Professor Pitney has written a fantastic piece on National Review Online about how Congressmen are trying to create "virtual townhall" meetings. (Silly me, I though the "town" had to be in a "hall" for it qualify.)
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords SCRIPPS '93 is in trouble and the latest health care protests certainly aren't helping.
Do we want American medicine to suffer the same fate as manned space flight? Shall we ground the Saturn V until everybody has a horse and buggy of equal quality? Shall we put our best imaging technology in a museum, and celebrate the 40th anniversary of our former ability to see inside the body without cutting?
You are blessed to be living in a country that gives its citizens the freedom to bump around the scenery a bit, to try new things and make mistakes and stretch your talents and make adjustments and to find every rich and satisfying thing, and it will still be okay in the end.
Remember what the authors of the Declaration of Independence said about the inalienable rights of each person, which are "life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness."
Think of that! Those words are one of the deepest expressions of who we are as Americans. This is the mission statement of the United States.