This is, I believe, a most important and disturbing story, from Think Progress:
"This morning, Politico reported that Democratic members of Congress are increasingly being harassed by “angry sign-carrying mobs and disruptive behavior” at local town halls. For example, in one incident, right-wing protesters surrounded Rep. Tim Bishop (D-NY) and forced police officers to have to escort him to his car for safety.
This growing phenomenon is often marked by violence and absurdity.... much of these protests are coordinated by public relations firms and lobbyists who have a stake in opposing President Obama’s reforms.
A leaked memo from Bob MacGuffie, a volunteer with the FreedomWorks website Tea Party Patriots, details how members should be infiltrating town halls and harassing Democratic members of Congress...
Patients United, a front group maintained by Americans for Prosperity, is currently busing people all over the country for more protests against Democratic members. Rep. Pete Sessions (R-TX), chairman of the NRCC, has endorsed the strategy, telling the Politico the days of civil town halls are now “over.”
There is more at the site, including excerpts from the memo mentioned above, and links to more information. If you read anything today, I urge you to click on the link and read the rest of this article.
Now, why is this important? First, a warning- anyone that is going to be upset if I talk about Nazis had better start screaming now and get it over with as soon as possible. Well, here goes. This is exactly how the stormtroopers got started. Their original purpose was to disrupt events of other parties. Yelling and threatening and marching around the halls soon turned violent, after Nazi leaders decided that, in the words of the guy above, "the days of civil town halls are now over." One thing led to another, and soon they decided that, since they could not win elections fairly, they would take power through violence toward anyone who opposed them. It was this violence that Hitler used to manipulate the German government into making him Reichschancellor, in the foolish hope that if they were "bipartisan" with him, he would abandon his undemocratic behavior.
Sorry, folks, I am not just one more blabber ready to shout "Hitler" at anyone who opposes me. I know what I am talking about, and I tell you with utter assurance that what we are seeing here is disturbingly familiar to anyone who understands what was going on in Germany around 1922 or 1923.
Conditions in this country are not as bad as they were then in Germany, so maybe it will all come to nothing. But, maybe not.
Update: Here's the original article from Politico. Lots more horror stories, if you can stomach it. This is not going to end well.