I wrote an article over the weekend entitled "Republicans' ODD Behavior Part 1" for the Raleigh Examiner, using examples from the health care debates. It's quite long, so I'll just excerpt it below. If nothing else, it's fun snark for a Sunday afternoon (though the conservatives responding to it in the Examiner comments facility don't seem to get the humor...).
Arguably the first uprising against a government occurred in Rome, when Tarquinius Superbus, the king whose son raped a nobleman’s daughter, was removed from power by the Senate, not the people. This established the Roman Republic which was in turn overthrown by the killing of Caesar, which was a murder conspiracy by Senators, not a popular uprising.
Most of the violent upheavals in the Middle Ages came in the form of full-scale civil wars between armies led by noblemen; the only role of the common people was to be slaughtered. Even Magna Carta: people believe it was a popular uprising to secure the rights of the common man, but it was in fact a conspiracy of noblemen to secure rights for…noblemen.
Some major health insurers and other health interests are behind some of the highly emotional and disruptive scenes at town hall meetings around the country.
What does this say about their level of desperation concerning the health care debate?
Anyone who has raised a high spirited teen knows that when the facts are obvious about some misbehavior, there's always the chance that the facts will recede into a background of a highly emotional argument. Raise you voice after you see easy $3,000 damage to the car and you might hear, "Why are you yelling at me!" and so forth. Once the discussion heads in that direction, you've lost, at least for the moment.