Thursday, July 17, 2008

It's Not About What You Say

John McCain is speaking in KC today at a town hall meeting. These meetings should be democracy at its finest. Instead, they usually make you wonder about whether democracy is built on a solid foundation. A nice example was outlined today (in a pretty rough retelling):

Some Guy in Crowd: Obama wants to fix healthcare by getting the government more involved. I think the government needs to be less involved. How can you help get the government less involved so the free market can give us cheaper healthcare?

Crowd roars with approval.

McCain: I agree with you. Here is what we need to do...blah, blah, blah... and we need federal and state governments to work together to create pools for those who otherwise wouldn't be able to afford coverage.

Crowd roars with approval.

Three important question arise:
1. How many people were actually listening?
2. Of those that were listening, how many understood what was going on?
3. What does all of this mean for democracy?

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