Answer the question congressman
On Tuesday, I had the distinct displeasure of attending Rep. Westmoreland's Conservative Republican Pep Rally, aka town hall meeting, at the old courthouse. What a farce; what a waste of time.
With the exception of a few low-key, negative questions, the meeting was about defunding Obamacare, shutting down the government, impeaching President Obama, anti-immigration reform, and backing the Republican agenda.
Instead of letting the public speak, we were directed to write our questions on a half sheet of paper and put them in a basket. That in itself was no big problem, but I had written out my questions in advance, so I tore off my two questions from the paper I had, filled out the form with the word 'attached' on it, put my name on the questions, folded them together and put them in the basket. My questions were in regard to Obamacare and unions, but were courteous and civil.
They had a pretty young lady, 9 or 10 years old, randomly select a sheet of paper from the basket and hand it to one of the congressman's aides. This aide would look at the paper and give it back to the young girl to give to Rep. Westmoreland. I noticed, however, that the aide, a big, white-haired man, would occasionally place one of the questions aside. When my two folded papers were selected, he also looked at them and placed them aside. When the aide got up to go to the rear of the room, I confronted him about what he was doing. He basically ignored me and said something about having time for only one or two more questions. He went back to his table, had the young lady select two more questions from the basket, ignored those he had set aside, and had her take them to the congressman.
If Rep. Westmoreland is going to hold town hall meetings on public property, he should let everyone be heard. If he is going to hold Republican rallies, he should rent the facilities.