Posted By Bobby Eberle On August 13, 2009 at 7:20 am
Something amazing happens when Americans are pushed to the edge. There are legislators who try to pass bills for the benefit of a special interest group. Many seek out power and become corrupt, and not much is said. Yet, when the actions cross that invisible threshold, the American people say, "Enough is enough!"
We saw it with so-called "immigration reform," when Congress and the president tried multiple times to pass amnesty only to have the American people speak out and say, "No!" Now, we have Obama and the left-wing Congress trying to transform America into something that it isn't: a socialist nation, and the American people are fighting back. The townhall meetings have become a place were legislators fear to tread, and where "ordinary" Americans are starting to take their country back.
First, a quick video clip which sums up why Americans are so frustrated with left-wing elitists. Just look at how much Democrat Sheila Jackson Lee cares about the concerns of the American people:
These Democrats are starting to hear an earful at their townhall meetings, and the voices of the protestors are resonating all across the country. In a new Gallup Poll, sixty-nine percent of those surveyed say they are "closely following news accounts of town hall meetings on health care reform." In addition, thirty-four percent of respondents say "the protests make them more sympathetic to the protestors' viewpoints," while only twenty-one percent say "the protests make them less sympathetic."
In addition, a new Rasmussen poll shows that support for Congress' health care plan has hit a new low.
Public support for the health care reform plan proposed by President Obama and congressional Democrats has fallen to a new low as just 42% of U.S. voters now favor the plan. That's down five points from two weeks ago and down eight points from six weeks ago.
A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey shows that opposition to the plan has increased to 53%, up nine points since late June.
More significantly, 44% of voters strongly oppose the health care reform effort versus 26% who strongly favor it. Intensity has been stronger among opponents of the plan since the debate began.
As the Associated Press points out, "many of those raising their voices and fists at the town halls have never been politically active. Their frustration was born earlier this year with government bailouts and big spending bills, then found an outlet in the anti-tax Tea Parties in April and has simmered in the punishing recession."
The protesters have several concerns, but a unifying emotion is distrust of the government and federal intrusion into individual liberties or personal choices.
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.
Funny how the only townhall meeting that appeared to go smoothly was the one Barack Obama recently held. It was full of cheer and softball questions. Democrats from around the country are facing real constituents who have had enough, and Obama can't even face a real crowd. He has to hold staged events, which are so obviously fake that members of the media are even getting frustrated.
How are the actions of concerned Americans being addressed? Are the Democrats and Obama beginning to see the light? Of course not. Rather than listening to these voices, Obama and company simply ship in their own band of thugs to drown out the concerns of constituents. Liberal groups are even running ads to recruit "volunteers" (for $15/hr) to rescue Obama's sinking ship.
According to a story in the LA Times, the group Fund for the Public Interest is running an ad on Craigslist under the headline "Work to Pass Obama's Healthcare Plan and Get Paid to Do it! $10-15 hr!"
Despite what Obama and Democrats like Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid think, the American people aren't ready for socialism. They are speaking out, and the Democrats are running for cover... turning townhall meetings into private conference calls or canceling them altogether. Let's keep up the pressure, and show the liberal elite that America belongs to us... not them.