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"town halls" gone wild

Discussion in 'Freedom and Liberty' started by Tango3, Jul 31, 2009.

  1. Tango3

    Tango3 Aimless wanderer

    congress critters cancelling constituent events as "just pointless..."[beat]

    Town halls gone wild

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    <!-- end .related-media --> <cite class="vcard"> Alex Isenstadt Alex Isenstadt </cite> – <abbr title="2009-07-31T02:30:00-0700" class="timedate">Fri Jul 31, 5:30 am ET</abbr>
    <!-- end .byline --> Screaming constituents, protesters dragged out by the cops, congressmen fearful for their safety — welcome to the new town-hall-style meeting, the once-staid forum that is rapidly turning into a house of horrors for members of Congress.
    On the eve of the August recess, members are reporting meetings that have gone terribly awry, marked by angry, sign-carrying mobs and disruptive behavior. In at least one case, a congressman has stopped holding town hall events because the situation has spiraled so far out of control.
    “I had felt they would be pointless,” Rep. Tim Bishop (D-N.Y.) told POLITICO, referring to his recent decision to temporarily suspend the events in his Long Island district. “There is no point in meeting with my constituents and [to] listen to them and have them listen to you if what is basically an unruly mob prevents you from having an intelligent conversation.”
  2. ghrit

    ghrit Ambulatory anachronism Administrator Founding Member

    Which, in the main, they always have been. I went to several back in the day when I thought it might do some good to be heard. It didn't. They hear, but don't listen after the first one or two.
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