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    When is the last time you wrote to your Senator or Representative...

    When is the last time you wrote to your Senator or Representative (or state/local equivalent) to either support or oppose a piece of pending legislation?
    If you claim sexual harassment to be wrong, yet you defend anyone on your side for any reason,
    then you are a hypocrite and everything you say on the matter is just babble.

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    Re: When is the last time you wrote to your Senator or Representative...

    Why would I write them, they have no interest in hearing my opinion on things.
    I'm not part of either partisan platform pushed in Congress, thus I'm unrepresented.
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    Re: When is the last time you wrote to your Senator or Representative...

    Quote Originally Posted by Harry Guerrilla View Post
    Why would I write them, they have no interest in hearing my opinion on things.
    I'm not part of either partisan platform pushed in Congress, thus I'm unrepresented.
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    Re: When is the last time you wrote to your Senator or Representative...

    I would like to have a senator to write to, but I don't.
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    Re: When is the last time you wrote to your Senator or Representative...

    Quote Originally Posted by fredmertzz View Post
    You can't score if you don't shoot.
    Yea, that's the same nonsense as "if you don't vote, you can't complain."
    The **** is that logic?

    Someone who has no incentive to listen to me, will likely not listen to me, especially these guys, because they want to keep their job and please their electorate.
    I'm a far, far minority of their potential electorate and appealing to any of my interests, opinions, positions, would likely cause them to lose their job.
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    Re: When is the last time you wrote to your Senator or Representative...

    The last time I emailed mine was about a year ago.
    One of my Senators emails me about every 2 or 3 months with updates to keep me informed.
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    Re: When is the last time you wrote to your Senator or Representative...

    Last month i sent them petitions i got from Amnesty International the other day


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    Re: When is the last time you wrote to your Senator or Representative...

    Quote Originally Posted by Harry Guerrilla View Post
    Yea, that's the same nonsense as "if you don't vote, you can't complain."
    The **** is that logic?

    Someone who has no incentive to listen to me, will likely not listen to me, especially these guys, because they want to keep their job and please their electorate.
    I'm a far, far minority of their potential electorate and appealing to any of my interests, opinions, positions, would likely cause them to lose their job.
    While it's probably true that they don't care what you think as an individual, it is also true that collective opinions are noted, and that each opinion one way or the other counts to them as X-number of people. This has, at times, actually made a difference in the politician's mind/vote, albeit admittedly rare. If the sentiment is large enough, this is the electorate that you speak of.
    If you claim sexual harassment to be wrong, yet you defend anyone on your side for any reason,
    then you are a hypocrite and everything you say on the matter is just babble.

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    Re: When is the last time you wrote to your Senator or Representative...

    Quote Originally Posted by radcen View Post
    While it's probably true that they don't care what you think as an individual, it is also true that collective opinions are noted, and that each opinion one way or the other counts to them as X-number of people. This has, at times, actually made a difference in the politician's mind/vote, albeit admittedly rare. If the sentiment is large enough, this is the electorate that you speak of.
    Science is coming to the conclusion that collective decision making (democracy and democratic repuplicanism), in some areas, is not good.
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    Re: When is the last time you wrote to your Senator or Representative...

    When I was in DC, the standard practice for our office was the personally written letters got a written response generally unless it was an out of district whacko letter but the things like the postcards got sorted and tabulated. The mass response cards were put into the database but did not get written responses. A lot of times we did not get the bulk of them until after the legislation's fate was decided though or the Member had committed. If a letter contained info that lead us to believe that the person was in need of assistance with a specific issue, the letter would be forwarded to the district office closest to that person who would contact them to see if we could be of help with their issue. The good apolitical constituent services that people never hear about nationally will win you more elections than the sharpest ad buys IMHO. Not everything was put in front of the Member's eyes, but different staff had different areas of expertise and most everything ended up in the right hands for the person who was working in that area of legislation. Telephone calls were usually just entered into the database and an email summary was sent to the right staff person who stuffed them in a folder (same with emails) that interns got to summarize and tabulate positions for the staff member who would be presenting it to the Member.

    BTW if people did send the stuff to us by mistake and we were not their Representative we did forward it to their representative regardless of partisanship.

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