Now that Republicans in the House are the object of their own campaign ire (they're now "the government"), they need to reject the malevolent commentators on the sidelines and stand up for our institutions of civil governance.
Jeff Zeleny reported that Democrats were avoiding town hall appearances to avoid "voter rage." Is it true? Well, your definition of "avoiding town hall meetings" would have to be "holding a lot of town hall meetings." So: no.
Gay marriage and our increasingly obvious interconnectedness present threats to traditions and ways of doing things that many of us think should change. In that regard, health reform is the new gay marriage.
Once you've spent day after day among the constituents -- hearing the president being called a Nazi, a commie, a socialist tool, a terrorist mole -- calling Barack Obama a liar must have seemed almost quaint.
Shouting at town hall meetings may vent anger, but it is not sufficient to eliminate corruption in American government. Exercising popular sovereignty through constructive civic duty, though, would be a start.
We are not in a room crafting health care legislation, so we have to rely on the words of those we elected to public office to truthfully tell us what they say, and how which bill will best benefit our lives.