I wrote a diary awhile ago that I thought, naively I guess, that might start a movement to address the goings on of our government and the anger and frustration most of the U.S. public feels.

Obviously, from the comments -or lack thereof-, I was not very successful. BUT I still think it is one avenue that must be explored if the First Amendment is to have real meaning. And Jane’s announcement of a progressive movement being dead leads me to again offer up my suggestion and to provide an example that others might find affordable and in the interests of seeing just who in Congress thinks the people have a right to say what their government does or does not do.

"Dear Representative xxxxx(or Senator xxxxx);

I am writing to you requesting a written response to a few questions.

First, will you sponsor or co-sponsor the following legislation (or introduce your own that achieves the same purpose)?

"Upon presentation to a Senator or Representative or branch of U.S. Government, of a petition seeking a redress of grievance consisting of the signatures of 100,000 registered voters, such an individual or branch of U.S. government shall and must take action to redress and/or respond to such a petition within 120 days of the submission of such a grievance, inclusive of the days deemed for verification of such signatures being those of a registered voter. Such registered voter signatures shall and must be verified by the registered voter’s Secretary of State regarding the validity of the signature being that of a State’s registered voter within 30 days of such a request by a Representative,Senator, or branch of the U.S. government or be cited for Contempt of Congress and the established procedure associated with such a citation be followed. In the case where petitions are submitted that diametrically opposed to one another, the petition with the larger number of signatories will be higher in priority for redress and/or response but in no instance will such opposing petitions not be acted upon within the 120 day time limit. Failure or a Senator or Representative or branch of the U.S. Government to redress and/or respond to such a petition shall be guilty of violating Title 18 U.S.C. § 241, Conspiracy against rights of citizens, and subject to the penalties associated with such code infraction."

If you will not sponsor or co-sponsor such legislation, please state why you will not.

Secondly, will you support such legislation if it is introduced?

I find it ludicrous and abhorrent that the Rules of the House of Representatives, the body of Congress most closely related to representing the people, indicate that while every citizen has the absolute right to petition Congress for redress of grievance, Congress is neither morally nor legally obligated to respond.

Given the anger and frustration citizens feel towards Congress -and government as a whole- and questioning if Congress really represents the people any longer, such legislation is absolutely necessary if the idea of a representative democracy is to be of any real meaning.

I look forward to your response and, iterating, request a written response even if I am not a constituent of your district or State.
Sincerely,

signature
address
City,State,zipcode"

I’ll be sending this letter via certified (making sure it gets there), registered (I want to see who signs for it so I can do a follow up if no response if forthcoming) to the following Congress members:
U.S. Representative Brian Bilbray
2348 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20515
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U.S. Representative John Conyers, Jr.
2426 Rayburn H.O.B.
Washington, DC 20515
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U.S. Representative Dennis J. Kucinich
2445 Rayburn HOB
Washington, DC 20515
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U.S. Representative Alan Grayson
1605 Longworth HOB
Washington, DC 20515
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U.S. Representative Bob Filner
2428 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
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Senator Barbara Boxer
112 HART SENATE OFFICE BUILDING WASHINGTON DC 20510
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Senator Dianne Feinstein
331 HART SENATE OFFICE BUILDING WASHINGTON DC 20510
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Senator Russell Feingold
506 HART SENATE OFFICE BUILDING WASHINGTON DC 20510
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Senator Sherrod Brown
713 HART SENATE OFFICE BUILDING WASHINGTON DC 20510
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Senator Bernard Sanders
332 DIRKSEN SENATE OFFICE BUILDING WASHINGTON DC 20510
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Please feel free to copy the letter and send it to your Senators and Representative if you wish to see whether they actually have the idea that representative democracy is something they truly support.

Come together.

ubetchaiam

ubetchaiam

Jobs I've had: mowing lawns,delivering newspapers,Bedding deliveryman, short order cook,vietnam vet,bookkeeeper in Fulton Fish Market,merchandiser/asst. buyer in Garment District,Womens shoe store salesman and asst.mgr.,wholesale egg delivery man,telephone company phone booth and car washer,taxi driver,mud carrier for bricklayers, college student,radio/tv repair training, fm disc jockey, dealer,Vegas bartender,registered commodity representative(broker and mgr.),programmer,systems programmer,systems engineer,pre and post sales engineer,computer admin, computer systems support,notary public and probably a couple of other jobs I've forgotten.

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