Michele Bachmann is trying to organize people to scare lawmakers in order to derail health care reform. The Republicans have no shame whatsoever. The majority of Americans want health care reform with a public option. But it doesn’t matter what the people want. The only thing that matters is furthering your own agenda. I wonder what the founding fathers would think of the type of behavior that is going on now. Whatever happened to a government of the people, by the people, for the people. If your constituents want health care reform, it is your job as an elected official to support it.
In a conference call Wednesday night with bloggers and activists for the advocacy group Americans for Prosperity, Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) called on protesters to “scare” members of Congress into killing the proposed health care reform bill.
If the protesters succeed in scaring lawmakers, Bachmann said that it could cripple efforts to restructure health care for a decade.
“Nothing scares members of Congress more than freedom-loving Americans,” Bachmann said.
Political Animal can’t help but notice that the date chosen for her “rally” is November 5th. What’s important about that date?
And when has Bachmann scheduled her Capitol Hill soiree? This afternoon — November 5 — a date widely known as Guy Fawkes Night. (You know, “Remember, remember, the fifth of November.”) In other words, Bachmann wants to rally right-wing activists, label them an “insurgency,” and encourage them to roam the halls of Congress deliberately “scaring” members of Congress, on the infamous date that marks an attempt to blow up the Houses of Parliament.
From a security perspective, if Capitol Police aren’t operating at a heightened state today, they’re making a mistake.
From a political perspective, I wonder if Republican Party leaders are glad to see a right-wing, deranged lawmaker lead an angry far-right mob through the Capitol. Nothing says “American mainstream” like Bachmann and a confused horde shipped to D.C. by corporate lobbyists.