Is It Really About Health Care? Part II


Update: 3:50pm:

I’ve been notified that one of the Fantastic Three, PrivateDick, otherwise known as Jeffrey, has posted this video from the Tampa incident yesterday, stating the protesters were innocent and that the SEIU was guilty of “inciting violence” at the rally.

Hello? I know you’re psychotic babbling will be believed by the other two and a half members of your little group, but did you actually watch the video?

Here’s the scene from across the room and from behind the protesters. As you can see…nobody was hit. The protesters were merely shut out of the room.

I believe what we’re witnessing is called “disturbing the peace”, or “inciting a riot”. What’s your excuse for what was happening outside the doors? Where the real violence occurred? From Tampa Bay.com (Please note the highlighted parts):

Bitter divisions over reforming America’s health care system exploded Thursday night in Tampa amid cat calls, jeering and shoving at a town hall meeting.”Tyranny! Tyranny! Tyranny!” dozens of people shouted as U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor, D-Tampa, struggled to talk about health insurance reforms under consideration in Washington, D.C.

“There is more consensus than there is disagreement when you get right down to it,” Castor offered, immediately drowned out by groans and boos.

She pressed on, mostly unheard among screams from the audience estimated by Tampa police to be about 1,500.

“Tell the truth! Tell the truth!” “Read the bill!” “Forty-million illegals! Forty million illegals!”

The spectacle at the Children’s Board in Ybor City sounded more like a wrestling cage match than a panel discussion on national policy, and it was just the latest example of a health care meeting disrupted by livid protesters. Similar scenes are likely to be repeated across the country as lawmakers head to their home districts for the summer recess.

Thursday’s forum/near riot was sponsored by state Rep. Betty Reed, D-Tampa, and the Service Employees International Union, who apparently had hoped to hold something of a pep rally for President Barack Obama’s health care reform proposal.

Instead, hundreds of vocal critics turned out, many of them saying they had been spurred on through the Tampa 912 activist group promoted by conservative radio and television personality Glenn Beck. Others had received e-mails from the Hillsborough Republican Party that urged people to speak out against the plan and offered talking points.

An overflow crowd of critics was left waiting outside the building — and in some cases pounding on the meeting room doors — while health care reform activists complained that Democrats and union members were guided into the room for prime seats. Tampa police officers maintained control the entire night.

It’s not about health care, you fool. It’s about hate. And bigotry. Two things you know well.

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