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National & Local Move-On Astroturf

Our dear friends at “Soros Takeover of America, Inc.”, otherwise known as “Move-On”, have ramped up their astroturfing. Here’s a bit from their recent e-mail missives (with my comments interspersed in parenthesis):

Dear MoveOn member, It’s getting ugly out there.

All across the country, right-wing extremists are disrupting congressional town-hall meetings with venomous attacks on President Obama’s plans for health care and clean energy.

(Nothing about the left-wing extremists that have done likewise in the past?)

  • Last night in Tampa, Florida, a town hall meeting erupted into violence, with the police being called to break up fist fights and shoving matches. (Nothing about the Police being called when Union Goons beat-up patriotic American dissenters?)
  • A Texas Democrat was shouted down by right-wing hecklers, many of whom admitted they didn’t even live in his district. (So what, they still care and know these legislators can vote on these important issues. What difference does it make what district you are in, if we all will be impacted by their votes?)
  • One North Carolina representative announced he wouldn’t be holding any town-hall meetings after his office began receiving death threats. (Not excusable, but where was their indignation during the Bush era when he was threatened?)
  • And in Maryland, protesters hung a Democratic congressman in effigy to oppose health-care reform. (A bit much, but at least now Franky Krataval now knows what G.Bush had to go through.)

We’ve got a plan to fight back against these radical right-wingers. We’ve hired skilled grassroots organizers who are working with thousands of local volunteers to show Congress that ordinary Americans continue to support President Obama’s agenda for change. And we’re building new online tools to track events across the country and make sure MoveOn members turn out at each one.

(Wait just a (blue-)dog-gone minute…you HIRED people to organize your volunteers? They are not all really grassroots regular Americans concerned enough about the issue to show up without your prodding? Hmmmm.)

But we need to scale up our efforts quickly to make sure this plan works. To really swing into action during this month’s congressional recess, we need to raise at least $250,000 immediately. Can you chip in $25 to support our work?

(Quickly, quickly, quickly… everything has to be “Immediate” with you guys. Heaven forbid people actually take the time to read, study, and debate these bills!)

If the shouts of the right-wing mobs are the only voices our senators and representatives hear over the recess, we’ll have a hard time passing health care and clean energy legislation.

(Sounds like a good thing to me!)

That’s why we’re launching our Heat Up Congress campaign so quickly to fight back, using new technology to implement rapid response town hall turnout, organizing personal phone calls from small business leaders and donors to their representatives, running new ads, and activating an energized network of on-the-ground organizers and volunteers.

( I do envy your Community Organizing skills, I’ll give you that.)

This month could decide the future of health care and clean energy in America—and we’re already one week in. If you’ve been sitting on the sidelines, now’s the time to get involved. Talk to your neighbors, go to a town hall meeting—and today, please chip in $25 to support our work:

Thanks for all you do.

–Justin, Matt, Nita, Kat and the rest of the team

(Locally, they are also trying to thwart the Capital Newspaper’s policy against organized letter-writing campaigns. See below)

Dear MoveOn member,

Right-wing mobs aren’t just disrupting congressional town halls—their outlandish lies are now making their way into mainstream news coverage, too.

(Well, it’s about time. Your outlandish lies have been in the mainstream media for years!)

We need to set the record straight. The majority of Americans support real health care reform. And no wonder, given the incredible cost of inaction.

In Maryland alone, 230 people lose their coverage every day. And for those with insurance, yearly premiums will hit $22,225 in a few years if we don’t act.

(I’d like to see the source of those stats.)

We can’t let right-wing extremists ruin the biggest opportunity in a generation to get real reform. Can you send a quick letter to the editor of The Capital—or another local paper—about the urgent need in Maryland for Congress to pass health care reform with a real public option?

Click here: (Link Removed by Chester)

Our tool makes writing a letter really simple. You can send the letter right from our website—it only takes a few minutes.

If you’ve never written a letter to the editor before, now is the time to send your first. The letters page is one of the most widely read—and most important—in local newspapers. Members of Congress and their staffs read it to understand how their constituents are feeling. And since members are all home in the district this month—and paying close attention to the health care debate in particular—your letter will make an even bigger impact.

Here are some talking points specific to Maryland you can use in your letter:

  • We can’t afford to wait for reform: Each day, 230 people in Maryland lose their health care coverage. And without reform, those who still have insurance will see their yearly premiums go up by $9,201 in the next decade—to a staggering $22,225.
  • Reform with a real public option is key to expanding coverage: Under current legislation, which includes a strong public health insurance option, 616,000 people in Maryland—and 37 million Americans nationwide1—will gain coverage by 2019.
  • (And that’s not supposed to cost more, or result in care-rationing… what have they been smoking?)

  • A real public health insurance option is crucial to lowering costs: With premiums projected to hit $22,225, we need to get costs down. By spurring competition, a public plan will help bring down out-of-control costs2 for individuals, families, and small businesses.
  • (Uh… See comment above!)

Thanks for all you do. –Nita, Kat, Eli, Wes, and the rest of the team






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