Remember this odd line from Michelle Obama, last year?:
Barack Obama will require you to work. He is going to demand that you . . . move out of your comfort zones. That you push yourselves to be better. And that you engage. Barack will never allow you to go back to your lives as usual, uninvolved, uninformed.
Dang if she wasn’t right.
I found myself before a microphone in front of 500 people at a town hall a couple weeks ago, something I could never have imagined two years ago. And I’ve joined thousands of others as they have taken to the streets with home made signs to protest the direction the country is going in – another thing I could never have imagined myself doing, until recently.
By now, many, perhaps most all of you have seen this highly satisfying video from a town hall in Washington state ,with an angry former Marine confronting congressman Brian “Brownshirts” Baird. Watch and savor it again:
Here’s what the star of the video said on his YouTube page:
I, David William Hedrick, a member of the silent majority, decided that I was not going to be silent anymore. So, I let U.S. Congressman Brian Baird have it. I was one questioner out of 38, that was called at random from an audience that started at 3,000 earlier in the evening. Not expecting to be called on, I quickly scratched what I wanted to say on a borrowed piece of paper and with a pen that I borrowed from someone else in the audience minutes before I spoke. So much for the planned talking points of the right wing conspiracy.
There are literally millions of people like Hendrick out there, who have been roused from complacency into action.
John Goodman from the WSJ explains the phenomenon:
Why are they so angry? The reasons are manifold, but the single biggest reason is the arrogance of our elected officials in Washington. Think about it. For the past seven months a small group of politicians has been meeting behind-closed-doors with powerful special interests to decide whether you will be able to keep your current insurance, where you will be directed to get new insurance and at what price, what fines you and your employer will have to pay if you don’t conform, and how they’re going to get your doctor to change the way he or she practices medicine. In the process, they never asked you what you thought about anything. If you are not mad about this, odds are you don’t understand the situation.
Those of us who do, have found ways to voice our concerns in ways heretofore unthought of.
As Howard Portnoy noted in the Greenroom:
If there’s one thing you can count on it’s that history will brand Barack Obama as “the popular-involvement president.”
Very very true. Michelle hit that one out of the park.
Hat tip: Ed Driscoll
From Pajamas Media:
Finally, Conservatives Have Their Freedom Fighters
This kind of thing is happening all over the country, in town hall meeting after town hall meeting. And unlike the crowd the left has fielded for decades, the protesters are not hippies for hire, but mothers, construction workers, teachers, and citizens from every socioeconomic background who are concerned that freedom will be destroyed if ObamaCare is implemented.
Grassroots conservatism has finally fielded a group of freedom fighters, and it’s about time.
Incidentally, I just heard Sen. Specter tell Chris Wallace on Fox News that he’s sure his protesters were “organized” which he says, “is fine, that’s their right”…