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Debate Breeds Democracy

by Congressman Markwayne Mullin

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Washington, April 13, 2017 | comments

Over the past two weeks, I’ve held 25 town halls throughout my district in Oklahoma.  From Miami to Hugo and Okmulgee to Stilwell, I’ve met with Oklahomans to talk about issues that affect all of us.  We have talked about health care, infrastructure, education, the national deficit, cutting the red tape of the bureaucracy, border security, and our national defense.  We may have agreed on one issue and disagreed on another.  Sometimes we just have to agree to disagree.  That’s the beauty of democracy. 

Our Founding Fathers were wise to set up Congress with representatives from different parts of the country in the House and Senate.  Every congressman or congresswoman knows their backyard best, but everyone’s backyard is different.  Someone who represents an urban district in Massachusetts is going to have drastically different priorities and ideas than someone like me from rural Oklahoma.  When I’m in Washington, I work to ensure Oklahoma’s voice is heard among the 534 other voices trying to be heard.

At the end of the day, Americans all pledge allegiance to the same flag and all Americans have the same rights granted to us in the Constitution.  We live in the greatest country in the world.  Our country allows us to have a right to our own opinion and actually discuss our opinions with others who might have opposing views.  It’s a freedom we shouldn’t take lightly.

I encourage you to take an active part in the democracy around you.  I ran for office because I got fed up with the federal government.  Vote in your local school board elections.  Vote in your local elections and vote in big national elections.  Diversify your news sources to see different viewpoints in an argument.  Attend local public meetings and forums.  Call my office and share your viewpoint on an upcoming vote.  

Thank you to everyone who attended one of my town halls over the last couple weeks.  We had many honest, respectful conversations about personal issues that matter to all of us.  I’m grateful to all who took the time to join me to participate in one of the best parts about our democracy.  It’s an honor to represent the area where I grew up and serve Oklahomans like you in Congress.  
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