Sunday, February 12, 2017

Republicans face resistance in town halls

Robert Reich commented on this article discussing a contentious crowd at U.S. Rep. Tom McClintock's town hall. McClintock spun the resistance as 'anarchists' when if fact it was "gray-haired retirees worried about Medicare and workers fearful of the Republican plan to dismantle the Affordable Care Act." Others questioned the Muslim ban and the rollback of environmental rules. The article makes clear that such resistance is democracy, not anarchy.

There was no disorder at the meeting and everyone, while rightly angry, still remained courteous. But McClintock characterizing it as anarchist hell-bent on revolution indicates that he and his ilk are ginning up tightened security where none is needed. Even Speaker Ryan is now suggesting increased security at future Republican town hall meetings. It's a specific totalitarian technique used to silence dissent of any kind, much used by the Biggest Loser. But like Senator Warren we will be neither violent nor silenced. This is still a democracy, though fast moving away from one.

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