So what if the protests are organized! Organized dissent is something which the left has practiced for years, and at many of those events, the term 'mob' would certainly be appropriate. However, unlike what is typical of left wing activism, no cars have been overturned, no fires set, and riot police have not been needed.
Pelosi's comments where she describes seeing protesters "carrying swastikas" was so ridiculous that much of the MSM is ignoring the story, and here is a good reason why:
Right Wingers with Swastikas
Yep, no hypocrisy here, right! Of course, the libs would have to search long and hard to find a right wing sign which embodies the level extremism displayed in this sign;
So much for the 'potential domestic terrorist' charge.
And, on the subject of racially motivated action at the town hall protests, the only clear example of which was actually perpetrated by members of the left. Purple (SEIU) is the new brown (SA).
At this writing, Matt Drudge is working on a story as follows;
"Pelosi/Hoyer op-ed in Monday USATODAY calls townhall protesters 'un-American'... Developing..."
UPDATE 08/10/09: See USA TODAY op/ed here.
In answer to the un-American charge which is being leveled I think Hillary Clinton (gag) said it best;
"I am sick and tired of people who say that if you debate and you disagree with this administration somehow you're not patriotic. We should stand up and say we are Americans and we have a right to debate and disagree with any administration." - Hillary Clinton, 2003
Hypocrisy aside, the purpose of all of these charges is to direct attention from the complaints of the protesters, to the motives of the protesters. The left has been successful to this end, thanks to their willing accomplices in the press. But, there is a plan B.
On Aug. 4th, in the White House Blog, the WH announced the 'snitch' address where one may report so-called health care disinformation;
"There is a lot of disinformation about health insurance reform out there, spanning from control of personal finances to end of life care. These rumors often travel just below the surface via chain emails or through casual conversation. Since we can’t keep track of all of them here at the White House, we’re asking for your help. If you get an email or see something on the web about health insurance reform that seems fishy, send it to email@example.com."
Using a tactic familiar to every dictator throughout history, i.e., inhibiting free speech though the threat of being ratted out by ones neighbors, ol' Purple Lips has surpassed any perceived usurpation of civil rights perpetrated by the Bush Administration.