Janice Shaw Crouse

In an unprecedented move for American democracy, the Obama Administration is collecting names of citizens who disagree with their policies and legislative proposals. Gary Bauer, Don Wildmon, and all of us at Concerned Women for America will surely make the list because we have alerted our constituents to the Administration’s new efforts to label as extremists all conservatives and anyone else who opposes their proposed legislation and government takeover of private industry.

Indeed, the new narrative of the liberal left is that anyone who disagrees with government bailouts as a means of taking over corporate America, or continued trillion-dollar federal boondoggles wrapped up as health care or other government solutions for manufactured and/or exaggerated problems, is a radical right extremist.

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In fact, the left is spending around $20 million to push the stalled health care mess through Congress in the face of, and in spite of, widespread, overwhelming and very deep opposition to the content of the legislation.

The smooth-talking White House spokesman, Robert Gibbs, denigrated Americans who speak out, labeling their opinions as “manufactured anger” and describing their efforts as nothing more than “Astroturf” instead of legitimate “grassroots lobbying.”

Members of Congress are essential voices in the Administration’s campaign to silence free speech. One Texas congressman referred to his constituents contacting him to express their views as “a mob.” A Virginia congressman accused the “right wing talking heads on Fox” of whipping up opposition. Senator Barbara Boxer, standing before cameras in her expensive silk blouse, designer suit and Tiffany jewelry, scorned the “well-dressed” participants in Townhall meetings; she warned that they might be as dangerous as the equally well-dressed citizens who protested the Election 2000 ballot box irregularities in Florida. The Democratic National Committee added the adjective “rabid” to their usual name-calling for “right wing extremists” and described those who were exercising their right to free speech as an “angry mob.” Donna Brazile, a CNN commentator, accused the right of “renting organizers.”

Janice Shaw Crouse

Janice Shaw Crouse is a former speechwriter for George H. W. Bush and now political commentator for the Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee.
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