The Arrogance of the LeftGreg Johnson piggybacks on a USA Today piece on the so-called Obama health care "town hall" to remind us who the real grassroots activists are:
One side shows up in twos and threes with homemade signs after driving their personal vehicles for hours to make it to the meeting. The other is bused in with slick, store-bought signs paid for by Obama's perpetual campaign crew, Organizing for America. Hmmmm.... now which group is the real grassroots?
Some of our friends on the Left cannot fathom that the American people at-large disagree with their prescription for America. In the minds of these well-meaning folks, what they are seeing at town halls across America must be some sort of staged right wing plot. The President and those around him-from the major players in the White House staff to the Speaker of the House know that what we are seeing in these town hall meetings represents a popular uprising against the Congressional majority and the Democratic administration. Faced with socio-political humiliation, the Democratic Party is now reduced to calling the newly-motivated opposition a "mob," and they daily show that they are the ones who do not know how to respond to the sentiments of real voters.
A grassroots movement is not composed of hand-picked crowds and softball questioners. There are no made-for-political-posturing crowds at real town halls and Tea Parties. Over the Labor Day weekend, there will be yet another round of Tea Party protests at county courthouses and small town greens across the country. If the President or those closest to him are serious about extending the hand of conciliation to the opposition, rather than berate and dismiss us, it ought to be suggested that the leadership of the party opposite start listening to us. It might serve them well politically, but fortunately for Republicans, the President and his supporters appear to be too arrogant to know when they are losing a singular political fight. Arrogance always leads to political defeat and humiliation.