The Town Hall Protestors:

Who Are They and Why Are They So Angry?

by Hugh Hewitt & Dr. John C. Goodman

The overwhelming majority of concerned citizens speaking up about health care reform at the August town hall meetings across the country are taking part in the process to express their genuine displeasure over the changes to our health care system proposed by President Barack Obama and the Democrats.

They have been accused of “spreading lies and distortions” by senior White House adviser David Axelrod, the Democratic National Committee (DNC) claims they are “being funded and organized by out-of-district special-interest groups and insurance companies,” and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has gone so far as calling them “un-American.”

While there may be a few top-down "astroturf" organizations and some special-interest groups getting more than their share of the media’s attention, the identity of these outspoken Americans is not the mystery that some have portrayed it to be.  Their motivation is not the result of some “organized opposition.”  Their anger is real.



 

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