One woman, Katy Abram, who captured her 3 seconds of fame by talking about what our founding fathers (at poor Arlen Spector’s town hall) would have wanted, got a round of applause. So, of course, I have a couple of questions. First, what WOULD our founding fathers (no mothers in there…but those were the times) think about the concept of accessible, affordable, preventive health care for its citizens? They would have not had an opinion, because there was no such thing as health care. If you got sick, there was hopefully some sort of doctor, or barber, in your town, or within a day’s drive, and if you were really lucky, you’d live. But, if there had been a concept of a health program for the people, would they have been for or against? I think they’d have been FOR.
Why? Because they were trying to unite a country. Take the strengths of the collective and use them to build a concept of liberty and safety under the guidance of a constitution, or government position paper on how this collective should run. If there had been the medicine available to heal so many ills, had there been more doctors, had there been easier forms of communication, I think our founding fathers would have liked to see a healthy and educated population evolve in this country. So, those people who are quoting what the founding fathers would have wanted (in this instance, the right of the individual to choose — which bizarrely is exactly what Obama is saying, so I’m thinking people are arguing just to argue) should maybe give this another think or two. I think they’ve really got this one wrong. If it is good for the people, if it can help, or elevate the people, then it can’t be against the founding principles of the union.
And then again, you may find that I’m just waxing eloquent. Then never mind that argument. I’ll cut to the chase and get to my second point. Who gave permission to the hecklers and screamers at the town hall meetings to be so darn rude? Seriously, folks, if you want to get all bent out of shape and yell at your elected leaders, give it a second think before heading out. If I were a cashier and a customer started yelling at me the way people are yelling at these meetings, I’d tell them not to talk to me like that. Yes, I’d lose them as a customer, but, heck, no one pays me enough to be yelled at and spoken to so disrespectfully.
I realize that the concept of “good manners” is not included in the constitution, but such misplaced anger and blatant rudeness makes me wonder who their parents were? I’ve never done well in an argument where my nose got bent out of shape. If I start yelling, I can guarantee the other personwill stop listening. And if they yell at me, and the argument escalates, I can also guarantee that we’ll both be so busy yelling at each other that no one will be listening. And, the point of the town hall meetings, I believe, is to have dialogue. Which is the opposite of the multiple monologues going on in public forums. If I yelled like that, my mom would have sent me to my room. I think the Founding Fathers would say, “Go to your rooms, Town Hall Yelling People. Go to your rooms and stay there until you figure out how to behave at the dinner table…umm…the town hall meeting.”