Ark. Democrat Hides Behind Sick Kids to Stop Townhall Protests

-By Warner Todd Huston

Congressman Vic Snyder (D, Ark.) has in the past claimed that he is braver than his opponents because he has the back bone to face the hard questions in open debate. But that was before Obamacare came along. Now, Snyder is hiding behind sick kids at a local hospital where he is holding a townhall meeting. Snyder is telling opponents of Obamacare that an “angry protest” would not be appropriate at a hospital where sick kids are being treated. So why hold a townhall there in the first place? Perhaps for the very reason that he can eliminate opposing views because it’s “for the kids”?

Kenneth Wallis is reporting that Congressman Snyder has set up a townhall meeting at Arkansas Children’s Hospital in Little Rock, Arkansas. The radio commercials advertising the open-to-the-public event stated that the event was starting at 2PM, but Wallis called the hospital and was told the time was changed to 1PM. No reason for the abrupt time change was given.

Wallis was also told by a Bonnie from Ark. Children’s Hospital that a “protest in anger” is not appropriate at a children’s hospital where sick kids are undergoing treatment.

So, the question becomes, why is Congressman Snyder hiding behind sick kids? It is a pretty interesting way to shut down any opposing views to say that the “sick kids” would be upset by protests at Snyder’s townhall, isn’t it? And, if Snyder knows that there are people that want to oppose his vote for Obamacare, why doesn’t he have the back bone to face his own constituents?

In fact, Wallis reminds us all that Snyder was not long ago patting himself on the back for being brave enough to want an open debate on cap and tax. His offer of an open debate was refused at that time and he didn’t hesitate to take the opportunity to puff himself up saying, “My good friends couldn’t find the time. Apparently, they’re afraid of me.”

And now Snyder the brave debater is hiding behind sick kids and saying it’s not appropriate to have a no-holds-barred debate on Obamacare at his townhall meeting?

The brave, brave Snyder cowering behind sick kids? Maybe he is afraid of us.

**UPDATE** 08/06/09

An update from Arkansas blogger Kenny Wallis who attended the Snyder meeting:

Vic Snyder and Mike Ross held a townhall meeting at Arkansas Children’s Hospital on 080509 at 2pm. They had announced the townhall meeting 080409. Despite the efforts of Ross/Snyder, Secure Arkansas, Campaign for Liberty, American Majority, and several other organizations rallied 300-400 people people to show up. About 30 of which were Obamacorn activist. The effort to inform the public about the townhall meeting was pitiful and the room was too small. The first 30 minutes were wasted by Snyder and Ross, Microphones were moved around and many of the questions were pre-screened written questions. Snyder and Ross tried to hide in a children’s hospital during work hours to avoid conservative citizens, but they still managed to come. In 2010, we will need to replace Vic Snyder with David Meeks and replace the false conservative Mike Ross with Marc Rosson. More video footage will be put out soon.

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Warner Todd Huston is a Chicago based freelance writer, has been writing opinion editorials and social criticism since early 2001 and is featured on many websites such as,, Human Events Magazine,,, New Media Journal, Men’s News Daily and the New Media Alliance among many, many others. Additionally, he has been a frequent guest on talk-radio programs to discuss his opinion editorials and current events and is currently the co-host of “Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Conservatism” heard on BlogTalkRadio. He has also written for several history magazines and appears in the new book “Americans on Politics, Policy and Pop Culture” which can be purchased on He is also the owner and operator of Feel free to contact him with any comments or questions : EMAIL Warner Todd Huston

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