OK, I’m technically on vacation – but I’ve been watching the town meeting debacles unfurl from afar and I’m taking some time to comment before I move on to my second week of vacation (suitably enough, to a place where a “new birth of freedom” was proclaimed).
Anyway, what’s been bugging me over all the vitriol being spilled at the town meetings is that the people who have been encouraged to disrupt the town hall meetings don’t have the foggiest clue what they’re talking about. The people who wrote the memo do know how to intimidate the representatives in the name of their cause, but they are doing it via the same tactics that leftist whackos use to get on the news. I thought the right hated these unreasonable zealots, why would they want to act like them?
Look, the current health care bill has issues, it’s from Washington, which means it was made in a committee and will have many unintended consequences – but it’s hard to have a conversation over those problems when ex-governors are talking about “death panels” and “socialist” is being tossed around with a single purpose in mind, to create a climate of fear. What’s worse, you can’t have a conversation with people (pro or con) who have been stoked to a frenzy because they share a similar psychology that says, “If you don’t agree with me you agree with them.” I find the whole thing tiresome, and a good example of why the electoral college is needed – the mobs can never be allowed to rule. We’re too stupid – and the fact that we have people in congress who admit that they vote on bills they haven’t read shows that our stupidity is bringing stupidity to office.
This gets me to my greatest struggle with the whole town meeting insanity. The other day I saw a clip where a woman was proclaiming that we needed to get back to being the country the way the founders intended it to be. When I heard that all I could think was, “You don’t like being able to vote?” Woman, you see, couldn’t vote in the Founder’s world. Restrictions for voting, in fact, were different from state to state – but if you weren’t a white, land-owning, male chances were that you’re opinion would never make it to the ballot box. I’m interested in what the original voting rights were in NJ, as a matter of fact. I might have been able to vote because I’m clergy, but I’d like to make sure.
It’s just weird to me, having read a significant dose US History, that people will blurt out statements calling for a return to the intentions of the founders without realizing that the republican form of government as espoused by the founders was structured such a way as to create an oligarchy that kept the common citizen outside the political process. The founders were by-and-large, after all, freaked out by the idea of “democracy.”
Maybe tomorrow night I can share some thoughts on the Michael Vick thing. The idea that he gets a “second chance” doesn’t bother me at all – given the savior I follow. I am, however, wondering what the football reasons are for signing him – but that’s another day.