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September 2nd, 2004


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08:33 am - A Letter from Voinovich
So today, I received a response to Sen. George V. Voinovich.

In it, he thanked me for my letter regarding the definition of marriage.

And then proceded to tell me that I am wrong.

Worse, he explained it using phrases like, "I believe" and "I am of the opinion".

I'm sorry. Did I elect you to have opinions or beliefs, or did I elect you to vote the way I would like you to? Remember that whole deal? We elect you, you represent us? I don't remember anyone suggesting you were allowed to vote willy-nilly on your own agenda.

And this man is the chariman of the Senate Ethics Committee.

I will scan and post the letter as soon as I receive one from Sen. DeWine, so as to complete my collection.

Write your asshole congressmen, and vote in November. You may register here.
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From:tanrinia
Date:September 2nd, 2004 06:09 am (UTC)
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those sound like the responses i usually get from deborah pryce. although NOT ANYMORE since i've moved out of her district.

now i'll get "here's why i'm not listening to you" letters from a brand new person!
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From:romandruid
Date:September 2nd, 2004 06:27 am (UTC)
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Funny, I had just the opposite reaction when I brought up the issue of the DOMA -- [shrug] and "67% of my constituents want it" was the answer I got. My counter was something like, "Who cares what your constituents want? Whatever happened to the Bill of Rights? Have we become a nation of bullies where the majority opinion is all that really matters?"

(FWIW, I'd like to see the letter you received from him sometime...)
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From:chronarchy
Date:September 2nd, 2004 06:54 am (UTC)
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You're absolutely right: representatives should not bow to majorities, but should be able to make decisions that protect and defend minorities.

However, this letter doesn't say, "My constituents say. . ." or "The overwhelming majority say. . ."

He says "I believe. . ." and "I am of the opinion. . ."

To me, that says, "I don't give a damn what anyone thinks, this is my chance to push through legislation that matches my personal beliefs, and you can't stop me."
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From:tlachtga
Date:September 2nd, 2004 06:39 am (UTC)
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I'm sorry. Did I elect you to have opinions or beliefs, or did I elect you to vote the way I would like you to? Remember that whole deal? We elect you, you represent us? I don't remember anyone suggesting you were allowed to vote willy-nilly on your own agenda.

That's exactly it. Nearly everyone seems to have forgotten that we electe these people to do our will, not to do their will. They're our representatives--they're not only representing themselves. That's how this republic works--you, the elected offical, are there to vote how we, the constituents, want. Otherwise, you're just a member of an elected oligarchy, and not a truly democratic republic.

Grrr.
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From:reisender
Date:September 2nd, 2004 10:06 am (UTC)

Sorry to disagree ...

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I don't disagree with you views on marriage, however, let me tread the land mines and say that I believe I do vote for representatives because I want them to use their judgment.

Here's how it works in my mind ... of course ... this is theory.

I can't got to DC to vote on each item myself. So, I select someone whose values seem to reflect my own and someone who seems capable of rational legislative duties. I elect him to go to DC and make judgments for me and my family. It's a republic.

What I absolutely hate, is how politicians instead seem to fear their constituents and are paralyzed on issues until they can see the results of polls. Hey, Mr. Representative, I picked you. You go listen to the debate and make decisions. If you suck at your job I will remove you from office.

That's my 2 cents on how it should work.
From:healing_coyote
Date:September 2nd, 2004 08:34 am (UTC)
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that poor man... I really liked him as our governor for a while, but i might have been biased in that a) I didn't really know his stance on anything, and b) I met him for a school project in Put-in-bay and I reallly liked him as a person. (I was also no more than 15)

I believe that you should respond to his letter with your exact frustrations that you have mentioned here, and perhaps citing the Bill of Rights and the Constitution, etc. He obviously has gotten caught up in all the bureaucratic politics and has forgotten what his real job is...
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From:aislinggheal
Date:September 2nd, 2004 08:43 am (UTC)
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Wow, what a letter.

I really wish I'd saved my collection of responses from Congressman Tiberi - all but one start with "Thank you for your opinion; however, I do not share it." I was all excited about one I got which started "I share your fears about this issue (it was either Patriot or Patriot II) BUT I voted for it anyway.

Sheesh.

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