The Fanatical Right Wing of the Republican Party is now ratcheting up the paranoid, hateful and just plain “Fact Challenged” rhetoric. The latest for the Tea Bagging organizers is promoting and providing detailed directions on how to disrupt Town Hall meetings that will be held by Democratic Congressmen this August.
Lobbyist run groups like, “Americans for Prosperity and Freedom Works,” which orchestrated the anti-Obama tea parties earlier this year, are now pursuing an aggressive strategy to create an image of mass public opposition to health care and clean energy reform.
A leaked memo from Bob MacGuffie, a volunteer with the Freedom Works website Tea Party Patriots, details how members should be infiltrating Town Halls and harassing Democratic members of Congress.
Their suggested instructions are:
1. Artificially Inflate Your Numbers: “Spread out in the hall and try to be in the front half. The objective is to put the Congressman on the defensive with your questions and follow-up. The Congressman should be made to feel that a majority, and if not, a significant portion of at least the audience, opposes the socialist agenda of Washington.”
2. Be Disruptive Early And Often: “You need to rock-the-boat early in the Congressman's presentation, Watch for an opportunity to yell out and challenge the Congressman's statements early.”
3. Try To “Rattle Him,” Not Have An Intelligent Debate: “The goal is to rattle the Congressman speaking and get him off his prepared script and agenda. If he says something outrageous, stand up and shout out and sit right back down. Look for these opportunities before they even take questions.”
These right wing nut jobs want to ensure their democratic rights by disrupting the democratic debate process…isn’t this rich?!?
Joe McCarthy would have been delighted to see his own tactics refined so well. Don’t even pretend anymore to anything resembling an intelligent debate or basic respect. Just get out to these Town Halls, be really disruptive, get as much media attention as possible and hope that the bullying actually intimidates both Congressman and the people attending. And all of this from the Party of Victimization, who apparently aren’t so victimized that they don’t mind bullying other people. Change the conversation to your own personal bad behavior so that those interested in talking with their Congressperson never get a real chance to do so.
Lee Atwater before he repented would have been really proud of this also.
Lee Atwater on his last days, called those who he lied and spread damaging rumors about. He needed to clean his soul and clear his conscience before he died. One of the people he made sure he called and apologized to was Willie Horton, of the Dukakis Presidential Campaign.
When Lee appeared on Frontline as his means to apologize to the nation through the mass media he is quoted as saying, “I was wrong to follow the meanness of Conservatism. I should have been trying to help people instead of taking advantage of them. I don’t hate anyone anymore. For the first time in my life I don’t hate somebody. I have nothing but good feelings toward people."
Maybe those of the fanatic right wing should take note and emulate the lessons that Lee Atwater finally learned in the end.
Much like the Mid-1700’s ship captain, John Newton, who wrote the religious hymn, “Amazing Grace,” composed between 1760 and 1770. After spending most of his adult life shipping African people to the New World to become slaves, it was in his later years that he was so driven by regret and self loathing that it was hard for him to even live with himself on a daily basis.
One only has to look at who the fanatical right wing of the Republican Party and what they are promoting as their means to their ends to see how sick and demented their minds really are.