John Stahl, chairman of Berks Tea Party, a local branch of conservatives, was one of those who helped recruit opponents of change to the event. A former truck salesman, Mr. Stahl, 65, said he was laid off from his job about 18 months ago during the economic downturn. Since May, his group has organized four protests throughout the state opposing taxes and the stimulus plan but none have attracted the crowds like health care, he said.
“We believe there are several issues out there that leave the existence of the Republic at risk,” he added, “not the least of which is this Obamacare.”
”—this makes my head explode. i can’t believe how goddamn easy it is to get angry-old-racist-low-income-white-men to misdirect their anger at the very policies designed to help them. “obamacare”?!?!?! “we don’t want america to turn into russia”?!?!?! i want to believe that the conservative strategists who cooked this cynically crackpot theory up aren’t going to win, but that gets harder and harder every day.