Town Hall Brawl

As Congress takes its summer vacation, many senators and representatives will be heading to their districts to promote or discourage Health Care Reform and both sides will use the usual political tactics to prove their points and so far the path to victory or defeat has begun with Democrats speaking at Town Hall meetings and Republicans sending in their people to once again disrupt a peaceful assembly.  I say once again because if memory serves me correctly, these same tactics where used during the 2000 Presidential election; yes right wing extremists will say people have a right to voice their concerns, and they would be right, except voicing one’s opinion should be done in a peaceful manner and not with fists and force.  In my opinion, the founders of this great country saw that if the people of a country had a grievance, then they had a right to address those issues, but they must voice those concerns in a proper and civilized manner and in my opinion, what you see beginning is not civilized nor is it exercising one’s first amendment rights. To further illustrate this, the Constitution says the following, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.  Now I ask you the following two questions. 1. If one attends a Town Hall meeting where people are peacefully discussing a vital program and that person shouts, screams or God forbid starts a fight, is that peacefully assembling together? I think not!   2. If a political party (Be it Democrat or Republican) incites people to disrupt or stop citizens from participating in a Town Hall meeting is that not breaking the first amendment?   I think so!   In conclusion, I am glad to live in a nation where citizens have the right to speak freely about their concerns, but I am horrified when our leaders use those same freedoms to incite a civil war.

 

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