A couple weeks ago, I wrote a post urging citizens to write their representative asking them to just stop the gaming. I felt we should just address the debt ceiling, not the debt. And I thought we should say that clearly to our representatives.
And then recently I was reading a post by Walter Blevins in which he remarked on how ashamed he is of Congress, saying “It seems to be all about power and contentiousness with not a lick of concern for governance. Not a lick of concern about ‘the consent of the governed.’ ”
It’s a good point. And I wanted to raise a specific example, even if it’s only anecdotal. I’m sure plenty of people have had this kind of experience.
My representative, Rep. Charlie Bass (R-NH), clearly doesn’t care what I think. Here’s an excerpt from his response to my plea that he “stop the gaming” (bold mine for emphasis):
Obviously, there’s a total disconnect between what I requested and how he responded. And, of course, he isn’t responsible to me personally. I don’t have enough money to command politicians to do my bidding. I’m part of the large sea of what many are coming to see as second-class citizens.
But is it too much to ask that he at least acknowledge that he isn’t satisfying me? It’s one thing to not do what I want, but the least he could do is say so. For example:
Even this would be more honest:
The thing is, if the replies were more honest like this, some staffer might keep a count of how many of each kind they sent out. And maybe they’re be the tiniest hope that he’d find out at some point, and perhaps care.
Oh, who am I kidding? That’s not what’s going to happen.
What we need is a law that just lets us sue them for lying to a citizen when they write junk insulting us by saying they agree with us when we don’t. But then we’d have to get Congress to pass such a law. And I guess that’s not going to happen either.
But it still bothers me that politicians can make promises to get elected but then ignore those promises when elected. And it bothers me they can lie to their constituents with no consequence.
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