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  •  Probably. Remember his last speech was in (0+ / 0-)

    front of you.  Millions (or one) letters of support would probably be just the ticket.

    •  Keep in mind that hand-written letters (1+ / 0-)
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      are given more weight in D.C. than emails, particularly for House Republicans receiving letters from their districts and Senate Republicans receiving letters from their states.  Even the White House gives more attention to hand-written letters than emails.

      "In this world of sin and sorrow there is always something to be thankful for; as for me, I rejoice that I am not a Republican." - H. L. Mencken

      by SueDe on Fri Jan 04, 2013 at 06:31:41 AM PST

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      •  Unfortunately those are not even "snails" now. (2+ / 0-)
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        More like "glacial" and it has become a problem for democracy. Post 9/11 panic and frenzy "snail mail" has to go through a long process of inspection and is blasted with radiation (the anthrax scare) before delivery. Count on weeks before anyone sees such a note. The most attention getting today is perhaps reserved for the deep pockets; that old telegram in new form that is very expensive. In any case, unless you  are a person that can vote for them or contribute significant funding they usually are not at all interested in your opinion.

        E-mails and electronic petitions* are not much more effective than spam is with most of us. Web mail through the official pages of members to specific gets some respect, but note that House members require a full zip to filter out random notes from outside their CD.

        It is unfortunate, and a sign of the times, that effective communication with Congress seems to be directly proportional to the expense and difficulty involved in communicating. As puts it, the more effort (or cost) required the more attention a communication is likely to get.

        * Those petitions usually generate nothing except vast amounts of e-mail from the interest groups sponsoring the petition.

        The only foes that threaten America are the enemies at home, and those are ignorance, superstition, and incompetence. [Elbert Hubbard]

        by pelagicray on Fri Jan 04, 2013 at 07:10:58 AM PST

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