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.
Clearly Paul Ryan is a racist. /snark
Man, those Tea Partiers are so barbaric and uncivil! Oh, wait …
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.
Who said you should be outraged?
You should do a post on the Tea Party Zombies game. I don’t think I can do it justice.
I don’t play games
and why is there no wordpress smiley for :spit take:?
Sure wish we could find some Dems outraged by the “terrorists” and “barbarians” namecalling.
Know any who are outraged? Name them.
“Goths” on the other hand are just emo kids.
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.
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.
Example of the right way would be Daryl Hannah in the XL pipeline protest. That kind of had me wanting to get arrested 😎
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. “
I’d share a cell with her.
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 😉
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?
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.
Cheetoville: What I wrote to Matt Stoller
Hillary is winning the poll
Concord Monitor: Hillary in 2012!
Examiner: Will Obama stand aside for Hillary?
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……