Is it The Vast Right-Wing Conspiracy? If you believe the Obama administration, YES! And they are asking
Not only that, he wants you investigated for speaking your mind in public.
Think I'm kidding? Check out The White House site to collect the names of those who write online about the proposed health insurance legislation - and send them in. How does your elected President see these opponents? It's not pretty.
There is a lot of disinformation about health insurance reform out there, spanning from control of personal finances to end of life care. These rumors often travel just below the surface via chain emails or through casual conversation. Since we can’t keep track of all of them here at the White House, we’re asking for your help. If you get an email or see something on the web about health insurance reform that seems fishy, send it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Think this is a joke? Click the link, see where it takes you - it's bona fide.
There's a kicker here - Obama wants the addresses of everyone accessible to him by knowing the ISP info (which is attached to your email, which is forwarded under this FLAG program). But, of course, he would NEVER use it inappropriately.
However, according to this article, no, the protesters aren't professional right-wing hit men.
The memo also includes these phrases, which are left out of the reporting and demagoguery:
"Do not bring the signs into the hall if you want any chance to be picked for a question."
"Don't carry on and make a scene, just short, intermittent shout-outs," which may sound familiar because the shout-out part was quoted without context by Think Progress.
It also offers such guerrilla tactics as, "When the formal Q&A begins, get your hands up and keep them up— be persistent throughout the entire session. Keep body language neutral and look positive to improve chances of being selected." It instructs participants to be ready with follow-up questions and insist that representatives answer questions instead of launching into talking points.
The memo outlined strategies MacGuffie had used during a town hall meeting with his Rep. Jim Himes in May of this year. While organizing that event and writing the memo, he emphasized that critics should not get out of hand, he said.
His objective was to "make sure we didn't get kicked around, asked good, thought-out questions, and had follow-ups ready," he said. "We took him off his script, but we did not shout him down."
Lastly, but not least, the whole problem of what has been called (by Powerline Blog) "a dissident database" is addressed by Powerline. It's scary. It's chilling. It's how dictatorships get their start.
Please, I beg you, let the White House know that Americans are prepared to draw a line in the sand at this point. Remember the words of the original Americans (those who took action to start our nation).
we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes, and our sacred Honor
Freedom isn't free.