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During the Clinton and Nixon Impeachments, there was a sense of decorum in the House and Senate Committees. Agree or disagree, the Members of Congress did their jobs; Forceful protests were left to actual meetings between constituents and Members or protests on the East Front of the Capitol.
Now with advent of Moveon.org and Code Pink, the street theatre of Protests are now inside the walls of the Republic. Let me be clear, I support free speech. Protest on the Mall; in Lafayette Park (across from the White House); on First Street, North East,by the Supreme Court. All fine, all good.
However, if your work says you come in a suit, you don't wear a bathing suit and flip-flops. What the Code Pink and Moveon.org's have forgotten is: They have a right to be heard, but so do the rest of us. Protests inside working committees or in the audience at the State of the Union (or just at the audience level of the US House of Representatives or the US Senate) is the equivalent of taking the bathing suit and flip-flops to work.
The Members of Congress are people, just like us. In the Capitol and Committee rooms, they are trying to do their work. Shouting down witness', shouting down members, or making a scene in the Gallery should keep you and your organization out of Washington, DC for a full Presidential term -- and if it is continued, be fined $1,000,000 per outburst.
Why don't Republicans (save for the dead-enders like the Buchaninites/Ron Paul acolytes) get into trouble like Moveon.org or Code Pink? Simple. They believe in Institutions. During the Clinton Impeachment, most Republicans believed in a Gore ascendancy. They had differing opinions with the Executive Branch, but work still got done.
These new protesters don't care about Institutions, or civility. Until they do, pardon my French Code Pink and Moveon, but STFU.