To: Representative Mike McIntyre
Subject: A shot across the Bow...
Dear Representative McIntyre,
My wife and I stood in the rain for 8+ hours last Tuesday working our precinct making sure Democratic and Independent voters knew the party affiliation of all candidates....judicial and otherwise. We distributed flyers in our neighborhood recommending Democratic candidates with arguments as to why they should be elected. We held a successful fund raiser for Julia Boseman, and we helped expose Al Roseman’s negative campaign. Nan is precinct captain for H9. You might get the general idea that we’re active and motivated to see significant change in our government.
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With appropriate respect for your office, but also with needed candor, we encouraged voting for you while holding our noses. You have repeatedly demonstrated an amazing proclivity to vote for legislation taking away our freedoms and in support of the most egregious policies of the Republican Party. I hope you and your peers find a way to rescind article 1076 of the Military Commissions Act of 2007 and the changes to Posse Comitatus in the Defense Authorization bill...as a start.
The netroots activists in North Carolina...and we are among them...made a powerful contribution to Charles Taylor’s defeat, Vernon Robinson’s defeat, and to Larry Kissell’s campaign, which may yet prove successful We have established a network of articulate and motivated citizens and we are gearing up for 2008. Elizabeth Dole is in the cross-hairs now...so to speak. There is discussion of adding you to the list. You should know that your name is frequently mentioned by unhappy members of the local party. How much of our money you claim credit for returning to us is not nearly as important as returning our republic to us and solving our most pressing problems.
One assumes you know what those problems are. Securing our borders, stopping illegal immigration and the misuse of state and federal funds in the support of illegal immigrants is high on the list, as is the war and spending in Iraq, the deficit, a sustainable energy program, fair trade as opposed to free trade, healthcare, the minimum wage, ethics reform...and more. All the issues you and your peer members of this Congress have so conveniently ignored while bickering over flag burning and other drivel.
No one expects miracles. We do expect integrity and progress. We expect our Constitution to be respected and restored. We expect our sons and daughters to be coming home soon...and those who lied and perpetrated this war on us...and those who have been profiteering, to be appropriately punished in a timely manner...without wasting time or energy on grandstanding or purely political retribution.
We expect to see swift and effective ethics reform so we can somehow feel you folks in Congress are representing our interests rather than the interests of corporate and special interest campaign contributors. And we expect to see the needs and concerns of the poor and middle classes addressed. The ultra rich in this country pay lower rates of tax on their dividends than most workers pay on the monies they earn by their sweat and labor. That is not fair.
This election should have told you in no uncertain terms that “we the people” are not just unhappy, we are mad as hell. If you folks in Congress can’t or won’t fix the problems you’ve created you can expect someone else to be given the chance in 2008. And, along the way, you had best tell the old-line dinosaurs in our party...like “Trading Post” Murtha that trading votes for pork is going to be a sure ticket out the door.
If anything I’ve said makes you unhappy or uncomfortable, (assuming someone on your staff decides to let this hit your desk) I assure you it’s not personal...but it’s real.
I did vote for you. I am your constituent, and I’m hoping for real progress...soon.