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Un-American? Really?

Certain members of Congress are saying that people who protest the health care bill in town hall meetings are "Un-American". Have we all forgotten that 50 years ago people took to the streets in protest and it was this protest that finally granted civil rights to ALL our citizens? That it was protest that finally gave voting rights to people who had been disenfranchised in their own country? That it was protest that finally gave women the rights to compete equally in the business world? That lowered the voting age from 21 to 18?
Now people are protesting a bill that is so vaguely written it could lead to the loss of our liberty, our health -- our very lives if passed. People are no longer content to simply sit back and trust elected officials to do what is in our best interests. But they try to villainize those of us who protest?
Is protesting, in a country "By the people, Of the people, For the people" really Un-American


Asked by pagan_mama at 11:40 AM on Aug. 15, 2009 in Politics & Current Events

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  • so how are they NOT LISTENING just because they aren't listening to YOU?

    How are they not listening? You really have to ask that? People flooded the hill with phone calls against the bailouts, and the stimulus. So much so, the phone lines crashed.  They voted it in anyway. Polls show majority of Americans are AGAINST the bailouts and AGAINST the stimulus. Yet, here we are...... Broke, with a lacking stimulus, and flawed bailout program that was RUSHED into law... The problem is, the "silent" majority is no longer silent and taking action.  Some do it peacefully... SOME use leftist style radical principles.... Some on the left have even been accsued and FOUND guilty lying to make the RIGHT look bad.  The left is scrambling and they will fall on their own. 2010!


    Answer by grlygrlz2 at 12:41 PM on Aug. 15, 2009

  • Yeah, I think its the quite opposite myself.. People who stand up, voice their opinion and practice their right to free speech is VERY American and Patriotic.

    Answer by BEXi at 11:44 AM on Aug. 15, 2009

  • Protesting isn't un American. Planting people and encouraging them to fight rather than debate is certainly unproductive.


    Answer by Anonymous at 11:45 AM on Aug. 15, 2009

  • What would have happened 'back then' if the politicians had glossed over the protesting people, saying they were unAmerican, and that they didnt' represent mainstream America, but were paid protesters? Stand up and be counted as an American. Write to your Congress them. Not all of us can go to the town hall meetings, or would want to, but the opinions of ALL moms in this great country matter. It is the future of our children, grandchildren and US that they are dealing with here. I WILL NOT be manipulated into supporting a document that is so vague. There is more than healthcare reform going on in that document. Have you READ it? My gosh.....

    Answer by islandwalker at 11:50 AM on Aug. 15, 2009

  • Absolutely not and when they will not listen to the American people they will get angry...who the hell wouldn't? THEY WORK FOR US OR SUPOSSED TO!

    Answer by tnmomofive at 11:56 AM on Aug. 15, 2009

  • Obtuse? yes

    This thread has been going on in many forms for the last week, for the last time...

    If you are shutting down the process: shouting down anyone else trying to ask questions of their rep..YES, you are being obtuse to the conversation AND un-patriotic as you aren't allowing OTHER citizens the same priviledge YOU are enjoying.

    Questioning government is ALWAYS a good thing. Screaming so no one else can be heard, threatening lives and spreading lies...NOT SO MUCH!

    Answer by sweet-a-kins at 12:04 PM on Aug. 15, 2009

  • Have we forgotten that the same people who are calling us unAmerican are the same people that protested Bush?

    Answer by lovinangels at 12:07 PM on Aug. 15, 2009

  • sweet-a-kins, stop watching the news pick and choose and attend a town hall meeting. Keith Olbermann is NOT the say all word of what is going on in the world. I have been to 3 townhalls now and they ALL have been about debating the issues. Yes, people are upset. Upset that the governmnet has SPENT, SPENT, SPENT over the last 6 months and not once LISTENED to the people when they said NO BAILOUTS, NO STIMULUS! Now they want to be heard.
    ARE?Were you upset with the left wing screamers (ie CODE PINK)??? Do they represent you?

    Answer by grlygrlz2 at 12:08 PM on Aug. 15, 2009

  • How many conservatives have been shouted down at universities and public forums? It was wrong then, but accepted as free speech. They created a precedent for the protests that followed.

    Yes, it's not nice.  However, it's not unAmerican.


    Answer by mancosmomma at 12:11 PM on Aug. 15, 2009

  • Questioning government is ALWAYS a good thing. Screaming so no one else can be heard, threatening lives and spreading lies...NOT SO MUCH!

    Is this not EXACTLY what the government is doing????  They just don't have to raise their voices to scream out their lies.  The just broadcast them on every tv station in the universe.


    Answer by Dawn4175 at 12:23 PM on Aug. 15, 2009