Dear Diary,

Yesterday I drove to Hagerstown, Md along with a friend of mine and his teenage son to attend a town hall meeting being hosted by Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md) at Hagerstown Community College.  We left Brookeville at 11 and arrived shortly before noon for the event.

As we made our way towards the college we encountered many anti-Obamacare protesters and knew immediately we were in for quite a day.

At the entrance to the school  a man directing traffic informed us that the theater was full and said we could turn around if we wanted.  By the looks of it his advice was being largely ignored as car after car made the turn towards the theater parking lot.

The lot wasn’t quite full when we arrived but when I looked over towards the theater I could see a very long line of people waiting to get in.   When we got to the end of the line my friend quicky surmised that we wouldn’t make it in as the theater could only hold 450 people and the crowd looked like it numbered  nearly twice that.  Despite temperatures that hovered around 90 degrees combined with the noon day sun and the typical Washington area humidity of 90 percent or so  everyone in line seemed to be enjoying themselves as they held out hope that they would make it inside.

After the police announced that the theater was full about half of the people that were out of luck left but the rest just kept hanging around chatting and carrying their signs.  I stayed with my friend for close to an hour and interviewed a few people with my flip camera about their thoughts on the health care plan.

The reaction was interesting.  One young man wearing an Obama sticker on his shirt and holding a Healthcare First sign originally agreed to speak with me but after I told him who I worked for he respectfully declined.  I had better luck with some of the people who were carrying signs against the Democrats plan  and managed to find a pro-Obamacare nurse who was more than willing to go on camera so to speak.

Just before I left I spoke with a couple of older women.  One was from Europe and told me about government health care in her country and the other was from Canada and recounted the story of her brother who had cancer and needed and MRI .  He waited months for an appointment and did eventually receive one in April of this year.  The only problem is that he died in March at the age of 58.

Based on news reports Sen. Cardin got another earful from the attendees and rightfully so in my opinion. At the same time I give him credit for holding the meeting though based on the turnout I wonder if his staff couldn’t have found a larger venue to accommodate the crowd.

As for the angry mob accusations being tossed about by liberals and the press, yes people are angry but they aren’t violent. Are they organized?  Maybe some of them, but I came on my own volition as did most of the people I spoke to except the Obama supporters who were carrying Organizing for America signs.  So exactly who is organizing a mob?

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