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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: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.

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