Before she died, my dear sainted mother asked me to use my dark apocalyptic powers for the greater good. So, the answer is no. I am not a
politician. Check the ATS tinwiki, and you'll see who I might be. If you dare to know more, use your favorite search engine.
Americans have the expectation that the people they elect will look out for them. Old-school political wisdom says that when 10,000 people from your
State write to you about an issue...you'd better pay attention. Why? Because anyone who is willing to invest the time to write a letter and mail it
will also remember what you did NOT do when they go to vote.
Here's a little insider info. Some grass roots groups go out of their way to print up form leters or post casrds that they hand out in large
numbers. I've been in a Seantor's office when fifty thousand of those things come in. Ya know what? Somebody estimates how many there are, and
they get put in storage or thrown away. On the other hand, when 10,000 people write in about something and it's obvious that they used their own
pen, paper, or word processor...things happen.
The same is true with phone calls. When you call in about an issue, the receptionist sits there with a computer program that tracks the total number
of calls that came in on a given subject. They push a button, and you become a statistic. Why? Because they don't have to return your phone
Now, here's the thing that most people don't know about. When you write a letter, and request that they get back to you...tradition says that they
have to. For the most part, they will. That's because they know that if you had the patience to write them a latter, and ask for a
response...you'll remember what they did NOT do when it's time to vote. It's not unusual for some people in Congress to have a dozen people on
staff who answer your letters.
Not impressed? Here's how it works. You write to a Senator. You tell them what your problem is. Or, you tell them about whatever issue is on your
mind. You ask for a response. They've got people on staff who will write letters to establish a paper trail that proves they solved your problem or
answered your concerns. The response you get in the mail is meant to prove that htey are solvinng your problem (if they can) or that they answered
The staffers do write as if they are the Senator...but...every single letter that leaves the office is fact-checked and vetted for apropriate-ness by
senior people. Most of the time, that sig that you see is done with an autopen. Even so, The fact of the matter is that they pay very close atention
to how many peole write in about certain problems or issues.
If just one percent of the people in any State wrote in to their Congressional delegation about an issue or problem, the people they sent to
Washington would feel like they'd been yelled at. They'd also be busy for weeks getting responses out.
Now, there is obviously more to this, but I can't reveal everything.