Jenny Beth Martin: When it comes to listening, members of Congress should take a cue from President Trump
Members of Congress would do well to learn from President Donald J. Trump who, during the course of his election campaign, took the time to listen to the American people, Tea Party Patriots Co-Founder Jenny Beth Martin says in her latest opinion piece, adding our leaders in Washington, D.C. should listen to their constituents before cramming through controversial legislation like they did with Obamacare.
Congress is on recess this week, and recess usually means more interaction with constituents and more engagements in forums and dialogues with constituents. Or, at least, that is what it has historically meant and what voters have come to expect.
In recent years, however, there has been a shift toward avoiding constituents. Since Obamacare was being debated in Congress, and then immediately following its passage, Americans were outraged by the government takeover of health care and voiced their opposition in town halls, town meetings, rallies, protests and other public events.
As members of Congress are prone to do, they learned the exact wrong lesson from the 2009 and 2010 town halls. Drawing on those experiences at town halls, Congress internalized the idea that it is better to duck and cover, avoid clashes with constituents and avoid interactions with constituents where they may ask difficult questions in a public forum. In other words: hide.
Our leaders must be unafraid to answer to their constituents and need to be prepared to respond to tough questions for the choices they make while in office. Click here to see the issues that matter to you and help Tea Party Patriots hold our leaders in Washington, D.C. accountable!