And when they've fallen on their sword for their masters, when the slaves (that's you) vote the bums out of office, they'll just install a new puppet with a different letter next to their name. You been had. You been hoodwinked. Stop enslaving yourself. Stop voting. Stop cooperating. Stop participating. There is no choice, there is no freedom. There is only illusion. And your political activism, your patriotic verve for restoring the republic, is only facilitating your own enslavement. You put the chains on, you can take them off.
The reception that Representative Frank Kratovil Jr., a Democrat, received here one night last week as he faced a small group of constituents was far more pleasant than his encounters during a Congressional recess last summer.
Then, he was hanged in effigy by protesters. This time, a round of applause was followed by a glass of chilled wine, a plate of crackers and crudités as he mingled with an invitation-only audience at the Point Breeze Credit Union, a vastly different scene than last year’s wide-open televised free-for-alls.
The sentiment that fueled the rage during those Congressional forums is still alive in the electorate. But the opportunities for voters to openly express their displeasure, or angrily vent as video cameras roll, have been harder to come by in this election year.
If the time-honored tradition of the political meeting is not quite dead, it seems to be teetering closer to extinction. Of the 255 Democrats who make up the majority in the House, only a handful held town-hall-style forums as legislators spent last week at home in their districts.
It was no scheduling accident.
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