The GOP is supporting, and promoting, the extreme elements of their Party which encompass secession motivated Teabaggers, and conspiracy theorist radicals known as Birthers, to actively organize and disrupt congressional town hall meetings designed for feedback from constituents on Health Insurance Reform. Congressman Lloyd Doggett was the latest target of these extremists as he and his constituents were shouted down at the end of an hour-long weekend town hall in South Austin.
The extremists could be heard shouting “just say no,” which has become the platform of the Republican Party since President Obama has taken office. Instead of offering anything constructive to the conversation on Health Insurance Reform, or any other pressing issue of the day, the Republican Party is being led by Rush Limbaugh and his legion of extremists who simply believe in gotcha, destructive politics versus real constructive reform. “No,” is far more important to the Limbaugh-led GOP than real reform for the American people.
This mob, sent by the local Republican and Libertarian parties, did not come just to be heard, but to deny others the right to be heard. And this appears to be part of a coordinated, nationwide effort. What could be more appropriate for the “party of no” than having its stalwarts drowning out the voices of their neighbors by screaming “just say no!” Their fanatical insistence on repealing Social Security and Medicare is not just about halting health care reform but rolling back 75 years of progress. I am more committed than ever to win approval of legislation to offer more individual choice to access affordable health care. An effective public plan is essential to achieve that goal.
What Congressman Doggett is referring to when he mentions a “coordinated, nationwide effort” is the fact that lobbyist run think-tanks such as Freedom Works and Americans for Prosperity, both of whom were responsible for taking over much of the underwhelming Tea Bag parties held earlier this year, are behind organized efforts to disrupt town halls of mostly Democratic House Representatives. A leaked memo by a Freedom Works supported Teabagger website details how their extremist members should disrupt town halls.
Thankfully the aggressive and extreme actions of this small minority of GOP fanatics are having the opposite effect on members of congress like Representative Lloyd Doggett. He is now more motivated then ever to pass Health Insurance Reform on behalf of the vast majority of Americans who need it. Little does this small population of fanatics know, but Health Insurance Reform will benefit them too by making health care truly affordable.