Last week we had one of those Town Hall meetings with our Democratic Congressman, Allen Boyd. Boyd is one of the Blue Dogs, which makes him a DINO (Democratic In Name Only.) It was held across the street from where I work, and the local newspaper estimated that 1,000 people showed up. I personally think it was more. There were tons of people carrying homemade signs that said “Hands Off My Health Care”.
Reportedly, it was more civilized than the stuff we’ve seen on TV, but you would be hard-pressed to tell by the following picture, taken outside City Hall where the “Town” Meeting was held:
The guy who is on the victim end of the finger-pointing expressed an opinion in yesterday’s newspaper, the Tallahassee Democrat. (“Democrat” did not used to be a four-letter word.) See it here.
I am constantly admonished to present fact rather than opinions. But the “fact” is, I can do no better. Almost every “fact” has an interpretation attached to it. In our weekly conversation today, Fakesister and I had a discussion about what constitutes “fact”. I said, you can only call something a fact if it has already happened. Thus, we had a Civil War. Fakesister said, I can use facts to predict the future too. The sun will rise in the East tomorrow.
Good point. Except that could change.
I am also exhorted to remember that the whole health care “debate” is not really about “facts”, it’s about “values”. (Sorry, Anarchist, this means you.) But what is a fact? “Facts” cannot be separated from your perceeption of them.
Last night I had a long conversation with a friend who is a doctor. I’ve known him since his first year of medical school, when he was an idealist and hated the sight of blood :). My how far we have come. Both of us are very different people now. In his heart, he is still an idealist, but reality has intruded.
I close with a very amusing (to me) Letter To The Editor. A woman who tried to attend the Health Care Town Hall Meeting, in order to protest the Government Takeover of the World, found that there were no seats available. She decided to leave. On her way out, she fell down the stairs in City Hall and broke her foot. She then spent 7 hours in the ER. Is this ironic or what?