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‘We the people’ filled up town hall

By: Eileen Marks
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I recently received a mailed invitation from our Congressman Tom McClintock to a town meeting held last Saturday morning in the Lincoln Hills ballroom. The topic, the health-care bill, held a great deal of interest and emotion to me. My Saturday morning was busy but I knew that I needed to attend this meeting. I headed over to the Orchard Creek Ballroom to find the very large parking lot was full. I knew a lot of people had decided to take time from their busy Saturday morning to attend this meeting. When I finally reached the hall, I was amazed by the crowd. The entire room, which is the size of two or three ballrooms, was filled with occupied chairs. The perimeter of the room was ringed with more people and, in each of the five or six entrances, people stood four or five deep. Even the lobby of the building was filled with people. The room was overflowing with residents from all over the congressional district. The many residents of Lincoln Hills were joined by a wonderful multi-generational array of constituents who were anxious to hear about the fate of health care in our country. Veterans were joined by mothers and their babies. I listened as our congressman answered the questions asked by the attendees. He is one of the many lawmakers setting the policy for our nation and in these uneasy times, the opportunity to be heard, by not only a lawmaker but by our neighbors, was a good situation. At one point, McClintock asked the group where they stood on the health-care issue. While a handful responded that they were in favor, the rest of the room responded that they were not in favor of a national health-care program. Once again, we were given the opportunity to speak freely and be heard. There is a great deal of heart in Lincoln and in the entire congressional district and I felt like we were being called to action. During this meeting, we were reminded that our Constitution clearly was written by the people and stresses the fact that it begins with the words “We The People.” The first step was to attend the meeting; the next step is to let our congressmen and senators know where we stand. McClintock called us to action with his instructions to agitate, agitate, and agitate, which will ultimately educate, educate and educate our lawmakers. Only then will they remember that they have a duty to act on our behalf. We often feel distanced from our lawmakers because our communication is limited to times that coincide with their election. The opportunity to attend this town meeting and be heard was a wakeup call that I will not forget. I plan on communicating with those who represent me to let them know what I want for my country. With a great deal of heart, I would like to encourage all of you, no matter where you stand on an issue, to do the same. We, the people created this great nation and it is as much our responsibility as is our elected officials to be heard! Eileen Marks can be reached by e-mail at emarks@aol.com