On Ron Reagan's Air America Radio show, Rep. Slaughter said that she didn't want to give her constituents a forum to express their opinions. It appears to her that she believes that it doesn't matter what the people she was elected to represent think.
This YouTube clip has the audio from the radio show.
I’m not doing town meetings;I’m not going to give those people a forum. I went through it with the Clinton health care bill, with the John Birch Society, where we had to have police around, and people hysterically crying…
And frankly, to tell you the truth Ron, my own dignity, and the dignity of the office I hold, is important to me; and I know what that is. It is not a spontaneous uprising of my constituents; I’ve got the best relationship with my constituents anybody can ever imagine.
I’m known as just "Louise", from one end of it to the other, and they know I’m not going to do anything to hurt them, and I’m not going to give these other people, who, when you come down to it, a large number of them are anti-government, they don’t want Medicare or Social Security either; and the notion that they showing up with guns, I think, is totally dangerous.
Your father was shot, we’ve had too many presidents assassinated, I can’t believe President Obama said it was not a concern to him.
She at least made sure to get in her talking points. Mentioning that people who are happy with their healthcare and don't want the government to ruin it are showing up with loaded guns. That is an excellent way to portray the "angry mob", but Rep. Slaughter do you remember what it is you are supposed to do in Washington, D.C.? Is it not your job to represent the people of your district? I would say that by you not wanting to give them a forum, it would be akin to dereliction of duty. May the 2010 primaries give you your just desserts!