Actually, the people who’ve been raising a ruckus at town halls are not there because they have nothing better to do: they’re acting out because they are intensely ideological, and they are eager to fight for their beliefs. Liberals insist that the anti-Obamacare protesters represent an extreme and intemperate minority, and they’re absolutely right. But the same was true of those who protested for abolition and women’s suffrage and temperance and civil rights for African Americans and for gays and lesbians. I don’t believe that Obamacare is a grave evil that should be bitterly opposed, like Jim Crow. Rather, I think it’s an ill-conceived mish-mash that will quickly fall apart, leaving the next president to pick up the pieces. If I did think Obamacare was evil, though, I’d angrily attend a dozen town halls, shaking my fists and playing the kazoo at every one. And if Obamacare eventually passes in some form, I’ll make you a guarantee: these ferocious protests will keep getting bigger and louder.