Clearly, the government has no interest in hearing what "we the people" have to say. Yet if Americans are not able to peacefully assemble outside of the halls of government for expressive activity, the First Amendment has lost all meaning.
These days, self-government is under assault. Unfortunately, a minority faction is overtaking town halls around the nation and suppressing any discussion at all. In the Bay Area the problem is particularly acute.
Concord is an honest advocacy group and entitled to advocacy towards its ends. But our elected officials should not dress it up in government clothes and present it to constituents as a town hall forum.
A Tea Party group known as FreedomWorks has provided new GOP congressmen and women with talking points that will help them survive budget-focused town hall meetings which have recently been very confrontational for conservatives.
With the people of Egypt in open defiance of a corrupt autocratic regime, using new tools of social media to foment a resistance to government tyranny, it's important to understand that innovation isn't just about iPads. It's about freedom.
An invitation to participate in Barack Obama's Town Hall forum arrived in my inbox; I was to show up at 9 AM sharp. But afterward, I couldn't help but feel sad and a bit used. And I imagined Obama felt the same way.
Don't pretend your kids' educations or your small business loan would be paid for if Obama was doing a better job or if McCain/Palin won. Think you're exhausted now? Imagine how tired you'd be from being so pissed off if Obama lost.