“An association of men who will not quarrel with one another is a thing which has never yet existed, from the greatest confederacy of nations down to a town meeting or a vestry.” —Thomas Jefferson
His point seems very contemporary. However, these thoughts also helped me think more clearly as well. Dialogue, even rowdy dialogue, is EXACTLY what we need right now. The debate over the National Health Care Plan has done more to wake us up than 9/11, two wars, and a collapsing economy!
I say we keep it up! In a previous blog, I had stated that if 20% of every congressional district in this great country would email or call their representative, it would scare the bejesus out of them.
However, why limit the dialogue to health care? Let’s put it all on the table. WTF. I would like to know a few other things while we are at it. Like:
1). Just what is the goal in Afghanistan anyway? And what is the exit strategy? Ah….. when the heroin trade dries up?
2). Did we secure the oil in Iraq or not?
3). When are we going to get a public campaign finance law?
4). Are the banksters clean or not? If not when are they going to be indicted?
5). Does the health care industry PAC money donated to you affect your decision on developing a real national health care plan?
If everyone emailed those questions to their congress person or senator, I am sure we would have an immaculate spontaneous behavioral modification in the beltway. I will say it again. We are powerful because we have a vote. We would be more powerful if we encourage everyone we know to get involved. It doesn’t matter HOW you feel about the issues, only that you do feel and act on those feelings. Finally, we would be most powerful if we were all well informed about the issues.
That last point is the most significant point for today. Get informed. Make it fun, involve your children. As a teaching lesson, have them collect the daily headlines and then discuss the issues with them. Everyone learns, and more importantly everyone becomes more informed.
What was saddest to watch concerning the town hall meetings was the true level of ignorance being demonstrated by those who shouted the loudest. I mean that in the most respectful way, because I understand the feelings were genuine. To allow someone to upset you to the degree I saw some people, and to know they really haven’t read or understood anything on their own seems odd to me. Disturbingly so. We can do better than this, can’t we?
Anyway here’s some more food for thought from Uncle Willy….