Right-Wing Harassment Strategy (Memo)

Right-Wing Harassment Strategy Against Dems Detailed In Memo: ‘Yell,’ ‘Stand Up And Shout Out,’ ‘Rattle Him’
http://thinkprogress.org/2009/07/31/recess-harassment-memo/
This morning, Politico reported that Democratic members of Congress are increasingly being harassed by “angry, sign-carrying mobs and disruptive behavior” at local town halls. For example, in one incident, right-wing protesters surrounded Rep. Tim Bishop (D-NY) and forced police officers to have to escort him to his car for safety.

This growing phenomenon is often marked by violence and absurdity. Recently, right-wing demonstrators hung Rep. Frank Kratovil (D-MD) in effigy outside of his office. Missing from the reporting of these stories is the fact that much of these protests are coordinated by public relations firms and lobbyists who have a stake in opposing President Obama’s reforms.

The lobbyist-run groups Americans for Prosperity and FreedomWorks, which orchestrated the anti-Obama tea parties earlier this year, are now pursuing an aggressive strategy to create an image of mass public opposition to health care and clean energy reform. A leaked memo from Bob MacGuffie, a volunteer with the FreedomWorks website Tea Party Patriots, details how members should be infiltrating town halls and harassing Democratic members of Congress:

Tea Bagger Memo

– Artificially Inflate Your Numbers: “Spread out in the hall and try to be in the front half. The objective is to put the Rep on the defensive with your questions and follow-up. The Rep should be made to feel that a majority, and if not, a significant portion of at least the audience, opposes the socialist agenda of Washington.”

– Be Disruptive Early And Often: “You need to rock-the-boat early in the Rep’s presentation, Watch for an opportunity to yell out and challenge the Rep’s statements early.”

– Try To “Rattle Him,” Not Have An Intelligent Debate: “The goal is to rattle him, get him off his prepared script and agenda. If he says something outrageous, stand up and shout out and sit right back down. Look for these opportunities before he even takes questions.”

The memo above also resembles the talking points being distributed by FreedomWorks for pushing an anti-health reform assault all summer. Patients United, a front group maintained by Americans for Prosperity, is currently busing people all over the country for more protests against Democratic members. Rep. Pete Sessions (R-TX), chairman of the NRCC, has endorsed the strategy, telling the Politico the days of civil town halls are now “over.”

Meanwhile, AHIP, the trade group and lobbying juggernaut representing the health insurance industry is sending staffers to monitor town halls and other right-wing front groups are stepping up their ad campaign to smear reform efforts. The strategy for defeating reform — recently outlined by an influential lobbyist to the Hill newspaper as “delay” then “kill” — is becoming apparent. By delaying a vote until after the August recess, lobbyists are now seizing upon recess town halls as opportunities to ambush lawmakers and fool them into believing there is wide opposition to reform.
Update Amy Menefee, communications director of Americans for Prosperity and its anti-health reform group Patients United, wrote to ThinkProgress regarding this post:

"Several blogs have picked up your post: http://thinkprogress.org/2009/07/31/recess-harassment-memo/ which mentions Americans for Prosperity's efforts next to your mention of Bob MacGuffie's memo about town hall meetings. Mr. MacGuffie's memo was his own work. I would appreciate your help in correcting the erroneous rumor people have passed around that this memo came from AFP. We have encouraged our members to attend town halls, ask questions and register their opinions about issues including health care -- as all citizens should do. We always promote civil dialogue and do not condone disruptive behavior."

As noted in the post, MacGuffie is a volunteer who actively posts and volunteers with the website Tea Party Patriots. A review of the sponsoring organizations reveals that both FreedomWorks and Americans for Prosperity are sponsors of the website as "Freedom Coalition" partners. A few months before joining Americans for Prosperity, Menefee herself worked for the medical device/pharmaceutical industry-funded "think-tank" called the Galen Institute.

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Please be politically correct. It's not "angry mob" it's "community organizing".

MikeyA

BTW

I didn't get that memo. In fact the blog that "has it" has only a portion of it scanned the rest is paraphrased. We all know "paraphrasing" is another way of making editorial changes.

Apparently 52% of the country must be on the distribution list for that memo. http://in.reuters.com/article/marketsNewsUS/idINN0525961220090805?pageNu...

But they must not be good at logistics. I didn't get my swastika.
http://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2009/08/05/pelosi_town_hall_prote...

Sorry for all the links to the "Right wing sites".

MikeyA

The MEMO: http://thinkprogress.org/wp-content/uploads/2009/07/townhallactionmemo.pdf

Statements made are the opinion of the writer who is exercising his first amendment right to freedom of speech. Freedom of speech in the United States is protected by the First Amendment to the United States Constitution and are generally permitted.

I wonder if the religious group "Children of Liberty" received the memo? I know that they are attempting to get Rep Kaptur to speak so that they can attempt some of these tactics.

Pink Slip

I like how they all show up in those matching brown shirts.

I find it amazing after reading this blog for several weeks who are the really angry ones that can't have an intelligent conversation without reverting to name calling, profanity, threats of violence and misinformation. I guess the old adage is true, "If you can't dazzle 'em with brilliance, baffle 'em with bull".
Having said that, Pink Slip, allow me with all due respect, to correct your misinformation. The Children of Liberty is not a "religious group" as you characterize it. It is a group of people, regardless of political preference who are concerned about the direction of this country and are active on being informed, in holding our elected officials accountable and making their voices heard in the importance of making sure that the our Constitution is upheld so that we all may continue to live in this land of liberty and freedom.
Many of the members of the Children of Liberty are God-loving and faithful followers of Jesus Christ. I don't know what anyone's personal religious beliefs have to do with anything unless a belief in Jesus Christ is now to be demonized by fearful people. Furthermore, I am sure there are members of the Children of Liberty of other religious affiliations or even no religious affiliation. I have been to most of the meetings and not once have I ever been asked about my spiritual life.
But if it was a "religious group"...so what...what difference would that make. Are we such a non-Christian country that believing and loving God is to be scorned? If it is, then I guess we have entered the end of times.
A really intelligent and discerning person would ask why the current government is spending so much energy in trying to instill fear in their flock of the people who, just as we are allowed by our rights afforded to us by our Constitution, dare to ask questions and have another view. The answer is because they have something to hide and they themselves fear.

God Bless you All

".....None so blind as those that will not see. They have baffled their own consciences, and so they walk on in darkness.” ~~~Matthew Henry~~~

"The Children of Liberty is not a "religious group"

vs.

Mission Statement: Reclaim God Team
Focus: "To reclaim God in our lives, and in so doing, secure His place at the center our country’s social and political conscience. Natural law is the basis of our liberties, and we have a moral obligation to protect America’s Divine providence"

There are 5 mission statements for the group. This is one of them. Again, I don't care if you're part of a religious group or not. But why are you so quick to deny it?

Pink Slip

I quote myself, "I am sure there are members of the Children of Liberty of other religious affiliations or even no religious affiliation. I have been to most of the meetings and not once have I ever been asked about my spiritual life."

I would like to share another quote...
"When in the Course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness..."
Declaration of Independence July 4, 1776

But you believe what you want, and continue to spread misinformation about what you have no actual experience, because I am sure that is what makes you more comfortable

".....None so blind as those that will not see. They have baffled their own consciences, and so they walk on in darkness.” ~~~Matthew Henry~~~

There's a city full of walls you can post complaints at

Maybe you're not familiar with the intent of mission statements aimeeg.

Wiki: "A mission statement is a brief written statement of the purpose of a company or organization. Ideally, a mission statement guides the actions of the organization, spells out its overall goal, provides a sense of direction, and guides decision making for all levels of management."

Mission Statements of The Children of Liberty (in no particular order):

1. Limited Government
2. To Protect Life
3. Reclaim God
4. Respect the Constitution
5. Fiscal Responsibility

Notice that the group is definitely trying to follow the mission statement, including item # 3 above:

http://swampbubbles.com/20090504/reclaiming-god-national-day-prayer-even...

"The Children of Liberty announces today that it is sponsoring an event for the 2009 National Day of Prayer."

To claim the group is not religious is like claiming it is not about respecting the Constitution

[EDIT] not that there's anything wrong with being a religious group

Pink Slip

would you look at this. From Pink_Slip: 3. Reclaim God You're not allowed to say that, Pink. It's a violation of Church and State. Now Chris will get arrested for infringing on somebody's constitutional right to feel good about themselves and get thrown in the slammer. After all, it's his site, right? So he's really responsible, right?

Mad Jack
Mad Jack's Shack

Chris will just plead the Dwarf defense and be fine.

Look Stupid, we can't resort to profanity anymore because Chris (who is in direct contact with The Anointed One Himself) has installed a profanity filter. Get it?

Many of the members of the Children of Liberty are God-loving and faithful followers of Jesus Christ.

What are the rest of them? Godless communists? Red fascists? Gay school teachers?

A really intelligent and discerning person would ask why the current government is spending so much energy in trying to instill fear in their flock of the people

Not so A really intelligent and discerning person who is not paranoid or delusional would know that the government is not trying to install fear in their flock.

I don't know what anyone's personal religious beliefs have to do with anything Then you haven't thought this through very well. At one end of the spectrum you have your snake handlers and holy rollers, all of whom are fairly harmless until they either get full of whiskey and start playing with their gun collection, or they get the extended family together and go protest against abortion. Sliding right into the other end and hopping neatly over the Catholics you've got the Jehovah's Witnesses, Moonies and various splinter groups, who are not harmless. A group of Witnesses got busted a few years back on a RICO beef which involved kidnapping. These are not nice people here, but they all have strong personal religious beliefs. That's why it matters. See?

Mad Jack
Mad Jack's Shack

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