UPDATE at 4 pm PDT, August 10, 2009 - In response to this post, a spokesman for Republican Congressman Ed Royce (CA-40) issued the following statement:
"Individuals who attend my town hall meetings are not allowed to distribute their materials or display signs inside the meeting. The individual in question was stopped at the door and told to dispose of his sign. Unfortunately, he was able to sneak several highly objectionable fliers from the Lyndon LaRouche organization into the meeting. Any attempt to portray me or my office as endorsing these repugnant fliers is 100 percent false."
See TheLiberalOC.com for more about Rep. Royce's statement this afternoon regarding political literature with Nazi imagery being distributed at his town hall on August 8, 2009.
Original Post - "The political lunatic fringe today are conservatives, and wow, they're incredibly unhinged.
The sick trash at right is the cover of a 16-page magazine widely distributed on August 8, 2009 at Republican Rep. Ed Royce's town hall in Orange County, California, which I attended. (Royce is my elected Congressman.)
The ludicrous cover depicts Adolf Hitler casting an admiring glance at President Barack Obama, who is surrounded by adoring throngs of Third Reich adherents. (Ludicrous because Hitler hated blacks, calling them sub-human.)
Inside this astonishing literature are articles entitled:
- Obama's 'Pound of Flesh': Act Now!
- Nazi Precedent for Obama Health Plan
- Obama's Nazi Doctors and Their 'Reforms'
The weird pièce de résistance inside is this photo collage of "Dracula: The Godfather of
Obama's 'Health-Care Reformers" with head shots of Peter Orszag, Obama's Director of the Office of Management and Budget; Larry Summers, Obama's Director of the White House National Economic Council; and three lesser known Obama administration members.
I thought it was a bona fide joke when I first spied the hilarious Dracula puffery. When I realized they were dead serious, a slight chill of fear ran through me.
I have no idea if Rep. Royce knew this rubbish was openly passed out inside the room just before he arrived. But I watched his many staffers do absolutely nothing to stop it.
When Royce accidentally took questions from a couple lunatic fringers, he said nothing to refute their crazed, obviously scripted rantings about "killing old people," euthanasia, and the like... other than to smoothly move on to the next question.
Mind you, as best I can tell, the conservative wack-jobs were less than 5% of the overflow town hall crowd. But they quite effectively riled up the already frightened white, over-65 Republicans who comprised about 75% of those in attendance.
The normally manner-minded suburban seniors were so agitated that, when I spoke up very briefly to say that I believe the President when he states that health care reform will not cover illegal immigrants, I got loudly...very loudly... booed. And laughed at derisively like I was some naive dolt. Of course, Republican Royce did nothing to clarify or intervene.
Honestly, I was stunned by the cyncism about our nation's President and deep, deep anger about... well, everything not going their way.
Of course, every American has a right to free speech. I respect Rep. Royce for holding more than 100 town halls so far during his 16 years in Congress, and listening to every concern raised at the confabs. And I deeply respect the citizenry for taking an active role in holding Rep. Royce accountable to them.
But nothing constructive is accomplished for our, or any, community by an angered mob hell-bent on silencing or ridiculing all who disagree with their fevered perspective, and who seek to besmirch President Obama.
And sick trash like that handed out at Ed Royce's town hall only drives centrists and independents firmly away from conservatism and conservative causes, including health care reform.
I can't help but wonder where all this over-heated, slanderous conservative extremism will lead and how it will end.
And for God's sake, I wonder why so-called conservative moderates, as Rep. Royce, don't stand up strongly and lead Republicans back to a place of reason and rationality. It may be the only way to save the Republican party from destruction by lunacy.