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About the town hall forum on government-run health care

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A woman dropped by to ask if anyone would be covering the town hall meeting Friday on “Government Run Healthcare" set to start at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 28, in the Hopkins County Regional Civic Center. She says she wants to bring up a few issues, but I have a feeling she's going to be disappointed.

 

I gather she's not happy with the kind of treatment afforded her; in fact, I suspect that she's in favor of some form of government intervention in the health care system, as she mentioned that since she pays taxes, doesn't she deserve to be treated fairly? But I have my doubts that anybody at this forum will present any support for governmental involvement in the health care system. As nice as the proclaimed message of the Tea Party Patriots who are largely organizaing the meeting — that they don't support any one party or viewpoint, they just want to give people a chance to let their voices be heard — the other rallies they've sponsored have been hugely partisan affairs aimed at discussing only the most conservative viewpoints.

Not that there's anything wrong with that. But when one speaker gets up and says that they're not there to bash any one party or person, and the next person begins railing against "the party" that pushed through certain bills, and when plenty of people hold up signs admonishing a certain politician or party, it sort of destroys your credibility in the non-partisan front.

Like I said, I've got no problem with people ascribing to an ideology. Just don't suggest to people that you're open to all viewpoints when you really only support one.

It reminds of that nice lady who was running for office one time and told me how proud she was that we had all religions represented here in Hopkins County — Baptists AND Methodists.

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