Free Markets, Free People

townhall meetings

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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