Town Hall Meeting
Sen. Arlen Specter
Lebanon, PA

I made it to the Specter Town Hall meeting in Lebanon, PA today, August 11. I figured there'd be a crowd, but I found a bit more than I expected. I arrived at about 8:45am - the meeting was to start at 9:30am. Well, the line was several hundred long and stretched from the front of the building around the block to the back. I talked to a few of the people in line, and learned that the line started forming at 6:00am in the morning!! That's dedication! I checked out the back of the line and decided there was no way I'd get in, so started walking the line taking photos. Good decision. As I got about 100 or so people from the front of the line, entrance was cut-off. The hall was full - capacity of 250.

So I spent the next hour mingling with the crowds and taking pictures. There were a few in the demonstration who were for the health care bill (NOTE: Obama changed a bit today and started calling it Health Insurance Reform!! You can put lipstick on a pig, and it's still a pig!) Anyhow, those for the bill were far outnumbered by those opposed. But the crowd was relatively well behaved. I only saw a couple minor arguments break out.

There were a lot of professionally prepared signs. For those against, the sign of choice was "Hands Off My Healthcare!" For those for the reform, the sign of choice was "Health Insurance Reform. The Security and Stability We Need." The first was provided by Patients First - From their website, "Patients First is the health care project of Americans for Prosperity, a grassroots organization with more than 500,000 members nationwide." The later was provided by "Health Care for America Now (HCAN)." You can find them here. Interesting websites. You can find a lot of information . . . and disinformation . . . between the two.

I saw a couple SEIU T-shirts - of course on the HCAN side - and some people I think might have been ACORN. Both groups were outnumbered by at least three to one.

The police handled this very well. What I found interesting is that they kept the street in front of the venue open to traffic. This is a heavily traveled major route. The traffic essentially contained the crowd to the front of the venue and they other side of the street. Good tactic for crowd control.

Don't know why - except to reserve the parking for Police.

The Media was well represented. NBC, CNN, FOX and a bunch of cable channels.

One of the CNN babes.

The line behind the meeting venue - around the block.

Street Scene.

I made an interesting observation. In additon to the professional signs provided by the Patients First and the HCAN people, there were quite a few hand-made signs expressing a number of views. What was interesting was that almost all the Hand-made signs were on the "against the bill" side. On the pro side, there were almost none. I think this is indicitive of a real grass-roots effort by those afraid of the obama bill and a "hired gun" effort on the other side.

There were a number of these Health Access Network signs but I'm not sure which side they're on - except they seemed to hang out with the health care bill supporters - as seen here.

You know where these people stand.

Couldn't have said it better.

Alright now!!

Some of these signs, like this well used one, have been around for a while.

The flip side!

Still browsing the line, I found these -
looks like your typical Nazi Mob, doesn't it Nancy?

Poor planning. He ran out of space at the end. The last word is ANEMIC!

A family affair - with really nice signs too!!

Ummm. I don't think that's covered in our Constitution.

Of course there are all sorts of opinions here!!

Well stated.

I agree. If the government loses $60 BILLION to Medicare fraud, how much do you think they will lose under this plan?

Not a problem. The Obama administration is about to make them all legal citizens when we aren't looking . . .


The "Sin Catchers" are here too.

Is this guy a "Tea-Bagger" or what? Good for Him!! It's about time we had people standing up against government WASTE!.

This guy got a big cheer as he went down the street!

An Angry Mob!

More Angry Mobs!

The CNN babe doing an interview.

And putting on more make-up. It was pretty hot out there - 85 or so.

Right! If you want that kind of security and stability, maybe you ought to emigrate to France.

More Angry Mobs!!!

A line of police cars in the "no parking" zone.

Now for my "sign collection!" All you need is a big camera and everyone will show off for you!!

Unfortunately, they are already there. Maybe it's time to get them out?


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