Obama White House Stokes The Fire

Mitch Stewart, the point man for President Obama’s Organizing for America, asked me to visit my local congressman as part of a new initiative called Office Visits for Health Reform. Here is the email I received:

Hugh —

All throughout August, our members of Congress are back in town. Insurance companies and partisan attack groups are stirring up fear with false rumors about the President’s plan, and it’s extremely important that folks like you speak up now.

So we’ve cooked up an easy, powerful way for you to make a big impression: Office Visits for Health Reform.

All this week, OFA members like you will be stopping by local congressional offices to show our support for insurance reform. You can have a quick conversation with the local staff, tell your personal story, or even just drop off a customized flyer and say that reform matters to you

As you’ve probably seen in the news, special interest attack groups are stirring up partisan mobs with lies about health reform, and it’s getting ugly. Across the country, members of Congress who support reform are being shouted down, physically assaulted, hung in effigy, and receiving death threats. We can’t let extremists hijack this debate, or confuse Congress about where the people stand……

Thank you for going the extra mile when it matters the most,


Mitch Stewart
Organizing for America

Mitch was kind enough to include a link that will help me organize the “quick conversation with the local staff”.

As the Left bemoans the terror visited upon Congress by constituents that merely ask if they are actually reading the proposed legislation, it is organizing an opposition to show up at Republican and Blue Dog Democrat offices directly from the White House. I’m left to ask if Barrack Obama and Liberal Democrats know what kind of fire they are playing with by employing these tactics. Bruce at Maggie’s Farm has some comments on the welling anger among not just those on the right but moderates as well. When a President tells a large constituency to shut up he invites a riposte of like kind, to put it kindly. To tell them to shut up in the same week that Congress ordered up $500 million dollars worth of luxury private jets for their own use is to display a public/private disconnect of astounding proportions.

The last time I saw the level of anger that permeates today’s political discourse was when I was standing in gas lines in 1979.

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