Those who are protesting attempts to ram Obamacare down our throats are right to be angry and vocal. However, I have a very important tip that applies to protests against Leftism in general.
An old tactic of Leftists is to provoke, create, or even invent confrontation to make conservatives look bad. I experienced this first hand back in my Duke days, and it still goes on today. Some examples will illustrate this better than any explanation from me.
From a recent Raleigh anti-Obama protest:
Found it interesting how they send a agitator into our conservative groups. Then they say something really stupid or insulting, trying to get you angry and have cameras ready to get it on film. It was so obvious, we all started laughing and ignoring them. Then they started to get right in your face and asking bait questions.
That is textbook. Or in this photoessay from Denver, note the Leftists using bullhorns literally in the faces of conservative protesters:
Here comes our community organizer with his bullhorn. For the next half hour or more, he will chant “FREE HEALTH CARE NOW”, “YES WE CAN” etc. with his horn directed at the faces of the health care dissenters.
During the election, on September 17, 2008, at a campaign stop in Nevada, Obama said “I want you to argue with them (neighbors) and get in their face”. . .
This woman worked in tandem with the other organizer and blasted the same people from behind. These bullhorns are extremely powerful. I saw demonstrators repeatedly ask them to point their bullhorns away. This woman in particular responded by moving the bullhorn closer to a woman who complained of ear pain.
Also, other brownshirts tried to grab signs from conservatives. Really, these Leftists assaulted conservatives with impunity. Speaking of assault, yes, goons and brownshirts may assault you . . . and then blame you for it!
Now I do NOT want to scare you from protesting and making your voice heard. This is a time to stand up and be heard. That free speech is literally under attack makes it that much more important. But be aware that brownshirts may try their worst to provoke you and to make you look bad so that your efforts work against your good cause.
So please, even when under dire provocation, keep your cool. Keep your anger from even the appearance of anything violent or inappropriate.
And, yes, it may also be wise to have a cameraman or two to document your protest and brownshirt attacks on it.