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PR headline of the week: "Tell Congress: Patriots Not Angry Rent-A-Mobs" 

I knew this whole health-care debate would bring us together. The press release that follows the above headline waxes indignant about law enforcement pointing guns at protesters -- in America!! Then it quotes from an account of an Obama health-care town-hall meeting in Virginia, published on (which also documents arrests and harassments of conservative street teams elsewhere):

"The attendees at the actual event were handpicked, `but` there were many protesters along the motorcade route. The anti-ObamaCare protesters greatly outnumbered the pro voices. There were several vehicles following the limo that contained the secret service. The vehicles had all the windows rolled down, and back hatches open on the SUVs with the men holding their, I assume assault rifles, machine guns, drawn on everyone lining the streets. Needless to say, it took my breath away at the sight of them, and made my friends and I dizzy with fear. . . . I turned on a local talk radio program as we were leaving and all the calls were about witnessing the guns being pointed at them."

It's sort of sweet to find out that the right wing wasn't ignoring all those police-state-style crackdowns on citizens exercising their First Amendment rights at Kent State, the WTO Seattle protests, the Republican National Convention, etc. ... apparently they just didn't believe they were happening.

To these self-styled patriots we say, Welcome to the streets. Get yourself a good bike helmet and an ACLU attorney.

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