We're one week into August and it's already hotter than expected. For Democratic members attempting to defend President Barack Obama's push for healthcare reform (I use the word "push" since there is no definitive plan) things are downright explosive.
These protests are democracy in action, to be sure. Everyone has the right to question their elected leaders, express their views, and even do so loudly and rudely. But the fact that there is no healthcare bill yet, that the debate remains fluid, means losing these public forums to shouting and anger is an opportunity squandered. These meetings could be constructive, and help direct the debate about which reforms Congress should enact in September or October. Instead, little enlightening is taking place, and the furious opposition e-mails are drowning out what truth voters may want to learn about the actual plans on the table.