The Obama administration is sending out its henchmen to disrupt the townhalls and intimidate citizens who oppose the current health reforms on the table.

Thugs from SEIU, ACORN and LaRAZA are now crowding out concerned citizens at these events,  as Obama calls in reinforcements.

To help push back, HCAN — whose members include ACORN, or the Association of Community Organizers for Reform Now, the AFL-CIO, the Service Employees International Union, the National Education Association and the National Council of La Raza — issued some instructions of their own. The memo, e-mailed Tuesday to HCAN’s 120 field staffers in 44 states, encourages activists to contact elected officials before public events to plan ways to pre-empt the opposition.

“Ask the Member’s staff what would be most helpful and talk through a strategy for making sure the right messages don’t get drowned out by chaotic protesters,” field director Margarida Jorge advised. The memo’s introduction says she has “years of union organizing experience” and has “laid out tactics for people attending town halls to follow to blunt the right.”

Another one of Ms. Jorge’s tips is to “Address the [member of Congress] directly with a positive message: Remember, these Members need cover and they are getting beaten up by right wing zealots in these meetings.” link

The intimidation continues with the Whitehouse issuing a call for citizens to report individuals or websites who oppose the current health care reform bill.

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 flag@whitehouse.gov. link

Notice that the Whitehouse is asking that citizens who simply engage in “casual conversation” be reported. This is clearly an effort by the administration to create a enemies list and chill any dissent.

Far left columnist Paul Krugmen of the NYT has even trotted out the tired old racist argument, suggesting that citizens oppose Obama’s health care agenda because of the color of his skin.

The driving force behind the town hall mobs is probably the same cultural and racial anxiety that’s behind the “birther” movement, which denies Mr. Obama’s citizenship. Senator Dick Durbin has suggested that the birthers and the health care protesters are one and the same; we don’t know how many of the protesters are birthers, but it wouldn’t be surprising if it’s a substantial fraction.

And cynical political operators are exploiting that anxiety to further the economic interests of their backers.

Does this sound familiar? It should: it’s a strategy that has played a central role in American politics ever since Richard Nixon realized that he could advance Republican fortunes by appealing to the racial fears of working-class whites.

Many people hoped that last year’s election would mark the end of the “angry white voter” era in America. Indeed, voters who can be swayed by appeals to cultural and racial fear are a declining share of the electorate. link

The administration and its far left supporters have sank to a new low with these tactics and attacks. I do not believe opponents of Obama’s health care agenda will be intimidated. I certainly hope they won’t be. The issue is too important to American citizens, especially the elderly, who don’t want to see their health care system be taken over by an incompetent and corrupt government.