by Chris Haire
You want a guaranteed good time, then subscribe to a mailing list for any ultra-whatever-wing mailing list —right or left, it don't matter. You're bound to get some good stuff.
Like a recent e-mail notifying some folks on a Charleston Tea Party mailing list about a health-care forum hosted by U.S. Rep. Jim Clyburn on Sat. July 11. The forum is at 2-4 p.m. at the International Longshoreman Association Hall, 1142 Morrison Dr., in downtown Chucktown.
According to a release from the Congressman's folks, the forum "will provide an opportunity for South Carolinians who face the realities of being either uninsured or underinsured to hear first hand how proposed legislation could affect their ability to obtain safe, quality, and affordable health care."
The whole thing is sponsored by S.C. Appleseed Legal Justice Center, AARP South Carolina, the S.C. Small Business Chamber of Commerce, and South Carolina Fair Share. U.S. Rep. John M. Spratt (D-Rock Hill) will also be in attendance.
Well, at least one mailing list subscriber apparently felt the need to encourage fellow Teabaggers to attend the event, writing, "We need to infiltrate and pose some serious questions. I'd like to embarrass the whole lot of them. I am a health-care worker, and I see nothing but poor health care resulting from Obama's plan. I will be there and will ask any questions anyone in our group would like. I'm not sure if I can get in, but I will try my best."
Infiltration? Come on, now. We're not talking about the Bilderberg Group here. This is a public meeting featuring two respected South Carolina Congressmen.
In a later exchange, the alleged writer who first introduced the subject of the health-care forum to the Tea Baggers, seemed to back off from attending the event: "My husband reminded me of the physical fights that occurred several years ago among the longshoremen and the police. He doesn't want me to attend by myself, and I can't blame him. Is anyone else planning to attend the forum on Saturday? There's safety in numbers, you know. However, if I do go, I will be happy to ask some of the questions sent to me; I have been given some good ones! I am working on the 'old man' trying to convince him that we will be safe and that we shouldn't be afraid of any violence from the "union" longshoremen. The temp. outside is rising and so is my blood pressure over this unhealthy health-care proposal! I just don't feel like I can stand alone among these people being a white, middle-class female. (No offense to the black race)."
Well, seeing how the City Paper offices are just a hop, skip, and a stumble from the Longshoreman Hall, I feel pretty comfortable telling you that the place doesn't seem like the kind of joint that holds UFC matches on a regular basis. It's a pretty quiet place, near as I can tell. In fact, a few weeks back they had a nice little barbecue.
We encourage you to go there and learn more about the Fed's proposed health-care plans.