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Moon-howling activists hijack Grassley event, decency (Carroll, Iowa townhall)
Daily Times Herald ^ | 8.20.11 | Douglas Burns

Posted on 08/30/2011 7:17:42 PM PDT by Free Vulcan

Using ambush tactics and perverting political protest into a beast more akin to anarchy, liberal activists, most of them from outside of Carroll County, turned U.S. Sen. Charles Grassley’s town hall meeting at New Hope Village Monday into a hostile environment, a showcasing of the rock-bottom worst contemporary America inspires in far too many of its people.

Not content to interrupt and hurl insults at the senator during the public forum, the mob that is Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement (CCI) crowded Grassley, 77, in the hallway, blocking his entrance to a post-event media interview, and later, used physicality to prevent his clear passage from New Hope to a car.

It was shameful, hateful and, most of all, dangerous.

And CCI spent Monday night bragging about the disruptive behavior — the stuff of chaos not King — on the Internet in email blasts, claiming a “crash” of the Carroll town hall in which they made “demands” of the senator, a venerable public servant and exceedingly decent man.

“The group took over the town hall meeting and, for over an hour, demanded that the senator renounce his vote and pledge not to cut Social Security, Medicare, or Medicaid,” CCI says in a press release.

How is an angry mob “taking over” a town hall an act that furthers democracy?

How is drowning out questions about the next farm bill and water conservation an advance of Carroll County’s interests?

What gives CCI the right to grab time from Carroll Countians who have their own questions but didn’t have the time or courage to ask them in the middle of the clock-sucking toxicity?

Most of the CCI contingent was not from Carroll County. Some were paid political hacks clearly bent on pushing (literally) Mr. Grassley into a YouTube moment with shouted, confrontational questions.

Now, of course, CCI members have a right to be heard, to voice their concerns in strong and certain terms.

But they overstepped the bounds of civil discourse in Carroll in a big way by confronting Grassley in a physically hostile way, inhibiting his free movement.

Their ugly tactics overshadowed any merit of message and discredit their full organization. CCI tossed its legitimacy out of the bus window and drove over it on the highway, backed up, ran over what was left of it, and smashed it to smithereens.

CCI, if judged on its actions in Carroll Monday, is in a word, despicable, a collection of mad-eyed characters who should have their local pharmacies on speed dial so they can pop pills to silence the voices in their heads.

In contrast, in a remarkable exhibition of civility and class, Grassley gamely fielded questions, answering them politely, and absorbed anonymous screamed barbs from CCI.

“This is kind of an exception to my town-hall meetings so I don’t want you to think this happens 99 times in Iowa,” Grassley told the Daily Times Herald in an interview following his event. “This may be the first time this year, and I only have 13 more counties to go to.”

I interview people for a living. And I can say unequivocally that Sen. Grassley is among the more accessible public figures in the Hawkeye State. Before or after events he always takes questions from the media. He’s never dodged. Not once.

What’s more, as someone who has covered hundreds of political events, including many with President Obama, I have a sense for what constitutes an assertive, persistent approach of a politician by a constituent, whether it is to ask for an autograph or photo or give him a piece of your mind. I see it all the time.

What I saw at New Hope Village was not that. It was aggression, pure and simple.

CCI is so sure it’s right about how to cure all that ails the nation that many of its members clearly feel justified in employing such a strategy.

Yes, CCI, you got your press release, your moment.

But you lost the respect of the Carroll County residents who witnessed your reckless behavior.

We see you as the moon-howlers you are.


TOPICS: Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Iowa
KEYWORDS: grassley; liberal; moonbats; townhall
This really pisses me off. I don't always see eye-to-eye with Grassley but he's just an old farm boy and as the article says correct is always the gentleman. This makes you want to bust some heads.
1 posted on 08/30/2011 7:17:48 PM PDT by Free Vulcan
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To: Free Vulcan

correctly...


2 posted on 08/30/2011 7:19:22 PM PDT by Free Vulcan (Obama/Biden '12: No hope and chump change.)
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To: Free Vulcan
CCI is a radical Marxist group who is growing increasing radicalized as their chosen one in the White House crashes and burns.
They were able to purchase a decent sized office building in the Drake University neighborhood which they pay no property taxes on!
3 posted on 08/30/2011 7:21:59 PM PDT by HereInTheHeartland (I love how the FR spellchecker doesn't recognize the word "Obama")
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To: Free Vulcan

When dialog breaks down, violence breaks out.

Can’t wait.

The world has tolerated these obnoxious, leftist ahole tyrants long enough.


4 posted on 08/30/2011 7:22:00 PM PDT by Ghost of Philip Marlowe (Prepare for survival.)
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To: Free Vulcan

Prgressive/Socialist Brown Shirts. Seen if before. Beware the Mau Maus.


5 posted on 08/30/2011 7:22:33 PM PDT by YHAOS (you betcha!)
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To: All

Just another left wing warm-up in preparation for the main event coming next year.


6 posted on 08/30/2011 7:22:57 PM PDT by SamKeck
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To: Free Vulcan

And so it starts. This election is going to be excessively violent and ugly.

Patriots! Prepare to stand your ground against the barbarians!


7 posted on 08/30/2011 7:24:05 PM PDT by 43north (BHO: 50% black, 50% white, 100% RED)
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To: Free Vulcan

I’m sure this behavior will be vehemently condemned by those who have been criticizing the Tea Party so vociferously.

(And now I’m going to saddle up my unicorn and head home).


8 posted on 08/30/2011 7:26:48 PM PDT by Stosh
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To: Free Vulcan

The Tea Party people want lower taxes. The commie ‘RATS like these maggots want more handouts, a nannystate, mandatory union “membership” and a fuhrer running the country.


9 posted on 08/30/2011 7:30:55 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (If the Tea Party was a bunch of Islamofascist "rebels", would the state run "media" like us too?)
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To: Free Vulcan
Oh, I sure they will say that we shouldn't judge the legitimate democrat party by a few bad actors (probably republican plants). True democrats are for fairness and peace you know. /sarc.
10 posted on 08/30/2011 7:39:52 PM PDT by oldbrowser (They're socialists don't call them liberals)
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To: Free Vulcan

Have video camera handy at all times.. if no cell phone..


11 posted on 08/30/2011 7:41:44 PM PDT by hosepipe (This propaganda has been edited to include some fully orbed hyperbole...)
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To: Free Vulcan
So where were the security? Don't even tell me no one considered this kind of potentially violent trouble could well happen..

What the hell ails republicans--do they still think the 'rats will fight fair? Geezz...

12 posted on 08/30/2011 7:42:51 PM PDT by hinckley buzzard
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To: Free Vulcan

This is exactly how Hitler took over Germany.........


13 posted on 08/30/2011 7:43:06 PM PDT by Red Badger ("Treason doth never prosper.... What's the reason? Why if it prosper, none dare call it treason.")
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To: Free Vulcan
Iowa is very flat and offers the opportunity to practice
very long range ballistic accuracy testing.
14 posted on 08/30/2011 7:50:07 PM PDT by CrazyIvan (Obama's birth certificate was found stapled to Soros's receipt.)
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To: hinckley buzzard

This kind of thing really doesn’t happen in Iowa. I can’t recall it ever happening with an elected official at a townhall. These guys were bussed in from out of state.

When Grassley comes to our county you can bet I’ll be ready.


15 posted on 08/30/2011 7:51:56 PM PDT by Free Vulcan (Obama/Biden '12: No hope and chump change.)
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To: Free Vulcan

I’ve crossed paths with them more than once in my lifetime. They lack the ability to rationalize. Big Time.

On another matter,, we need to speak about that Senate race,, send me an email. I had a computer crash a couple of months ago and lost all my email addresses so I can’t call you.


16 posted on 08/30/2011 7:57:20 PM PDT by Iowa Granny (Clintion ruined a dress, but Obama ruined a Nation.)
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To: Free Vulcan
"'The group took over the town hall meeting and, for over an hour, demanded that the senator renounce his vote and pledge not to cut Social Security, Medicare, or Medicaid,' CCI says in a press release."

Old Baby Boomer chicks. They won't be around much longer anyway.


17 posted on 08/30/2011 8:22:51 PM PDT by familyop ("Plan? There ain't no plan!" --Pigkiller, "Beyond Thunderdome")
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To: Free Vulcan
Something similar happened in the Houston, TX area at two town hall meetings for Republicans, of course. I've been told 75% of the Dems are in hiding. It was the SEIU, or is it SIEU. Anyway, its an activist union, as you know. One called the police after being unable to have their meeting; the other had the Sheriff’s Department there before they began and were able to eventually have the Town Hall meeting.

It will happen more and more, And since they are local meetings we may not hear about them.

18 posted on 08/31/2011 4:33:48 AM PDT by winkadink (During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act. George Orwell)
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To: Free Vulcan

So where were the camera phones to identify the thugs and charge them with assault?


19 posted on 08/31/2011 5:14:55 AM PDT by freeangel ( (free speech is only good until someone else doesn't like it)
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To: Iowa Granny

Oh yeah I remember those guys. Those were the smart growth fools behind that state zoning plan from way back.

Will shoot you an email later today.


20 posted on 08/31/2011 5:25:00 AM PDT by Free Vulcan (Obama/Biden '12: No hope and chump change.)
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To: Free Vulcan
This is also the same group that interrupted Romney’s Iowa State Fair appearance.

http://frontpagemag.com/2011/08/12/a-marxist-group-not-a-liberal-group-heckled-mitt-romney/

21 posted on 08/31/2011 5:25:47 AM PDT by HereInTheHeartland (I love how the FR spellchecker doesn't recognize the word "Obama")
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To: Iowa Granny

I despise Democrats!!!!!


22 posted on 08/31/2011 6:57:45 AM PDT by Conservativegreatgrandma
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To: Conservativegreatgrandma

:-))


23 posted on 08/31/2011 8:08:35 AM PDT by Iowa Granny (Clintion ruined a dress, but Obama ruined a Nation.)
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To: Red Badger

Correct!And how obama got rid of Mubrak[Sp?] in Eygpt and Gadiffi in Lybia. All the while being cheered on and encouraged by members of this forum. And it is what, at the right time, he is going to unleash on the United States. When will the right time be? When he realizes that he cannot/ will not win/steal the election at the ballot box. It worked twice, it will work again. How and why? The same type mobs that overthrew the governments and Libya and Eygpt will be unleashed in certain locations over here. Just as they were over there, they will be portrayed as “freedom fighters and citizens who only desire democracy” by the media and the same members on this forum that championed their brethern in Egypt and Libya.


24 posted on 08/31/2011 8:19:02 AM PDT by sport
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To: sport

No.
Too many guns in the hands of the right.
Military would never fold.
If the Left wants a fight, they will lose....................


25 posted on 08/31/2011 9:00:01 AM PDT by Red Badger ("Treason doth never prosper.... What's the reason? Why if it prosper, none dare call it treason.")
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To: Red Badger

The military will do as they are told, a/l/a homosexuals serving openly in the military.For one.

While the right does have guns, they lack the resolve to use them. When the time comes, the left’s cadre will be armed to the teeth, and they will not be bashful about using them.

Some months before the mobs are turned loose, the media will begin a sustained attack on the right. it will make the attacks thus far on Sarah Palin, President Bush, and the Tea Party seem like a love fest by comparison.

Today,most people that hate Sarah Palin, President Bush, or the Tea Party cannot give a rational answer why they hate them so. This hatred is caused by the attacks on them by the media.
Read some of the history of the holocaust, if it is still available, and you will see how effective it was in demonizing the Jews in the eyes of normal German citizens.

I understand that we now have the internet, but, 90% of people and 100% of the weak minded get the information they believe from the main stream media. “The Republicans want to desroy social security”, “Corporations are evil”, “All Republicans are rich fatcats”, “Democrats are for the little guy”, to name a few. And when they decide to move, look for the internet to be either disabled or neutralized.

When it happens, it will be a few of us against many of them. And you will either fight or die without fighting.


26 posted on 08/31/2011 10:04:56 AM PDT by sport
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