Sunday, June 28, 2009
Make your voice heard
Here is a copy of an email contact I sent to Senator Cornyn (R) from Texas yesterday. I sent the exact same email to my other Senator, Kay Hutchison (R).
Dear Senator Cornyn,
I am writing to you today to request that you vote NO to ANY version of the CAP and TRADE BILL that might come before the senate for possible approval.
Clearly, Cap and Trade is a terrible idea. By the President's own admission it will result in higher prices for families and small businesses and the loss of countless jobs - all so that the ruling party can fund it's outrageous plans that already threaten to bankrupt our nation.
The recent vote in the House was troubling. Not only because such an awful piece of legislation passed, but because of how it passed. Last minute arm bending, under the table midnight deals, and the 300 page amendment that no one even had time to read and understand disgust me. Members of the House that were being relied upon to stand up against this travesty suddenly caved in. There can be no other explanation than either they were bought off, or strong armed into supporting the bill.
This can not happen in the Senate.
I thank you for all the fine work you've done in the Senate on behalf of Texas and America. I pray that you will continue to support the conservative ideals that make this country great.
The temptation to "compromise" and "be bipartisan" will be enormous in the coming weeks. Please to not bend to that pressure. Anything short of a complete and utter defeat of ANY CAP AND TRADE LEGISLATION would be a betrayal of the trust we place in you, and would be remembered most vividly in upcoming primaries and elections.
Thank you again for your service to our country,
You'll find "political" opinions and posts on this blog from time to time, because I live in the world and am effected by events and attitudes just like everyone else. I try to seek out my own information on the big issues and make up my own mind accordingly. I would encourage you to do the same. Don't let anyone tell you how to think, regardless of which side you're on.
What you usually won't find on my blog is an in depth analysis of the issues like Cap and Trade, Economic Stimulus, GM Buyouts, and the like - 'cuz this ain't that kind of a blog.
If you feel the way that I do about the ridiculously underhanded way that Congress is behaving over the past several months - this is the time to make your opinion known. My Senators are both pretty strong conservatives that can be relied upon. I'm not taking any chances, though. I would encourage you to contact your senators so that they know where you stand. Several House Reps who were firmly against Cap and Trade bent to pressure at the last minute and caved in. Don't take anything for granted in the Senate.
Things to remember to make your contact count:
Be Polite, and respectful. - If they read your email and understand that you think they're a douchebag, then they won't listen to you. Politicians enjoy counting the opinions that support them, and dread loosing the votes that keep them in office. They have to believe there is a real risk of loosing your support if they don't behave.
Be very CLEAR. The goal of my email is to tell them how I want them to vote, and what will happen if that is not carried out. I want there to be no chance that they will misunderstand that I will do everything in my power end their political career if they compromise or give-in, in ANY WAY. Don't get sidetracked into 20 different other issues, or even any in depth analysis of the issue at hand. Make your point, and get out.
Make sure you follow up on your "threat", after the dust settles. We have to hold our representatives accountable.
There was an ENORMOUS amount of arm bending, shady deal making, and other monkey shines going on in the last minute circus that was the House vote on Cap and Trade. The Democrats and handful of Republican traitors jumped with glee like a bunch of fucking schoolgirls when they squeaked by in the vote. This, after the congressional switchboard was literally SHUT DOWN due to the flood of calls coming in from citizens begging them not to pass this bill.
This is a teachable moment, if Conservatives have the balls to stand up and do it. Those kinds of tactics need to be exposed. Details of the 300 page amendment that was jammed in at 3am the morning before the vote need to be made public. The fact that Nancy Pelosi and President Obama have repeatedly lied about inclusiveness and transparency needs to be pointed out. A detailed examination of exactly WHY cap and trade is an awful idea needs to be conducted, and Conservative alternatives offerd in its place, to combat the President's strategy of painting all oppostition as people who "want to do nothing".
Most of all, though. The bastards in Washington need to be reminded that they have less to fear from the Liberal heads of the House and Senate than they have to fear from me. They should worry less about how the President views them, than they do about how I will cast my vote in the next primary and election.