Oh Noes! Nancy Pelosi and Steny Hoyer took a break from administering forced abortions to white teenage girls and designing the new death panels for your granny to pen an op-ed in USA Today:
However, it is now evident that an ugly campaign is underway not merely to misrepresent the health insurance reform legislation, but to disrupt public meetings and prevent members of Congress and constituents from conducting a civil dialogue. These tactics have included hanging in effigy one Democratic member of Congress in Maryland and protesters holding a sign displaying a tombstone with the name of another congressman in Texas, where protesters also shouted “Just say no!” drowning out those who wanted to hold a substantive discussion.
These disruptions are occurring because opponents are afraid not just of differing views — but of the facts themselves. Drowning out opposing views is simply un-American. Drowning out the facts is how we failed at this task for decades.
I’m hard pressed to find anything objectionable about that. Showing up at a health care forum screaming “tyranny” in unison with your tea party meetup or your Glenn Beck group so that no one can discuss anything is childish, immature, and an attempt to drown people out and intimidate. If these folks had the facts on their side, I’d wager they wouldn’t need to engage in this sort of behavior.
Alas, the wingnuttosphere wants to fight for their right to hang folks in effigy while screaming about socialism, and there is some profund angst on display at memeorandum:
That’s a wingnut Who’s Who.