Wednesday, August 05, 2009

The Problem With the Mob Mentality

Some Congressmen and women have been confronted by a mob of angry American voters who oppose the Democratic officials' various plans to reform our health care system. The opposition no doubt should have the right to challenge the ruling party's plan and voters who have some deep reservations about the current plans now under consideration no doubt should have the right to ask their local congress man or woman to justify his or her support for such a plan.

Some opponents, however, have decided to end the conversation by shouting down their local representative at these town hall meetings and this is unfair - Unfair to the representative who is there to make his or her case for or against a health care reform package and it is unfair to that representative's constituents who may have taken some time off from their job (or otherwise out of their daily routine) to meet and talk to his or her legal representative about this issue when given the chance to do so. They too may have some questions for the representative and they are entitled to an answer.

Shouting down the local representative doesn't merely deny him or her an opportunity to make the case for or against legislation; it denies the constituents the chance to make an informed decision after hearing the local representative make his or her case.

Those who oppose the Democratic Party's plan to reform our health care reform package should let the representatives speak and then voice their concerns in any question and answer session that follows.

In the alternative, if they vehemently object to the legislation they should apply for a permit so that they can protest against the meetings on the same day that the local representative is holding his or her town hall meeting.

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