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Shouting people down isn‘t democracy in action

Published: Mon, August 17, 2009 @ 12:00 a.m.

Shouting people down isn‘t democracy in action


I was reading in a conservative newsletter, OnesNewsNow, that “democracy is finally at work.” They were referring to the disrupting of town hall meetings by members of their group. They were actually suggesting that mob rule is democracy. Forget voting. Forget letting your representative study issues and then vote. Just shout lies and hope that your mob rules. It is a perfect example of why we need to spend more money on our schools. Everyone pays the price for ignorance. Yes, the Nazi party used this same intimidation technique to gain power in Germany in the thirties. It did work. But look at the price Germany eventually paid for that.

Perhaps it is time that law enforcement officers start arresting the leaders of groups that spread lies to incite mobs to disrupt the democratic process. When a group tells their members that the Congress is passing a law that will require old people to be killed to save on health insurance costs, it is clearly a lie. When a group says Congress is passing a law that will encourage women to get abortions, it is clearly a lie. When a group tells it’s members that Congress is cutting their Medicare benefit, it is clearly a lie. And when the group is telling these lies to protect their business profits, then it is a crime.

In a democracy, the voters elect their representative. He studies the issues and votes. If you feel he is not voting your interest, you vote against him in the next election. Shouting down speakers at town hall meetings is not democracy. Buying the vote of an elected official is not democracy.



1DoctorGonzo(728 comments)posted 5 years, 9 months ago

I am happy to read an unbiased, educated, non-sexist letter on this website for once. Your blinders were cleary off when you wrote that letter, and I have no idea which side you really support. Your knowledge of the law and legislative process is impressive. I am appalled that only conservatives were shouting down others, inciting trouble, and spreading lies for votes. No one else would ever do that. We should lobby the police to start arresting anyone spreading lies, maybe we can shout at the police to encourage them. After all, expressing yourself in a constitutional manner is definitely disrupting the democratic process. You are obviously a worldly person who is not at all swayed by cable news.

I am going down to my local public school right now and hand over my retirement funds as a donation. Clearly we need to spend more on public education. Throwing money at problems is absolutely the way to solve them in this country.


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2Tugboat(759 comments)posted 5 years, 9 months ago

"To sin by silence when they should protest makes cowards of men." -Abe Lincoln

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3Nonsocialist(710 comments)posted 5 years, 9 months ago

Mr. Rowninsky,

How quiet should one's voice be when expressing concerns over rationed care charged to our children's credit cards?

Just loud, concerned, even angry voices, but no violence, except for the SEIU folks assaulting the Obamacare protesters in this video.


Do you have the same, if not more concern re: the actions of Code Pink, and the "RNC Welcoming Committee"? I must've not seen that part of your letter, because those groups have disrupted public meetings at times in a violent way.

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4dreamcatcher52(140 comments)posted 5 years, 9 months ago

Yes, let's have the police start arresting people for spreading lies. Democracy in action.

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5VINDYAK(1803 comments)posted 5 years, 9 months ago

I can understand why all the anger at the Townhall meetings.

I am not comfortable with the process going on today concerning the passage of new laws designed to alter our future. Our Congressmen need to really study these bills and I do not see them doing that. Their track record is not a responsible one. Adding 300 pages to a bill while the bill is on the floor for a vote is NOT intelligent representation...it is misrepresentation!

The new Healthcare bill is currently over 1000 pages and has many, many issues still to be ironed out, yet our leaders attempted to pass this patched-up bill before the Townhall meetings! Why are we so suddenly in such a big hurry to pass such critical bills as soon as possible? What impact will these bills be to our future?

That is why people are so angry! We want to see intelligence at work, not idiots.

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6Stan(9923 comments)posted 5 years, 9 months ago

"When a group says Congress is passing a law that will encourage women to get abortions, it is clearly a lie"

So now they are going to discourage women from killing their unborn children ?

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7epicfail(217 comments)posted 5 years, 9 months ago

"Hey, this approach worked great for the liberals over the past eight years - are you telling me it is suddenly a wrong approach now? How charming!"

That's how our backwards system works.

When democrats run the show the republicans are living in a godless socialist commune teetering on the next great leap forward. When the republicans run the show the democrats are living in a theocratic, fascist nightmare complete with big butter jesus.

Both quote Orwell...



Both make Hitler pictures...



Both wear stupid costumes...



In the always appropriate words of Stewie Griffin,
"Dance puppets dance!"

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8epicfail(217 comments)posted 5 years, 9 months ago


Eye have a spelling chequer,
It came with my Pea Sea.
It plane lee marks four my revue
Miss Steaks I can knot sea.


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9Stan(9923 comments)posted 5 years, 9 months ago

The left wingers are shooting up this town and most other large towns in the USA every day . I don't see the conservatives doing this .

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10westside(47 comments)posted 5 years, 9 months ago

Stan, I didn't realize that the y-town criminals had organized themselves and registered as democrats. I'm wondering how it is that you're so privy to this knowledge...

And since when do "left-wingers" exercise their second amendment right to bare arms in self defense?

Stan you got some explainin' to do. Either the libs are for constitutional rights or against them. Which is it Stan?

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