Congress Doesn’t Want to Hear From YOU
If you spend much time on the Internet, you’ve probably signed the occasional online petition and taken part in a few mass e-mailings. Enjoy it while you can. The ability to e-mail Congress may soon go the way of the goose quill pen and the covered wagon.
There’s a new spam filter which enables the user to block out form letters and mass e-mailings. This program is called Logic Puzzle, and so far about sixty members of Congress are using it. Let’s take a guess — think that number will go up or down?
It’s hard to tell how much is accomplished by jillions of online petitions and mass e-mailings. But this has been one of the last ways that a non-VIP can communicate with his/her “representative.” They’re supposed to be REPRESENTING US, remember?
Aside from the specific message contained in a petition or e-mail, these bulk mailings serve another purpose. When a lawmaker receives a petition with hundreds of thousands of signatures, or a bulk e-mail from a non-profit group with millions of members — this is a message in itself. It's a reminder. Hundreds of thousands of constituents feel strongly about this particular issue. And you don’t have time to acknowledge this??? Fuck you!!
These assholes are so busy schmoozing with lobbyists and VIPs, they don’t have time to look at e-mails and petitions from constituents. They’re so busy begging their corporate donors to purchase the next election for them, they don’t even have time to actually read the legislation they’re voting on. (But that’s a whole ‘nother story.)
This is an outrage — an insult! — regardless of your political viewpoint. For your “representative” to be cowering and hiding from you — this is beyond words. The groups who have protested this include: the ACLU, American Conservative Union, American Family Association, Defenders of Wildlife, National Taxpayers Union and the Humane Society. (Those are just a few; the list is huge.)
A member of MoveOn.org said “We should be living in the golden age of politics — an age in which every member of Congress can easily have a two-way conversation with his or her most engaged constituents. Instead, we’re seeing bunkerization.”
Ironically, the author of this column (the link in the first paragraph) is sympathetic to members of Congress who are “overloaded” with too many e-mails. He says “And for members of Congress, it’s not hard to imagine that a bulk e-mailing jamming their inboxes and sucking up their staff’s time would actually get in the way of important communications from
If our pampered “representatives” think this is too difficult, they could always leave their cushy taxpayer-funded “jobs” and try working for a living.
Our taxes are paying the salaries (and perks and pensions) of our “representatives.” And yet they can’t even be bothered to read e-mails and petitions from their constituents?? What kind of “representation” is this? They used to call this Taxation Without Representation. In fact, that was one of the battle cries that led to the overthrow of a government and the founding of a new country, back in the late 1700s.
cross-posted at Bring It On!