Fear and Fury: What’s behind town hall tensions?

  • Article by: CHRIS SERRES , Star Tribune
  • Updated: August 16, 2009 - 8:23 AM

Listen to the people packing town halls on health care, and you'll hear earnest concern or outright rage. Many agree that the system is broken. But is this how to fix it?

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joethplumberAug. 15, 0910:31 PM

We should not have to answer MSM questions for them, they are lapdogs for the Oliar administration. The only thing behind these town halls are hardworking people starting to take time off from work and away from their families to question WTH is going on in Washington. We are being mislead and lied to on a dialy basis. We have a President who cannot not answer a question with out spin and rhetoric.

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ranger1873Aug. 15, 0910:39 PM

Easy. Most Americans still don't like socialism.

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dukie05Aug. 15, 0910:41 PM

Obama can't sell this plan without general talking points. Liberal or conservative, I think we can all agree that the last thing we want is more government involvement and cost in our lives...

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dukie05Aug. 15, 0910:45 PM

You are completely out of touch. The people in favor of this plan are one of two things. People who have been f'd by insurance companies (and we don't know the details behind their story) or Acorn members bussed in to fuel the debate and try to make conservatives look crazy. At the end of the day, it's pretty simple that Americans DO NOT want a public option. We all agree there needs to be reform and regulation (which Republicans suggested when it comes to Fannie and Freddie), but reform and regulation aren't enough for liberals. They want to tell you how to live your life. And quite frankly, the American people know better how to manage their own life than someone in Congress flying around in fancy jets we pay for...

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pdxtranAug. 15, 0910:51 PM

that the talking heads on TV and the guys on the radio tell them that it's BAAAAD. Yeah, those people in Scandinavia are just clamoring to come over here, aren't they? Thousands are crowding onto leaky boats to escape across the Atlantic to avoid the horrors of "socialism." Oh, wait...

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natrefAug. 15, 0910:52 PM

You actually think this is from lies??? Most people are sick of what the Obama gov't is shoving down their throats. Most people know we need reform, but everything that has been proposed has been just a joke and everyone sees through the garbage it is. Not only is it garbage, it's extremely costly as well. Obama says he's listening, but has proven that he is a pompous elitist.

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dukie05Aug. 15, 0910:52 PM

To the people who don't like Wakemaker's message, what don't you like? The fact that almost 800,000 people have voted on Facebook and 79% are against it, or the fact that he / she says that this conversation has nothing to do with race. I don't even know what you can pick apart from that commentary...

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bluedevil101Aug. 15, 0910:55 PM

Americans must put the Congress on notice that excessive government control of our lives and over spending must stop. Regarding health care, Obama favors single payer as evidenced by is comments in 2006 and 2007. Why would we go that route when we could enroll those who are uninsured for much less money than to totally dismantle the system? Wouldn't that make much more sense? Why is the Congress not looking at that instead of another huge government program? Some may think Cap and Trade is a good idea, until it starts to impact each individual homeowner-and it will. The stimulus has not worked and will not, leaving us without more jobs and leaving our grand children and great grand children paying more and more. The administration wants to limit debate and have people report opponents to the Democrat plan to "flag@whitehouse.gov". Does common sense say that this increases trust in our leaders or reduce it? And the Congress wonders why there is frustration in the neighborhoods? I'd say Americans need to continue to push back HARD against all of this stuff. The President, our Senators and Representatives work FOR us, its not the other way around. Unfortunately I don't believe that anything we do matters. They will do what they want. We must speak loudly in 2010 at the ballot box, and again in 2012.

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woadhylAug. 15, 0910:58 PM

are caused by a very large segment of the population being excluded and ignored during the health care debate. For those who want "reform", you may not want to admit it, but people yell the loudest when the people they're trying to talk to refuse to listen. Bush has nothing to do with this. People voted for change, not the total adoption of the extreme wack job left's agenda.

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johnrandAug. 15, 0911:02 PM

...opposed to government run healthcare is conservative? Many of these concerned citizens are independents as well as many center-leaning Democrats. It is completely clear why the traditional news sources are struggling, it's because they are so totally out of touch with the American people.

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