Sunday, August 16, 2009

Etiquette for Protesting

Michelle Malkin has done it once again in summing up an issue. Her somewhat snarky style (which I love) makes me wonder if Dr. Dave didn't have a sister.

The Etiquette Czar's Rules for Patriotic Protest
by Michelle Malkin

The White House press office is now Miss Manners' office. President Obama's press secretary, Robert Gibbs, took to the television airwaves this week to criticize congressional town hall protesters for "yelling." Gibbs' underling, Bill Burton, chastised voters not to "disrupt" and "scream." Instead, he advised America to engage in a "spirited debate about health care, a real vigorous conversation about it."

What constitutes "spirited"? How do they define "vigorous"? When does forceful dissent become intolerable disruption? Herewith, the Obama Etiquette Czar's Official Rules for Patriotic Protest. Keep this guide with you at all times to avoid being flagged by the Democratic politeness monitors.

-- No shouting. Congressional representatives cannot sell Obamacare with mobs of unruly senior citizens and small-business owners interrupting to press them on specific sections of the bill. Limit your objections to a library whisper and only challenge your lawmakers with hushed, dulcet tones. Otherwise, you will scare them, and they will be forced to hide behind teleconference calls, sick children at hospitals or union bosses.

If, on the other hand, you are attending a presidential town hall to show your affection and approbation, "spirited" chanting is acceptable.



Also permitted: Shouting at historic inaugurations to protest war (as legions of Code Pink activists did in 2005 during the president's address) and shouting, "We didn't cross the borders, the borders crossed us!" to protest immigration enforcement (as thousands of illegal alien supporters did during raucous rallies in 2006).

Do refrain from boisterous shrieking against those who accuse you of lacking patriotism -- unless you are Hillary Clinton, who bellowed at the top of her lungs in 2003:

"I am sick and tired of people who say that if you debate and you disagree with this administration, somehow you're not patriotic. We should stand up and say we are Americans and we have a right to debate and disagree with any administration."

-- No laughing. Snickering at proponents of nationalized health care is rude, bordering on political terrorism. Stifle all derisive chuckling at bogus statistics and denials that Obamacare will lead to long lines and rationed care. That would be "evil-mongering," as Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid put it on Thursday.

If, however, you are a member of Congress confronted with silly questions about whether you have read the bill, feel free to giggle. For tips on executing acceptable levels of cackling, take a cue from House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer. "If every member pledged to not vote for it if they hadn't read it in its entirety, I think we would have very few votes," Hoyer told while choking back laughter after a recent news conference. "I'm laughing because a) I don't know how long this bill is going to be, but it's going to be a very long bill." Tee-hee-hee.

-- No Nazi comparisons. References to fascism are ugly and un-American. Swastikas have no place in debates about nationalizing 20 percent of the economy. Swastikas may, however, still be used as substitutes for the "S" in "BusHitler" and tattoos on the forehead of Darth Cheney.

-- No boorish questions. "Real vigorous conversation" requires town hall attendees to formulate queries that will encourage true debate. This is not the time to ask why Congress won't subject itself to the health mandates it wants to foist on every other American. This is not the time to ask how the White House will pay for the massive Obamacare bureaucracy without raising taxes on the middle class. The White House endorsed model citizen questioning at its East Room health care town halls in March and July, including this:

"Hi, Mr. President. I'm a member of SEIU, and I'm down here in Fairfax County working on Change That Works. What can I do, as a member of the union, to help you with your reform bill?"

-- No mean signs. That 11-year-old daughter of a Massachusetts Obama donor and campaigner who was randomly chosen to criticize the scary posters held up by town hall protesters in New Hampshire was right. "Mean" signs are, well, mean. Never mind the placards that blared "Bush is the only dope worth shooting" in Nancy Pelosi's San Francisco and the assassination art depicting former President Bush with a gun to his head in Chicago. "Obama is a socialist" is a sign too far and cannot be tolerated in a civil society. Period.

Instead, print out the "STAND UP FOR HEALTH REFORM" signs helpfully produced by Obama's Organizing for America, and burn your "Don't Tread on Me" flags. Such rebellious sentiments are dangerous incitements to violence.

To those of you who can't abide by The Rules: Shhhhhhhhh.


Teresa said...

Good Morning:)
Great article! There is such a double standard in our society today. Liberals are a bunch of hypocrites, and of the worst degree. By God you shouldn't disagree with them at all, for that would hurt the lib sissies feelings. But, they didn't feel that way when Bush was President. We, conservatives have a right to speak out and even yell, when we don't get answers from our congressman. We have tried being polite and it's been proven that these congressman just don't listen to polite. So, its time to get down and dirty and take a lesson from the Lib playbook-Alinsky. Libs are the least polite and tolerant people I have ever met. We conservatives will continue fighting the good fight against these socialist pigs.

blackandgoldfan said...

Good morning, Teresa!!!

It is disgusting how they blatantly have no regard for opposition to their socialist agenda. I do think it's been fun to watch (especially lately) how their own words and tactics are being used against them and exposing the libs for the hypocrites they can be. They don't know how to handle being disagreed with on this level.

We're finally implementing the Alinsky tactics they've used for so long, and it's making them crazy!


Bungalow Bill said...

Something tells me Malkin's spies took much of this out of the official White House playbook.

This is just first. Imagine what it will be like if they manage to achieve the power they lust after.

blackandgoldfan said...

If they get that, Clay, we better be locked and loaded. That would be the only way to stop it.

WomanHonorThyself said...

ha what a great find girl!
Heh I'm bacccccccccccck! ;)

Anonymous said...

I've been saving that Hillary quotes until she opens up her pie hole about the town hall protests.

Teresa, the libs think they have a patent on protests. I'm from Minnesota and I distinctly remember the RNC protest last summer. I think there were about 300 arrests including one guy who was convicted for makng molotav cocktails. It was a huge drain on law enforcement and the taxpayers payed for it - because liberals don't know how to obey the law.

And downtown St. Paul Businesses that planned for an uptick in business got screwed. Convention go-ers headed to Minneapolis and the Suburbs to avoid getting harassed or stuck in traffic due to the riots.

blackandgoldfan said...

Bats: Hillary will conveniently "forget" should anyone remind her of her words. Newt's mom had it right.

Hey...don't go dissing the RNC riots! They were just peacefully exercising their First Amendment rights! (Yes, I'm being sarcastic!) :-D

Amusing Bunni said...

Hi B & G; I love Michelle, she has the greatest video clips too! Luv also when she reminds the libs of how they have pulled the exact same tactics on us...of course it's perfectly fine when THEY do it.

I hate hypocrites, and they are the worst bunch EVER.

blackandgoldfan said...

bunni: Michelle's very smart. That's why she's on our side! :-)