Thursday, August 13, 2009

'Evil-mongers' Vs 'Crap-mongers'

U.S. Sen. Harry Reid of Nevada has a new word for those who attend town hall meetings to protest pending legislation:

Such "evil-mongers" are using "lies, innuendo and rumor," to drown out rational debate, Reid said.
Give me an example of "rational debate" and I might concede his point, but I've listened to a long list of congress-persons at their town hall events and I have seen very little actual debate. They want us to listen to them tell us that they know what they are doing, don't worry about the details, it's all in our best interest, the president and Congress are working very closely for the public good, blah, blah, blah.

Yet when asked the simplest question about a particular provision, they go into full defensive mode and claim that they are being hit with "lies, innuendo and rumor."

Enough of this horse manure! Under the Constitution of the United States, the people have a right to speak their minds and, horror of horrors, even ask tough questions of their elected representatives! If the elected reps don't want to answer, well, that's fine. Don't expect our support in the next election, Dingy Harry.

The same goes for Congressmen who won't even hold town halls, substituting instead "telephonic town halls" where they can control both who is in the "audience" and the questions. They can also disconnect you if you don't ask the right question. This technological cowardice is being employed by several elected officials, including 2nd Dist. Rep. Dan Boren of Oklahoma, who couldn't hold a real town hall meeting because he just had to join an "around the world" junket with a bunch of other congressmen.

Most people are a lot smarter than Washington gives them credit. We may not have all the facts at our disposal, and we may not have the gilded tongue of the politician to employ, but we know bull crap when we are confronted with it.

And we know a Crap-Monger when we hear him in action.

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