Aug 8, 2009

Who is Organizing the Protests?

All this week, we have watched on television the scenes of average people speaking out against Universal Health Care to their elected officials in town hall meetings. The White House, and several well known liberal members of Congress have arrogantly claimed these people are plants, or paid operatives of the insurance industry being mobilized to defeat the plan.

They talk about how these protesters are being manipulated to set up Democrat Members of Congress at the town hall meetings. Many are now scared to hold town hall meetings.

I wonder if this is just a spin job or if the Dems actually believe that this protest movement is not really coming from the ground up. I hope they believe its not real, because such a misreading of the public sentiment will not bode well for them next election season.
At any rate, who is really manipulating whom?

Following is an email sent to me yesterday by one of our constituents. Her name is blocked for sake of protecting her the White House snitch patrol, but the body of the email is unedited, so you can see for yourself that the pro-Universal Health Care crowd are actively mobilizing or manipulating people to call Members like Sue Myrick.

How hypocritical to say our side is fabricating protests, while at the same time they are fabricating spontaneous citizen phone calling campaigns.

The email is from a group called Organizing for America, which is a registered offshoot of the Democrat National Committee.

And if the White House disavows such efforts, check out the return email address that is being used.


From: Mitch Stewart, [] Sent: Thursday, August 06, 2009 11:48 AMTo: XXXXXXXXXX: Beating the scare tactics

XXXXX --Members of Congress have been home for just a few days, and they're already facing increased pressure from insurance companies, special interests, and partisan attack organizations that are spending millions to block health insurance reform.

These groups are using scare tactics and spreading smears about the President's plan for reform, trying to incite constituents into lashing out at their representatives and disrupting their events.

The goal of these disruptions is for a few people to get a lot of media attention and hijack the entire public discourse.

If they succeed, all Americans -- Democrats, Republicans, and Independents -- will continue to struggle under the broken status quo.

It's up to us to show Congress that those loudly opposing reform are a tiny minority being stirred up by special interests, and that a huge majority strongly supports enacting real health insurance reform in 2009.

Your representative, Sue Myrick, needs to hear that voters are demanding health insurance reform this year. Can you call the local office in Gastonia? Let the person who answers know that you're a constituent. Then tell them: "Please fight for real health insurance reform in 2009. Americans are suffering under the current system and need change."

According to our records, you live in North Carolina's 9th congressional district. Please call:Rep. Sue Myrick at 704-861-1976.Once you've made your call, click here to report it.

(Not your representative? Click here to look yours up.)Calling should only take a few minutes, but it's a huge help.

These local offices serve as the main connection between a member of Congress and voters in the district. And with representatives home on recess, the staff there are in daily contact with your member, keeping them updated on how many calls they receive that are for or against reform.

Once you've called, please tell us. Knowing how many calls are coming in from all around the country will help us better plan our campaign -- and help us show that the American people overwhelmingly want health insurance reform this year.


Mitch Stewart

Director Organizing for America

Paid for by Organizing for America, a project of the Democratic National Committee -- 430 South Capitol Street SE, Washington, D.C. 20003. This communication is not authorized by any candidate or candidate's committee.
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  1. This seems "fishy" to me. I think you should forward it to This kind of hate speech needs to be stopped. :-)

  2. It would be comforting to know that the conservative movement still had the juice to be able to organize such a massive grassroots protest! But the same thing happened in 1989 when seniors spontaneously combusted against the Medicare Catastrophic Bill and it was repealed immediately thereafter.

  3. I am not really sure what is wrong with this? I mean if you are for reform and they are urging you to call your rep, then there is nothing wrong with this. Sue works for the people. If the people want reform then she needs to listen not just to Conservatives but for all of her constituents. Not to mention I am sure there are many Conservatives who want reform too.