Via Burnt Orange, while Lloyd Doggett (D-TX) appeared at a MoveOn.org health care event yesterday in Austin and reaffirmed his support of the public option, a couple hundred wingnuts staged a counterprotest. Their stated objective was to…

…confront MoveOn.org in their attempts to further enlarge the federal government’s control of your healthcare and negatively impact the lives of our children, our elderly, and the poor!

Secessionist-in-Chief Rick Perry and GOP Rep. Brandon Creighton (who authored a secessionist bill) were supposed to speak at the event but backed out at the last minute. Here’s who replaced them.

Instead of Perry or Creighton, the protesters had Larry Kilgore, a “Christian activist” and candidate for governor who has endorsed executions for homosexuals; Debra Medina, a Ron Paul Republican and a slightly-less long-shot candidate for governor; and Melissa Pehle-Hill, yet another fringe candidate and a member of a self-appointed “citizens grand jury” investigating Barack Hussein Obama, aka Barry Soetoro.

Kilgore captured the sentiment of the mob. (video here)

I hate that flag up there,” Kilgore said pointing to the American flag flying over the Capitol. “I hate the United States government. … They’re an evil, corrupt government. They need to go. Sovereignty is not good enough. Secession is what we need!”

We hate the United States!"

Why does the right hate America?

Needless to say, if this had been an anti-war protest during the Bush era, the wingosphere would be having a blogasm this morning, Glenn Reynolds would start a series of THEY’RE JUST ON THE OTHER SIDE posts, Fox News would be splicing the videos into hundreds of segments, analyzing every soundbite of every speech, Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, and pretty much every elected Democrat from Henry Waxman to Dick Durbin would be forced to reject and denounce it all week long and The New Republic would ask, "Is the Bush-hating left hurting the Democrats?"