Did it begin with Ma’am?
I doubt my state’s junior Senator, Ma’am Barbara Boxer, was the first, but she certainly helped set a trende when she misrepresenied and maligned those Americans, including her constituents in the Golden State, who are protesting Democratic attempts to increase government control over health care as too “well-dressed” to be sincere.
Then, Ma’am’s party leader in the Senate, Harry Reid called his constituents “evil-mongers. ” (Nevadans are among those protesting the President’s health care policies.) And how he says he wants a business in the Silver State to fail.
Now, it’s New Hampshire Congressperson Carol Shea-Porter’s “curious re-election strategy,” having a retired policeman arrested at a recent townhall when he challenged the presence of union “enforcers” in the crowd (wonder what Rachel Maddow has to say about those fellows).
This ex-cop wasn’t the only constituent who concerned her. She has used the sexual slur, “tea-bagger” to slime her constituents protesting the President’s policies.
Here’s the video (which I post as per the advice of an Instapundit reader (“because nothing says ‘you don’t count’ like watching a hale, but older, tax-payer thrown out of a meeting by his elected rep“):
The folks at Now! Hampshire note how the Congressperson has changed since her election:
In four short years Carol Shea-Porter has evolved from a rabble-rousing, town hall disrupting anti-war activist who once had to be forcibly removed from a President George Bush event in Portsmouth to a Member of Congress who instructed armed security guards to remove a frustrated voter from her own town hall event in Manchester on Saturday.
Guess to Democrats, dissent is only patriotic when they’re out of power. When they’re in power, it becomes treason.
FROM THE COMMENTS: Scott Spiegel writes:
The more I see ordinary citizens yelling, interrupting, and heckling lawmakers over this health care bill, behaviors that would all be extremely rude in social or business settings, the more I come to realize that their actions are perfectly acceptable in these townhall settings, because they are being ignored, talked down to, and forcibly ejected, and rightly fear that they will not be able to take advantage of the one opportunity they have to speak directly to lawmakers.