Stephen Colbert and his Formidable Opponent (who was also Stephen Colbert) debated the merits of this kind of protest on the Report last night, with predictably hilarious results. He showed how, at these rallies, protestors often just shout what they want to shout, and don't bother listening to the other side; they'll get up and, in unison, start shouting the Pledge of Allegiance (which has always sounded an awful lot like the Lord's Prayer to me, in terms of feeling and cadence).
This isn't democracy; it's a mob which has no interest in debate (or democracy, for that matter). They concoct stories about Death Panels and governments selecting your doctor and asking you how you want to die... I'll quote Sarah Palin's gobbledeygook resignation speech: "In honour of the American Soldier, would ya quit makin' stuff up?"
In the spirit of (un)informed debate, let me present a couple of photos snapped at right-wing rallies, infiltrated by some communist socialist atheist traitors to God and Country. At an anti-health-care-reform rally:*
Look closer, though, at stripey-shirt guy in the middle:
I can't say if it is or it isn't, but doesn't this guy's sign make you want to find out, just a little bit?
But, on the not-quite-so-funny side of all this, right-wing protestors are using death threats against their representatives in Congress, and sipping the same Kool-Aid as violent anti-abortion groups and Tim McVeigh (the guy who blew up that building in Oklahoma in the '90s). See the clip here.
* Yes, that guy second from the left is wearing a stars-and-bars Confederate Flag shirt. You can't see it at that resolution, but it's actually a Lynyrd Skynyrd t-shirt, whose song "Sweet Home Alabama" not only slams Neil Young, but asks, "Now, Watergate does not bother me, does your conscience bother you?" Yeah, actually, it kinda does. Then again, nobody ever really proclaimed Alabama as being terribly progressive, except when it comes to matters of seceding from the United States, which they tried once. I don't think that turned out terribly well, though.