August 10th, 2009
07:54 PM ET
5 years ago

Palin urges restraint at town hall meetings

 Palin on Sunday called on critics of the health care plan to turn down the volume.
Palin on Sunday called on critics of the health care plan to turn down the volume.

(CNN) - Despite Sarah Palin's suggestion that President Obama's health care plan will institute "death panels" to evaluate elderly and disabled citizens - a claim that was quickly debunked - her latest message to the public is a bit more conciliatory.

Posting once again on her Facebook page - the former Alaska governor's recent soapbox of choice - Palin on Sunday called on critics of the health care plan to turn down the volume.

"There are many disturbing details in the current bill that Washington is trying to rush through Congress, but we must stick to a discussion of the issues and not get sidetracked by tactics that can be accused of leading to intimidation or harassment," Palin wrote.

Palin, the 2008 GOP vice presidential nominee, was presumably referring to reform critics who have shouted down members of Congress at several town halls around the country over the last week.

House Minority Leader John Boehner and a handful of other GOP leaders have defended the angry reaction at some of the forums.

"Such tactics diminish our nation's civil discourse which we need now more than ever because the fine print in this outrageous health care proposal must be understood clearly and not get lost in conscientious voters' passion to want to make elected officials hear what we are saying," Palin wrote. "Let's not give the proponents of nationalized health care any reason to criticize us."


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  1. Moderate Democrat

    I will actually thank Palin for her sentiments on this one. Sincerely thank her. Despite being no fan of hers, she has earned a point with me today.

    It is ok to have a differing opinion. But to chant and drowned out speakers and other participants is straight out childish.

    You get to have your turn, but you don't get to throw a tantrum and yell over others. That's simply childish and un american. Only terrorists resort to those tactics.

    August 10, 2009 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  2. Boob McNutt

    Whoa, did she ask Chairman Rush if that was ok with him? This shouting and pushing campaign is his idea, right? Because the Repubs aren't interested in the democratic process in America, only the Republican process. And who cares what Sarah the Citizen says anymore?

    August 10, 2009 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  3. RicK

    SO! You can throw out the incendatory garbage and duck under the cover of let's not give the opposition a reason to point fingers?

    Dishonest polictics at best! Either state an HONEST OPTION, which the GOP has NOT to date, or present your altenative. Your latest comments are NOT meant to bring parties together, bui enhance your potential for the conserative wing(s).

    Be HONEST.... It would greatly enchance your viability. Leave the children behind, stop the "I've had... and more the I will.)

    Lost me as a supporter until you can stop the extreme left solicitation to advance YOUR career.

    August 10, 2009 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  4. Louis

    DEAR SARAH: Please consult your physician as soon as possible–there is treatment for your condition.

    August 10, 2009 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  5. frank salamon

    Why do we have to be subjected to the idiotic mutterings of Sarah Palin? Even Dick Cheney and his foolish daughter Liz have been thankfully silent the last little while. Discussion is great for the topics affecting our country and our lives--but it needs to be rational and thoughtful discussion; which is beyond the capabilities of the Palins or the Cheyneys.

    August 10, 2009 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  6. Erik in Real Pennsylvania

    I've seen several reputable government and nonpartisan sources that indicate the fears of the town hall screamers were never actually necessary. They're yelling about stuff they heard from commentators with agendas, chain e-mails and "telephone game" conversations. Instead of asking questions, they yell too loudly at town hall meetings to hear any answers from the very people writing the proposed legislation. I oppose the legislation in the current draft form, as best as I understand it, but I am confident I gathered the information on which I base my opinion from reasonable sources.

    All that said, the Democrats won the election. Now they get to call the shots for a few years, the way the Republicans did while they controlled the executive and legislative branches of our government. If this means our nation collapses (snicker), then we don’t deserve to exist as a nation anymore.

    August 10, 2009 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  7. Rich

    We haven't had civil discourse for about 20 years. Why start now? You've got a generation of voters who've never heard "civil discourse".

    Congress may still not understand, but at least they're finally aware that a whole lot of people are ticked off. Whether that anger is "organized" or not is irrelevant.

    August 10, 2009 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  8. Cat

    Just shut up. This woman is more stupid than I thought she was. She lied about the healthcare plan wanting to euthanize retarded kids and old folks and now she says the plan must be understood clearly. Palin once again speaks from the side of her neck and it's clearly understood that she doen't know what the hell she talking about. Why is she still talking anyway? She is a non-issue now. Go away. sheezz!

    August 10, 2009 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  9. Brian

    You sound like a terrorist. Incite anger, violence and hatred, then speak out against it as if you're on the "right" side. Go away forever.

    August 10, 2009 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  10. John, Brooklyn, New York

    Is she really as much of a basketcase as she appears!?

    First she denounces the healthcare proposals by claiming that they will force euthanasia on innocent people and then she calls upon her followers to engage civilly.

    She's like the person who yells "Fire!" in a burrning building, then wonders why people are running for the exit. Sadly, since she is also making up everything about forced euthanasia, its more like she's yelling "Fire!" in a building that ISN'T on fire with the expressed purpose of causing a stampede....then wonders why people are all worked up.

    Geesh. Get this woman is either incredibly dumb, incredibly manipulative, or has no clear mental notion of reality. I think I know the answer...get her to a psychiatrist!

    August 10, 2009 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  11. Vick

    They will critizise us regardless. The war protesters were so angry. But they were not called an "angry mob." The media just goes along with the left in this country.

    August 10, 2009 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  12. notfooledtx

    You have to be on acid for palin to make any sense whatsoever.

    The woman is a ditz!

    August 10, 2009 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  13. R Wolf

    This woman is a promotor of herself. I don't trust her in any manner. As far as the health care plan goes, her greatest criticism comes when it MAY impact her or her family. Well, what about the millions of other Americans who need help, too. She is to self absorbed, so judgmental, and so misleading. She complains when things are said about her, but she can call our President evil, a terrorist, etc. without even a wink of the eye. She's two faced, uninformed, and unpleasant.

    August 10, 2009 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  14. chuck

    " Let's not give the proponents of nationalized health care any reason to criticize us."-----So she is clearly identifying herself with the mob and speaking directly to them. This is clearly a woman with no common sense and should never be allowed to give an opinion.

    August 10, 2009 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  15. B E in TN

    this was obviously written by someone on her staff; i actually understood (but did not completely agree) with the context of her statements. palin is not capable of creating a complete sentence!!!!

    August 10, 2009 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  16. Ray

    Who are you and what have you done with the real Sarah Palin?

    August 10, 2009 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  17. Cathy in AZ

    You, Ms. Palin, have contributed to the angry mob mentality witnessed at some of these meetings. The "death panel' comment was a flat out lie. This is an important issue which needs to be dealt with in a calm manner so that voices on all sides can be heard. So far, the GOP has, again, summoned this behavior right out of the Karl Rove playbook. This solves NOTHING. Perhaps you along with Senator McConnell, Rep Boehner need to take a hard look at what the angry rethoric is accomplishing – talk to the representative from North Carolina who received the death threat – how would you like it?!

    August 10, 2009 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  18. Seattl WA

    I cannot believe this woman. But again, why does this surprise me. Her speeches during the campaigns were very hateful. The attention being placed on her, good or bad, is exactly what she wants. The reason for her quitting the job as governor, in her mind, is to fight for America. She acts like she is the voice of America. That we as Americans have given her the right to speak for us. I could not believe what was going on, when she called Obama a terrorist, a socialist. People were getting violent at her campaign speeches. The problem NOW is no one can tell her to stop. By putting herself out as a private citizen, she now can do whatever the heck she wants. The fact that she is a woman, just helps her out even more. She can tell the press to back off from her children, but than turn around and use them to freak everyone out about a health plan. I know people writing about her poor son Trig, will make her pull out the "mama bear" routine. Manipulating, selfish and very vain.

    August 10, 2009 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  19. Soren

    I wish she would pipe out – permanently.

    August 10, 2009 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  20. patNY

    Palin – YOU should pipe down!

    August 10, 2009 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  21. George the Democrat Obama fanatic.

    Well I'll be....she must have went to the Wizzard and got a brain.

    August 10, 2009 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  22. Adam

    Yes, take care protesters – we don't want to give any reasons for criticism. Also, those bastards want to kill my baby.

    It'd be easier to take her seriously if her concept of restraint applied to her rhetoric.

    August 10, 2009 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  23. Libra Liberal

    Is she kidding us? This woman loves nothing more than watching her fellow Republicanknuckleheads lost their cool over issues. Let us not forget the 'town meetings' during the campaign.

    These people vomitted hatred during those 'meetings' McCain had to try and calm them because he knew they were making fools of themselves showing just how biggoted they are. Esp. the older folks.

    Shouldn't she just be void by now? She isn't a Gov, she isn't some president of some organization, she has no job at this point. She is out for herself, as usual, worring about a book deal or where her next buck is coming from. WHEN is it over with her?

    August 10, 2009 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  24. Proud Canadian

    I genuinely don't understand why people in America are afraid of universal health care. Here in Canada when I need medical treatment of any sort – an operation, a cast for a broken bone, a regular doctor's appointment – I just hand them my Medicare card and that's the end of it. No questions about how I'll be paying, no hassles with insurance companies.

    The people who are scremaing about nationalized health care are standing up and fighting for the same insurance companies who will do everything in their power to screw them over if they need medical care. Watching this debate unfold is absolutely mind boggling.

    August 10, 2009 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  25. Albert St. Germain

    I suggest the new headline, "Palin Urges Followers to Put Lipstick on Pig." Folks are much more likely to believe the lies about healthcare reform when the lies are delivered in an even tone. Didn't she learn this lesson last year when the voters rejected her and McCain's spittle-soaked, faux outrage.

    August 10, 2009 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
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