This just in from Democracy for America. Remember when I first warned about the radical right's plan to disrupt and hijack Democratic town hall meetings on health care? Well, I wasn't wrong! It's happening even more, so we need to prepare to fight back.
Need we adopt the same tactics they're using? No, but we do need to show up, share our stories, and take action! Please read the below message and take the pledge to speak up for real health care reform.
Nevada Progressive Reader -
You may have seen it: An angry mob in Texas carrying fake tombstones with Rep. Lloyd Doggett's name on it. Signs with an "SS" symbol on it calling Obama a Nazi. A cardboard version of Rep. Frank Kratovil hanged in effigy outside his district office by "Teabaggers" in Maryland.
The Right-Wing Scream Machine is back.
Who are they? So-called "Birthers" who think President Obama's birth certificate is a fake. "Teabaggers" who don't want to pay taxes for schools, police, or roads. And they're backed up by insurance industry and right-wing funded front groups who are encouraging Republicans to disrupt healthcare townhalls anyway they can throughout August.
Their goal isn't to debate or get their voices heard. Their goal is to stop any kind of civil dialogue.
That's not how we enact thoughtful reform. It's important that we aren't drawn into their divisive tactics and discredit our broad-based bipartisan support for real reform. And it's up to us to make sure they don't drown out America's support for the choice of a public healthcare option.
Will you join me in taking the high road and sign the Public Option Action Pledge?
ADD YOUR NAME AND SPREAD THE WORD NOW!
As reported by TalkingPointsMemo, here's an outline of their tactics from a recently circulated right-wing plan:
"pack the hall... spread out" to make their numbers seem more significant, and to "rock-the-boat early in the Rep's presentation...to yell out and challenge the Rep's statements early... to rattle him, get him off his prepared script and agenda...stand up and shout and sit right back down."
In response, I've signed the Public Option Action Pledge.
Will you join me?
SIGN THE PUBLIC OPTION ACTION PLEDGE RIGHT NOW!
It's going to be a long, hot August. But we're going to keep our cool and represent the 76% of Americans who support one of President Obama's top priorities -- a public health insurance option.
Working together, we'll beat the Right-Wing Scream Machine and pass healthcare reform that gives America a choice.
Thank you for everything you do.
Jim Dean, Chair
Democracy for America