I am glad, in one sense, to see the liberals totally overplaying and exposing their hand as they seek to demonize, silence, and mischaracterize what is obviously a grass roots movement, not something run by any one powerful neocon or GOP group (though The President of the United States sent out an email to his partisans to get out and oppose the citizens attending the Town Halls – does that sound right to you?).

But today, I got a newsletter from the much maligned and hated-by-the-left AFA that summed it all up nicely.  So here you go.


Liberals seek to silence and demonize those who oppose their socialism


New poll shows those opposing ObamaCare are in the majority


August 5, 2009

Dear Daniel,


Gary
Bauer sent out a special alert yesterday concerning how the liberal
politicians and liberal media outlets are seeking to silence those who
are speaking out against out of control spending and the take over of
vital industries. The liberals are upset that common citizens like you
are exercising their right to free speech, and are using it to let the
liberals know they have had enough and are going to let their voice be
heard.

I urge you to get involved, stand up and speak out. Make the phone
calls, send the e-mails, make the phone calls. Don't let the liberal
left silence you! The future of our country and our children and
grandchildren is at stake. The ugly name calling shows that your voices
are being heard. Please keep it up!

Here is what Gary had to say:

"All over the country, normal citizens
are exercising their God-given rights of assembly, free speech and
dissent. It is important for elected members of Congress to hear from
their constituents, and it is a healthy exercise for our democratic
republic.

"But the reaction from some in the media
and political establishment has been very disturbing. It appears as
though there is a coordinated effort to delegitimize public dissent,
which strikes at the heart of our constitutional guarantee of free
speech. Here is a sample of statements we have collected in the past 24
hours:

• "One member of Congress from Texas
referred to his own constituents as "a mob," saying, "This mob…did
not come just to be heard, but to deny others the right to be heard."

• "From the Democratic National
Committee: "Republicans and their allied groups — desperate after
losing two consecutive elections and every major policy fight on
Capitol Hill — are inciting angry mobs of a small number of rabid
right wing extremists funded by K Street Lobbyists to disrupt
thoughtful discussions about the future of health care in America
taking place in Congressional Districts across the country."

• "From a Virginia congressman: "When you
look at the fervor of some of these people who are all being whipped up
by the right-wing talking heads on Fox, to me, you’re crossing a line."

• "White House Spokesman Robert Gibbs: "I
hope people will take a jaundiced eye to what is clearly the Astroturf
nature of grass-roots lobbying. This is manufactured anger."

• "CNN commentator and political
strategist Donna Brazile: "They're renting organizers. The left has
done it. Now they're doing it. This little small band of protesters are
trying to stop members [of Congress] from doing their jobs."

"The same leftists who for years
applauded when demonstrators took over the streets to protest the Iraq
war, amnesty for illegal aliens or who attacked churches that supported
marriage remaining between a man and woman, suddenly see a few hundred
retirees, small businessmen, homemakers, farmers, sales clerks and just
plain folks as evidence of 'rightwing extremism.'

"My friends, the Left believes that
name-calling can intimidate you into silence. Don't cave! As an
American, you have a right to express your views to the politicians who
WORK FOR YOU, even if they don't like it.

"The fact is, you are in the majority now
– not the leftists trying to push European socialism on you. The
American people do not want government-run healthcare, as a new poll
out today from Quinnipiac University shows. The poll found that '52
percent of American voters disapprove of the way [the president] is
handling the health-care issue and 39 percent approve.' Here's more
from the poll: By a whopping 72%-to-21% margin, voters don't believe
healthcare reform will be paid for or be 'deficit neutral.' And by a
20-point margin, 57%-to-37%, voters say healthcare reform should be
abandoned if it adds to the deficit.

"By the way, the Washington, D.C., newspaper The Hill reported
this weekend that labor unions and leftwing organizations "will spend
between $10 million and $20 million this month to twist lawmakers' arms
over the stalled healthcare reform effort in Congress" and the Employee
Free Choice Act. So, ACORN, Big Labor and other groups can organize and
protest in support of the liberal agenda, but how dare anyone speak up
against it!

"My fear, given the stakes and emotions
on both sides, is that union thugs, ACORN activists and leftwing
anarchists (who ransacked the streets of Minneapolis and St. Paul
during last year's Republican National Convention) will turn violent
and innocent people will get hurt. If that happens, the radical Left
will bear the responsibility for demonizing free speech."


Sincerely,

Don


Donald E. Wildmon,


Founder and Chairman


American Family Association