Finally! Pictures from the Blanche Lincoln Town Hall in Russellville, AR

Here are the ladies of the Cross Section.  We sure had a great time.  We ran into lots of great people who were there to tell the President and Blanche Lincoln to keep their hands off of healthcare.  We were seated in the front row.  Beth sat on the floor before the start of the event to get the computer up and running for our “live” report.
The ladies of the Cross Section: Beth Frederick, Shelly Robbins, and Bea McDonald

The ladies of the Cross Section: Beth Frederick, Shelly Robbins, and Bea McDonald

Beth is getting ready to record "Live from Russellville!"

Beth is getting ready to record "Live from Russellville!"

Senator Blanche Lincoln sure had her hands full!  It was pretty clear that the majority of the almost 1000 people were not buying into the public option for healthcare!

Blanche Lincoln Town Hall Russellville, AR 014

No More Government Programs!

No More Government Programs!

Here is a lady who was ready with her sign and here is a picture of a shirt that one of the town hall participants was wearing.  I wish I had one!
This lady says, "Hands off my healthcare!"

This lady says, "Hands off my healthcare!"

A picture is worth a thousand words!
A picture is worth a thousand words!

 

 
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7 responses to “Finally! Pictures from the Blanche Lincoln Town Hall in Russellville, AR

  1. For an alternate view of government programs and social justice, please take a look at my blog entry today…

    http://hippieprofessor.com/2009/09/07/labor-day-reflections/

    I come here sincerely looking for dialogue on the issues.

    — hippieprof

    • crosssection

      Thanks for the comment. You are absolutely entitled to your opinion and the Cross Section is happy to post any comment that doesn’t have profanity in it. We are all entitled to our opinion under the 1st ammendment and that should be celebrated.

  2. Crosssection – thanks for letting this comment go through – you would be amazed how many times I am just moderated out.

    All I am looking for is some open dialogue on the issues, which frankly has been sorely missing in my opinion.

    — hippieprof

  3. Let me push this a bit farther – now that you let the first comment through I feel more comfortable in writing more.

    I was initially responding to the photo of the t-shirts procialming “no social justice” and “no more government programs” etc.

    I fully understand the worries about government getting too big (though I also believe that bigger government is not the same thing as socialism) But…. as I said in my blog we also have a responsibility to give back to our society because the society in which we live is partly responsible for our very success.

    I am curious how you would respond to that.

    — hippieprof

    • crosssection

      I do think that we need to give back to our society. That is what my faith teaches me..to give back and to help those who cannot help themselves.

      However, government, in my opinion is not the answer. When government tries to make things “equal” for everyone it always backfires. It’s why a satellite picture of North Korea at night is dark while South Korea is lit up like a Christmas tree. It’s why East Berlin was gray and cheerless with breadlines when I visited in the late 70s while West Berlin was bustling and colorful. The best way to make as many people as possible prosperous is to take away as many governmental barriers as you can.

      We must help those who cannot help themselves, however, when you continually help people who could help themselves, you are actually being cruel to them because they won’t ever become self-sufficient. It’s the same reason we don’t still tie our kids’ shoes when they’re 10. If we did, how cruel would that be. They wouldn’t learn to do it themselves.

      I want the same thing you do. I want people who need help to get it, but I feel that when we assign that task to government, then we as individuals stop looking for the neighbor that we need to help. Look at the Katrina disaster. It was the churches and community organizations as well as private businesses that were there first and helped the most in more efficient ways than the government ever could. Government intervention sounds great in theory, it’s just been my experience that it doesn’t work out too well in real life.

      • mikeVA

        Americans need to get value from their investments. The present system of insurance costs more than any other region in the world and we have worse outcomes. Those are the facts.

  4. Crosssection….

    Once again, thanks for responding. I have been trying to reach out to the “tea party” crowd in hopes of getting some good honest discussion going. I feel like there has been too much shouting and too much anger and that if we actually calmly sat down and talked we would find that we don’t differ that much.

    A lot of the time my comments don’t survive moderation – so I really do appreciate this.

    I think we have found some common ground, too – in fact we agree on a lot. I very much believe in volunteerism – in fact my mother was an absolutely amazing person in that regard. She worked in an inner-city food/clothing bank for over 30 years, eventually becoming the director. I have great respect for volunteerism and I think we would be in sorry shape without it.

    You will note that I am an educator by profession – so I also agree that we need to help people to learn to help themselves.

    This having been said, I still think there needs to be a government role when volunteerism falls short. For example, volunteerism works best in the immediate community – but sometimes a community is so poor it does not have the resources to help itself. Unfortunately, it is often difficult or impossible to find volunteers willing or able to travel long distances to help others. As a result, some of the communities most in need are left unserved. I believe the government can and should provide services in such situations.

    One of the things that angers me in this debate is the assumption that what I am talking about (and what President Obama is talking about) amounts to socialism. It isn’t socialism – and if it were I would join you in fighting it because I don’t think socialism works either – for exactly the reasons you mention.

    What I do advocate (and Obama advocates) is a somewhat larger role for the government than you are perhaps comfortable with. That is fine – and it is a certainly a point worthy of discussion and debate.

    I just hate to see it called “socialism” because that has a connotation of un-American. I would maintain that I am indeed very pro-American (and so is Obama) – what we want certainly is not socialism.

    Again, thanks for listening. I think we agree on quite a lot. I also think that finding points of agreement is about the only way we can move forward on the difficult issues we face as a nation.

    — hippieprof

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