Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Town Hall Meeting


Yesterday I decided to venture into a Town Hall Meeting with John McCain. I had mixed emotions, not sure what to expect and not sure if I would be happy with John McCain. What I got was an amazing exercise in seeing how democracy works.
I arrived a half hour before the event. All ready they were turning people away, the place was filled to capacity and more. I don't know how I got in, I just stood in line and voila, I was soon being ushered through a door. The event was held at a ginormous church; the sanctuary was full, the fellowship hall was full, every Sunday School room was full, they even erected a tent with chairs and PA system. McCain spoke for about 1/2 hour on what his vision for US healthcare is. He was a good speaker and subtracting the "my friends", the term he coined during his presidential run which he said way too many times, he made sense. Actually he spoke much better than I thought he would.
The people were amazing! There were people from all walks of life, all ages, ethnicities, and educational backgrounds. What was so amazing was how eloquently they all spoke. They were on all sides of the fence, a few for the current healthcare bill, some totally against it and some for something in between. I sat in awe as I listened to their views and Senator McCain's response. It was a tremendous give and take of ideas, shared with respect for the other person's viewpoint.

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