Lately, in the news, there has been a lot of coverage of the “outrage” expressed by “the public” at various congressional Town Hall meetings. This is typically presented as a spontaneous outburst by “constituents” (with the implication they are Republicans) at Town Hall meetings held by republicans.
This is simply not true. It is an orchestrated bit of Street Theater.
But what could possibly be worse?
How about holding your organizing meetings at the Police Station?
Wonder why the police in San Jose just stand around and watch Trump Supporters get beaten? Perhaps they are “on side” with one of the “teams”… (Yes, it is possible there is some innocent reason a political revolutionary activist group might be holding their meeting at a Police Station… just like it is possible I could run for Governor and win… )
One of the organizing sites, and some quotes about their desired “membership” for the groups on their map:
Locate or register Indivisible groups, group meetings, or actions in your area. Come prepared to make plans for action and meet others who are working to resist Trump’s agenda. We’ll be planning next steps to encourage our Members of Congress in Senate and House to represent us, not Trump. If we stand together, indivisible, we will win. Welcome to the resistance!
Groups in our directory are wholly independent; they are listed provided they agree to resist Trump’s agenda, focus on local, defensive congressional advocacy, and embrace progressive values. Meeting and actions are listed provided their hosts agree to resist Trump’s agenda; focus on local, defensive congressional advocacy; and embrace progressive values.
In other words, only if you are NOT in those who elected Trump (and WANT his agenda). So they are directly stating the desire to get “Congress in Senate and House” to NOT represent the will of the voters as expressed in the election, but only to represent the losers.
You can click on the image to get a larger one.
Note that the center ‘text bubble’ has a pointer to the Milpitas area. You can click on dots on their map to identify the particular groups. I chose this one as it is near me and I’ve done work for the City Of Milpitas. Notice this meeting is held regularly at the Milpitas Police Department…
Now I realize there can be all sorts of legitimate reasons for this apparent conflict of interest. Perhaps there is a general public available meeting hall in a building that just happens to be named “Police Department”… In any case, it is a very bad set of optics to your typical Trump Voter (especially so given the history of lack of protection from just such “advocacy groups” (i.e. Rioters On Parade) at places like the San Jose Trump rally).
Now look at the block of items along the right side of the page. These are “actions” planned. It is very clear they are targeting Congress Members for “direct action” events. So, want to know when the next bunch of loudmouth disruptors having a tantrum will show up at your local Town Hall? Click it… Just don’t make the mistake of thinking these things are spontaneous, or that they represent “the will of the people”. Only The Vote represents the will of the people. These folks represent the will of the Useful Idiots Of The Left… after having been told what their ‘will’ is by their masters and the Soros Brigades…
If you would like to know more about what they do, and how they do it, you can download their “guide” here:
It has interesting things in it. Here’s from just the title page:
A PRACTICAL GUIDE FOR RESISTING THE TRUMP AGENDA
Former congressional staffers reveal best practices for making Congress listen.
Note it is focused on pressuring Congress members. NOT on respecting the vote.
From “chapter four”, one sample:
I’ve bolded a few things that you can watch for on the “News” (that is increasingly just the Propaganda Producers…) MoC and MoCs is Member Of Congress. They seem to like code words.
TOWN HALLS/LISTENING SESSIONS
MoCs regularly hold local “town halls” or public listening sessions throughout their districts or state. Tea Partiers used these events to great effect — both to directly pressure their MoCs and to attract media to their cause.
Find out when your MoC’s next public town hall event is. Sometimes these are announced well in advance, and sometimes, although they are technically “public,” only select constituents are notified about them shortly before the event. If you can’t find announcements online, call your MoC directly to find out. When you call, be friendly and say to the staffer, “Hi, I’m a constituent, and I’d like to know when his/her next town hall forum will be.” If they don’t know, ask to be added to the email list so that you get notified when they do.
Send out a notice of the town hall to your group, and get commitments from members to attend. Distribute to all of them whatever information you have on your MoC’s voting record, as well as the prepared questions.
Prepare several questions ahead of time for your group to ask. Your questions should be sharp and fact-based, ideally including information on the MoC’s record, votes they’ve taken, or statements they’ve made. Thematically, questions should focus on a limited number of issues to maximize impact. Prepare 5-10 of these questions and hand them out to your group ahead of the meeting. Example question:
“I and many district families in Springfield rely on Medicare. I don’t think we should be rationing health care for seniors, and the plan to privatize Medicare will create serious financial hardship for seniors who can’t afford it. You haven’t gone on the record opposing this. Will you commit here and now to vote no on Bill X to cut Medicare?”
SHOULD I BRING A SIGN?
Signs can be useful for reinforcing the sense of broad agreement with your message. However, if you’re holding an oppositional sign, staffers will almost certainly not give you or the people with you the chance to get the mic or ask a question. If you have enough people to both ask questions and hold signs, though, then go for it!
At the Town Hall
Get there early, meet up, and get organized. Meet outside or in the parking lot for a quick huddle before the event. Distribute the handout of questions, and encourage members to ask the questions on the sheet or something similar.
Get seated and spread out. Head into the venue a bit early to grab seats at the front half of the room, but do not all sit together. Sit by yourself or in groups of two, and spread out throughout the room. This will help reinforce the impression of broad consensus.
Make your voices heard by asking good questions. When the MoC opens the floor for questions, everyone in the group should put their hands up and keep them there. Look friendly or neutral so that staffers will call on you. When you’re asking a question, remember the following guidelines:
Stick with the prepared list of questions. Don’t be afraid to read it straight from the printout if you need to.
Be polite but persistent, and demand real answers. MoCs are very good at deflecting or dodging questions they don’t want to answer. If the MoC dodges, ask a follow-up question. If they aren’t giving you real answers, then call them out for it. Other group members around the room should amplify by either booing the MoC or applauding you.
Don’t give up the mic until you’re satisfied with the answer. If you’ve asked a hostile question, a staffer will often try to limit your ability to follow up by taking the microphone back immediately after you finish speaking. They can’t do that if you keep a firm hold on the mic. No staffer in their right mind wants to look like they’re physically intimidating a constituent, so they will back off. If they object, then say politely but loudly: “I’m not finished. The MoC is dodging my question. Why are you trying to stop me from following up?”
Keep the pressure on. After one member of the group finishes, everyone should raise their hands again. The next member of the group to be called on should move down the list of questions and ask the next one.
Support the group and reinforce the message. After one member of your group asks a question, everyone should applaud to show that the feeling is shared throughout the audience. Whenever someone from your group gets the mic, they should note that they’re building on the previous questions — amplifying the fact that you’re part of a broad group.
Record everything! Assign someone in the group to use their smart phone or video camera to record other advocates asking questions and the MoC’s response. While written transcripts are nice, unfavorable exchanges caught on video can be devastating for MoCs. These clips can be shared through social media and picked up by local and national media. Please familiarize yourself with your state and local laws that govern recording, along with any applicable Senate or House rules, prior to recording. These laws and rules vary substantially from jurisdiction to jurisdiction.
After the Town Hall
Reach out to media, during and after the town hall. If there’s media at the town hall, the people who asked questions should approach them afterward and offer to speak about their concerns. When the event is over, you should engage local reporters on Twitter or by email and offer to provide an in-person account of what happened, as well as the video footage you collected. Example Twitter outreach:
“.@reporter I was at Rep. Smith’s town hall in Springfield today. Large group asked about Medicare privatization. I have video & happy to chat.”
Note: It’s important to make this a public tweet by including the period before the journalist’s Twitter handle. Making this public will make the journalist more likely to respond to ensure they get the intel first.
Ensure that the members of your group who are directly affected by specific threats are the ones whose voices are elevated when you reach out to media.
Share everything. Post pictures, video, your own thoughts about the event, etc., to social media afterward. Tag the MoC’s office and encourage others to share widely.
So if you were wondering at all about why there is a sudden nation wide outbreak of Town Hall Chaos, it is simple. The Lords Of Chaos (Democratic Machine and Soros Organizations) are doing their usual of hiding behind (i.e. indirectly setting up and funding) “independent” organizations to disrupt and harass. They also make sure cohorts in “the media” are in attendance to “amplify” their “message”.
Just do not ever mistake any of this for “the will of the people” or what “the majority” want or even anything remotely “spontaneous”.
When your plans, questions, answers, signs, etc. etc. are all prescribed in advance, that is called a “script”, and this is just badly done Street Theater.
There may well be lots more of interest or use inside their organizing How To Guide, but I’m not able to read through it all right now. Others are encouraged to “take a look” and see what pops up.
It might also be fruitful to wander their “groups” map and see if any interesting names and places show up. I clicked on 2 whole spots before having the Milpitas Police Department pop up. One wonders what would show up in Beverly Hills or Martha’s Vineyard ;-)