I was eagerly anticipating attending Rep. Charles Gonzalez’s town hall meeting. He scheduled the meeting for 6:30 p.m. at the Edgewood Independent School District’s Theater of the Performing Arts. When I arrived it was obvious that the event would attract a crowd.
While approaching the meeting place I noticed San Antonio Police practically surrounding the theater. I turned to the left alongside the theater and saw several people getting off of a VIA Bus. I think that it was wonderful that citizens were so committed to be heard by their elected representative that they took the bus to come to the town hall.
As I drove in front of the theater I saw several persons wearing SEIU t-shirts. There were three or four large anti-abortion signs being walked around in front. There was quite a bit of activity. While entering the theater I was informed that there would be some sort of Lyndon LaRouche webcast. I was handed a Lyndon LaRouche magazine that I quickly folded it up and shoved it out of sight in my pants pocket. I didn’t want to be associated with those loons, but, would like to see what they were up to now.
I entered the very crowded foyer. There were several long tables with workers behind them. It was hard to determine what was going on or if there was any method to the madness. I asked someone with a staff tag and was informed that I needed to go to any table and get a name tag. I naturally picked the wrong table. I was told to put my name on a 5×8 card if I wanted to ask a question of Rep. Gonzalez. What about a name tag? Go to one of the other tables I was cheerfully informed. Why? I grumpily asked. While going through the table game I saw an arrival of numerous well dressed union people.
When I reached the other table I was asked if I had health insurance. I replied yes and received a yellow bordered name tag. Later I heard one of the staff say that people with insurance had name tags with red borders. The foyer fiasco of a simple organizational task caused me to work up an appetite to hear how the Democrats planned to run Nationalized Health Care.
The event started on time. Rep. Gonzalez was a most gracious and charming host. I did not lose sight of the fact that he is a politician, a lawyer, and a judge who has bought in to the most radical political agenda that this nation has ever seen. While he was welcoming and discussing the format a back drop screen was displaying information. I was not surprised to see a Ronald Reagan quote and a Bible verse quote. Why do the Democrats go ballistic over their misinterpretation of the separation of church and state, but, they are quick to quote the Bible or offer prayer.
There was a priest introduced who offered a prayer of invocation. The prayer included a subtle reference to abortion that brought a murmur of agreement from the crowd. Everyone was asked to rise for the Pledge of Allegiance and then the National Anthem was beautifully sung by a young lady. Rep. Gonzalez then drew ten name cards from a clear plastic box to have them come up front to ask a question. Subsequently another ten were called to complete the program.
I think that at least 75% of the questioners were either anti health care nationalization or very suspicious. The highlights of the evening are as follows. A lady said she was from Columbia, looked forward to voting for the first time and would become a citizen in two weeks. She said Columbia had a nationalized health system that was broke and didn’t work. People many times had to sue in the courts to receive needed medical treatment. She wanted to know why anyone would want a nationalized health plan like those that didn’t work in Columbia, Canada and elsewhere.
A gentleman (John David Hall) came to the mike and immediately made it clear that he planned to run against Rep. Gonzalez in the next election. The auditorium immediately erupted in hoots, hollers, and extended clapping. He questioned the constitutionality of a nationalized health plan.
A lady held up a picture of her autistic son and suggested that there be a face to the nationalized health plan. She read several unsavory sections from the proposed bill. Naturally she commented on a section that has been widely interpreted, and criticized, as being de facto death panel procedures for the provision, or withholding, of care and treatment.
The evening basically ended when a gentlemen waiting to ask a question collapsed and bumped his head on the way down. Doctors were called for and EMS was called to the scene. The casualty did manage to ask his question from the floor.
Rep. Gonzalez was a gracious host and conducted a very fair town hall that I am certain caused no one to have a change of heart including Rep. Gonzalez. His slick answers ranged from mostly disingenuous to erroneous or humorous. I believe that the estimated 1000 plus crowd significantly leaned to opposition of any attempt for the federal government to control our health care. The meeting was orderly, well behaved and respectful of others. There was some very slight hollering out at inappropriate times. I think that all of Rep. Gonzalez’s constituents can be proud of our civilized, democratic town hall meeting.
When I left the hall I lingered to see if there would be anything out of place. While there I was approached by an old soldier (Marines) who spotted my Vietnam Vet hat. He was obviously in the Democrat camp so I watched my words. I was really interested in observing an over the road bus that was loading on the side street. Who were they? While we were talking a reporter from La Prensa approached us and observed that it looked like they were busing in anti Gonzalez northsiders.
I was amused at such a silly idea that affluent northsiders would need to be provided transportation. I observed enough of the passengers, and what was going on in the bus, to determine that the bus was undoubtedly a union or community organizer sponsored ride. I just wanted to satisfy myself in case someone tried to make up a fairy tale about what was the bus was all about.
It was a great evening and a great display of democracy. Rep. Gonzalez has already voted for tax and cap. I am certain he will vote to nationalize health care. He has no problem associating himself with the likes of Pelosi, Conyers, Rangel, Franks, Waxman and all the other names of those whose ideologies should be anathema to true blue Texans. They come from states attempting self destruction and want to impose those destructive ideologies on the nation. We don’t need them or their fellow travelers.
Tonight was the first time that I heard up close and personal a person of Rep. Gonzalez stature claim the “living constitution” position. He made several statements that clearly showed that he claimed that dangerous concept as his own. This is the very root of why Big Bubba constantly uses the phrase pseudo intellectual progressive liberal demoracist.
They think that their intellect is superior to that of the Founding Fathers. They can only prove that by trashing the Constitution and substituting their flawed socialist theories. They have watched the collapse and failure of communist and socialist systems worldwide. They believe that their superior intellect will bring about a utopia that others failed to achieve.
Rep. Gonzalez has two constituencies in his district. He has been able to pull off the El Patron game with many in the district. Invoking the memory of his late, great father is part of his hold. All others are malcontents who do not have the requisite intellect to understand the superiority of his thinking. There is also an underlying contempt for organized religion since socialism and communism have always viewed the superstition of religion as a roadblock to the implementation of the plans of those who would be god with the lessers and lead them to the promised land of their vision.
Many of us know by heart, Proverbs 16:18 Pride goes before destruction,
a haughty spirit before a fall. Let’s start thinking about what we can do if Rep. Gonzalez fails to effectively represent the will of his constituency.
Pray for our nation. Pray for our leaders. Pray for God’s protection and his will in our lives as we enter a critical era for our nation.