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Men of steel, women of iron

That’s who are politicians are. They have courage, and are willing to face the people and take accountability for their actions and activities.

Not!

With images of overheated, finger-waving crowds still seared into their minds from the discontent of last August, many Democrats heeded the advice of party leaders and tried to avoid unscripted question-and-answer sessions. The recommendations were clear: hold events in controlled settings — a bank or credit union, for example — or tour local businesses or participate in community service projects.

And to reach thousands of constituents at a time, without the worry of being snared in an angry confrontation with voters, more lawmakers are also taking part in a fast-growing trend: the telephone town meeting, where chances are remote that a testy exchange will wind up on YouTube.

Essentially they’re avoiding in-person townhall style meetings like the plague. Not all of them – there are exceptions and I tip my hat to them, but this is an obvious growing trend which is not going to set well with voters.

Sometimes you have to suck it up, grow a pair (or spine) and face the music. Sometimes, if you’re really sure that you can answer the criticism, such forums can be your best friend.

So why wouldn’t most lawmakers avail themselves of the opportunity to accept accountability for their actions and responsibility for what they’ve done?

See the title and understand it is pure sarcasm more than tinged with disgust.

Me? I’d be demanding they hold in-person townhalls or just write my vote off because it would be going to someone who would. If these mokes can’t face the people on a regular basis, then they have no business in office.

~McQ

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13 Responses to Men of steel, women of iron

  • Too afraid to come out and play

  • I’ll be using skype to record such a call, in that case.

  • Contrast them with Chris Christie, telling a poor, poor undercompensated teacher to her face on camera at a townhall meeting that if she doesn’t like the salary, she should find another job.

  • The nature of our current political system is such that people vote against the other guy rather than for someone.  It’s about finding something your opponent did and making it abhorrent.  Therefore, the rational best strategy is “avoid screw ups at all costs and wait for your opponent to screw up; then pounce”.
    I’m not sure what the solution is.  I only hope the next generation will be a bit more inured to this, as everyone will have every stupid statement they wrote online, and therefore we as a society get more tolerant and forgiving of mistakes.  That or the next generation of politicians will be people who have never done anything their entire lives, and spent their teenage years setting up to be politicians, which would be even worse.

    • The solution?  The solution is simple, Term limits.

      • I use to believe such a thing.  I no longer do.  Without a concern about being re-elected, they’d be completely up for sale in their last term.

        I much rather support a Time Off approach.  No more than 8 years of public office in a 16 year period.

        Otherwise you would never collect and retain memory of how to do the job.  Particularly when coming to the entrenched bureacracies.  They feel they should be running things already.  They’d totally run roughshot over a perpetually neophyte legislature. 

      • No, the only solution is an engaged, angry, bloodthirsty electorate.

  • Man, this whole “representative democracy” stuff is just SO hard, isn’t it???  I mean, actually having to face constituents who might be (gasp!) displeased with your votes?  THE NERVE!  Maybe Congress can adopt a rule similar to what So. Carolina apparently has: there is no public record at all of how their state assemblymen vote.  Pretty handy, no?

    / sarc

    OK, who wants to bet on how many of these Milk Carton Representatives will be reelected in November?

    (A) < 25%

    (B) 25 – 50%

    (C) 50 – 75%

    (D) 75 – 90%

    (E) > 90%

    • As long as they continue to “bring home the bacon”, the answer is “E”.
      And those who vote for them will be appalled and repulsed at the Tea Partiers.

  • In many jurisdictions in the US, “representative” government is a dead letter.  People who will not face…and give a hearing to…their own constituents are not simply admitting they are voting against them, and don’t have the sand to fade the heat.  It is WAY past time to turn such people out of high office…WHOEVER THEY ARE, and whatever their affiliation.