Monday, August 24, 2009

Teabagged By The Media

You know what I love about this?

We had easily 400 supporters of not only health care reform in general, but of the public option specifically, at the Waxman rally on Friday, yet this rally is what the media chose to cover.

Not one single news report on the Waxman rally. Not one.

I guess it doesn't count unless you're willing to pin a Hitler mustache on Obama or hang lawmakers in effigy.

200 demonstrators picketed outside Rep. Jane Harman's office Friday night, demanding that the South Bay Democrat hold a town hall on health care.

The protesters, organized under the banner of the South Bay Tea Party, carried flags and signs and chanted slogans against "Obamacare."

"I have no faith at all that the U.S. government will be capable of managing one-sixth of the U.S. economy without driving it into the ground," said Kerry Lohr-Williams, 66, of Marina del Rey, who carried a sign reading "Harman Hides, Obama Obscures, Voters Veto."

Opponents of health reform proposals have spoken out at congressional town halls across the country. So far, though, Harman has not scheduled any public forums during the August recess.

"We think she needs to have a dialogue," said Nathan Mintz, who organized Friday's protest. "Most people are interested in civil discourse. You can't control the wingnuts, but those show up at every event. Ninety-nine percent would be polite."

In a break with many of her fellow "Blue Dog" Democrats, Harman has come out in favor of a public option that would compete with private health insurance.

Her office said this week that she may hold a public event to address her health care position closer to Labor Day......

Though the health care debate provided the impetus for the demonstration, many of those who attended took issue with the full spectrum of President Barack Obama's agenda, including the stimulus bill, the cap-and-trade program and the auto manufacurer bailouts.

"I don't recognize the U.S.A.," said Gere Brooker, 74, of Hermosa Beach. "I'm worried. I'm scared, and I want this to stop."

The picketers carried signs such as "Obama lies and Grandma dies," and some carried images of Obama rendered to look like the Joker, with the tagline "Socialism."

"I have good health coverage right now," said Carol Wood, 54, of Holly Glen. "I like to choose my doctor. I don't want it to change."

Supporters of Lyndon LaRouche distributed leaflets depicting Obama with a Hitler mustache.

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