Townhall meetings with angry citizens shouting at their elected representatives and government officials, because of policy proposals that these citizens perceive to threaten their liberty -- is this un-American?
On the contrary, it is consummately American, and very heartening to those of us who have wondered whether any substantial vestige survives of The Spirit of '76 in modern America.
The truth is that nothing could be more American than for free men to resist government inroads on liberty. Forget, if you wish, that just last year dissent was "the highest form of patriotism," and consider the appalled reaction of Washington elites to Commoners who lack the "civility" to defer to their Betters. The Liberal political and media elites chide the citizenry for excessive passion in opposition to a hated policy, but the Americans standing up with fierce passion to big-shot office holders are acting on flawless instinct.
To respond to a frontal assault on liberty and limited government -- such as Obamacare presents -- with docility, or even civility, rather than with fury and defiance would be to cheaply value the blood-bought free republic we have received from our forefathers. The conduct of the town hall dissenters both honors and carries on the legacy of the patriots of the American Revolution.