Thursday, August 13, 2009

"Not Representative of America"

I heard this quote from Senator Arlen Specter this morning and could not believe my ears. He was reacting to the crowds of people showing up at town hall meetings, voicing their opinions about the health care reform bill. Here it is, from a TV interview:

"I'm not going to complain about being organized. They have a right to speak," he said, "but I think we have to explain, they're not necessarily representative of America. I think they're vocal. I don't think they're representative."

Whoa! Screeeeeech! Um, dude, wake up . . . Not representative of America? Then what are they representative of? China? Mars?

These are the Americans who elected you, your fellow congressmen, and our President. These are the Americans you are supposed to REPRESENT in our government. These are your constituents, and they are telling you that they don't like what you are doing.

Rather than acknowledge that there just *might* be a problem here, you're going to deny that these people are representative of America? Reminds me of a child sticking his fingers in his ears!