So. How bout that shut-down, eh?
Seriously, this whole thing has me boiling mad. So mad, in fact, that I did something I’ve never ever done before. I wrote my congressman and gave him an extensive piece of my mind. I was distinctly uncomplimentary (I live in a Republican district), though I managed to stop myself short of calling him names. Still, I used the strongest non-swear words I could think of. I expressed outrage. I demanded action to end the stand-off. I placed blame squarely where it belongs. But I’m only one person. We all should be writing to our Congressional representatives and demanding positive action. This dereliction of duty should have every citizen standing up and crying foul of those sworn to serve our interests.
This is actually something I’ve been thinking of doing for a few weeks, and the suggestion of a friend pushed me over the edge to action. I am deeply interested in many social issues, and I think part of being in a Democracy (or even a Representative Democracy) is making sure the people who represent us are doing their jobs to our satisfaction. Naturally they are not right now, so it’s up to us to make ourselves heard in order that they might do so. Some people effect change by writing articles and running dedicated blogs, others effect change by organizing or attending rallies, protests, and other demonstrations. I am not really brave enough, nor do I have the energy and dedication to follow those routes. But I want to do something more than just talk about these issues. It finally occurred to me that I am a writer. I write, and while I’m still perfecting my art, I do it fairly well. I may not have the energy to dedicate to a social-justice blog, complete with it’s share of trolls and necessity for comment moderation. But I can make my voice heard where it’s most likely to be effective, in the in-box of those who claim to represent me in government. This Government shut-down came along just in time to have the dubious honor of being the subject of my first angry letter.
But as with anything, the more of us who join together in an effort, the more effective it is. So, if you can, write a letter to your Congressional Representative and demand an immediate end to this foolish shutdown. If you don’t know who your Representative is, you can find them here: http://www.house.gov/representatives/find/
I’m also going to append a copy of the text of my letter below a cut, for anyone interested. It has been edited for privacy, but not content.
To Congressman [Redacted]
Attn: Speaker John Boehner
Mr. [Redacted], I am a constituent of yours from [Redacted] and I must say I am shocked, appalled and infuriated by the behavior of you and your Republican colleagues in the House of Representatives. How dare you betray your oaths of office by taking our government and economy hostage in a politically motivated attempt to deny affordable health-care to those who need it most in this country! Moreover, I am appalled at the level of denial evident in the thought processes of the House Republicans who seek to blame Democrats for our current state of non-government, claim that Obamacare will somehow hurt the very Americans it is actually helping, and think that by attacking our country’s budget they can somehow reverse a law (a LAW, sir, not a bill!) which has been thoroughly vetted through the Democratic processes of this country!
Finally, Mr. [Redacted] and Mr. Speaker, I am demanding, as a voting citizen of this Democracy that you end this government shut-down immediately, however you possibly can. Only you and your colleagues can do so by ceasing to throw tantrums my toddler would be ashamed of because you don’t get your own way. This shutdown is hurting millions of Americans, including members of my own family, and will continue to hurt even more the longer it goes on. It is a shameful dereliction of duty on your parts that it has continued for nearly 48 hours now, much less that it was allowed to occur at all. This is YOUR fault, and it is entirely up to you all to fix it!
Mr. [Redacted], your website does not make clear your position on this current crisis. However, if you are one of those Republicans who thinks the Tea-Party strategy is foolish, then it is your duty to grow a spine and stand up and say so, publicly. If, however, you are sympathetic to their strategy, then I am utterly ashamed to live in a district which would elect such a completely amoral fool.