Pelosi, Hoyer: “Drowning Out Opposing Views is Simply Un-American”

In a USA Today op-ed, they write:

In the meantime, as members of Congress spend time at home during August, they are talking with their constituents about reform. The dialogue between elected representatives and constituents is at the heart of our democracy and plays an integral role in assuring that the legislation we write reflects the genuine needs and concerns of the people we represent.

However, it is now evident that an ugly campaign is underway not merely to misrepresent the health insurance reform legislation, but to disrupt public meetings and prevent members of Congress and constituents from conducting a civil dialogue. These tactics have included hanging in effigy one Democratic member of Congress in Maryland and protesters holding a sign displaying a tombstone with the name of another congressman in Texas, where protesters also shouted “Just say no!” drowning out those who wanted to hold a substantive discussion.

Let the facts be heard

These disruptions are occurring because opponents are afraid not just of differing views — but of the facts themselves. Drowning out opposing views is simply un-American. Drowning out the facts is how we failed at this task for decades.

Health care is complex. It touches every American life. It drives our economy. People must be allowed to learn the facts.

(emphasis mine)

Queen Nancy and Hoyer the Court Jester are walking a very dangerous political line with this tactic.  You want to see some REALLY pissed off people?  Tell them they aren’t smart enough to understand what’s good for them and call them un-American for exercising their First Amendment rights.

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2 thoughts on “Pelosi, Hoyer: “Drowning Out Opposing Views is Simply Un-American”

  1. Hey Nan, encouraging fellow citizens to snitch on each other is un-American. Tell your fellow traveller in the WH ya commie.

  2. “However, it is now evident that an ugly campaign is underway not merely to misrepresent the health insurance reform legislation, but to disrupt public meetings and prevent members of Congress and constituents from conducting a civil dialogue. These tactics have included hanging in effigy one Democratic member of Congress in Maryland and protesters holding a sign displaying a tombstone with the name of another congressman in Texas, where protesters also shouted “Just say no!” drowning out those who wanted to hold a substantive discussion.”

    On a wide variety of issues, American citizens have tried e-mailing, faxing, writing, calling, and just about every other “civil” measure to get their views heard. The President and Congress in particular have proven to be tone deaf on the issues that matter to the American public. E-mails, faxes, calls, and letters against the great taxpayer swindle known as TARP ran 300 to 1.

    Congress rammed it down the American public’s throats anyway.

    In this environment, what recourse does a concerned citizen have but to get unruly?

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