Who Hijacked Our Country

Friday, April 29, 2011

Republican Lawmakers Facing (or NOT facing) Their Constituents

In 2009, corporate front groups bused in thousands of their “grass roots” drones so they could attend Democrats’ town hall meetings and get all hysterical about a “Government Takeover!” and “Death Panels!”

Now, Republicans control the House, and millions of people are scared shitless about threats to Social Security and Medicare. The shoe is on the other foot now, and GOP representatives are manning up to face hostile questions from constituents at their own town hall meetings. Right???

Let’s have a look:

Rep. Rick Crawford (R—Shrinking Violet) was getting too many frustrating questions from the audience about his support for Paul Ryan’s budget plan. A constituent asked him if his party was waging class warfare against the poor, and Crawford sputtered “We’re done.”

And off he skulked.

And how about that badass Army veteran, Allen West? Florida’s favorite teabagger must have had scarier experiences during his military career than being asked a pointed question at a public meeting. Surely he’s man enough to stand there and take questions from his taxpaying constituents.

Uhh…Only if the questions are pre-screened. And each question will be read aloud by a staff member; not the constituent whose question it was. Oh well, at least he hasn’t ordered all liberal audience members to be cordoned off in a Free Speech Zone. Not yet anyway.

And saving the best for last: Rep. Lou Barletta (R—Arrogant Fuck). One of his constituents asked him why he supported billions of dollars in tax giveaways to the oil industry. Barletta just shook his head and laughed.

Another audience member called out “You’re our congressman. Don’t laugh at us.”

Barletta continued laughing and shaking his head, and then turned his back on the audience and started looking over some papers in his briefcase. And then he left.

Where’s that famous shoe thrower when we need him? Somebody needs to wipe the smirk off that cocksucker’s face.


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16 Comments:

Blogger Jerry Critter said...

And the Dems don't have to provide the buses!

April 29, 2011 at 2:07 PM  
Blogger jadedj said...

I wish I found this encouraging, but I don't. The damage may be done by the 2012 elections...that is the draconian cuts these bastards are pushing. Arrogant is definitely the adjective best applied to these ass wipes, and each of these are good examples of it. The people be damned.

April 29, 2011 at 3:28 PM  
Blogger Lisa said...

That's right Tom all those buses at those Town Hall Meeting with people piling out many wearing purple shirts(SEIU) and many wearing red shirts(Acorn).
They were told not to wear their Brown Shirts so people wouldn't see their true identities.

April 29, 2011 at 4:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wait a minute!
They were told they were part of a revolution! That all they had to do was hate Obama and the Rank and File would fall in line.

Mommy!

Erik

April 29, 2011 at 5:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

As long as they live in the district Lisa!

Erik

April 29, 2011 at 5:45 PM  
Blogger Miss Kitty said...

Haven't checked your blog in a long time, Tom...but seeing Lisa's comment made me feel like I'd only been away a day or two. :-P

Our very own dear and lovely Rep. Lynn Westmoreland has yet to man up and answer the questions of his constituents. What a shock.

My word verification is "anisbust," as in "Lynn Westmoreland would rather have his anisbust than face questions from concerned voters."

April 29, 2011 at 6:24 PM  
Blogger Jack Jodell said...

Tom,
These arrogant bastards will never stay in office with condescending attitudes like that. These fuckers are too cocky and extreme for their own good, and voters WILL show them the door next year!

April 29, 2011 at 8:07 PM  
Anonymous S.W. Anderson said...

JadedJ said it for me.

BTW, at West's town hall this week, talk radio host and blogger Nicole Sandler was told to leave by the Gestapo for simply asking a question. When she stopped on her way out to say something to someone in the audience, the cop came along and arrested her. She was bailed out in the wee hours but not allowed to leave until the following afternoon. Somewhere along the line, a cop maced her.

This is what Republican rule is good for.

April 30, 2011 at 12:37 AM  
Blogger Randal Graves said...

They were just doing their turn on the catwalk, yeah, doing their little turn on the catwalk.

Word verification: foodene, some lab glop we'll all soon be spreading on your plastic bread.

April 30, 2011 at 6:51 AM  
Blogger Dave Dubya said...

I have a feeing these meetings will soon require loyalty oaths from people before they will be admitted inside, like those Bush rallies.

The Reich Wing hates democracy and has only contempt for average Americans.

April 30, 2011 at 6:54 AM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Jerry: Yup, only the Koch Brothers need to provide buses.

jadedj: I hope it's encouraging, but I'm a hopeless optimist.

Erik: Some of these sheltered lawmakers will probably start bringing Mommy with them to these town hall meetings, to protect them from those mean questioners.

Miss Kitty: Hi, long time no see. I haven't heard of Lynn Westmoreland. I'm guessing there's a Vietnam war general in his family tree.

"anisbust," LOL.

Jack: I hope you're right that these arrogant bastards will get voted out. Unfortunately, some of them are so heavily funded by powerful industries, they don't have to care what the lowly public thinks.

SW: Last fall, Allen West was one of the loudest screamers of "We the People!" and "Taking back our country!" Now that he's gotten elected, he's morphed from a rabble-rouser to a dictator.

Randal: Sorry, foodene is only for the well-off. The rest of us will have to eat xzyljji.

Dave: Loyalty oaths, plus a teleprompter instructing the audience when to break out in spontaneous applause and when to boo and jeer.

April 30, 2011 at 12:00 PM  
Blogger Snave said...

What I would like to see is more actual news coverage of these events, so we the viewers could see this as much as we saw the town-hall shout-downs of a couple years ago.

Hey, they organized themselves to come disrupt those town halls... so if we organize to go mess up theirs, there is something wrong with it? I don't think so.

People need to be at any town halls these wussies give, and need to ask them the questions they don't want to hear (because they don't know how to answer)! When confronted by angry people they represent, possibly even by some who voted for them, these pols will show their true colors... they will not answer the questions, they will laugh at those asking the questions, and they will pretty much just look down their noses at the public.

With the president positioning himself as a centrist and with silliness such as the Ryan plan being so draconian it is not possibly based in reality, independent voters should stampede to the left in 2012. The attitude and ineptitude of the tea party House members is only going to help the cause.

May 1, 2011 at 12:15 AM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Snave: We certainly could use more news coverage of these arrogant lawmakers at their town hall meetings. Think Progress has a lot of these stories, but the mainstream "media" can't be bothered with it.

I hope you're right that independent and swing voters will swing back to the left, after seeing what a bunch of useless phonies the Republicans are turning out to be.

May 1, 2011 at 12:22 PM  
Anonymous Jess said...

Oh but Tom, Col West had one of them nasty questioners arrested for daring, yes DARING to ask an unscripted question at his town hall. Reporter from Florida, and one of his constituents jailed for a night and maced because she tried to ask a question. Lisa, go take your tired ass to redstate, it's over there>>>>>>> yer welcome.
Forget which one of them said, we were civil last year when dems held the majority. It was all I could do to not break another television in the house by throwing something at it. I have singelhandedly, I think, kept the tee vee stores in business over the last couple years, with the purchase of several new tee vee machines after breaking them by launching something at them. What can I say, I love shopping ;)

May 1, 2011 at 3:01 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Jess: No sense getting all riled up over the wingtards. They live in a parallel universe that has no bearing on the real one. Of course Republicans were always civil at last year's town hall meetings. And conservatives are scared to death of vicious union thugs, ACORN stole the '08 election...

May 1, 2011 at 7:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

AMETAEMME.
Tell us bout this and how WERPRICS hijacked the WORLD with SCULLS and the MP3 with DEDOONV.
And when you do, talk to us about the BILLIONIARES we are starting to name on all the blogs for our movie .....
" KANSAS KINGS".

February 10, 2012 at 2:13 PM  

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