Joe Six-Pack Speaks Out|
August 6, 2009
After years of perfecting and feigning faux outrage, many politicians are now starting
to experience the real thing. But don't expect to see it. This outrage can only
be manifested behind closed doors - because the outrage is directed at Americans.
Those pesky Americans who are showing up in droves at townhall meeting across the
country. Those pesky little people from flyover country who actually dare, DARE
to question the (accepted) wisdom of their elected officials.
For many years, politicians have used semantics and non-answers to deflect attention
from ugly or inconvenient facts. But, lo and behold, Joe six-pack is starting to
This Joe six-pack is a perfect example. (Video)
He had the audacity to challenge the House Majority
Leader yesterday at a news conference. "Why does the President want to shove a healthcare
bill down our throats in three to four weeks when he took SIX MONTHS to pick out
what kind of dog he wanted for his kids???" The kicker - this Joe six-pack is a
Democrat. The response? Rep. Hoyer has restricted his next townhall to 'invitation only'.
The occasion is the proposed 'reform' of health care. A reform that even the CBO
says would break the bank. A reform that is being touted as a solution to a 'crisis',
despite figures showing 82% of Americans are happy with their coverage.
As politicians break for the August recess and go home to 'listen' to their constituents
before voting for this 'reform', they're encountering, gasp, resistance, outrage
Representative Tim Bishop temporarily suspended holding “town hall”
after Suffolk County Police had to escort him back to his car
amid a throng of rowdy protesters who turned out for a meeting in Setauket last
Last Sunday, Kathleen Sebelius and Sen. Arlen Specter got a taste of the tough
sell lawmakers are facing over health care as audience members booed and jeered them
during a town hall meeting. Booed
them? How dare they!! Their fake smiles remained intact but their body language
was a joy to watch.
In Austin, Texas, Rep. Lloyd Doggett's townhall erupted into a frenzy
as he was met with constituents who
made clear they don't want ObamaCare.
After seeing the writing on the wall, Congressman Vic Snyder (D. Ark.) came up
with an ingenious solution
to these angry protests. He held
his townhall meeting in a hospital, considerately pointing out that an "angry protest"
would not be appropriate at a hospital where sick kids are being treated. The angry
crowd heckled him
Treating this uprising as a temporary aberration instead of a genuine sign of concern
on the part of millions of Americans, White House spokesman Robert Gibbs suggested
that the opposition is being organized by a small group
seeking to create "manufactured
The DNC quickly followed suit, accusing Republicans of "fueling mob rule
by encouraging protesters of Democratic
lawmakers and the Obama administration across the country."
In a classic case of projection and cognitive dissonance, Democrats have united in depicting the anger of
Joe Six Pack and Susy Homemaker as "angry mobs duped into hostile actions
by special interest
groups." Those are their talking points, and they're sticking with them. Case closed
and no further debate required.
Insteading of addressing legitimate and inconvenient questions, Democrats continue
to employ the classic liberal tactic of impugning the motives of dissenters,
as shown so skillfully by Sen. Barbara Boxer yesterday. She claimed the 'well-dressed'
protestors at townhall meeting are out to 'hurt our president',
(assuming that only poorly
dressed Americans are legitimate?) Hey, when the facts aren't on your
side, deflect the issue into emotion and class warfare.
Speaker Pelosi neatly summed up the political elite's reaction to the genuine outrage
being demonstrated across the country. When asked if she thought that those protests were a sign of genuine
grass roots opposition to the Obama health care plan. Pelosi
replied, "I think they're Astroturf."
For graduates of government
schools, that's a cute soundbite signifying the protests are, well, fake.