Monday, October 25, 2010
Adventures in babysitting
The evening was scheduled to be a political forum between candidates vying for the 11th Congressional District seat on the November 2 ballot. But the night quickly turned into an example of why I don't like politics. It wasn't just the Democrats or the Republicans that were a problem, it was everyone. How a crowded room of adults turned into a squabbling pack of children is amazing.
I can understand the fevered emotions and partisan politics but when we make an announcement of little things like don't interrupt the speakers, keep your signs down so other people can see, no name calling it sounds like we are talking to a room full of four-year-olds. And a vast portion of the crowd did indeed behave like juveniles. The highlight of my night was when someone comes up to me to see if I can have a person kicked out because they were "being mean". Really? seriously? You got your feeling hurt? So I try and get specifics and it was they were saying "really mean things" and they he was dressed "offensively". Lord give me strength.
So I have a talk with this person and give them a warning. Don't talk to anyone leave people alone or they would be removed. Then later the person who complained turns out to be a screamer and shouts at the opposition candidate throughout the evening. Welcome to adulthood. I had talked with Tracy Police officers and was told I could have audience members removed if I thought they were causing a disruption. Kind of a weighty responsibility to try and determine when a person' right to free speech has gone to far and created a nuisance or danger to others. I could not throw someone out of the building just because they were dressed the way someone didn't like.