posted on Aug, 12 2009 @ 07:23 PM
With all that is going on in America today I think one thing is clear and that is there are some major disagreements on the direction of our nation.
There are many views of what this nation should and could be and we are finally getting them all out in the open. These town hall meetings in my
opinion are the greatest thing to happen to America in a long time. This is how America USED to do business. We used to gather everyone in our little
towns and hash out our differences just like we are doing now. Yes there is some yelling and yes there are some people who are considered "rude" but
this is exactly how America used to do it's business.
Think about the founding fathers when they were locked in the convention trying to write the future for our country do you think they agreed on
everything? Do you not think that they too were in some yelling matches and pissing contests? I mean lets face it these were some of the most
prominent men in the country and they all had their views on where our country should be. It seems anymore however major legislation is rammed though
congress and sent right to the president with no real debate amongst the people or real dialogue to hash out differences. It's mostly done in secret
meetings in Washington and then when they reach their agreements they ram the legislation through, most of the time without reading the bill they vote
for. These town hall meetings give me hope for the future of America. I wish these meetings were allowed to happen during the banking bailouts and
before the stimulus passing but I'll take the debate on health care.
In final I really hope this isn't a one time thing. I think major legislation should be debated amongst the people just like we are doing now since
at the end of the day its us and our families who will be paying for these bills. I don't think having a particular view makes you a terrorist or un
American, I think having your view and expressing makes you more American than anyone sitting on their butts and watching So You Think You Can Dance.
I also think these town hall meetings are bringing more people into the mix, more people actually involved in politics and the future of our country.
We need people involved. We need people to turn off the American Idol, put down their beer, and get over to these meetings and inform themselves. We
need an informed society and an involved society. This was the hope of America. This was what America was truly founded on and that is a government
for the people by the people and these town hall meetings really are a hallmark of these ideals.