Once again Kevin Thompson makes the evening news…
Yesterday, I attempted to attend Senator Herb Kohl’s “listening session” that was actually closed to the public. While others left after having been turned away, I decided to stand in the lobby and wait for the Senator to come out. While waiting in the lobby, I got to chat with the channel 3 news team and another gentleman who was also waiting.
This other gentleman was actually there to encourage the senator to vote for government-run healthcare. As began to chat, our exchange became heated but civil. When he heard I was with the Constitution Party, he assumed I would be for socialized medicine as well. Why? He explained that the Constitutional idea of “promoting the general welfare” actually means universal healthcare. He was pretty adamant about that. So, I asked him to support his proposition. “Prove it.” I asked. His basic response was that he could not imagine it meaning anything else. I asked him to show me any quotation from any of the Founders speaking of healthcare. If this is what they really meant, they must have said something about it. He told me he would have to do some more research and get back to me…
So, instead, I took him to another section of the Constitution – Article 1, section 8. I explained that here, the Constitution lists 18 different areas in which the Congress is allowed to spend money. Then, according to the tenth amendment, anything not listed there is the responsibility of the states and is prohibited on the federal level. Therefore, universal healthcare not being mentioned in Article 1, section 8 is unconstitutional for the US Congress to be debating. He looked a little taken back at that moment. He asked me to write that down so he can look it up when he got home. He was silent after that. Once again I was reminded of the need to educate people as to what the Constitution actually says.
During this time, the channel 3 news crew was filming. Unfortunately, the audio of this exchange was not aired.
The ironic thing is that this other gentleman was treated with disgust by those running the meeting. We both were standing just outside the meeting, listening in through a slightly opened door. While I walked away for a moment to look at the gift shop, a woman came by, told this man he was rude for listening in and then slammed the door shut. When this man walked over to this woman’s office, she quickly locked the door on him, refusing to even speak to him. I later over heard her calling this man a “psycho.” This is transparent government of the people, by the people and for the people? This man supported the Senator and his position!
Finally, when the meeting was over, I got a chance to talk to Senator Kohl. Once I actually got inside the room, I was happy to see some familiar, conservative faces had been there all along. While waiting in line to speak with Kohl, I observed several people in front me expressing their outrage at even the thought of government-run healthcare. When it came my turn to speak, I didn’t feel the need to repeat what had already been said. After all, no matter what his position, a US Senator does deserve some respect and me rehashing what he had just heard didn’t make sense to me. So, as his constituent, I politely asked him to vote against the bill and expressed my concern over voting for a bill most people have not read. He assured me that he always knows what he votes for. He explained that he does not have time to read every bill, but does have members of his staff read the details and then brief him later. That sounded reasonable, but I then suggested that if these bills did not contain so much government overregulation and were kept to only Constitutional limits, this would not even be a problem.
You can see the footage from channel 3 news here –
You can see some of the footage I shot with my digital camera here –