Monday, August 10, 2009
During recent town hall meetings, concerned Americans have spoken up and voiced their opinions about the healthcare debacle. For exercising their rights of free speech, they are being blasted and called thugs and 'plants' whose only purpose is to cause havoc. At a meeting in Des Moines, Sen. Tom Harkin of Iowa, was interrupted several times by people in the audience shouting criticism and questions, even though he said he didn't expect Iowans to take part in what he called "scare tactics, misinformation and obstruction." Local Dems are even rethinking their Town Hall strategies by holding phone meetings and one-on-one meetings at offices. In other words they are handpicking people who already agree with them. Town Hall meetings are supposed to be a forum for all people to express dissent as well as agreement.