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Me and My Congressman [Aug. 4th, 2009|08:15 am]
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I spent the energy regained from a nap yesterday afternoon (interrupted by two phone calls, alas) to stay up far too late writing a long letter to my Congressman in response to his answer to my first email.

My Congressman and I are not simpatico.   We are so not simpatico that I suspect Hell would freeze solid, not just over, before we were on the same page.   I would not mind his disagreeing with me so much if he showed the least ability to a) think, b) learn, c) understand what someone who doesn't agree with him meant by what they said, d) if he didn't try to be chummy (and condescending with it) and e) if he and his elephantine party were capable of taking responsibility for the consequences of their own actions.   Oh yeah--and f) if he wouldn't whine like a spoiled toddler.  Privileged adults should not whine.  Grump, growl, snarl, shout occasionally, but not...ever...whine.  I don't tolerate whining from children; I should not be subjected to it by my Congresscritter.
In the years this fellow has been my Congresscritter, he has never once showed any individual capacity for thought.   He's a very loyal elephantine parrot, blithely ignoring reality as he spouts the same old (obviously false) doctrine.  For the first few exchanges between us, he tried completely ignoring what I said and just replying with the latest sound bite from the Party leaders.  I pointed out (more than once) that this was not responsive.   Now he more or less responds, but not directly to what I said...touching it tangentially and then going off with another barrage of cliche sound bites bragging on his Party and himself.

I would think he was just terminally stupid, except he has a law degree, and even in Texas it's hard to get a law degree if your IQ is as low as his seems.   That leaves me wondering if he's just incredibly gullible (can he really believe this stuff?  After all the evidence that it's wrong?)  or if he's deliberately spouting what he knows to be false (i.e.,  lying?)   Clearly, from the current set of responses, he knows zilch about the real state of Americans and the misnamed "health care system."   He's spouting non-facts as facts; he doesn't know (apparently) how to tell good evidence and statistics from bad, or what the real metrics of health care are.  

The for-profit health insurance industry is spending upwards of a million and a half dollars a day--yes, a day--lobbying Congress to preserve their very large cut of the health care budget pie.   These are the people who are spending a smaller percentage of insurance premiums received on health care itself...who have caused employers to fire someone whose medical needs "cost too much" or lose health care for the whole shop...who have raised premiums so high that most people cannot afford individual insurance, while cutting benefits to those who need care.  (If you are not aware that insurance companies ration health care and mandate cheap--and sometimes ineffective--treatments,  you should be.  Many patients are very aware of it.)  My Congressman clearly believes everything the insurance companies tell him...and since they're spending a lot of money to convince him, I'm sure they're pleased.   I'm not.

I need to shorten my  letter to him, because this man doesn't read well (odd, since he was a lawyer and then a judge)  and won't like what I'm saying, which affects his reading ability even more.   It's too bad.  I have some lovely phrases in there, some nice rolling periods worthy of  the cause.  I mean, he laid himself open to it--he was so ineffably, ineluctably wrong in fact and logic, that deconstructing his response was--though it took hours to do it properly--almost fun.  Only almost, because this clown has real power, there in Congress.   And it's clear that he will never think, never learn to think, never for a moment consider that he might be wrong, never for a moment grasp what "evidence" is in the real world and learn to examine it and come to sound conclusions.

He is so dense--his head so solidly heavy-metallic-- that if you dropped him into the ocean, he'd fall headfirst all the way down and stick in the seafloor.    From which position he'd continue to poison the waters.

(No, of course I didn't vote for him.   Don't be silly.  It's true I didn't know how bad he would be until a few months into his first term.)



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[User Picture]From: moonsinger
2009-08-04 01:54 pm (UTC)
Sounds like my Congressman only mine is a Democrat. He sends form letters in return and doesn't address whatever I've written him about. Sadly though, whoever will run against him will probably also be an idiot. It'd be nice to vote for someone who isn't the lesser of two evils.
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[User Picture]From: e_moon60
2009-08-04 02:07 pm (UTC)
There are idjits in both parties. But right now, right here where I live, the idjits are all clumping around big-footed and blowing their own horns with their trunks.
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[User Picture]From: fair_witness
2009-08-04 01:55 pm (UTC)
I miss the Congressman we had pre-Perrymandering.
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[User Picture]From: e_moon60
2009-08-04 02:14 pm (UTC)
I would say I miss pre-Perry everything, but we had Bush for a couple of rounds there and he was just as bad.
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[User Picture]From: mevennen
2009-08-04 02:04 pm (UTC)
Good luck! He sounds like a horror.
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[User Picture]From: e_moon60
2009-08-04 02:20 pm (UTC)
Our Senators are worse, I think, but this one is no prize. I can only hope that I'm wrong about the afterlife and he gets reincarnated as a poor non-white female in whatever is then the worst location, preferably with a clear memory of what he said and did in the past, and how it connects to where he is then. (For certain other politicians and a former Attorney-General, I hope they're reborn in situations that result in them being sent to unknown locations for interrogation... I shall now have to spend some quality time trying to repent these obviously evil wishes. Clearly my character is not yet reformed...)
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From: ozdragonlady
2009-08-04 02:04 pm (UTC)

erm

You do realise he probably doesnt answer the letters himself? At the very least an Electoral Officer (runs his consituent office), at most some government lackey. Thats why you got the party line in the beginning.
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[User Picture]From: e_moon60
2009-08-04 02:08 pm (UTC)

Re: erm

Oh, I know that. I'm sure all I'm doing is annoying/amusing some Bright Young Elephant with blow-dried hair and a sense of Entitlement you could spread out over the entire Congressional District. But it's worth doing anyway, IMO.
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[User Picture]From: e_moon60
2009-08-04 02:12 pm (UTC)
Perhaps I'll shoot you an email. It involves point by point response to his, and thus involves quoting his email, something I won't do here.
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[User Picture]From: alexandralynch
2009-08-04 02:07 pm (UTC)
Mine is married. His wife sits on the board of one of the Big 5 insurance companies and one of the Big Pharma companies.

He's a Democrat, in theory, but I am pretty sure that he is going to remain true to the ones that bought him and vote as though he were a Republican on health care issues.

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[User Picture]From: e_moon60
2009-08-04 02:13 pm (UTC)
I would bet on it...his wife won't get those goodies if he doesn't...and I'm sure some sugar comes down that pipe.
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From: 6_penny
2009-08-04 02:56 pm (UTC)
Assistants may do the responses, but they take their tone and substance from the guy at the peak of their individual feeding pyramid.
My congressthing's office doesn't even disguise responses as letters - just unearths the vaguely appropriate position statement. Yes mine is a Dem. I used to be represented by the late Gary Studds, who responded promptly and appropriately to query's. I still miss him as do most of his constituants, even the last bunch who only got him because the elephants in charge rejiggered the district in an effort to eliminate him.
None of them have a clue, and never will have unless someone near to them has to wrestle the snakes that the regular citizen's do. You can bet that their insurance doesn't try to force the useless bare minimum onto them, nor does it try to drop them the minute they have a major claim.
And once they have been in office, however briefly, they have it for life, unlike most of our retired auto workers for example.
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[User Picture]From: e_moon60
2009-08-04 03:05 pm (UTC)
Yes, I think Congress should be forced out of their cushy health care coverage and made to struggle in the drying pond with the rest of the tadpoles.

I would bet that about the time their spouses or children were told that a needed test or procedure or medication wasn't covered, they'd come howling back in with a whole new attitude.
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[User Picture]From: ann_mcn
2009-08-04 03:58 pm (UTC)
Are you certain that you live in Texas? He sounds just like my Georgia senator. We just got a news update from him that sends me into frothingness.
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[User Picture]From: e_moon60
2009-08-04 04:02 pm (UTC)
Honeychile (humor intended), Texas and Georgia have a long, bad history of political similarity. Georgia is where GWB went when he was given leave from the Texas Air National Guard (that very handy way for rich boys to get a uniform without actually, you know, risking their tender white hides or being subject to the draft) so he could go help out a Georgia conservative's campaign. SOB couldn't even stay in Texas and show up once a month...)

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[User Picture]From: stale_hermit
2009-08-04 04:51 pm (UTC)
--"if you dropped him into the ocean, he'd fall headfirst all the way down and stick in the seafloor."

Heh.

We had one of those where we used to live. I tried writing him polite, well-reasoned emails disagreeing with his fossilized views, and _if_ he responded, it was with a terse "I'm voting the way I've always voted and nothing can change my mind" response. Never even said "thank you for writing to tell me what you think."

Utter Neolithic toad, he is.
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[User Picture]From: e_moon60
2009-08-04 05:32 pm (UTC)
Golly. That IS rude. Mine's more polite than that (amazing!!) despite calling me by my first name. He thanks me for sharing my views and tells me if I need further assistance to contact him again. The fact that he hasn't given any is beside the point, of course.

I'll have to back up and say thanks, huh? (I don't think so.)

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From: saoba
2009-08-04 08:02 pm (UTC)
My Congress-critter is Peter Difazio- I don't always agree with him but I get actual responses to my emails that clearly show somebody at least read them.

My senator used to be the un-lamented Bart Gordon. I would send an email saying 'I don't like Bill Number Such-and-such and here's why.' I got back a rote 'thank you for supporting me in my completely opposite to yours position' email every. single. time.

I took to calling and saying 'You do know your email response was incorrect and confirms my darkest suspicions about the Senator's IQ, right?'. The hemming and hawing would have been amusing if the issues hadn't been so serious.

(edited and re-posted because I am evidently not able to close html tags today)
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[User Picture]From: e_moon60
2009-08-05 02:58 am (UTC)
That's the kind of reply I get from my Senators, to the point where I don't bother to look at their replies. I have called, a few times, but it's expensive and I get these chirpy little teeny-bopper-voiced aides, so young and tender you're afraid they'll burst into tears when you tell them you're peeved with their boss.
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[User Picture]From: gunhilda
2009-08-05 09:34 pm (UTC)
You know, I'd feel some sympathy for you, except I live in Oklahoma.
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[User Picture]From: e_moon60
2009-08-05 11:05 pm (UTC)
I feel your pain. Shall we exchange sympathy of equal amounts?
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From: (Anonymous)
2009-08-06 07:03 pm (UTC)

Bleh...

You are not alone =P Except that here in Canada, where I am, it's a matter of yelling at them about things not to change. The conservatives are convinced that two tiered or privatized healthcare will fix all our problems, even when all the statistics and studies from across the border and comparing the two systems show it doesn't work anywhere near as well.

They also send form letters, ignore what you say and dismiss a lot of things as "carebear propaganda". And there are certainly morons in political positions, but my feeling is that often the responses take the form they do because they believe everyone in the general public are morons =P It's easier to take a political stance if you give the impression that anyone in opposition "just doesn't get it" and spew dismissive and unrelated sound bites at them.

Good luck!
Pengy
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[User Picture]From: maddoxa
2009-08-07 01:35 pm (UTC)
Send him the words-of-one-syllable form and send the well written version to the paper - there is bound to be one paper in his district that opposes him and will print it.
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