Beware of authoritarians in the form of foolish little Republimen. Especially if you’re a senior citizen.
Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI), aka the very same guy (and the Chairman of the House Budget Committee) who wants to do away with Medicare, likes to have senior citizens arrested for asking questions, and had a very casual, mean response to the incident involving a senior citizen who was pushed to the ground and handcuffed at Ryan’s town hall by Ryan’s security people:
“I hope he’s taking his blood pressure medication.”
More on this from Think Progress:
House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI), the author of the House GOP plan to phase out Medicare, does not like it when constituents publicly challenge him. In fact, people who disagree with Ryan have a habit of getting arrested for it. A few weeks ago, several of Ryan’s unemployed constituents staged a peaceful sit-in at his Kenosha, Wisconsin office to protest his unpopular decision not to hold any free public town halls during the August recess. These constituents didn’t think they should have to pay to ask their elected representative a question. Instead of meeting with them, Ryan’s staff called the police.
So it should come as no surprise that this week, three people who paid to see Ryan speak were arrested and charged with trespassing for protesting the event. One constituent, a 71-year-old retired plumber from Kenosha, Wisconsin, was handcuffed and pushed to the ground by security: [read more]
Shades of 1930’s Germany.