Wednesday, August 12, 2009

(Un)Civil Disobedience

For the past week or so morning and evening news broadcasts have been showing videos of some of the town hall type meetings members of congress have been holding in their districts. The topic of course is health care reform. Between what you hear on the news, what people like Sarah Palin & Rush Limbaugh are saying, conflicting statements from members of congress like Nancy Pelosi, the president himself, members of his cabinet, etc. etc. it's no wonder that no one knows what's going on. Hence the town hall meetings. But what of the people attending? Sure, they're confused, worried and frightened. No one really has a clear idea as to what's on the table. So from the stand point of logic wouldn't that mean you'd show up with the intent of listening to what's being proposed and then framing reasonable questions as a follow up? So what's with the screaming, booing, fighting and generally disruptive unproductive behavior being exhibited around the country? What's wrong with these people? Have they lost all sense of reason? OK, fine, they're angry but that does not justify their behavior. This whole thing is deteriorating into a huge mess. To a great extent we have gas bags like Palin, Limbaugh and the usual suspects at Fox 'News' purposely distorting the issues. But we also need to call on the democrats to get their acts together, get on the same page, and clearly explain things. Go to Obama's web site and ask your questions. Let's see if they can pull this off.


Anonymous said...

Well ... they have ME "confused, worried and frightened".

George Stockwell said...

But at least you're not jumping up and down, screaming your brains out, eyes popping, veins bulging and foaming at the mouth-at least not in public!