In my latest piece, "Next Letter Writing Campaign - Aiming For Specific Targets," I referenced the various letter writing campaigns that have taken place over the past few months. I also included links to responses I've received from my own networking and advocating, one of which was a letter I received after writing to Senator Jim Webb (D-VA). Sen. Webb's state houses the insidious Sallie Mae's headquarters. They used to be down the road from me, and it was quite difficult to even drive past their loansharking biz. Oh, on top of that, here's a list of his campaign contributors. Wow. Shocking. Sallie Mae is on that list. You can read Senator Webb's entire response here. Not surprisingly, it was more than just disappointing. One reader provided this short analysis. They did it quite well and crudely: "Summary of Jim Webb's letter: "I want you to think I'm on your side, but you're on your own. Piss off."
Need I say more?
Welcome to the wonderful world of politics. What exactly do you think Bush did and how did the election of Obama end the Bush era? (This is one of those Zen questions.)
The two party system feels more and more like a straitjacket. Where's our voice?
Knut - that's a very good question.
The question isn't where our voice is - the question is why our voices aren't heard. Talking to politicians is like shouting at a rock concert...you are producing sound, but nobody can hear it. But instead of rock music, the reasons you can't be heard include lobbyists, lobbyists, lobbyists, special interests, the ringing of corporate cash registers, plus party orthodoxy, rigid ideology, and lobbyists.
Ugh. Spekkio - if only your analogy to being at a rock concert weren't true. But I know it is . . . I will, however, keep on fighting, but I know that my voice - our voice - is being drowned out by thousands and thousands of enormous speakers filled with the screeching of lobbyists, lobbyists, lobbyists, as you say . . . That's why I can't entirely blame certain aspects of a group in the U.S. I despise. But . . . s--t, if big government just means protecting the wealthy and special interests, than I don't support it at all.
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