I attended Congressman Tom McClintock's townhall meeting tonight at Hennessey School in the auditorium. What a great turnout! I guess there was 300 people? Anyway, all were courteous and most were supportive. He received a standing ovation on his entry and was applauded heartily many times throughout the meeting. I have to say I have the same philosophy and many of the same views as he does. I think the crowd of Americans did too.
I won't get into the issues because he has covered them well in the newspaper and in his mailers. I was interested in his position on the debt ceiling and he did explain it in depth to us. He is going to vote for a short term, say two months, raising while the Congress works on the offset spending cuts. His explanation was reasonable and even the Tea Party fellow sitting next to me was fine with it.
Tom was gracious to everyone and he explained his positions well and clearly. He let us know about his committee assignments and how the Congress was proceeding. This is in contrast to the democrats doing everything in secret and hiding from their in-district townhalls because they have no guts. It is refreshing to hear a politician speak who respects his constituents.
Hennessey School was my school from 1-6 grade. Except for 2-3 at Grant. I walked around a bit and remembered the rainy day days we spent in the same gym running exercises back and forth in mock races. I also remembered when I held Nancy Clinch's hand in the gym while watching a movie. It was fifth grade. I have memories there of Albert Ali, our PE teacher who was in a wheelchair then, he was young but stricken with a debilitating disease. We all loved him.
Tom did a fine job and I was proud that all those concerned citizens turned out to hear him. While some local liberal think we are a purple county, I could readily see we are a very red county. We have a conservative base and it is large. Anyone saying otherwise is just simply out of touch with reality.