Armed Protestors Appear at TownHalls

As libertarians, we oppose the use of force to achieve political or social goals. As I've been warning people, alliances with the Radical Right are proving dangerous for the cause of liberty in general.

There has been a number of incidents at the town hall protests where weapons have been brandished and tacit death threats made. This, I think illustrates where the right wing is going with these protests--- and a pretty good illustration of how THEY would enforce their own healthcare plans should they come back into power. Of course, the right-wing controlled media has been portraying this as a 2nd Amendment issue; but it's clear that intimidation is the objective here. Very little difference between them and the Brownshirts of the 1920s.

The Gingrich/Norquist/Murdoch team that's been organising these events are pushing for corporatist healthcare. (Notice nobody's organising protests against the big pharmacuetical cartels or the FDA). What I predict will happen is that they'll settle for a 'compromise': Government-run healthcare with exclusive contracts to the pharmacuetical and insurance cartels. Then the trained seals in the media will howl about a 'victory for the free market' and anyone who wants to keep protesting will be branded 'un-American' and 'extremist'. I hope I'm wrong about this, but it sure doesn't look like it.

I beg to differ the way...what is your name?

First of all...the media is misrepresenting the situation. This IS a FREE SPEECH AND 2ND AMMENDMENT ISSUE. And it is not what the media is suggesting.

First...see below...a comment from the second amendment foundation about the coverage from MSNBC.

Below that...take a look at another story suggesting that the "brownshirts" are in Obama's camp.

The political endgame you mentioned may be the case...but we cannot shrink from the important issues these patriots are trying to bring to the consciousness of the American people.





BELLEVUE, WA - The Second Amendment Foundation today accused MSNBC of using deceptively-edited video from a Phoenix, Arizona anti-tax rally on Monday to invent a racial stereotype in its on-going effort to demonize and marginalize American firearms owners as "racists."

The MSNBC video, narrated by reporter Contessa Brewer, appearing with "Morning Meeting" host Dylan Ratigan, shows an AR-15 rifle being carried over a man's shoulder. The man is part of a crowd protesting near the national convention of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, where President Barack Obama spoke. Brewer notes on camera, "Yes, there are Second Amendment rights, for sure, but also there are questions about whether this has a racial overtone. I mean, here you have a man of color in the presidency and white people showing up with guns strapped to their waistÂ..."

"What MSNBC purposely did not reveal with the deliberately doctored video is that the man carrying that sport-utility rifle was an African-American," said SAF founder Alan Gottlieb. "MSNBC knows the man was black, yet all they showed in a brief film clip was a close-up of the rifle against the man's neatly-pressed dress shirt. It was impossible to tell the man's race.

"This is a detestable attempt to manipulate public sentiment," he continued, "in MSNBC's continuing effort to perpetuate a stereotype of gun owners as white racists. It was even suggested during the segment by MSNBC culture critic Toure that it would not be surprising 'if we see somebody get a chance and take a chance and really try to hurt' the president.

"By irresponsibly fomenting this kind of racial divisiveness through the use of carefully-edited video," Gottlieb stated, "MSNBC is not simply reporting news, it is provoking a reaction. If any harm comes to the president, MSNBC's hate-mongering should be blamed.

"I wonder," Gottlieb conclude, "if Keith Olbermann is going to name MSNBC as the worst news network in the world."

The Second Amendment Foundation ( is the nation's oldest and largest tax-exempt education, research, publishing and legal action group focusing on the Constitutional right and heritage to privately own and possess firearms. Founded in 1974, The Foundation has grown to more than 650,000 members and supporters and conducts many programs designed to better inform the public about the consequences of gun control