I am not making this up. "The U.S. Capitol Police have advised all lawmakers to cancel their town hall meetings." Over the last week or so, constituents have been venting their fury over the decided lack of proper representation from their Congressmen, the obvious socialist direction they are taking the USA, and the lack of respect of the process their elected representatives are exhibiting. So, people are angry, and they are letting their elected representatives know:
Health Debate Turns Hostile at Town Hall Meetings
Town Hall meetings heat up over health care
Health care debate filled with sound, fury
Angry Americans disrupt health care talks
Enduring heat from their constituents, several of the meetings turning, shall we say, exuberant, Congressmen did the best thing they could thing of to do: stop meeting with the people they represent. This decision apparently came after US Capitol police finally advised lawmakers to cancel, leaving constituents with one less way to be heard.
In a McClatchy article, Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D-MO) said, "President Obama underestimated the free-fall the nation had already taken in partisan hostility when he talked about bringing change to Washington," said Cleaver, who supports reform. "It has gotten worse. There is something at play here that is indescribable."
I can describe it. It is called civil unrest: "Civil disorder, also known as civil unrest, is a broad term that is typically used by law enforcement to describe one or more forms of disturbance caused by a group of people. Civil disturbance is typically a symptom of, and a form of protest against, major socio-political problems; the severity of the action coincides with public expression(s) of displeasure."
And the American populace has never been shy about expressing their displeasure. I don't hold with death threats, vulgarity, or disruption, but on the elected side, I don't hold with cavalier representation, lies, and failure to fulfill promises either. The gulf between the People and the Government widens, and canceling the Town Halls has wrenched it further apart. When you stop talking, everything stops.
PS: a final note: back in April, President Obama said to the bankers, “My administration is the only thing between you and the pitchforks.” Oops, guess not. Only, Obama never guessed that the pitchforks he envisioned would be coming for HIM.