At last, rural folks are discovering they too can protest, can make their voices heard, just like the big cities on the coasts. While there may not be thousands of people as in Los Angeles or New York City, it has meaning.
On Saturday, February 25, over 60 people voiced concerns for the fate of their health care, demonstrating in front of the Courthouse in Camdenton, Missouri, population 3,718.
“Why is this important?” you might ask.
First, you need to know that Camdenton is the County Seat of Camden County where all the elected County officials are Republicans who ran unopposed; that Camden County is split between two Congressional Districts, both with Republican Representatives in the U.S. House. Yet still, in this seemingly Republican bulwark, over 60 people showed up.
Tired of being bullied, they are concerned about their healthcare and the healthcare of their children, grandchildren and extended family. Families are important around here.
So they braved the cold front, bundled up and carried their handmade signs. New friends were made, old friendships renewed. All with a common purpose, health care, believing no one should die because of a lack of money.
Rather simple, really.
It’s a matter of life and death.