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How do we know the few "radical" protesters are really against Healthcare?

"...in the spring of 1972, at Tulane University...students asked Alinsky to help plan a protest of a scheduled speech by George H. W. Bush, then U.S. representative to the United Nations - a speech likely to include a defense of the Nixon administration's Vietnam War policies. The students told Alinsky they were thinking about picketing or disrupting Bush's address. That's the wrong approach, he rejoined, not very creative - and besides causing a disruption might get them thrown out of school. He told them, instead, to go to hear the speech dressed as members of the Ku Klux Klan, and whenever Bush said something in defense of the Vietnam War, they should cheer and wave placards reading, ‘The KKK supports Bush.' And that is what they did, with very successful, attention-getting results."
Alinsky biographer, Sanford D. Horwitt , “Let Them Call Me Rebel”

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Asked by Anonymous at 7:25 AM on Aug. 14, 2009 in Politics & Current Events

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  • Ya know what I'm sick of all the anons who are planted on cafe mom with their propped questions, one right after another.

    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 7:31 AM on Aug. 14, 2009

  • The same way we know that there were people who were "radical" protesters against the last Pres and his policies.

    I find it amazing that there are so many people who are more than willing to attack the other side for disagreeing with them, but, at the same time, just can't comprehend that the other side might feel the same way about them.

    BTW - I mean that against BOTH sides. You get Liberals who DESPISED Bush and wanted him dead - I saw the signs myself in DC - pictures of his face with a gun scope target superimposed over it, etc, but are literally DUMBFOUNDED that people can POSSIBLY disagree with Obama. And you get Conservatives who are so bent out of shape because they feel that their country has been stolen from them, but at the same time, they LAUGHED at the Liberals who felt the same way under the Bush administration.

    Tolerance for each other, people - we can disagree like adults without attacks!
    sailorwifenmom

    Answer by sailorwifenmom at 7:40 AM on Aug. 14, 2009

  • The difference, imo.. Media did NOT give the radical protesters under the Bush admin nearly as much airtime. In fact at times SOME liberal media outlets quickly passed them off as protesters furious with Bush’s War. Not once was there THIS muich media outrage.
    grlygrlz2

    Answer by grlygrlz2 at 8:06 AM on Aug. 14, 2009

  • I think part of the reason there is this much coverage is, in my opinion, a few reasons.

    1, even when Clinton was in office (not bashing him, just he was the last Democrat Pres), the average American Republican or Moderates who didn't like him weren't this vocal with this much anger against him. In recent history, these sorts of protests and civil disobedience has been considered (fairly or not) more the method of the liberal end, not so much the conservative end.

    2, when Bush had a high popularity, there was a lot of coverage of people who were against him and his policies. While Obama is popular, they are going to cover the people who are protesting against him and his policies. Because, as biased as the media tends to be one way or the other, the #1 thing they are always loyal to is ratings, and if they can "stir the pot" showing dissent, they get higher ratings.

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    sailorwifenmom

    Answer by sailorwifenmom at 8:18 AM on Aug. 14, 2009

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    Last, because whether you support it or not, not only are there a lot of conservatives protesting this, but a lot of moderates, as well. It's not often that you see people getting that angry, and expressing it in quite this way, at the members of their own parties - sometimes the politicians in question are being yelled at by the very people that elected them. Usually, the people who protest are doing so against the politicians that they DIDN'T vote for. So, that makes it more news worthy.
    sailorwifenmom

    Answer by sailorwifenmom at 8:21 AM on Aug. 14, 2009

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