A shot across the bow

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.

Sincerely,

Comments

Beautifully written

Wow, Stan, this is one of the best letters I've ever read. Full of facts, with just the right balance of calm, logic, anger and threat. I am glad to see you putting McIntyre on notice.

I've sent him many letters that have all been completely ignored. I have the sense that he thinks the only people he has to care about are those in his district. (Too bad he doesn't seem to care all that much about them, either.) But the fact is, a good Congressmen represents all the people of America.

And that's where McIntyre has been failing, in my opinion. I don't expect him to become a flaming liberal, but I do expect him the be committed to making progress. That's what "progressive" is all about . . . and he's not been doing his part.

Please consider sending a link to your entry here to his office, as well as to whatever newspaper reporter covers him most often. It's easy for them to blow off one letter, but once it spills into a broader discussion, well, that's harder to ignore.

Great job.

A

PS I'm trying to front-page this, but there are gremlins in the system. Everyone, please hit "recommend" to get this on the front page here. Thanks!

Thanks for the kind words

I will make sure his staff see the cross reference here. Unfortunately, The Star-News doesn't seem too internet literate.

Stan Bozarth

I could not agree more.

I feel like cutting and pasting A's comments because he is right. This was a perfect letter Stan, the kind I can't help feel will make an impact and not immediately be thrown into the trash.

p.s. I love the idea of faxing.

CountryCrats - my thoughts, my blog.

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.
-me

Thanks..and I hope all our letters make a difference

the way everyone here...you, syntax, Greg, Lance, momo, Southern Dem, Drama Queen, Anglico, Screwy...and so many, many more have made such a difference. .

As an aside...faxing is the best way I've found to communicate with politicians. They get fewer faxes than emails, and if you set it up properly, you can fax a group of people simultaneously.

Let's roll...

Stan Bozarth

Mike McIntyre

actually personally called Stan about one month ago. He told him he's been carrying around several faxes from Stan and wanted to talk to him. This letter won't come as new news to Mike, and the timing is perfect. Let's hope he starts to get the drift.

I'm sure you'll keep us updated?

Hint, hint.

Happy Veteran's Day!

Oh, you can count on it!

Happy Veteran's Day to you as well.
PS... Ask Stan to tell you the story about getting thrown out of the White House Chief of Staff's office, you'll love it!

?????? do tell!!!!!!

CountryCrats - my thoughts, my blog.

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.
-me

Someday over a beer...I promise,

but not here on the net. :)

Stan Bozarth

Beautiful post, Stan

and great comments. I don't have time to say much more than thanks!

as has been said

Politicians will always be beholden to those who get them elected. If it is corporations then they will be DeLay Republicans. If it is the party establishement then thats another thing.
But if it us, if its volunteers on the ground who get them elected, then that will always affect their vote.

Im looking forward to seeing how this turns out. I hope that you can get him to change his votes without having to run someone against him in the primary.

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"Keep the Faith"

Believe it or not

Rumor has it that McIntyre wants to run for Libby Doles seat. Let no one forget on election night Mike McIntyre on radio in Fayetteville bragging about the "great man Robin Hayes". McIntyre has forgotten he is a democrat. I hope Nancy Pelosi keeps this in mind when the spoils are handed out.

That darn rumor mill

can be full of crap sometimes.

McIntyre's undistinguished service as a Congressman doesn't seem like a very effective launching pad for the US Senate. And given his comment about Flippers, maybe he does want to run as a Republican.

Surveyor...Could you point me to the interview

you mentioned? I'd like to get an audio or, alternatively, a transcript.
I'm building a file. Thanks!

Stan Bozarth

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Stan Bozarth

I Caution You

Congressman McIntyre is a good man and I feel he represents his district well. I caution netroots activists in getting ahead of themselves. I would rather have a Congressman who is of the Blue Dog strype than a Republican. If netroorts liberals challenge Democratic incumbents in 2008 we will be left with a GOP congress.

Remember what happeneded in Connecticut Stan! I wish y'all would realize our party is a big tent and stop challenging conservative leaning Dems!

But Mike McIntyre isn't a Blue Dog

His voting record makes him look more like a Republican. The man voted for torture for heaven's sake.(So did Etheridge, though) I'm a fiscal conservative and a Democrat and McIntyre is way too conservative for me. That doesn't mean he isn't a good person. He may very well mirror his district, which is what district representation is all about, but it doesn't mean he effectively mirrors our state.

Also not all netrooters are liberal. Just thought you should know. :)

Robin Hayes lied. Nobody died, but thousands of folks lost their jobs.



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Vote Democratic! The ass you save may be your own.

You make a good point.

We wouldn't want to lose a seat by challenging McIntyre. You also raise an issue I think needs discussion, that being use of the labels "conservative," "liberal," and so on. I'm not any longer sure what these terms connote. McIntyre voted for the Military Commissions Act and the trashing of Posse Comitatus. I'd call that something other than a "conservative" vote. Maybe "unprincipled" in regards to the underpinnings of our Republic. That's what bothers me about his representation. I'll have to think more about this. Thanks for your important comment.

Stan Bozarth

Let's primary him with ...

One of the kids from Dawson's Creek! I can hear it now: "I don't wanna wait ... for your term to be over ..."

I always wanted to be the avenging cowboy hero—that lone voice in the wilderness, fighting corruption and evil wherever I found it, and standing for freedom, truth and justice. - Bill Hicks

Stan

It was on the radio and I don't know which channel. I will check around and see if I can find out. Let you know later.

Lot's of 7Th district people want change

We are losing our freedoms by the minute. Mike was riding around with Burr's and Doles people before the election handing out pork. Not another "Demo" in site.Mike had a picture of Bush on his web site before the election. "DINO"

ew

I think I just threw up in my mouth. Just a little bit.

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"Keep the Faith"