Can you imagine how the editorialists at the New York Times and the left-leaning pundits on the Sunday TV new talk shows would lecture any Republican, elected or editorializing himself, who, during the Bush years, had said that those publicly protesting the Iraq War were just astroturf demonstrators, 1960s retreads who did not represent any grassroots movement.
Disagree with them we did, but we didn’t deny the sincerity of their concerns.
And yet, that’s how all too many Obama supporters, even some in the White House, and in their MSNBC echo chamber, have reacted to those protesting the President’s health care plans. Now, to be sure, some of those protestors have gone a little too far in expressing their opinion. It’s one thing to chant slogans and wave placards outside an elected official’s town hall meeting.* It’s quite another to do so during the forum, drowning out the voices of others.
We should not do to them what we believe they’re doing to the country–pushing their ideas on us without a fair hearing.
Why is it, first citizens attending tea parties to protest excessive government spending, now with citizens attending additional tea parties and gatherings at elected officials’ townhalls to take issue with Democratic health care plans, that Democrats (and their defenders) must needs call them astroturfing, saying they are not grassroots protesters. Instead, those on the left contend this anti-big government movement has been ginned up by “evil” insurance companies?
As if left-wingers had a monopoly on legitimate grassroots’ protest.
Perhaps, their attempts to discredit us is a sign of intellectual laziness–that they don’t want to consider criticism of their proposals. Or maybe it’s a sign they’re losing the debate.
Oh, and, one more thing–if they don’t think the protests against the President’s health care plan are legitimate, what do they make of the raft of opinion polls indicating growing opposition to a his proposed health care overhaul and to most of the components of the various Democratic plans?
**FROM THE COMMENTS: Reader Sue offers a correction, saying it’s not just conservatives whose concerns they are dismissing and maligning:
Wrong Gp, it is not conservatives concerns. There are just as many Democrat voters protesting as well. We too read the bill and have not fallen for the crap they have been spewing. The people that attend Tea party’s are of ALL political persuasions.
*And to ask tough/probing questions during said meeting.