An Angry, Frustrated Constituent, Part 2

This is the second of a two part article that presents a speech made at Rep. Tom Reed’s Town Hall Meeting in Manchester, New York on May 11, 2013. The first part was posted yesterday (May 16. 2013).

The speaker, as we found out yesterday, is a 61 year old woman who is presently unemployed (she worked in the Construction Industry). Immigration, Medicaid, and Obamacare, are ruining her life, and  exists because the Democrats need to have their warm fuzzies and feel happy. She has a 16 year old niece who doesn’t know what wants to do in her future, and, as a good Aunt should,  blames that on the feel-good philosophy of the Educational System, controlled by Democrats.

In this portion of her speech, she unveils her plan to take the government back from Democrats and stop the ‘train wreck’ that this country is experiencing.

Again I include how Rep. Reed responds to her negativity through two long comments.

Twitter and Problem Solving–Nobody can figure out the simple ways except the people who sit at the kitchen table come up with incredible ideas. I’m extremely active on twitter and have been for years. I’ve got thousands of followers on twitter. I can’t believe the information that comes out of these people. The energy that working class people like me and we talk to our politicians and you’re talking in terms, that and we’re talking about this, we’re working on this, we’re discussing this, we’re looking for ideas, then get down to the nitty gritty and talk to the people who are suffering the most and that’s the middle class.

Voting–And my vote in this state, it doesn’t matter. Why should any republican, or independent, or conservative, or libertarian, or anything, why should we bother voting. The Democrats are going to make the decision. Really why does anybody bother voting in November of 2012 when Ohio made the decision? That is all we heard weeks before the election. Down to Ohio. Down to Ohio. Why should I go to vote? The electoral system should go down the toilet. It is unfair. When you’ve got districts whose vote doesn’t even matter! It’s unfair. It’s unconstitutional.

Politicians (and Immigration)–You all  seem too proper. You all seem too nice. You all seem too casual. You all seem to well sit down and have a civil conversation. You know here is an entire class of people in this country that says “NO!” Let’s sit down I want to slap you on the side of the head and say Wake up to this, the reality.  You’re destroying jobs,and you’re opening the gates to all of these people. We don’t know the people we’ve got here already. We have no clue. We found out who two of them were in Boston, didn’t we? We found out the hard way. And who is the family in Arizona or New Mexico or Texas that’s going to get slaughtered while they’re sleeping in their home by illegal immigrants when they’re  trying to find a safe haven? Because that is what’s going to happen. And then the Politician is going to stand up and , “Oh, My! Look what happened. We’re going to have to do something about that. Let’s develop a COMMITTEE. ”

I’m sorry, you guys are killing us.

Rep. Reed’s response to the last comment…What I try to do, we live in a split government in Washington DC. and if we are going to get anything done we have to be respectful to each other, in my opinion, and we have to sit and take the debate to the American people. You have identified about thirty different problems there. We are trying to have our input on, and push. I try to do it the way I was brought up. The way I’m trying to conduct myself coming from a large family is that I try to understand other peoples’ point of view that doesn’t mean I give away my philosophy and who I am and what I believe is the right path for us to go. Because if you don’t do that what ends up happening is we become further divided and nothing gets done.

That’s one of the problems that I think we’re facing in the country because right now because there are people on both sides of the aisle, far right, far left, who are utilizing that to say “Holy Cow, if I can throw these bombs they’ll put me on newspaper. They’ll put me on FOX or Rachel Maddow, and all that. I don’t do that because I went to Washington to do something.

In order to do something in that town I have recognized that split government, and you do have a legitimate difference of opinions on what is the best philosophy for going. The one philosophy that is on the left side is “government is the solution, government should do more.” I am on the other side saying “Enough is Enough.” The government should be very limited in what it does. And should be smaller because it is not sustainable. You jeopardizes the whole system in regards to that bigger government. We are seeing the results as we speak with the debt and everything that is going on with it. So I try to take logic and commitment and a lot of times in these conversations, as you say, the other sides wants the warm and fuzzies.  They are well intentioned, some of these people, but the intentions causes unintended consequences that impact all of us.

(Woman…) Getting Black Democrats, and Independents To Vote For Republicans–We need to find a way to reach democrat voters. And to show them the damages being done by this administration policies and that is one of places where Mitt Romney failed in his campaign. He failed greatly. He didn’t point out the hugh train wreck coming down the pike that we are all seeing now. Nobody pointed it out. Nobody said … I stood in line at the IRS. A few weeks ago. I was the only white person there. There was about fifty black people in line. They were all complaint about it. I can’t remember what it was. It was something new that has been done to Medicare I believe. They were all complaining about it. High taxes, high this, high that. I just wanted to scream and ask “who did you vote for?”and they don’t even have any idea that where the damages they’re feeling are coming from. Yet every complaint I heard them talk about were things that were done through the Obama Administration and they don’t even know.

So if these are democrat people and these are black voters, if these are people that the republicans need to clean out the rest of the elections coming down the road, you need to find a way to enlighten democratic voters to the damage that is being done because you are not letting people know the damage. I don’t care if it is a stupid television commercial that says…this is what happened before Obama and this is what things look like now. You know  you are not reaching those voters.

Rep. Reed’s response to the last comment…I appreciate those comments but I will not classify people based on color or anything like that. The philosophy of what we are doing and what our vision is we need at articulate much better. I try to get out there, that’s why I go to the younger generation, I need to do these town halls and I try to get out there and say, …”This is why I feel the way I do”…and I am asking them to explain why…I want us to explain why this is beneficial to all Americans, regardless of race, regardless of background. I think if we start with at that attitude there is a lot we can accomplished.

About pystew

Retired Teacher, political science geek, village trustee. I lean a little left, but like a good political discussion. My blog, the New NY 23rd (http://newny23rd) is about discussing the issues facing the people of our new congressional district. Let's hear all sides of the issues, not just what the candidates want us to hear.
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6 Responses to An Angry, Frustrated Constituent, Part 2

  1. Deb Meeker says:

    This woman’s ideas are all over the map. Do we believe she has the opinions of a majority? And, again I see Reed used the “I am who I am, and I know what’s best for all”. Perhaps he really does believe his own mendacity.


  2. pystew says:

    I don’t think for a minute that her opinions are held by a majority of the people in our district. Her comment being that the way we vote is unconstitutional shows her lack of political knowledge, even though she has 1000s of twitter followers.

    Did you notice that Reed quickly denounced her comments about ‘blacks’. (Although he generally agreed with her.) He also wanted to end on a positive note.


  3. Deb Meeker says:

    I did notice that he denounced the woman at this meeting, but I can tell you, he did not denounce, (while the lauguage was not quite as strong) a woman at the Newfield meeting, who was strongly complaining about “those people” in Ithaca lined up for Welfare, refusing to get jobs, getting their “TVs, homes, cars, and phones”, on her dime. He nodded approvingly through all of that.


  4. whungerford says:

    I find Tom’s response “I appreciate those comments but I will not classify people based on color or anything like that.” very weak. His statement doesn’t condemn racism even in general terms and doesn’t rebuke the speaker either.


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