Although it seems much longer ago, it was just last August when Clint Eastwood gave this memorable speech at the 2012 Republican National Convention. He addressed an empty chair — which represented Barack Obama.
Now we hear that high paid political strategists are advising their clients — the members of congress we elected — against holding town hall meetings with us — their constituents, many of whom want their voices heard in advance of a House amnesty vote.
To address those who are still “looking for an appropriate venue,” haven’t finalized their schedule “yet” or have one planned after the vote, we offer this suggestion: How about holding “empty chair” town halls?
The name and picture of the U.S. Representative who is too busy to meet with us during the 5-week congressional recess we so generously provide for them, could be affixed to an empty chair. Questions from the audience would then be read to the MIA member of congress. Video tape the events and post them to YouTube.
Then re-invite the absent representatives. They might decide to show up. If they don’t, we will be there on Election Day, and hopefully elect someone who honestly responds to our very valid concerns, minus the practiced talking points about securing the border “first.”
Here’s what the AZ Republicans each have posted on their websites:
CD 4 U.S. Rep. Paul Gosar refers to “Immigration and Homeland Security” on a page called “foreign affairs.”
CD 5 U.S. Rep. Matt Salmon has a “Defense and National Security” page that skirts the issue.
CD 6 U.S. Rep. David Schweikert calls his page “Immigration.”
CD 8 U.S. Rep. Trent Franks has an “Immigration” page.
If you see any of these folks, it would be good to remind them that “immigration” is a legal act. Illegal entry is not. Our system is not “broken.” However, the abysmal lack of resolve to meaningfully address the invasion of our nation exemplifies an utter absence of will to tackle the tough issues they assured us they would handle if we sent them to D. C.
They are there.
We recommend reading conservative commentator Ann Coulter’s fact-filled column, “Hispanicked GOP elite: They’ll respect us in the morning.” It will provide the basis for excellent questions to direct to the empty chairs you encounter.