the Tea Party participant.
Though it’s doubtful the liberal rag, Time Magazine, will agree, conservative online news source World Net Daily has named the new conservative protester as Person of the Year. The men and women who, until this year, never carried a sign, gathered at a public protest, or marched for a cause continue to challenge a runaway government completely controlled by liberal Democrats.
It’s an individual like Nate, whose transition was captured on a video. He started out as an Obama voter proud to see the first black president. Now he’s a “man who has buyer’s remorse and becomes an active defender of the Constitution and limited government.”
The mainstream media and their Democrat allies sought to label the grassroots movement an “astroturf” campaign, implying participants were paid to show up at rallies, but the ranks of these amateur political dissidents just keep growing. Other liberals counted on the energy of conservative protesters to fizzle out. Still others expected President Obama’s “Hope & Change” policies to positively impact the American economy and take the wind from the sails of the protest movement.
But the liberals’ talents for soothsaying proved to be lacking. Conservatives are organizing and networking like never before, online and on the street. Some officials estimated the crowd that gathered on September the 12th in Washington, DC was the largest ever to assemble on the Capitol Mall. And conservative pundits’ predictions that Obama’s Socialist policies will adversely affect the nation’s economy continue to come true.
Though the President and his Socialist-Democrat Lieutenants Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid continue to cram unwanted “Change” down the throats of the American people. More and more are recognizing Obama’s game plan is destroying “Hope” in America with massive new spending, record deficits and debt, and no positive impact on the US economy. The growth of the movement is evident in the President’s precipitous decline in the polls.
The Tea Party participants’ willingness to stand up for freedom, while standing in the sights of liberal Democrats’ big guns, their willingness to sacrifice time and money to make their voices heard, their willingness to learn new technology and take the fight to formerly foreign battlefields, all have earned the Tea Party participant the title of WND’s 2009 Person of the Year.
The Obama propaganda blitz is in full swing. At a time when Congressmen can barely seem to find a supporter for the Obamacare plan, the President’s town hall meetings are packed with them. The administration
swears lies that they’re not handpicked crowds intended to boost Obama’s ratings and poll numbers for the nationalization of the health care industry, but it’s impossible to believe him.
In Rasmussen’s Daily Presidential Tracking Poll the number of likely voters who disapprove of the President’s policies has now risen to 52%, the highest it’s been since his inauguration. ARRA News Service notes a Gallup poll shows the President’s full court press to push the issue hasn’t helped. Last month 50% of respondents disapproved of Obama’s handling of the health care issue while 44% approved. This month, even with the concerted effort by Obama and his lackeys, 49% disapprove and 43% approve. A net gain of zero.
Other polls show 54% of Americans favor middle class tax cuts over spending more than a trillion dollars for a government takeover of the health care industry and support among likely voters for HR 3200 has fallen to a new low with only 42% favoring the House plan. The growing distrust of Obama on his signature issue isn’t sitting well with the President or his supporters.
After the Obama administration threatened to “punch back twice as hard,” protests began turning violent as desperate liberals attacked when they felt their dream of socialized medicine slipping away. Many Congressmen are refusing to hold more town hall meetings as the futility of fooling voters becomes apparent. Once the Democratic strategy of lying to Americans at town halls failed to accomplish desired results, the Obama camp turned to attacking the ordinary citizens standing up for their freedom. Democrats in the White House and elsewhere labeled protesters “un-American” and an “angry mob.”
As the polls referenced above show, their desperate tactics have thus far been unable to stop the rushing tide of resistance to a government takeover of another 1/6 of our economy. Now Obamanot Senator Chuck Shumer (D-NY) is looking to force the American people to accept the unpopular takeover by trashing the Senate tradition of allowing unlimited debate by re-labeling the health care bill as a sort of budget bill. Dishonest? Yes. But Democrats have little respect for truth and transparency.
Conservatives still have the advantage though. With public sentiment against Obama and Democratic policies growing at an unbelievable pace and the 2010 campaign season pretty much beginning now, Dems up for re-election have to be squirming in their seat, especially Blue Dogs in conservative districts. They realize their necks are on the line if their constituents are unhappy when they pull the lever in November.
As long as the opposition to a government-run health care system doesn’t fade, Pelosi and Obama won’t have the votes to pass Obamacare.
Is there any level so low Democrats in Washington won’t stoop to it? Are they so conceited they actually believe themselves as they outright lie to the American people? Do they really think the American people are so terribly stupid they can’t see through their childish, imbecilic responses to conservatives’ fact-based challenges to their agenda?
Our first hint of things to come was the Department of Homeland Security report that warned law enforcement agencies of the danger posed by virtually every conservative in the country. Labeled “Right-Wing Extremists” in the report, conservative Republicans, Independents, and third party backers were pointed to as potential terrorists who deserved the scrutiny of local, state, and federal law enforcement officials. Even targeting the most patriotic among us, veterans of the US armed forces, it generated the first of several conservative uprisings to challenge Obama administration policies.
We thought it bad when we found out they didn’t read the $787 billion so-called “stimulus” bill. Then the arrogant Henry Waxman (D-CA) hired a speed reader to buzz through the Cap & Trade bill on the House Energy & Commerce committee at an unintelligible pace so that he could claim to have “read the bill.” The move was designed to undermine an attempt by Republicans to force them to fulfill their obligations to constituents by reading the bill to fully understand what the legislation would saddle the American people with. It was a classless, egotistical attempt by Democrats to ridicule both constituents and fellow members of the US House who demanded Democrats act responsibly and perform the duties for which they were hired.
The same Democratic legislators refused to read HR 3200, “Obamacare,” and are now paying the price. Now that conservatives have realized their representatives refuse to do their jobs, constituents are taking the task upon themselves. We now have a situation where ordinary citizens are taking the time to read legislation and explaining it to our elected officials. And the Democrats don’t like it.
Their lies and talking points are no longer holding water with the American people, because they understand it better than the Congress! Congressmen are walking into town halls and other public meetings armed with a single sheet of Pelosi-Reid talking points while their disgruntled constituents come armed with the actual text of the bill! Backed into a corner with facts, Democrats in Washington are lashing out in desperate attempts to denigrate their own constituents.
The Obama administration has now issued a mandate to his minions to turn in neighbors, friends, and family who write and forward communications critical of Obamacare. Not stopping there, the White House even demands “fishy” truths about Obama’s government-run health care program mentioned in casual conversations should be reported to the Propaganda Office in the White House. Ask yourself, when have we ever faced the prospect of an American President demanding citizens turn each other in to the government for disagreeing with policy? Never.
If that’s not enough to worry you, the President’s aides have now made direct threats to “punch back twice as hard” whenever the administration’s health care policies are challenged. We saw this put into practice when the administration sent in union thugs to physically assault protesters outside a St. Louis town hall. So now we have a President actively engaging in suppression of Americans’ ability to freely express their disagreement with their government.
And now we hear our own Senator Blanche Lincoln (D-AR) has described us as un-American! It’s funny how Democrats have no problem with protesters who demonstrate against conservatives and their causes. According to Hillary Clinton, “we have a right to disagree with any administration.” But I guess she meant any Republican administration. Of course Lincoln is now backing away from her comment, but calling your constituents un-American doesn’t happen with a slip of the tongue.
She’s retreating because the heat from the fire she stoked is too hot! Though her Arkansas colleague didn’t even face a Republican challenger last year, the GOP field to run against Lincoln has already drawn a crowd. Arkansas State Senator Kim Hendren and Arkansas Tea Party organizer Tom Cox have already announced their intent to run, while central Arkansas businessman Curtis Coleman and State Senator Gilbert Baker are considering runs but have yet to announce. (Although I have it from a pretty reliable source that Coleman will announce soon.) A conservative Independent, Trevor Drown, has also announced his intent to run for Lincoln’s seat.
Lincoln’s opposition hopefuls wasted little time taking Arkansas’ senior Senator to task for her callous comment. The Cox campaign issued the following press release:
“Since the founding of the United States people have been exercising the freedom and responsibility to question their elected representatives. The current public political debate resembles the enthusiasm of our nation’s first 100 years. A U.S. Senator referring to as “disrespectful” and “un-American” for calling on their Representatives is appalling. Senator Lincoln’s statements are indicative of the elitist Washington D.C. arrogance and mentality that continues to dismiss the voice of Middle America. The citizens of this country deserve honest answers to their questions.”
Coleman, who’s made numerous posts on his blog enumerating the flaws in the Democrats’ health care plan, had this to say:
“What’s sad is that Senator Lincoln apparently doesn’t value the opinions of hard-working Arkansans who took time away from their busy schedules to express their concern over losing control of their healthcare to the government. Senator Lincoln’s description of these Arkansans as ‘un-American’ illustrates how deeply out of touch she is with the American people.”
Lincoln’s planning a series of public speaking events this week (not town halls) and we hope she gets an earful from some of us un-American Right-Wing-Extremists everywhere she goes!
Suddenly, when people protest Obama and the Democrats, it’s un-American to protest. Obama and the DNC have now labeled those of us who oppose his nationalized health care system “The Angry Mob.” Claiming we’re organized by special interests and the RNC, high-ranking Democrats are challenging our grassroots credentials.
These are unprecedented attacks by a sitting President on ordinary Americans practicing their rights to free speech and assembly. His propaganda campaign against those of us who oppose him is becoming eerily similar to the that of Hitler’s against the Jews.
by Jonah Goldberg on Townhall.com
Here is the one immutable fact of Barack Obama’s foreign policy agenda as it relates to Iran: It’s over. The rule book he came in with is as irrelevant as a tourist guide to the Austro-Hungarian Empire.
If the forces of reform and democracy win, Obama’s plan to negotiate with the regime is moot, for the regime will be gone. And if the forces of reform are crushed into submission by the regime, Obama’s plan is moot, because the regime will still be there.
Politics and decency will simply demand that the world condemn or shun the regime of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Ayatollah Ali Khamenei if they come out on top. Even the most soulless realists will be repulsed by the blood on the regime’s collective hands.
Yesterday I tracked coverage of the events in Iran on Twitter and posted them here. Though it’s late Saturday night in the US, it’s now Sunday morning, 21 June 2009, in Iran. I’ll update this post as events unfold throughout the day.
(scroll down to see most recent videos)
Dawn fires, explosions, and protesters cheering
Screams, sirens, and gunshots in the black of last night
Thousands marching, chanting “We are all together”
Sunday protest in the streets
More Sunday protests
Police beating in Iran
YouTube user claims this is chemical attack
Protesters protect one of their wounded
Police attack protesters
Protesters flee advancing police
(user names not posted for their safety)
11:06 pm CST FROM #IRAN* Tanks have rolled in Tehran … #iranelection
11:26 pm CST RT: There was a military tank in Azadi square last night. #iran #iranelection
11:47 pm CST RT From Iran: basij are beleived to be carrying out house raids, Please RT #iranelection
8:49 am CST Ppl getting ready 2close down main market in Tehran known as “bazaar” Wuld have big effect on Econ. #iran
12:34 pm CST RT from Iran: Still hearing gunshots from Tajrish SQ. People set fire and fired some Basijis motorcycles #iranelection
Finally! At about 2:45 pm CST Saturday, President Obama finally released a statement in support of those standing for Democracy and freedom in Iran! The President refused to make the statement on camera, but included the following in a press release.
We call on the Iranian government to stop all violent and unjust actions against its own people. The universal rights to assembly and free speech must be respected, and the United States stands with all who seek to exercise those rights.
Protests continue in Iran, despite the threat of a violent crackdown by the country’s supreme leader Ayatollah Khamenei. I’ll be updating this post throughout the day with videos, photos, and reports from Twitter.
9:01 CST Iranian state run media are reporting a suicide bombing of the shrine of Ayatollah Khomenei
Protesters intimidating Basij militia
More protest video
Huge crowds protest today in spite of crackdown
Protesters running through streets, gunshots heard in background
Woman shot to death by pro-Gov’t Basij militia [GRAPHIC]
Protesters shot on camera [GRAPHIC]
Another protester shot in the street [GRAPHIC]
More protesters clash with militia
Protesters clash with police at Shiraz Unitversity
Police murdering protesters [GRAPHIC]
UNCONFIRMED REPORTS (via Twitter)
11:00 am CST RT from Tehran: There is bloodshed here. Some persons among the crowd have grenades (There is not clear who they exactly are) #Iran …
11:11 am CST RT F IRAN Chemical warfare?Evidently not boiling water but something else being sprayed from helicopters. via daily dish #iran #iranelection
11:29 am CST Protesters are being stopped, searched and their “weapons” (read: cell phones) seized. Information is power. #iranelection
12:20 pm CST #gr88 #iran09 #iranelection #Tehran Reports: People Blocking Streets at Tehran Pars (East Tehran) and Setting Fires
12:47 pm CST Injured [protesters] are being removed from hospitals and taken away by Basij #IranElection #Tehran #Mousavi #GR88 #iranelection
12:52 pm CST #IranElection #Iran Reports from the ground: Iranian govt is using Hezbollah against the protesters. Can NE1 confirm? http://tiny.cc/kEqS3
2:10 pm CST RT Hospital close to the scene in Tehran: 30-40 dead thus far as of 11pm and 200 injured. Police taking names of injured. #iranelection
2:18 pm CST POLICE HELICOPTERS NOW SPILLING ACID ONTO PROTESTORS FROM ABOVE #iranelection
2:43 pm CST RT News arriving that ppl planning to march into centre Tehran tonight as darkness falls. #iranelection #gr88 #Tehran
2:45 pm CST Zhila Baniyaghoob’s (woman activist) home has been raided #Tehran #iranelection #GR88 #mousavi
3:04 pm CST homes getting raided, journalists getting arrested. bad day in #iranelection
3:41 pm CST RT Eye witness reporting that milita use ambulances to lure people & then shoot them (Roodaki & Azarbayjan st.) #IranElection
4:09 pm CST Iran source says thr is a military tank in Azadi Square (I cnt confirm ths) #iranelection
4:11 pm CST IRAN FRIEND JUST SAID BASIJI ARE THROWING MOLOTOV COCKTAILS INTO CROWDS. #iranelection #iran. Trying to confirm elsewhere/ 1st hand
7:52 pm CST REPORTS THAT EMBASSIES ARE CLOSED! I STILL NEED CONFIRMATION! PLEASE RT! #IranElection #Iran #Tehran #Basij
8:37 pm CST Iran Basij are marking doors to attack later.Use oil/petrol to remove the mark from your door. #IranElection #Tehran
by Charles Krauthammer at Townhall.com
WASHINGTON — Millions of Iranians take to the streets to defy a theocratic dictatorship that, among its other finer qualities, is a self-declared enemy of America and the tolerance and liberties it represents. The demonstrators are fighting on their own, but they await just a word that America is on their side.
And what do they hear from the president of the United States? Silence. Then, worse. Three days in, the president makes clear his policy: continued “dialogue” with their clerical masters.
Dialogue with a regime that is breaking heads, shooting demonstrators, expelling journalists, arresting activists. Engagement with — which inevitably confers legitimacy upon — leaders elected in a process that begins as a sham (only four handpicked candidates permitted out of 476) and ends in overt rigging.