That’s not “asking questions”


According to Politicususa and Death and Taxes, three people were arrested at a Paul Ryan townhall for merely “asking questions.”

When turning his town halls into PPV events didn’t keep the protesters away, Rep. Ryan did the next best thing. He kicked them out, and in some cases, they were arrested. These people paid money to ask Paul Ryan a question, but when the Congressman didn’t like their questions, he had them kicked out.


Watch the video and see what you think.

This is the new-new civility.


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27 Responses to That’s not “asking questions”

  1. DandyTiger says:

    Clearly Paul Ryan is a racist. /snark

  2. votermom says:

    Man, those Tea Partiers are so barbaric and uncivil! Oh, wait …

  3. Jeffhas says:

    Well, to me, those people are really not much worse than Tea Partiers.

    Is it just me, or does it seem like those types of ‘hecklers’ are just getting out their frustrations about what they perceive to be the problems with Paul Ryan’s budget proposal? Whether I agree with them or not, I don’t really have a problem with them paying the $15 to get into that meeting, and voicing (shouting/screaming/heckling) their opinions…. anymore than I really have a problem with how they were dispatched from the meeting (although I actually think you want to be careful how you ‘take out’ a heckler).

    am I missing something? – ’cause I’m not seeing why I should be outraged.

    Now, if you’re a Dem, and you’ve pointed at the TP’ers as being ‘terrorists’, ‘barbarians’, etc…. well then, you’ll want to call this out too (or you’re a hypocrite)… but to me, there’s nothing wrong with holding a politician’s feet to the fire once in awhile.

  4. WMCB says:

    I don’t object to them protesting. It’s the American way! 😀 But they need to be honest about the fact that that was what they were doing. They did not “want to have their questions answered”, nor were they “merely asking questions”. They dislike Ryan’s budget plan, and decided to deliberately disrupt his presentation as a protest. The intent and point of the whole thing was to make a scene. That’s what protestors do.

    Again, I have no problem with that. I do have a problem with reporting it as if they were just “asking questions”, and Ryan had these poor little meek mild citizens who were merely seeking information thrown out on their asses and arrested. That’s bullshit, and they know it.

    • myiq2xu says:

      Non-violent protest is perfectly legitimate. But if you stage a sit-in, chain yourself to the White House gates, or disrupt events then you should be willing to accept the consequences.

      Seriously – if you try to get arrested then don’t complain because you got arrested.

      • WMCB says:

        Seriously – if you try to get arrested then don’t complain because you got arrested.

        Ya think?????

      • ralphb says:

        Example of the right way would be Daryl Hannah in the XL pipeline protest. That kind of had me wanting to get arrested 😎

        • WMCB says:

          Yep. Because she boldly said she was there to protest and maybe get arrested. She didn’t try to pass it off as “poor innocent citizen just hanging out by the fence, arrested for no reason whatsoever. “

        • myiq2xu says:

          I’d share a cell with her.

        • DeniseVB says:

          I took a class in civil disobedience at one of the peace marches I attended and decided it wasn’t worth it. Oh, and the DC police gave the class 🙂

          ~you will have a “line” not to cross. If you cross the line, you will be arrested. If you resist, we will drag you. You will then spend several hours being processed, finger printed and mug shot, then you will be released….this can take up to 8 hours. That’s why Darryl Hannah was smiling, it’s really no big deal, but big STARS get media coverage for being…OMG…Aressted !!!!!1

          Funny story….my son was assigned to Obama’s Inauguration with a special team from Miami and assigned to Union Station. His luck, the Code Pink ladies were having a lay in, blocking passengers from leaving the station. His day was spent dragging them to awaiting paddy wagons and being spit on and called a pig. It was one of the most memorable days of his life, thanks to having a former hippie as a mom, he got it 😉

    • DeniseVB says:

      It was disruption, and not fair to the other attendees. I’ve been to spirited Town Halls for both parties’ reps and there’s so much to gain, especially for your rep, with decorum.

      Our CD rep (R-Tea Party) fills libraries and doesn’t leave til everyone has a chance to ask their question. If he doesn’t have the answer, or it’s not suitable to the askee, a staffer takes their phone number and he calls them the next day.

      Some reps are dicks, but I didn’t see where Ryan was being one?

    • 1539days says:

      Fox’s Greg Gutfled has mentioned that “just asking questions” is the default position of conspiracy theorists. They make up all kinds of ridiculous crap and then claim they’re asking a question. It’s a question with no answer.

  5. ralphb says:

    Cheetoville: What I wrote to Matt Stoller

    There is only one way to replace the serial disappointer named Barack Obama. That’s by Obama taking himself out of the race. If his poll numbers decline much further, he has to strongly consider having an “LBJ moment”, and announce that he will not seek nor accept the nomination for a second term. He would do it for the good of the party and the country.

  6. ralphb says:

    Concord Monitor: Hillary in 2012!

    Nothing can save Obama. His rhetorical skills won’t save him from voters’ wrath and apathy. I don’t think anyone even listens to his speeches anymore because they know nothing will come of it. He talked a good game but couldn’t deliver, even when he had a majority in both houses.

    It’s time we faced reality. Write in Hillary Clinton for president in the New Hampshire primary.

  7. ralphb says:

    Examiner: Will Obama stand aside for Hillary?

    Will Democrats man up and push Obama out to run a candidate who can actually win — like Hillary Clinton?

    The time to hand-wring and wonder about what makes Barack Obama tick, fold, crumble and fumble is long over.
    […]
    Barack Obama no longer merely disappoints puzzles or angers regular working class Americans. He frightens them.
    Really, he just needs to go after next year, when nothing will prevent him from becoming a pampered and bona-fide member of the elite crony corporatist class he now so slavishly serves.

    Recovering Obamacrats: tell Obama to stand down and give real Democrats the one they’ve been waiting for put stupidly rejected in 2008, so that Hillary Clinton can sail to the nomination and defeat Rick Perry in a landslide.

    They’re everywhere!

  8. yttik says:

    Sheesh, people are so frustrated!

    Nope, when you’re screaming at someone and telling them what you think of them, that’s not “asking questions.” And when you go into an event with the idea that you are going to disrupt it, don’t be surprised if they throw you out.

    Paying 15 bucks does not mean you are now entitled to scream at somebody. Although, given the current frustration level in this country, that might not be a bad business idea……

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