choices - weak and none.
Looks like the old folks get it. What I don't understand is why the young folks don't understand that we are spending their money already and that it is they who will have to support an aging populace. It's the kids who should be protesting the most.
Racist, sheet wearing, xenophopic, homophobic, swatika tattooed, nazi, angry, stupid right wing extremist.
There is no republican party!!!!
Keep up the good work, Nancy.
And all the rest of the protesters utilizing the tools of democracy.
You forgot “Domestic Terrorist”.
” Not exactly sure how the giant managed to sleep through last fall. “
We weren’t on the streets then the way we are now — we were too busy holding our noses and pulling the lever for the “R”, no matter how unsatisfactory the candidate.
What we’ve awakened now is the portion of the population that has given Congress an approval rating below that of Used Car Salesmen - we’ve given them a (loud and boisterous) voice, and they’re responding...
For weeks, now, we’ve been lectured - even attacked - by the elites of the political and punditry world - of all political stripes - about how we’re supposed to meekly and politely accept the decisions of our ‘betters’, and we ain’t knuckling under - and *that* gives us more credibility than they have...
“I fear all we have done is to awaken a sleeping giant and fill him with a terrible resolve.” - Admiral Isoruku Yamamoto
Breeder might be in there somewhere, too.
I called my useless “representative” last night (Yarmuth), and asked why they don’t just try this overhaul in a few states like New York and Massachuetts. Then if it works, they won’t have to sell it, the other states would demand it. The person on the other end hung up on me.
Is it true that when the doors opened for The One’s townhall, over half of the seats were already filled with union thugs who had been sneaked in the back door?
I though I heard that in passing on the radio, but don’t remember the source.
A NOTE FOR BLACK PEOPLE READING FREE REPUBLIC.
In 1975 I was one of those ELATED Evangelicals who got in line to back Jimmy Carter. We had Pat Robertson, James Dobson getting people registered. We were so certain that a Southern Baptist from Plains, Ga, and his tongues speaking sister, Ruth Carter Stapleton the healer, would bring in NEW hope. (The black people really knew the stakes were high to vote for Barak Obama, and many obviously have had their fingers crossed.)
Now we realize after Obama has taken office, that it is much like it was with Jimmy Carter, whose focus was on changes in Nicaragua, dumping Somoza, giving up the Canal in Panama, and his wife out shoving Equal Rights Amendment, that if we didn’t vote it through RIGHT THEN, America would cease to exist. Inflation became intolerable and interests unimaginable. Most of the evangelical people I know eventually regretted we voted for the guy, who pushed for the homosexual agenda, and encouraged abortions. Not much benefit came of Jimmy Carter for the Evangelical community.
I imagine a lot of sane black citizens, feel like myself an Evangelical who supported Jimmy Carter. Mr. Obama the black President, is really taking us all on a road to lead America into indebtedness, and taking more and more civil liberties away from it’s citizens, causing higher taxes to cause the entire country to have a lower living standard. Lessons are always learned in history. This is one of them.
Considering that both of them are on Medicare - a government-run single provider healtcare system - or on a Union funded retirement program that is specifically protected by the healthcare proposals to the extent that the government will step in and fund them if the company goes broke, I'm not sure what they have to complain about. Except that maybe the government will get out of their healthcare system.
The spokespeople against Obama's Hellthcare reform should be those who are hurt by implementing it. Not those who are already protected by existing government systems.
That “Republican resurgence” better be CLASSICAL LIBERAL CONSERVATIVES, and not more of these elitist RINOs.
If you want elitists, you put in democRats.
Elitist Republicans should be treated exactly the same as ‘rats.
“Another racist Nazi astroturfing birther.
Did I miss any pejoratives?”
Yep — dont’ forget “Political Terrorist”
Nick Sidorick, 38, who said he owns a sports bar in Clearfield, Pa., drove an hour to attend his first town hall Wednesday after staying up until 2 a.m. the night before making signs to protest government intrusion. I work 14 hours a day and I can’t get ahead because of what the government takes from me.
I hear you, Nick. I really do.
I’ll bet Hillary is sitting back and saying to herself, “I’m glad I didn’t get elected and tried this health care boondoggle.”
I doubt that the image of The Most Glorious Obama will be added to Mt. Rushmore. But that’s only because I don’t think Obama would tolerate the competition. He would order the other Presidents blasted off the face of the mountain, and order it remade from scratch with himself as the centerpiece.
Like all socialist policies, they know they won’t work, and the only way to implement them is through coercion on the entire populace.
“Not exactly sure how the giant managed to sleep through last fall.”
The mainstream media was smothering him with a pillow through last fall.
And “Un-American” quoted by Nazi Pelosi.
The whole point behind calling us racists & terrorists is to criminalize dissent in order to justify the use of state power to quash that dissent in whatever manner they want.
You really should say racist more than once:
“Another racist Nazi astroturfing racist birther.”
Oh, and don’t forget: “shill for insurance companies”.
The American people are experiencing voter remorse. They now regret their mindless rush to the polls in November to obtain forgiveness for their White Guilt.
You’re exactly right, Mr. B. Demonizing the opposition means they can discount us. And they can take away our right to speak out.
But they already are making efforts to crush our dissent.
“Protesters interviewed at Specter’s town hall events in central Pennsylvania this week were almost exclusively white, conservative and working class”
Gee, do you think that *might* be because the vast majority of the “population” of central PA *is* white, conservative, and working class? ;)
My bad.. It was Isoroku Yamamoto.
People like my wife who hae never been politically active are suddenly turning into fervent activists. (I’m the activist type. I grew up in Young Americans for Freedom.)
This is a serious danger to liberals and their dreams of takling over every detail of our lives.
“almost exclusively white, conservative and working class.”
Bravo! Maybe the white, conservative working class, who has been held hostage, is sick and tired of being the foot stool for a minority group that comprises 13.5% of the US population that has run amok. Nobody speaks for the white, working class because it would be considered racist. Could this possibly be the “other giant” that has awakened?
Maureen Dowd calls townhall attendees
“OLD WHITE MALCONTENTS.”
August 12, 2009
By MAUREEN DOWD
“...Instead of a multicultural tableau of beaming young idealists on screen, we see ugly scenes of mostly older and white malcontents, disrupting forums where others have come to actually learn something. Instead of hope, we get swastikas, death threats and T-shirts proclaiming Proud Member of the Mob.”
"Just received a three-page printout from worldmag.com that highlights provisions in the 1,017 page healthcare bill. To quote:
..The government will audit your books if you self-insure. The newly created Commissioner will submit a report to the government that includes "any recommendation the Commissioner deems appropriate to ensure that the law DOES NOT PROVIDE incentives for small and mid-size employers to self-insure." (21.23-23.3)
This is just one of 17 provisions that WORLD has summarized and posted to its website, www.worldmag.com, found under Washington's Prescription, The Editors, Healthcare.
Excellent material for information and hand-out. This is an absolute outrage.
Others: The government will define your "health benefits" ... will ration your care ... will establish and administer a public health insurance program ... will define how doctors manage their time ... will tax employers for not providing healthcare ... will tax individuals unless you are a foreign resident ... will order you to get end-of-life counseling and show proof ... will limit your hospital readmissions by penalizing hospitals ... will restrict coverage of special needs patients ... will not let you sue over coverage limits and costs decisions ... will mandate what physicians make ... will have access to your bank accounts ... will not call the fees it imposes taxes ... will issue you a health ID card ... will enlist or create outreach programs like ACORN to sign-up individuals in government-run plan; will create a new bureaucracy to include phone healthcare. References with page numbers and line items are given each provision.
Regarding end-of-life issues: "(An) advance care planning consultation between the individual and a practitioner...(is required if) the individual involved has not had such a consultation within the last five years," including an explanation by the practitioner of "end-of-life services." (page 424, line 20--page 425, line 23) "A consultation...may include the formulation of an order regarding life sustaining treatment or a similar order, "including end-of-life services." (page 429, lines 1-3). "Orders regarding life sustaining treatment, including "end-of-life" directions, can be signed either by a physician or a "nurse practitioner or physician's assistant who has the authority under State law." (page 429, line 8-16).
Yep. She was smart and tried it without being elected. :-)
I can imagine it being blown to smithereens too.
Inside the inner chamber of the castle the kings squire hastily approaches the throne:
Squire: Sire, the peasants are REVOLTING! The peasants are REVOLTING!
Totally oblivious King: Yes they are.
The above scene is taking place in town halls and elsewhere, ALL OVER America, regarding Obamas government run deathcare, cap and trade, man made global warming and amnesty for illegal aliens. Ironically, the attitude of most of those in power from our so-called president, on down to those in the House and Senate, is EXACTLY the same:
The peasants are REVOLTING! YES THEY ARE!
Our so-called leaders choose to remain TOTALLY OBLIVIOUS to the reality of what is taking place and willfully refuse to understand WHY so many American CITIZENS (not surfs) are upset with their pushing policies and bills upon us that will enslave and hurt EVERYONE ELSE BUT THEM! The reason why is because they believe with all of their hearts that:
All animals are equal, and some animals are MORE EQUAL than others.
The American people are finally waking up and realizing that those in power believe that THEY are MORE EQUAL than the rest of us, i.e., those whom they govern; the VERY PEOPLE who have put them into power! They believe and act as though the rules and laws they pass apply to EVERYONE ELSE BUT THEM!
Americans are not going to let this stand because (contrary to what they believe) THIS IS NOT ANIMAL FARM, neither is it Venezuela, Cuba, Canada, communist China, North Korea or Russia! We live in AMERICA; a country that promises LIBERTY and JUSTICE for ALL, not just for those animals who deem themselves BETTER and MORE EQUAL than others (read: everyone else).
THIS is the reason why Americans are protesting and refusing to submit to Obamas and the democrats so-called government run health (death) care program, because those in power, along with their entire extended families, ALONG WITH THE UNIONS AND ALL OF THEIR MEMBERS have all EXEMPTED themselves from being under the same program they are trying to FORCE upon everyone else.
We are NOT animals! We are Americans!
THIS IS NOT ANIMAL FARM! This is America!
It is high time that those in power realized this, unless they want to join the ranks of the last king, former aristocrat/autocrat who when faced with similar circumstances had the same attitude and audaciously said: Let them eat cake.
The only reason we are not seeing interests rate spike is because the treasury is buying up it's own treasury bills and bonds in order to keep the supply tighter and the rates lower. They are doing this with money freshly run off the government printing presses and the dollars have no value.
Eventually we are going to get a great big bite on the butt from all these worthless dollars causing those that buy our debt to demand higher, much higher rates of return for them to assume what is becoming an ever increasing risk.