A lone photojournalist exposes the madness.

Nancy and the Astroturfers

Denver Colorado, August 6 2009  -  by EL MARCO

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This was the scene when I arrived at Stout Street Clinic in downtown Denver. Nancy Pelosi is to pay a visit to the clinic within the hour. About 200 people opposed to Obama’s healthcare agenda braved the mile high Denver sun and high temperatures to show their opposition. Their signs indicate that they are well aware that they have been vilified and targeted in an Oval Office astroturfing campaign designed to discredit their opposition.

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First let’s look at the messages and faces of these hardy dissenters. Take a close look so you can compare them to the community organizers who will soon enter the scene and harass them. These citizens have been described by the Democratic National Committee in an ad as “angry mobs organized by desperate Republicans and their well funded allies.”

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The Democrat party that funneled billions in the stimulus package to ACORN community organizers to organize, protest and agitate, this same party is now livid that private citizens attend townhall meetings.

These protesters told me that they pay their own way and question what the government is attempting to do to their health care.

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“When asked by a reporter whether the protests at various town-hall meetings represented legitimate grassroots opposition or were manufactured “AstroTurf” stunts, Nancy Pelosi replied, ‘I think they’re AstroTurf. You be the judge. They’re carrying swastikas and symbols like that to a town meeting on health care.’”  -  Jonah Goldberg

Commonly at the tea parties and anti-big government protests hammers and sickles are used to protest democrat policies. The Democrat Party doesn’t seem to have a problem with wall to wall hammers and sickles and has never complained publicly. Maybe they think it’s a compliment? I find that interesting and very telling.

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“Meanwhile, Sen. Barbara Boxer insists the protests have to be fake because the protesters are too “well-dressed.” Likewise, White House spokesman Robert Gibbs says this is all “manufactured anger” because the protesters — he calls them the “Brooks Brothers Brigade” — are too tastefully appointed to be authentic protesters. Apparently only filthy hippies can petition government.”    -  Jonah Goldberg

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I don’t see swastikas or Brooks Brothers suits, but a few American flags and a lot of hand made, home made signs.

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“The DNC has put out an ad claiming that the “right-wing extremist base” is out to “destroy” Barack Obama, so it has unleashed “angry mobs . . . mob activity straight from the playbook of high-level Republican political operatives. They have no plan for moving our country forward, so they’ve called out the mob.’ ”

The DNC ad points to a memo written by an activist named Bob MacGuffie as proof that Republican political ops are pulling the strings. It turns out that MacGuffie, a decent-seeming fellow, is a rank amateur whose Right Principles PAC has collected a mere $5,017 and disbursed the staggering sum of $1,777, and has 23 members on Facebook and five followers on Twitter, according to The Weekly Standard’s Mary Katharine Ham.” – J. Goldberg

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“The reason for the panic is simple. Obama and the Democrats feel entitled to have their way on health care. This sense of entitlement is understandable. They won the election and control everything.

The problem is that Americans don’t like what they’ve heard about the plan, and Obama is incapable of selling, or unwilling to sell, it on the merits (perhaps because he knows the plan will lead to the single-payer system he has long sought but now denies wanting). That’s why Obama spends most of his time either attacking critics or denouncing the status quo.” –  J. Goldberg

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“Simply put: This administration believes it knows best. It feels it is the only legitimate beneficiary of “people power.” It thinks it has a monopoly on democratic organizing. And it is terrified that it will be hobbled if it loses this fight.

So, it just stands to reason that anyone who stands in the way must be a fraud, a puppet, a goon — or even a Nazi.” – J Goldberg

After I was on the scene for about 15 minutes I got a call from one of my location scouts. “Hey, you gotta come down by the alley here. A bunch of Obama people just showed up.”

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I walked over to the far corner of the clinic and sure enough, freshly minted Obama supporters had arrived on the scene.

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Note the wire lawn sign hardware left over from Obama’s Presidential campaign. These people were organized by the ArapaHope Community Team (A.C.T.)

An email circulated the day before by the local Democrat Party urged activists to come out to this event, and another one later that same day, claimed that “rich special interests” would be bussing “Teabaggers” there. Teabaggers is an obscure homocentric term that has been made a household word by the Democrat party. Tea Party participants are people who identify with that patriotic tax revolt of 1773. The Democrats’ reference to them as “Teabaggers” is a horribly crude example of how the left coarsens our public discourse.

“I hope that our work together on the Obama campaign was only the beginning.  I want to say that we will continue to be a force to be reckoned with – and carve a niche within the politics of our community to make way for our collective voices to be heard.” – Donna Galassi of A.C.T. (community organizer)

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Soon more astroturfazoids began insinuating themselves into my photographs. Here I asked people to pose for me and the ‘zoids barged in. Like characters from Shawn of the dead they just kept appearing in my viewfinder.

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Here it happened again. While my subject, on the left, had his sign at chest level, I had to ask him step back and lift it up after the astrozoids barged in. This is obviously part of the instructions and strategy from on high. Disrupt protesters and dominate media coverage. “Go for the cameras”.

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More arrived on the scene. Many seemed to come out of the alley, and apparently, out of the back door of the clinic like angry wasps who think their nest is under attack when an innocent passerby brushes up against it.

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Typically, these three media photographers fawned over the left wing Turfers. Their numbers are now reaching their peak, which I estimate at  20 % of the total crowd. For 200 tea partiers, there were about 40 Democrat party Astroturfese.

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Here is an organizer from Organizing for America, which is  the successor organization to Obama for America, which was Obama’s campaign organization. The organizer is demonstrating the use of a bullhorn to a man who appears totally unfamiliar with its use. For a grassroots campaign, this sure is organized!

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I thought this a very interesting scene. Here’s a real live “community organizer” in action. He’s organizing this guy and he’s going to send him out to shout down people who are dissenting from the Democrat Party line. The fellow seemed reluctant and as it turns out after a few minutes the organizer retrieved his bullhorn and started using it  himself.

Organizing for America’s (OFA) web site presents “grassroots” as a government organized activity.

From OFA’s web site: …”There are many ways to get involved:

  • Joining grassroots OFA campaigns to support the President’s agenda. Online, on the phone, on doorsteps and in town halls in communities across the country, we’re building the bottom-up support that makes real change possible.
  • Spreading the word to friends and neighbors about the President’s approach on the big issues facing our nation, like health care, energy and education. Nothing is more powerful than your voice in your community.
  • Connecting with other supporters to form strong local groups, ready to take on whatever challenges we face.
  • Supporting leaders who share our values and are ready to carry forward the fight for change .”

This is the first time in my life that I can recall a government in North America organizing protests of one group of citizens against another. This is standard operating procedure in countries with left-wing governments.

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This clinic is adjacent to Denver’s day laborer pickup street, Park Avenue. Being fluent in Spanish, El Marco asked these guys “¿hablan ingles?” “casi nada” was the reply from our amigo on the left. I asked him if he could tell me what the signs said. “¿Quien sabe?” (who knows?) was all he said to me, with a big grin. I’m kicking myself for not asking them how much they were getting paid to be part of Americas grassroots.

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The irony of their lack of comprehension of the signs they were holding was heightened by the fact that they were the most elaborate and detailed signs of either group.

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While snapping this shot, I inadvertently caught a glimpse of another organizer entering from the left with a ream of colored signs. Behind her walks a young girl dressed as a puppet complete with strings.

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Their mime style appeared familiar to me as one taught by the San Francisco Mime Troupe. This protest style has been a standard in America since the ’60s and workshops are taught each year to activists in the U.S. and in developing countries. The SFMT is a hard core stalinist organization. You can visit their web site if you want to sign up for training. They teach special courses for kids at their summer camp too. The SFMT has an extremely influential history and has caused incalculable damage to America. Click link at end of this essay to learn about them.

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Here comes our community organizer with his bullhorn. For the next half hour or more, he will chant “FREE HEALTH CARE NOW”, “YES WE CAN” etc. with his horn directed at the faces of the health care dissenters.

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During the election, on September 17, 2008, at a campaign stop in Nevada, Obama said “I want you to argue with them (neighbors) and get in their face”.

What we see here is “astroturfing” or manufactured fake grassroots. The dissenters are genuinely concerned and informed about their health care but they maintain their civility. The DNC knows their anger is real and they are desperately trying to deligitimize dissent by claiming it’s paid for “by insurance corporations” yet they don’t name a single one or provide evidence.

It’s David Axelrod, Obama’s senior advisor, who is famous for perfecting AstroTurfing.

I had the first-ever interview on ASK with Eric Sedler, the “S” in ASK (the “A” is Axelrod). ASK prefers to lurk in the shadows as it promotes the causes and interests of its fat-cat clients with ad campaigns and astroturf tactics

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This woman worked in tandem with the other organizer and blasted the same people from behind. These bullhorns are extremely powerful. I saw demonstrators repeatedly ask them to point their bullhorns away. This woman in particular responded by moving the bullhorn closer to a woman who complained of ear pain.

Obama, on March 18, said “I don’t want to quell anger.  I think people are right to be angry.  I’m angry.  What I want us to do, though, is channel our anger in a constructive way. “

At that time, he wanted people protesting in the front yards of AIG executives. Now the DNC has ordered this harassment of grassroots dissenters against their statist goals. While in other parts of the country, this Democrat Party activity has descended into violence, what we have seen so far here today is only annoying and childish behavior.

It’s David Axelrod, Obama’s senior advisor, who is famous for perfecting astroturfing. Now he is using the same techniques he deployed for corporations to intimidate political freedom in this country. Here is an article about Axelrod and his companies if you want to study up.

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I wanted to get away from the bullhorns so I walked around the corner and found a large group of protesters awaiting the arrival of Nancy Pelosi at the back of the Stout Street Clinic. No bullhorns, no astroturfers.

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Within a few moments, Madame Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, arrived for her tour of the homeless medical outreach facility.

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Surrounded by secret service and staffers, Mrs. Pelosi enters the back door.

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The crowd surges forward. This is the big moment everyone has come for but Mrs. Pelosi disappears in a flash.

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So far the astroturfers are on the other side of the building and are missing all the action.  They’re still holding on to their hard-won turf out front, having chased these people away with their bullhorns.

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A few minutes later the first astroturfers appear amongst the protesters.

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I stepped back for a wider view and this is what it looked like.

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A rather flustered organizer, late on the scene, tries to do catch-up with a rousing series of in your face rants.

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Rubber chicken lady has had about enough of him as she gently tries to muffle his noise machine. Now we can actually all say we’ve seen a rubber chicken fly.

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Here we see a space opened by protesters retreating from the bullhorn. Ear-splitting and painful for my sensitive hearing. Turfazoids fill the void as they follow twitter for  instructions. Note man on left has two PDA’s.

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Organizers marveling at their handiwork from the sidelines?

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Here’s one of the signs brought by puppet lady. The same man (previous pic) in the background is wearing a Laborers Union Local 720  Denver shirt. He appeared to be quite active but never touching a sign himself.

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Another sign by puppet lady.

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Take note of the lady on the right. She is  holding a sign that reads “Pants on Fire” with Pelosi’s image. The image is repeated three times on her sign. There are no other words. I left the event early but the photo below, from the Denver Post, shows what I missed. The astrozoid on the left below, with the HOPE T-shirt, decided that she didn’t like the Nancy Pants on Fire sign. Not a problem. Just grab it.

The woman in black struggles to maintain her free speech while calling for help from police nearby.

The Denver Post caption described it like this:

“A supporter of health care reform, left, who did not want to give her name, pushes forward to rip a sign out of Kris McLay’s hands outside the Stout Street Clinic visited by Nancy Pelosi.” (THE DENVER POST | RJ SANGOSTI)

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This is Laura Avant. She has a degree in social working science, is a substitute teacher, and has been unemployed for seven years. She is taking names for a petition and when I asked her how she found out about the event she said “My organizer called me.” I said “You’re kidding.” She said, “No, look: he’s right there -pointing to the guy with the bullhorn – he’s from Organizing for America.”

It seems odd to me, as a foreigner, that democrats use Abe Lincoln and Dr.King in their propaganda (shirt above), when both men were Republicans  assassinated by democrats. Many forget how Republican Abraham Lincoln’s ill-advised choice of a Democrat as a running mate in 1864 gave John Wilkes Booth a good excuse to assassinate him. Upon assuming the presidency, Andrew Johnson immediately began doing his best to ruin the Reconstruction effort by vetoing the Civil Rights Act and by repealing the Freedmen’s Bureau legislation guaranteeing each ex-slave 40 acres and a mule. James Earl Ray, a Democrat, was also inspired by the Democrat’s racist philosophy and rhetoric to kill Dr. M. L. King.

At this point, a number of the astroturfers departed, including Laura. She told me that transportation was waiting to take them to Nancy Pelosi’s next event at Highlands Ranch.

Take special note of man behind/left of Ms. Avant (above) . I noticed him repeatedly approaching an anti-debt protester from behind and whispering in her ear (below). He got her worked up into such a lather that I was afraid she was going to have a stroke. The police were nearby, but due to his smooth behavior it was not obvious that he was involved in the commotion. I observed him 3 times approach slowly from behind, whisper, and withdraw delighted. I asked her what he said and she told me he was saying something about fascism. Was this woman intimidated? She was shaking like a leaf.

She also told me that she and her spouse own a topographic map Co. that has had to lay off workers due to plummeting sales. “We will have no income to pay taxes on” she said.

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These two were taking a break while they waited for Nancy to emerge in her SUV. It’s nice when Democrats spend time with their children.

They say “never judge a book by its cover” so I asked the kid with the commie T-shirt which side of the issue he is on. “100% free health care for everyone.” was the answer I got.

“The Senate’s most powerful Democrat on Thursday scolded health care protesters dogging his party’s lawmakers at local meetings, arguing that some critics on the political right have run out of ideas—and ditched their civic manners. Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada accused the protesters of trying to “sabotage” the democratic process.

The Republican Party says it’s not behind the protests, but Reid scoffed at the notion that the protesters reflect grass-roots sentiment. He held up a piece of artificial turf during a session with reporters.

“These are nothing more than destructive efforts to interrupt a debate that we should have, and are having,” Reid said. “They are doing this because they don’t have any better ideas. They have no interest in letting the negotiators, even though few in number, negotiate. It’s really simple: they’re taking their cues from talk show hosts, Internet rumor-mongerers … and insurance rackets.” AP Aug.6 2009

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269 comments to Nancy and the Astroturfers

  • pst314

    “Everybody in, nobody out” = “Everything within the state, nothing outside the state.”

  • Craig Davis

    In his speech to the joint houses of Congress, President Obama denied the claim that:

    “We plan to set up panels of bureaucrats with the power to kill off senior citizens.”

    This is what has already happened: In November, 2006, the Centers for Medicare& Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a rule revising its method for calculating the expense component of physician payments under the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule for 2007. That rule instructs Medicare to reduce the payment for non-facility or outpatient cardiac catheterization procedures. Those payment reductions occur on top of numerous other Medicare payment cuts under the CMS Physician Fee Schedule. For example, reimbursement for outpatient cardiac catheterization was reduced by 23.3% in 2008 and by and additional 17% in 2009 and the reduction scheduled to take effect in 2010 for that same procedure will be and additional 59.9%, resulting in a 76% reduction for cardiac catheterizations over 3 years. The CMS rule is also scheduled to slash reimbursements for specialized cardiac imaging procedures by up to 60%. Those imaging procedures are the gold standard of preventive heart care and are essential to the early detection and treatment of cardiovascular disease. In most cases, those cuts will reduce reimbursement to below the cost of providing those services causing many cardiology practices to close or seriously evaluate whether they can continue to offer those procedures and whether or not they can continue to offer services to Medicare patients.

    In Florida , over 3 million people receive health care services from the Medicare program and the payment reductions in the CMS rule will hinder access to proper preventative cardiac care for those millions of Medicare beneficiaries in Florida . They will essentially not receive the preventive care that allows them to live full lives but will be unaware of cardiovascular disease and peripheral arterial disease until they show symptoms such as a stroke or heart attack. Then it will be unlikely they will survive.

    By denying senior citizens access to cardiac catheterization procedures and other preventive diagnostic procedures provided by their physicians in their offices, Medicare is forcing senior citizens to live with potential life threatening cardiovascular health problems until it is to late for proper treatment, thus reducing their life expectancy. Contrary to President Obama’s statement, bureaucrats, namely Medicare, are exercising the “POWER TO KILL OFF SENIOR CITIZENS”!

    When cardiologists either stop providing preventive procedures or close their doors due to loss of income, consumers will be forced to seek these procedures in hospitals, which are not targeted by the reimbursement cuts and where already long wait times will be pushed to unrealistic and unimaginable limits due to the overwhelming volume being shifted from the non-hospital outpatient practices to hospitals where the cost of those same procedures and catheterizations are much higher than when performed at the physician’s outpatient office. Out-of-pocket expense for each Medicare beneficiary undergoing a cardiac catheterization performed in a hospital is $583.50 higher than in a private outpatient catheterization lab. Rather than spending less by cutting reimbursements to outpatient facilities, those cuts will close outpatient facilities and drive Medicare costs up by at least $86 MILLION because of the higher costs for the same procedures in hospitals.

    The QUALITY OF, ACCESS TO and COST OF cardiac care will be severely and adversely impacted when those additional reductions are implemented. This will have a long and lasting effect on the public as we age and require preventive diagnostic procedures which will be difficult and expensive to obtain.

    For some strange reason, the Federal government has not made any efforts to control or reverse these cuts. The hospital lobbyists have convinced the Federal government that outpatient testing and procedures are the root cause of increased health care costs giving hospitals more power to employ physicians and completely eradicate the private practices of cardiologists. This is because of Certificate of Need laws that allow the hospital lobby to prevent free competition successfully protecting their financial interests and posting huge profits. This is also because a panel of bureaucrats has been given the “power to kill off senior citizens.”

    Physicians across the country are trying to raise awareness of the reimbursement cuts that are scheduled to take effect but no one is listening.

    On August 21st, 2009, a rally was held in Orlando , FL and CNN had a cameraman there recording the event. He interviewed Dr Asad Qamar and his staff for more than 30 minutes with a video camera. Hopefully that recording will be aired either on television or on the internet. I have not seen it yet. So much air time has been given to President Obama’s Health Care Reform that this issue of Medicare reimbursement cuts has been ignored.

    I’m writing this note to express my concerns about my ability to get the cardiovascular care I will need given the drastic Medicare payment cuts implemented and scheduled for implementation. Will someone in a position of authority intervene or will the CMS and Medicare be allowed to exercise the power kill our senior citizens?

    Craig R. Davis

  • Haz

    Linda
    The sign you note, Merit based Healthcare ect, is being sarcastic, I believe. Since underneath is says no healthcare for infants and senior. He’s trying to point out exactly what Merit based means.

  • Linda

    RE: Nanacy and the astroturfers. In the fifth set of pictures included in the story, a man is holding a poster that says “merit based healthcare” and “Complete Lives System”. This is an EZEKIAL EMANUEL program, very leftist. Don’t know how that one sign snuck in there, but we don’t want that program in our country!!

  • Great job reporting. I wish the far left wing would live in a country that has embodied their principles (like Cuba or other country) for a couple of years and then return to see how great our country is. Maybe they will see how really stupid they are for following the pied pipers (Obama, Pelosi, Reid) into the ocean of debt and the sea of socialism.

    Thanks for being there and doing such a great job. I am glad you are on the side of the American conservative.
    Robert

  • Sherry-Beth

    EXCEPTIONAL COVERAGE BY EL MARCO!!!
    Sending it on….

  • Larry D. Crumbley

    Hello,
    It is not the beginning of the end, and I will tell you why. I am sensing a awakening in this nation like I have never sensed before in my life. We can make a difference. I see it every day now. We will win this debate. I can honestly say that if I ever saw this man-(OBAMA)-I would ask him what Constitution he actually taught? He says he taught it. I would call him a liar, and a bold-faced one at that. He does not even know what it says. He needs to go back, and reread it, and see what it actually means. He is obviously very fooled, or is in general a very big “FOOL”, and to that end I feel that he is a very BIG-FOOL, and he needs to have something to understand, and that is that he has one of two ways to see this, (1)-Get smart, and stop making a fool out of himself, and make changes real slow, or (2)-Have all of his cronies, and all of his little Hench-men in this present day congress, and the senate go down the drain in defeat in 2010, and have them all replaced with conservative people that actually will go through the process of not allowing America to DIE, and to bring her back to what she was founded on, and that is FREEDOM, LIBERTY, AND THE PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS NO MATTER WHO YOU ARE. MAY GOD ALMIGHTY ONCE AGAIN BLESS THIS NATION THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.

    Thank you and God Bless,
    Larry D. Crumbley
    bearone7777@yahoo.com

  • Flit Andersen

    Where were the cops when the Union thugs began encroaching on the protesters “turf”?
    Oh, wait! The cops are UNION, right…?

  • Pam

    I’ve been working since I was 14. Those people waiting for freebies make me sick. Cradle to grave. Earn your keep.

  • Chris Young

    Hey Roland, idiot! I really don’t know what else to say. This is about what America is and what America isn’t. We are a democracy not a socialized country. If you want Socialism your more than welcome to leave.

  • It’s rather sad that the Republicans with their ‘anti socialized medicine’ signs clearly have NO comprehension about what health care reforms are being touted, or how it will benefit them. They’re just against anything Obama puts forward. Their signs are very clever, very cool – yet utterly meaningless.

  • susan in nyc

    Yes Natalia it is creepy seeing silly people wearing CCCP in the Land of Liberty; chalk such creepy silly people up to Ivy-league indoctrinating evil Harvard things.

    Keep the faith strong; America, land of Freedom that we love, is awake and can see God’s Freedom (in the great words of Martin Luther King, Jr-Republican) is under assault.

    We will Never Give In and Never Forget.

  • Jerry Williams

    This is truly the beginning and the end. The beginning of Tyranny, the ending of America being free.

  • Natalia

    The kid with the ” CCCP” t-shirt, what is he doing there? Does he even know about USSR and what the people had to go through there to survive? I cannot believe I am seeing all of this again happening in America. I run from this kind of politics from USSR to find my freedom and the freedom for my kids in America and now I see the young guy wearing “CCCP” on him and voting for the socializm. God save us.

  • susan in nyc

    We Shall Overcome

    Interesting choice of script, it would be inappropriate considering their thuggish tactics.

    It is said that comedy is tragedy extended; in this case, the astroturfer scene is hilarious beyond anything Jon Stewart and Bill Maher combined could ever imagine.

  • kerry

    well, I’m against the disastrous healthcare bill, but am very concerned about those who are struggling w/o healthcare or are unable to afford or attain it. Once again congress has squandered an opportunity for real dialogue. The Republican’s are no better, really. yes, they have offered up solutions, but where were they when they had the majority and Bush was in office? They were living high on the hog, that’s where. As a nurse, I know and have personally seen some pretty terrible suffering of those who do not have immediate access to our system.

  • Robert B. Neale

    I say the Great Pox on both our parties for their collective misconduct of the
    past, but these Moon Bats are over the top. Totally classless bullies.
    With all of the traditional values unique to our Democracy under attack, I am
    beginning to wonder if the endpoint of all this will be a violent one. I am
    70 and not what I was in my physical prime, but I would love to coldcock a
    few of those lizards. As for the end-of-life stuff, I would like to have the
    right to choose that for myself, but I do not want a committee of bureaucrats
    with permanent flexion deformities from holding their coffee cups to do it for
    me.

  • randy faria

    great coverage. just so dead on its scary..scary that we are letting this crap happen, scary that they are going to get away with it on recission next month.

    Just like the goons at the Philly voting booth. Anyone read animal farm? THe first thing the newbies in power got was the rabid dogs, and the sheep who parroted back what the pigs said.

    Also, am I the only one who finds a stange and uncomfortable parellel between the Iranians saying the protesters are outside agitators and do not represent Iransians, and what the WH is saying about these people..chilling. Vote these scum out, and this time keep them out

  • Outstanding documentation! I’m glad you’re on OUR side… would be mighty scary if you were helping the left-wingers, El Marco. Oh, wait, silly me – left-wingers don’t deal with pesky things like FACTS or documentation. Never mind…

    Excellent job on this post. Terrific instructions for other conservatives bloggers like myself or grassroots protesters who want an edge.

  • DB

    Awesome coverage….a picture truly worth a thousand words. Thanks for the photo essay. I am going to try to attend a town hall meeting this week.

  • JJ Jones

    I have but one question for the leftards:

    You control congress and the white house. If the people really want this, why haven’t you passed it yet?

  • susan in nyc

    I noticed in the rubber chicken lady photo, the organizer for Organizing for America seems to be holding a script of some sort; is it a chant, song, poem?

    Curious, what does it say?

    • admin

      The sheet has seven verses of We Shall Overcome printed on it. They never used it, hopefully because they realized it would have been completely inappropriate. Also, they would have had to bring all 40 of their astrobots, which were disbursed, together for a choral rendition since they were in the minority. I’d say it was poor leadership.

  • BHowey

    It’s time for term limits in Washington. 3 terms for the house 2 terms for the Senate….

  • People get hurt and sick—deal with it in the most efficient way possible.

    Why waste people energy on finding out ways not to pay a hospital or doctor bill? Doctors and nurses should be on salary and there should be plenty of them.

  • SFC US ARMY (RETIRED)

    I am a 100% disabled vet with 30 years in. I came home from Iraq in 2003 . When I was released from the Army I went straight into the V.A. health care system. I see a number of specialists that help me manage pain and PTSD . ALL ( not most ) come from the private sector and work at local Boston hospitals .Brigham and Women’s, Mass. general and so forth. Not only are these good hospitals but they are some of the best in the world . Where will we get doctors, specialists and hospitals of this caliber with a communist health care system . I cannot be covered by insurance because of the damage that was done to my body . I have to deal with socialised medicine, trust me, you don’t want it

  • Wow! Way to intersperse a bunch o’words underneath some pitchers! Now, *that* is how to prove a point.

  • Ted

    Signs are proving to be an ineffective weapon of choice. The blind eyes and deaf ears of “representatives” need treatment.

  • Al>>>>>>>Praying in Florida

    Well done piece. I will not bore you with what you already
    know. Down with Washington and all killing our Country. They will
    not win. The American people are learning and will rise up
    from the ashes. As it was once said a long time ago, we shall over come!
    “God Bless American”
    From: A patriotic disabled American Veteran.

  • B. Griffin

    So David Axelrod coined the term “Astroturfing” to describe opponents of Obama’s nationalized health care scheme. He must have had a brainstorm moment while he was looking for a new component for a head rug to cover his comb-over! Putting astroturf on that would be a HUGE improvement!

  • Steve

    Great site! Keep up the excellent work!!
    COMMON CENTS
    http://www.commoncts.blogspot.com

    ps. Link Exchange??

  • TexAz2Step

    Thanks for posting! Keep up the fight!

  • kata

    Outstanding work. The MSM will be out of jobs while the public at large continues to do their jobs for them.

  • Erica

    Wow, great reporting!

    The photo and the text really tell it all.

  • Peter Coyote of E.T. fame was an original Mime Trouper.

  • Steve Lyons

    Well documented and chronicled. Congress needs to have the rock lifted and their tactics exposed. Hatred of corruption cannot be fabricated as they claim. It is real, and it is growing. Be proud or your efforts.

  • BP

    Great job with the pics and the reporting. Keep asking those questions!

  • susan in nyc

    Nate Billings

    I am astounded you believe government is benevolent and cares about you; do you actually believe President Obama, Madam Pelosi or Harry Reid have an iota of compassion for your well-being?

    Perhaps you can provide an answer as to why President Obama, VP Biden and a majority of Congressional members refuse Obamacare for themselves and their own families yet insist Obamacare is in your best interest.

    Lastly, why do you need Big Brother Mommy-Nanny government to take care of you since you are an American who is better than Big Brother Mommy-Nanny government?

    Why do you willingly want to be a Serf living in Serfdom?

    What compels you to believe there is hope in living under such oppressive tyranny?

  • allen

    I suggest any of you that attend one of these, next time take an airhorn with you, they only cost a couple of dollars, and everytime one of these moon bats show up with their organized group, and their bullhorns, drown them out with the airhorn.

  • NoMoBama

    Opompous’ “community organizers” are equivalent to Hitler’s brown shirts.

  • Joy

    El Marco – to the top of the class! Bull’s eye!! You really nailed it – it was almost like being there! And reading all the links and related blogs clarifying & confirming the m.o. and true status of Obummer’s Organizing for America goons (and printed signs, some held by paid day laborers, etc.) really was an eye-opener for me and many others, I would imagine (even though we expect these tactics and have zero respect for the Fraud-in-Chief and his politburo of fat-azz Soviet-style yes-men [& hatchet men, as well, of course]). It will be interesting, enlightening and perhaps not a little nerve-wracking to see what develops next in this “turf” war between the Grassroots & the Astroturfazoids, as El Marco so facetiously referred to them…

    With the hard-ball actions of the angered Left in motion, I see potential for more heated exchanges – maybe even some violence, but I pray not enough to inspire Dear Leader to call out the National Guard (since his brownshirts aren’t yet fully organized). It’s been increasingly brought to mind that if any “organization” was involved to bring out so many protestors, it probably was the Internet and the army of fabulous Conservative bloggers who ignited their readers and have provided them/us with reams of info, facts and background. In a way, to make an organizing analogy with another – but far more serious & deadly – protest (uprising is more accurate), the students and others in present-day Teheran were “organized,” if that’s the word, by word of mouth via Twitter, Facebook and cell phone! We might not be mounting (yet) such a daring & courageous protest, but we are gaining the “Big Mo” and will NOT be deterred in our goal of defeating the monster that is the Healthcare Reform bill! In a word, we will NOT allow the Mullahs of the Obamocracy to prevail!!

  • Ed Lewis

    Enjoyed the pictures very much. Did anyone notice the difference in expressions of the pro health care bill verses the others? Interesting.
    Just a thought:

    “When the citizens fear their government it is Tyranny.”
    “When a government fears the citizens then it is a Democracy”.
    Thomas Jefferson

  • Nate Billings

    I am astounded by how little you people understand about the insurance industry and their part in this health care meltdown. All those people out there protesting reform are this close to being left to die if their treatment turns out to not be cost effective for the insurers. I am so sorry to see that you believe the lies Rush and the others are spreading. It’s sad, really.

  • Ray

    It took Obama 6 months to decide what kind of dog he was going to get for his kids but it only takes him 3 weeks to decided and RUSH a complicated health care bill into law? What are they HIDING (STEALING) NOW? If this passes the congress and Obama better be on the same plan or there will hell to pay. Congress and Obama MUST GIVE UP THEIR Mercedes-Benz health care and retirement packages (their not on the same social security program as the rest of us working slobs). Congress does not want to be on the same health care as the rest of us (because congress knows it sucks) which we are going to get rammed down our throats like it or not.

    These are the same idiots who screwed up Medicare, Medicaid, the post office, social security, energy problem (for 36+ years), education and everything else they have touched.

    Oh, but they’re not spending their own money, it is our money and they going just raise taxes again to pay for all their new luxury jets ($332 million) and luxurious ‘jet junkets’.

    The government solution to a problem is always worse than the original problem and we wind paying for their stupidity. There’s no such thing as a free lunch.

    The closest thing we will ever see to eternal life on this plant is a wasteful, inefficient government program that will drive to bankruptcy.

    Remember congress projected Medicare would be $9 billion dollars by 1990. The actual price tag was $66 billion dollars. Do you really trust the US congress with your health decisions?

  • Xystus

    Hmm–I wonder what would happen to the blaring bullhorn in one’s face if the imposed-on party were to splash a little water right into the noisy thing…

  • Great stuff! Wow. The difference between the homemade signs by the anti-Obamacare folks and the slick, mass produced signs supplied to the Obama accolites is stunning. I’m currently keeping tabs on astroturfing here in Chicago, particularly by US Rep. Jan Schakowsky. Please see “Astroturfing Jan Schakowsky” (http://rogersparkbench.blogspot.com/2009/08/astroturfing-jan-schakowsky.html) and “MoveOn’s Outside Agitators Jobs Program” (http://rogersparkbench.blogspot.com/2009/08/moveons-outside-agitators-jobs-program.html) Thanks, and thanks for your great work here!

  • Brian in TX

    This really shows what we’re up against. What a bunch of scum. Excellent job – thank you, El Marco.

  • AmericanGramma

    They are killing your constitution infront of your face. Wake up America before there is nothing left of our republic!

  • Joyce

    Whatever plan anybody comes up with should be mandatory for all senators and all congressmen. That sure will ‘change’ HR 3200 !!

  • I don’t think it can be stressed enough….the difference between the people who see what is happening…and care enough to turn out on their own and
    make signs that are individual and pertinent as opposed to the organized, recruited robots who are given signs produced by financially supported organizers because they know that if they didn’t, most would be too lazy to make one for themselves……consequently we have a ranting, chanting mob trying to advance their dogma by repetition, force of physical aggression, and
    mind numbing, meaningless slogans.
    Great job! The difference in who the real mob was, is clearly evident.
    Nancy, Harry, you been busted. But nothing new for either of you. 2010 and 2012 will be interesting to say the least!!

  • SimplyStar

    Humans follow their heart , OBots follow their leader, Americans like freedom, Obots like Government control. At age 79 I choose to live out my life span and not be counseled by a committee on dieing. I will die for my countries freedom, but not for a corrupt government. Defeat the Obama care Bill, it is evil.

  • Formercorpsman

    Superb. Excellent job.

  • Wm T Sherman

    Take some of those little gas-horns to blow in their ears next time, in case they try that ‘bullhorn in the face’ crap again. In my opinion they are committing an act of battery.

  • Mike Litoris

    This is why we need the internet for reporting and news, now. The Old Media sure isn’t going to get it done.

  • SCREW LEFTARDS!!!

    Awesome coverage thanks!

  • Where will all the needed doctors come from, will they draft people into medical service or will we depend on foreigners, not as well trained and cheaper, to help us? Florida already as a flood of foreigners for doctors.

  • larae

    i warned all i know not to vote for this socialist commie

  • Pat

    I am a democrat and so is my husband and we don’t like what is happening to our country and we want to go to a townhall meeting we do not want a single payer health care we have to fight for our country and it do not matter if you are red or blue if you love your country you have to stand up and fight for it. We live in Los Angeles Ca. one of the most liberal states in the nation and people in this liberal state are against this bill and are starting to see obama for what he is and they do not like what they see, are we going to be a socialist country or a capital we have to fight for the wrong we have done to our country by voting for obama and for that I have to say to all of you who do not vote for obama that I am sorry for voting for him and putting our country in the hands of a man that does not love our country. I am not a racist I am a latina so no one can call me a racist, but I will tell you that I will fight for my country and bring it back to the hell obama is trying to make it.

  • Jarrett_X

    The Left supports a system that favors the haves and have nots, but no one in the middle.

    They want to steal my healthcare away from me. I am firmly planted in the top 40% of income earners and I get to see our family doctor when I wish. She enjoys seeing our family, and we enjoy seeing her.

    Will this change under Obama’s plan? There is no way to know. This administration seems hell-bent on passing legislation that no one has read.

    Will the media please stand up and vet this material for everyone? Who else will do it if not MSNBC, Fox, CBS, CNBC, etc?

    A jaded perspective would suggest that the POTUS and his Congress would not like this package fully vetted, or vetted in any regard, lest it result in opposition.

  • chiefdecoy

    Wow! Looks like a group of rowdies to me. Obama supporters, that is….
    I support their right to be present, but the bullhorn in the faces of protesters was a bit much. Not to mention, the snatching of the sign from the womans hands. And they have the gall to criticize the right? I am an Independent, but I can’t stand what I see from the Obama administration, OR his supporters….

  • Jim

    Hey Ed, thanks for proving to everyone who reads this what complete @holes leftwing moonbats are.

    Now try get this through your thick head. I WORK for MY money. It’s MY choice to pay insurance companies for MY healthcare.

    YOU aren’t entitled to ANY of MY money. Get a job, and go pay for your own health care.
    Anyone notice how FAT the leftwing moonbats were? It’s telling why they expect everything for free. Too lazy to work and pay for their own healthcare, so they try ROB via legislation the working person to pay for it.

  • C T Carmichael

    It is in vain, sir, to extenuate the matter. Gentlemen may cry, “Peace! Peace!” — but there is no peace. The war is actually begun! The next gale that sweeps from (Washington) will bring to our ears the clash of resounding arms! Our brethren are already in the field! Why stand we here idle? What is it that gentlemen wish? What would they have? Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty, or give me death!
    Patrick Henry – March 23, 1775

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