Let me start by saying my letters written to a relatively unknown GOP congressman warranted the same 'talking point' response, regardless of whether
or not it was well thought out or brought up, what I considered, meaningful arguments.
After speaking to various interns at the local and national level I can only assume a letter is typed up for every topic imaginable with the
representative/senator's viewpoints laid out. An intern/aide reads a constituent's letter to determine what topic is addressed and the stock form
letter is sent out in reply.
Considering each representative has ~400,00 constituents while each senator represents the whole of their state this idea doesn't seem terrible from
a their perspective.
Originally posted by Ahabstar
In your opinion:
- How strong of a law is the Preamble in relation to the rest of the Constitution?
I'm going out on a limb and saying I don't understand this question very well. It's a very general law so its strength must lie in its generality,
leaving much to the imagination.
If a constituent were to write an intelligent letter stating their position on a topic, would you respond with a short note regardless of
your position or a form letter as a response?
If every constituent wrote me a letter, yes. Keep in mind, the president, recieves thousands of letters per day, he only reads five of them a day.
Is it more important to cast a vote on an issue based on your opinion or the general consensus of your constituents?
Based on your opinion. The ones who voted for you were hopefully wise enough to understand your position on topics. "The squeaky wheel gets the
grease" should not apply. This is coming from a democrat with a GOP congressman.
Is it more important to educate the people back home on the pros and cons of an issue or to rally support on your position, especially when
public opinion opposes your own?
Pro's AND Con's, spouting off everything wrong with an issue while ignoring everything right only feeds the divisiveness of constituents and does
not promote 'a more perfect union.'
What is the best way to involve more people in the political process?
Educate them on the importance of voting and their role in government. Drop the popular vote=electoral vote system. Nebraska and Maine have a nice
If hostilities broke out domestically, would you come home to pursue peace talks, condemn the violence, or support the group if you believed
their cause was just?
Condemn the violence, especially in our democratic republic. Resorting to violence when others disagree with you is not what we've survived for the
past 230+ years to achieve.
Will you vote party lines?
As a voter I'll vote for the candidate who most closely aligns to my own beliefs. As a candidate I'll vote to my own beliefs. If those are the same
or very similiar to 'party lines' then so be it.
How accessible will you be in office?
As accessible as possible. Being a congressman is more than a full-time job.
Would you support an Order of Recall from another district against a fellow politician or if it were issued to you?
Voters set term limits with their votes, if they change their mind half-way through that's too bad. In the event a law was broken, yes. (I'm not
going to argue to constitutionality of votes because I'm not a federal judge and have no basis in deciding how I interpret the law.)
This election cycle, we need to look out for ourselves with our vote. This Administration and Congress have proven that they are not interested in our
interests. Instead of the tired old "Vote the Bums Out", take the time and effort to vote in real leadership and watch the result. Make every effort
to encourage your friends and neighbors to do the same.
Sometimes you have to recognize your minority status and can only convince other voters of what you percieve as the 'right' way of doing things.