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.
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.
I'm all about winning. And I live for hardball politics. I get it naturally. But, dividing and angering voters; displacing the common ground of being American from under their feet in order to win has catastrophic consequences.
When that kindergartener tells your child that his/her opinions on single payer insurance and the trigger are "for doodoo heads," it can be a teaching moment. Here are some books to make the current political climate fun!
A full defense of the public option requires moving beyond the basic arguments for reform. It requires reform proponents to take seriously the fears of opponents, even if they make up only a minority of the American public.