It's only been a week or so since we were introduced to Katy Abram, yet her rise from "ordinary citizen" to celebrity citizen pundit is already being questioned. Turns out the "sleeping giant" has been awake for some time now.
Abram is apparently a very active member of the 9/12 Project, an organization founded by Glenn Beck that has already made national news with their "tea bagger" demonstrations across the country. Abram, according to Joan Walsh of Salon, "a leader of the 9/12 group, setting up its networking site on Ning, greeting new members, inviting folks to events at her home and elsewhere." Interestingly enough, clips of Abram are nowhere to be found on the homepage of the 9/12 Project. Wonder why that is?
Abram is active, however, on the website of the Lebanon, PA chapter of the 9/12 Project, where she's kept a blog since at least April 5, 2009. In her latest blog post, she compares the struggles of herself and her supporters to those of Martin Luther King:
I just wanted to thank everyone for their support. These past few days have been trying on my family. But the good outweighs the bad right now. The amount of emails and phone calls I have received supporting me have been amazing. There are so many good people in this country. I have hope that we will overcome.
I have a dear friend whom I went to high school with. He told me today on the phone that Martin Luther King had been marching. Someone threw a brick at his head. and yet he kept walking...
that is what we need to do...keep walking. Let us not allow these people to knock us down. We will stand up taller and speak louder. We can accomplish great things...
I suspect Abram's post will spark quite a bit of outrage, and even more publicity, for Abram and her supporters. To compare the fight to prevent universal healthcare to the fight for civil rights is a stretch, indeed, but instead of being angry at Ms. Abram, I find myself angry at the culture of paranoia, fear, and misinformation that allows these things to occur: it doesn't scare me that Abram types these things—it scares me that she believes them. And she will continue believing them, and continue getting face time on television, and continue writing controversial blog posts, and continue amassing fans and detractors, who will fight over the the things she says and the things she supports, as the "debate" over health care as spawned a million mini-debates, distractions from the real problems, the real issues, a means to keep everyone screaming, and nobody actually listening.
Right Wing Cynics And America's Third-World Healthcare [Salon]
Katy Abram Update-Trashing Continues [Examiner]
Thank You [Lebanon 9/12 Project]
Katy's Blog [Lebanon, PA 9/12 Project]