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I've been watching the media watch the town hall protests — remember the initial reaction: "Astroturf! Fake grassroots!" Sen. Boxer said the last time she saw such nicely dressed fake protests was in 2000 in Florida with Al Gore.
Fast forward to today: The "fake grassroots" are obviously not fake. So, the media has bailed on that strategy and have changed their opinion from "this is fake anger" to "man, these people are so angry, they are dangerous!"
Here's the One Thing: The radicals of the left, many of whom now work or meet at the White House, have co-opted the media and they want you to shut up; and they'll do anything to make it happen.
This is a game. And people like you are new to this game. We are used to having lives and working. But the community organizers are doing what they do best and this protesting stuff is right in their wheelhouse.
For regular Joes like you, it's "OK, we're here. Now what?"
But the media sees you as anything but a regular Joe; more like a regular "BTK" or a "typical rich, white person."
You're nuts. You're evil. You're crazy. You're annoying. You're racist — even "un-American" according to the speaker of the House! That's quite a departure from 2003:
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SEN. HILLARY CLINTON: I am sick and tired of people who say that if you debate and you disagree with this administration somehow you're not patriotic. We should stand up and say, we are Americans and we have a right to disagree with any administration.
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Now, let's take a look at one of the violent protests of President Bush in 2002; here's what happened, as Bill Sammons reports on FOXNews.com:
"Protesters stalked his motorcade, assailed his limousine and stoned a car containing his advisers. Chanting 'Bush is a terrorist!', the demonstrators bullied passers-by including gay softball players and a wheelchair-bound grandfather with multiple sclerosis."
There were also signs that read "Christian fascism," complete with a swastika in place of the letter "S" in each word. And of course, angry demonstrators wielding "9/11 — you let it happen" signs.
But remember: You're crazy, you're violent, for having a couple of overzealous idiots who yelled a bit much.
I don't advocate yelling — be respectful and polite — but a little yelling compared to what happened to Bush in 2002 doesn't exactly measure up. Yet, here's how the media reacted back then to the violent protests of Bush — first from NPR:
"The residents of southern Oregon who came out to see the president unveil his plan are clearly fed up with living next to wildfires. People here say they are sick of the road closures, the threatened evacuations and the five weeks of brown haze that has filled the valleys."
And this one from "The Today Show:"
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CAMBPELL BROWN, NBC: The demonstrators were protesting against fires, President Bush's foreign policy and also his new forest initiative.
MATT LAUER, NBC: That's right. About 500 protesters in all. There were five arrests.
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The people who needed to be pepper sprayed and were arrested by police don't get called crazy, like you do. No, the issues they are angry about get brought up. You're crazy — even though President Obama's approval rating is now down to 47 percent and 50 percent disapprove of how he's handling health care, while only 43 percent approve.
Why are you being attacked? Because you are ruining that universal health care dream and you will pay a price for that. Because you must understand there are billions of dollars at stake and massive control of power.
There are a couple rules in Saul Alinsky's "Rules for Radicals" being used against you, right now:
"Ridicule is man's most potent weapon. It's hard to counterattack ridicule and it infuriates the opposition, which then reacts to your advantage."
"Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it and polarize it. Cut off the support network and isolate the target from sympathy."
"Go after people and not institutions; people hurt faster than institutions."
Sound familiar? Have you heard anyone talk about what's in the bill lately? Yeah, me either.
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