The candidate who told his supporters "to argue with them and get in their face" now finds the shoe on the other foot. So they're taking names and encouraging you to turn in your neighbors.
So this is hope and change telling American citizens who in a democracy disagree with you that they are mind-numbed robots participating in mob action and expressing "manufactured" outrage.
Considering that upward of 80% of those hooligans like their doctors, like their insurance and like their care, anger over your government-run health care was not that hard to assemble.
It was not that long ago that Barack Obama told a crowd of 1,500 supporters in Elko, Nev., to challenge those who disagree with them and him: "I want you to go out and talk to your friends and talk to your neighbors. I want you to talk to them whether they are independents or Republicans. I want you to argue with them."
President Obama spoke then as the community organizer he was a true disciple of Saul Alinsky who worked with and for Acorn in the days when they were storming banks and government meetings to force them to ditch creditworthiness as a criteria and forcing them to issue loans to those who couldn't afford them.
The president is familiar with the Alinsky way, the Chicago way, of organizing a group to act. Obama spent years prodding underprivileged Chicagoans to channel their political anger by orchestrating activist mob scenes designed to coerce businesses and public officials. A 2007 profile in the left-leaning New Republic was titled "The Agitator." He's still at it.
The community organizer is trying to organize America in his image, but the American people are more than scared bankers and groveling politicians. They are the descendants of the original tea partiers who threw the teas in Boston Harbor. That Tea Party protested taxation without representation. Their descendants are protesting the taxation they are getting with it.
Obama cut his political teeth as a community organizer with Acorn, the group that buses people all wearing the same red shirts and all carrying the same union-printed signs to the homes of AIG executives and their families and anyone else they want to intimidate. Brown shirts would be more appropriate.
The modern-day tea partiers and those opposing government-run health care carry kids on their shoulders and wave signs they've hand-painted on their living room floors to protest the mortgaging of their future and the bankrupting of their country. According to the Democrats, these people are dangerous and need to be watched.
Democrats once warned about privacy and the shredding of the Constitution when President George W. Bush sought to monitor the communications between foreign terrorists and their American contacts.
They have no objection to the administration openly asking citizens to report rumors, casual conversations and the contents of e-mails to the government. The White House Web site brazenly asks: "If you get an e-mail or see something on the web about health insurance reform that seems fishy send it to firstname.lastname@example.org
They say they merely want to correct the record, but we see an enemies list being compiled by a government seeking to nationalize and control everything from car dealers to emergency rooms. What are the name-gatherers going to do? Dispatch the red shirts of Acorn?
"I can only imagine the level of justifiable outrage had your predecessor asked Americans to forward e-mails critical of his policies to the White House," Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, said in a letter to President Obama. "As Congress debates health care reform and other critical policy matters, citizen engagement must not be chilled by the government monitoring the exercise of their speech rights." So where is the ACLU, anyway?
The American people have always valued their freedom and their liberty. They see it disappearing under a battalion of unelected and unaccountable czars. They're as mad as hell and aren't about to take it anymore. Power to the people.