People, who are fed up with the way this government has conducted the affairs of the nation, must understand it will take more than a few tea parties to get the attention of our elected officials. Don't get me wrong, they are a good start, and a great opportunity to express our frustration at the way things are playing out.
Assembling as a group is only half of the battle. Each individual has to exercise their free speech, and their right to present complaints to his/her freely elected officials (who are drawing good salaries with good perks, all at the expense of the American taxpayer).
Here is the letter I plan to send to my Congressman, who is a Republican:
Dear Congressman ___________.Every one of you, who feel as I do, should seriously consider writing a detailed letter to your Representative like this (at least once a week). Flood their mail system with your thoughts and opinions. The only thing these people fear is losing an election. So if that is what it takes, I say let's teach them all who they work for. This way, they cannot say they were not warned.
I wanted to drop you a line, because I haven't heard much from you these days and I have been worried about you. Granted, I am not so egocentric as one who would expect you to owe me any explanation for your absence, certainly not in the form of a personal communique. But it would be nice to see you on TV or hear your voice on radio, knowing that you are alive, well, and on the job. It would be equally as comforting to hear you arguing against the policies, which threaten the long term economic viability of this nation.
If all is well with you and yours, I am glad. But if health hasn't been the issue, I must assume the reason you have been so silent is that you are in agreement with the wholesale socialization of our economy. I must also conclude that you have no problem with the Obama Administration seeking to nationalize banks and the auto industry. I must surmise that you are not worried about Barney Frank wanting to control wages of every employee of every company that is disbursed funds by the government, and a foreign policy that features a former First Lady parading around the world, shaking hands, and telling everyone she meets exactly what they want to hear.
My thinking on this is simple. We need leadership in Washington and we need it right now. Waiting to see who the Democrats run against you in 2010, will be too late.
We need men and women of both parties to demonstrate courage and take a principled stand against what we believe to be a radical shift, toward European-style socialism. We need them to address the loss of the freedoms, as a result of such a sudden marked shift.
We need you and many others to stand up against the insane positions of a morally depleted Democratic leadership. We must have advocates that are arguing against putting my grandchildren into debt, before they even reach kindergarten. We must have a noisy and persistent loyal opposition making an intelligent case, against throwing massive amounts of money into things that have long been proven, to be useless and futile.
In 1994, the GOP was entrusted with 1) decreasing the size of an out of control government, 2) cutting taxes for those that work and struggle to be self-sufficient, and 3) using common sense to solve problems. That's what you all said you would do and that's what we expected to see.
But what we got was Democrat Lite, from compromising the very principles which brought your party to power. Instead of trend setting and innovation in governing, we watched as you allowed the Democrats to shout you down, causing you to tuck your tails between your legs.
Personally, as it stands right now, it would not matter one iota if you had lost to your Democratic opponent last year. It may have meant one more vote for Pelosi's flawed agenda. But your silence has made it that much easier to implement her reckless plans, anyway. Your votes have made no difference, your voice has not either. Who is to say, you have made any difference at all?
I seriously hope your handlers forward this letter to you, so you may better understand the frustration that is currently rising in this nation.
It is a real feeling that Congress needs to turnover several times, before those whom we entrust to lead this nation come to know and understand, just who they serve. The experience argument is not going to fly much longer. With all of the longevity and seniority in government right now, we are still in a mess. So it stands to reason that voting for a novice could/would not be any worse, than we have it now.
Please examine yourself and see if you feel the same urgency that many of us do. Otherwise, we the people of this district must begin a new job search to replace you. It's not out first choice, but it's a viable option that is worthy of consideration.
Mr. LA Sunsett