Seems to me they are. And guess what, the country survived the 60’s even though conservatives were saying it was TEOTWAWKI. There were times in the 60’s when it seemed revolution was just round the corner. Conservatives were thinking that then, as well as radicals.
Omigod, those town hall crazies have been talking about killing parents and carrying guns into meetings. All true, of course. Yet back in the 60’s, Jerry Rubin said “kill your parents,” the Black Panthers carried guns everywhere, and the Weather Underground was blowing stuff up. Conservatives were terrified and thought the end of the Republic was near. It wasn’t.
I mean, what’s actually happening now? A few town hall meetings got invaded by a well-organized few intent on disrupting things. Tempers boiled over. A couple of punches got thrown. Doesn’t sound much more dangerous than a rowdy bar on Saturday night. Some perspective is needed here. The Mongol hordes are not at the gates, as some liberals apparently fear.
As for the ominous charge that shadowy business and political interests are behind the town hall protesters, trying to manipulate things things their way. Well, of course they are. Marxist parties were doing the same during the Iraq antiwar protests. But none of them can put people in the streets unless those people believe in the cause and want to be there. The town hall protests are genuine enough. But progressives seem to be over-reacting.