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  •  ZOMG (2+ / 0-)
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    Lily O Lady, ladywithafan

    To me, if I knew this was happening anywhere, I would dash there.   This kind of meeting to me is the kind of thing that should be the stomping ground for every liberal.  

    If you can show up at those meetings, those are the ones that you can pretty well change the entire tone of, and since they aren't there to intimidate in the flesh, they have no chance to really rebut a counter argument.

    We accomplished far more with the representatives out of the room then with them there, in these cases.  

    I'm trying to build up a driving profile for this month; I'm going to start dedicating about a week a month to heading to these things, hitting the road and getting a feel of the districts.  

    Basically, my plan is to put a hell of a lot more "shoe leather" into these districts then their representatives.

    Gandhi's Seven Sins: Wealth without work; Pleasure without conscience; Knowledge without character; Commerce without morality; Science without humanity; Worship without sacrifice; Politics without principle

    by Chris Reeves on Sun Feb 03, 2013 at 08:40:14 AM PST

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    •  "Showing up," would amount to sitting (1+ / 0-)
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      ladywithafan

      on the phone for a couple of hours listing to carefully crafted responses which distort the truth. I've done it and been invited to send my question in writing to my representative's office. They have handily shut down any real discussion.

      "The object of persecution is persecution. The object of torture is torture. The object of power is power. Now do you begin to understand me?" ~Orwell, "1984"

      by Lily O Lady on Sun Feb 03, 2013 at 09:02:41 AM PST

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      •  Ooops! that should be "listening," not "listing." (0+ / 0-)

        "The object of persecution is persecution. The object of torture is torture. The object of power is power. Now do you begin to understand me?" ~Orwell, "1984"

        by Lily O Lady on Sun Feb 03, 2013 at 09:04:16 AM PST

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      •  Do they have people in these "townhalls" to keep (1+ / 0-)
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        People in line?   Or is it just a bunch of people standing around?  Are there staffers even there?   I'm trying to think about how they can control this situation in this setup.

        In the end, though, most of what I think about isn't trying to ask questions.. let people ask their own hyper-conservative questions.  And rather then just eyeroll at them, a good video/audio recording of the event is at times amazing.. people say some crazy shit, seriously in these townhalls when they believe it's only their own loyalists.

        Gandhi's Seven Sins: Wealth without work; Pleasure without conscience; Knowledge without character; Commerce without morality; Science without humanity; Worship without sacrifice; Politics without principle

        by Chris Reeves on Sun Feb 03, 2013 at 09:05:29 AM PST

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        •  It's a teleconference. As far as I know, it's run (0+ / 0-)

          out the the representative's office with only staff present. What happens is that I'll get a call in the evening with a prerecorded message from my representative asking me to stay on the line if I want to participate in a town hall meeting. If I do, then a recording tells me that I should press a button if I wish to ask a question. If I do want to ask a question, a staffer comes on the line asking me what my question is. Then I hear the questions from other constituents followed by the representative's answer. I tried to get a question answered, but they "ran out of time." So when the "town hall" ended, another recorded message said that if my question wasn't answered, I can send it to my representatives office. This is no different from writing my representative at any other time. The town hall is of no advantage.

          The whole town hall meeting takes place as a teleconference so I can't meet my representative face to face.

          "The object of persecution is persecution. The object of torture is torture. The object of power is power. Now do you begin to understand me?" ~Orwell, "1984"

          by Lily O Lady on Sun Feb 03, 2013 at 03:25:36 PM PST

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      •  I used to live in north georgia (1+ / 0-)
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        I was a regular on the Tom Price Phone a thon meetings.  Because I had no choice to vote for any Democratic candidates, in closed elections, I registered R to vote against Ralph Reed.  This got me on the Tom Price phone town hall list.  
        I used the information from the calls to understand the bs I heard from my neighbors.

        Now I am in northern Arizona where at least I can cast a vote for a Democratic candidate if I wish.  

        I appreciate all that tmservo433 and  others are trying to do to give all voters a choice.

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