Monday, August 10, 2009

Town Hall Terrorism

Having a bad morning. Couldn't fall asleep until 3:00am and then popped awake at 7:30 because my shoulder is hurting so much. Apparently I strained it yesterday when I was working on the lawn chairs. So while I nurse this injury, here's a couple of links worth reading. Frank Schaeffer, who worked with the GOP's smear machine and was instrumental in organizing the shock troops of the religious right, but has since defected, looks at the current town hall terrorism and it's relationship to the astroturfers. His closer nails it.
Dick Army and company have been driven mad by their reversal, not just of political fortunes but of seeing that they've wasted their lives. They now know they were wrong: about the country, the free market, war for fun and profit, and what the American people really want. They made their best case and were rejected by the American people — and by history. Bush was their man and he turned out to be a fool. So now all the the Republican gurus have left is what the defeated Germans of World War Two had: a scorched earth policy. If they can't win then everyone must go down. Obama must fail! The country must fail!
These people are monsters. And it really does seem like they've lost their minds. Few support First Amendment rights more strongly than I do, but seriously, I'm beginning to think some of the leading lights of the far right need to be taken off the streets and put into mental health facilities.

Also worth reading is this series that goes line by line through the actual reform bill to debunk the current scary myths driving the lunatic fringe.

Oh, and if you didn't read today's Progressive Breakfast, you should have. It's another good one.

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