As I was researching various reports and opinions on the recent town hall “uprisings,” I came across this refreshingly honest and insightful commentary from Chuck Colson. The following quote hits the proverbial nail on the head.
Free expression is essential to a free society. This is what distinguishes us from tyrannies.
Free expression–that’s the basis of town hall “listening” sessions, correct? Constituents give their input on legislation to their paid employee–the legislator–who listens to their input. Just because the legislator, the media, the Democratic leadership in Congress or the White House disagree with the constituent does not justify attempts to vilify, silence and harass disgruntled, concerned citizens.
Americans must be able to have some input on the atrocious health care bill–a plan that will radically affect every one of our lives. But it needs to be a civil discourse; hearty discussion and debate should be the basis of these health care town hall meetings, lest they become town brawls.
It’s easy to understand the frustration and desperation of Americans who attend town hall meetings to take part in the discussion–it’s their only chance for input, and their legislators and government are not listening to them–kind of like King George back in colonial days.
Not only are they not listening; they’re maligning concerned constituents as un-American, angry mobs. Angry? Yes. Mob? No! And what’s a Christian to do in the face of such blatant disregard for the American people? Speak the truth. Speak the truth in love with conviction, firmness and perseverance, even in situations where our opinions and concerns are disregarded.
Attend one of the Wisconsin congressional delegation’s upcoming health-care listening sessions and voice your opinion with civility and clarity. To find one near you, click here.
For more information on how the health care bill, H.R.3200, will effect you and your family, click here.