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Are health care protests 'un-American'?

Democrats are capitalizing on some ugly protests at town hall meetings to portray opponents of health reform legislation as part of an orchestrated effort to intimidate lawmakers. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md., wrote in USA Today that "it is now evident that an ugly campaign is under way not merely to misrepresent the health insurance reform legislation, but to disrupt public meetings and prevent members of Congress and constituents from conducting a civil dialogue." They wrote that "these disruptions are occurring because opponents are afraid not just of differing views — but of the facts themselves. Drowning out opposing views is simply un-American."