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Let’s Talk, Senator.

When you see Ali here at FDL, you know it’s time to awaken the grassroots for action.

So what is it this time?

Guess who’s coming to your home town (or maybe close to it)?

That’s right:  it’s your senator.  And like FDL heroes of yore, it’s time for you to pay them a little visit. 

The Leaker in Chief story isn’t going away, and it brings us a new opportunity to lobby for Russ Feingold’s censure motion.  You can even take the opportunity to say what you think about Kerry’s call for redeployment deadlines, or your thoughts about the criminal lunacy of bombing Iran.  Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is below the fold.

On Monday, senators head back to their home states for Easter break.  They’ll be stopping by their home offices, talking personally with their local staff.  Sending faxes, making phone calls are all great, but nothing is more memorable or powerful than personal contact.  While senators are on break and paying attention to what their constituents have to say, here’s what we’re asking you to do:

  1. Visit your senator’s local office closest to you, especially any Democratic senator.  If this idea interests you, email me at Pachacutec01 at gmail dot com with the name of your home state in the subject line.  I will gather emails I get from the same state and share your email addresses with each other, so that you can coordinate with other FDL community members locally.  That way, you can possibly go as a group, maximizing your impact and minimizing any intimidation you may feel.  Follow the links on this clickable map to locate your senators’ local office sites.

  2. If you just can’t get to a senator’s office, write at least two letters to the editor this week to local newspapers.  While they are home, senators pay special attention to those LTE’s.  Also, if you can’t make a personal visit to your local senator’s office, call the local office to discuss your concerns.

  3. What should you say?  It’s best if you don’t follow a script, but for ideas, check out this post from Jane.  You can even print it out and leave it at the office if you go in person (if they don’t know who we are yet, they’ll know before too long!).  You might also want to talk about President Strangelove’s apparent boner for a catastrophically evil and stupid war with Iran.

  4. Please also consider joining Drinking Liberally or starting a chapter in your area.  You don’t have to be a drinker.  It’s just a name.  I’ve attended events and most of the people did not even drink.  It’s a social group for activists and people like you who want to get to know others in your area with common interests and values.

No matter how pissed off we get at party leaders, we only get the leaders we deserve.  Uncommon vision is uncommon for a reason.  Though we should expect more from our leaders, we should not expect them to be men and women of uncommon valor or vision.  It’s our job to pressure them to act as if they possess uncommon valor and vision.  

That’s why I choose Ali as our symbol:  strong, loud, proud, indomitable.  The Greatest.  Russ Feingold has acted with uncommon valor and vision.  President Bush does the opposite.  We have to step in and lead our leaders.  That’s what the netroots and grassroots are all about.  We truly are crashing the gate .

Please take action this next week.  Email me if you can make a personal visit.  If you can’t do that, there’s still plenty more you can do.   

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Pachacutec did not, as is commonly believed, die in 1471. To escape the tragic sight of his successors screwing up the Inca Empire he’d built, he fled east into the Amazon rain forest, where he began chewing lots of funky roots to get higher than Hunter Thompson ever dared. Oddly, these roots gave him not only a killer buzz, but also prolonged his life beyond what any other mortal has known, excluding Novakula. Whatever his doubts of the utility of living long enough to see old friends pop up in museums as mummies, or witness the bizarrely compelling spectacle of Katherine Harris, he’s learned a thing or two along the way. For one thing, he’s learned the importance of not letting morons run a country, having watched the Inca Empire suffer many civil wars requiring the eventual ruler to gain support from the priests and the national military. He now works during fleeting sober moments to build a vibrant progressive movement sufficiently strong and sustainable to drive a pointed stake through the heart of American “conservatism” forever. He enjoys a gay marriage, classic jazz and roots for the New York Mets.