"It seems to me that the minimum duty for good citizenship is to vote intelligently in the Primaries and on Election Day. To do this requires knowledge of the candidates, and thought given to the fundamental issues at stake. One cannot be an expert on many questions, but one can know what the qualities the candidates for any public office should have, and through personal contact or by letter, citizens can let those representatives know what they expect their attitude to be on fundamental questions."
- Eleanor Roosevelt
(Democratic Digest, March 1939)
If you write letters to your representatives whether daily, or only occasionally you probably will get no reply, and when you do get a reply, it's a request for donations. It's obvious that We The People don't matter to these people. As Mary in Louisiana says, "It's definitely time for a voter revolution in this country."
Bob in Louisiana sums it up, "What ever happened to the concept in which politicians were elected to do the will of the people? Regardless of what the polls show the American people want done, it seems our brilliant elected officials always find a way to do just the opposite. What part of 'of the people, by the people, and for the people' don't they understand?"
Our United States Constitution begins, We The People, which says it all. And was the guiding light for the WeDemocrats organization.
Sometimes I get the feeling that there is a War between Congress and We The People, and when they go home on their many vacations, I feel and agree with Jerry in Georgia who said, "The way I see it, Congress going home...is the equivalent of a cease-fire in the War on the Middle Class."
In a recent article I used the immortal words of JFK, "Ask not what your county can do for you, ask what you can do for your country", but Republicans in particular have their own version, `Ask not what you can do for your country, ask what can the country can do for ME'!
Daniel in Florida says, "I think the Senate pay should be directly related to the average pay of the middle class. If we go down, they go down, too."
By golly me thinks the boy has something there. Put Federal Legislature retirees on Social Security, and they will change the SS laws, pay them based on the minimum wage, with its ups and downs and you will see an improvement in the average man's lifestyle, make them work at least a four day week, that would be 200 days a year not the 80 they now work.
It appears that public service is a steppingstone to private profit as seen in several investigations such as the Hastert windfall of $2,000,000 last year when he railroaded a highway bill through that would include land he had just bought. Corruption is rampant in Washington, and who suffers? WE THE PEOPLE!
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