September 2nd, 2004
|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.
Current Mood: disappointed
Current Music: "Buttermilk Grove", -JB
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...)
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."