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  •  Agreed, Mark. But perhaps you can help... (0+ / 0-)

    In my case, living in a very Democratic district led by a Democrat who is a long-term member of the House Democratic leadership, there's not much extra I can gain by just e-mailing him (though I still do on serious issues that usually don't show up in the MSM).  Chances are >99% that he and I react exactly the same to the Neanderthals' latest lies and stupid stunts, though we both know what his constraints are.  Chances are he's already e-mailed me saying so, and he may have spoken on the floor of the House to that effect.  My Senators are remote, and though I communicate at them often, they know I'm poor and don't answer.

    Do you have any wisdom to offer to someone in my position?  I do e-mail what I think of as the "national Senators" -- Merkley, Udall (NM), Wyden, Sanders, Warren, Brown (OH), et al. -- but I must just be background noise for them, too, since I don't live in their states and can give them no money.

    What weight would any Neanderthal -- I mean Rethug representative or senator -- give my admonitions?  As you probably know, most CongressCritter websites limit communications to constituents.  And I can neither vote for, advocate for, nor pay them.  I'm just a lousy liberal, aren't I?  If their own consciences don't bother them, why would they listen to me?

    Poor, disabled, old, living safe in a very blue state with blue representation and governance:  where does someone in my shoes make the most impact for national issues?  I really don't know what steps to take for maximum influence.

    Any advice you could offer would be greatly appreciated!

    Thanks!  --argomd

    (-7.62,-7.33) Carbon footprint 11.3 metric tons. l'Enfer, c'est les autres.

    by argomd on Thu Jul 25, 2013 at 10:18:30 PM PDT

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    •  Actually, I was kind of hoping my comment (1+ / 0-)
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      would have generated some useful advice for me!  I'm in a very similar situation to you and sometimes frustrated.  

      I mean, I have a good problem to have--everyone who represents me is a Democrat.  My US Rep is likely to do what I want on most issues--though we have a pro-mining constituency here and he has a line to walk, so people like me need to remind him that not everyone is on board with just giving the mining companies what they want.

      My Senators--Klobuchar, Franken--do need contact on environmental issues.  Klobuchar's record on environmental could be a lot more progressive.  

      Often though, it feels like a low-priority use of my time to contact Democrats who will likely act how I want them to, but then again, I have to remind myself that they are certainly getting correspondence from their republican constituents.  In my case, it's environmental issues where my representation is most likely to "defect" from the progressive position, so these days I reserve most of my contacts to them to these issues.  Plus, they're kind of obscure--many environmental issues are local in nature and don't get media attention, so I think a handful of vocal activists probably have more effect than on issues that receive more coverage.  

      Since I don't have any republican representation, like you, I wonder if any republican would give my opinion the time of day.  Actually, prior to the last election, I had a republican state rep and a republican US rep.  I contacted both of them a number of times, but always received replies along the lines of "Thank you for your comments but my mind is already made up.  Here's how the Governor/President is ruining the economy."  

      I have occasionally tried to contact sens/reps outside of my state or district, but like you, I couldn't always get through the site; and if I did, I had no way of knowing if my call or email mattered.  So, it's been a while since I've contacted anyone who wasn't a direct representative of mine.

      Political compass: -8.75 / -4.72

      by Mark Mywurtz on Fri Jul 26, 2013 at 04:51:08 AM PDT

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      •  Rats. If only we were rich, or celebrities, (0+ / 0-)

        we might find a way to have access -- and impact.  So by having our own Blue halo, we seem to have no way to ameliorate the problem.

        So we keep reading (here and elsewhere), keep asking what can be done, keep on doing what we can.  I see no merit in becoming a troll on RedStates or the Blaze.  What's left?

        Sigh.  Sorry to hear we're in the same boat.  Thanks much for your thoughtful comments.

        (-7.62,-7.33) Carbon footprint 11.3 metric tons. l'Enfer, c'est les autres.

        by argomd on Fri Jul 26, 2013 at 09:20:14 AM PDT

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