In my blog yesterday, I joined other conservatives in encouraging you to be sure to contact your congressmen during their August recess back home. I said, “. . . you have August to attend town hall meetings with your representative and senators, stop by their congressional offices, write letters to the editor of your local paper(s), and educate your friends and family members about the dangers of ObamaCare.” Apparently conservatives have heard the message. And, the initial effect has been dramatic and noticed by the national news media.
During the CBS Evening News last night (August 3), Katie Couric reported, “The debate over healthcare reform is not limited to the halls of Congress. Voices are being heard all over the country, voices of protest, and they’re growing louder.”
CBS’s Wyatt Andrews continued, “It’s happening almost everywhere. … The crowds are partly the result of conservative websites asking for turnout at town halls, including three tonight in Virginia, Mississippi, and South Carolina. Hundreds of events by both Democrats and Republicans are being targeted in every state.”
The New York Times reports this morning that Sen. Arlen Specter (D-PA) and HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius “were heckled and booed in Philadelphia on Sunday.”
In Austin Saturday, “a throng of protesters enveloped Representative Lloyd Doggett (D-TX) … at a supermarket where he was trying to meet constituents.'”
Rep. Patrick Murphy (D-PA) “expected 25 people at a ‘Congressman on Your Corner’ event on Saturday. Instead he was met by a boisterous crowd of about 150 and a barrage of questions on healthcare.”
According to the Post, the protests were “organized by loose-knit coalition of conservative voters and advocacy groups. … The conservative groups…are harnessing social networking websites to organize their supporters in much the same way Mr. Obama did during his election campaign.”
It sounds like the news media has finally picked up on the discontent in the general public about the proposed “Obamacare.” Now, it’s time for you to let your congressmen know what you think. It’s your right, your privilege, and your obligation as a citizen.