A few weeks ago I wrote my Senators and Representative [again] begging them to get on the ball and impeach Cheney.
Soon thereafter I received an email from my 'Democratic' Senator saying, 'Don't you worry your pretty little head about such matters -- leave the decisions to us grown-ups who understand such things.'
Then, this morning, I received an absolute brush-off from my [Republican] representative. He didn't even mention the impeachment issue at all -- he simply 'thanked' me for my letter using a full sheet of paper, an envelope, and ink to do it with along with the gasoline used for its delivery.
Now, THAT was a complete waste of resources merely to say, 'I know you won't vote for me anyway, so the hell with you and the hell with the Constitution which, by the way, I swore to uphold and defend. But, what's a little oath before God when important issues are at stake -- like paying back my corporate backers?'
Full text of both letters and my reply to Senator Nelson are below.
There's no point in responding to Bilirakis as you'll see.
Dear Ms. C_____:
Thank you for informing me of your views. Many Americans would agree that certain actions taken by this Administration warrant impeachment.
While I’m also frustrated by the failures of the White House in both foreign and domestic policy, such action would be impractical. The president’s and vice president’s terms conclude next year. In the months immediately ahead, I believe the officials in Washington need to focus on working across the aisle to get results on the major challenges facing our country--not only on Iraq, but also on health care coverage and retirement security for all Americans.
I appreciate hearing your thoughts. Please do not hesitate to contact me again.
I took him at his word and sent him this:
Dear Senator Nelson:
I recently wrote you concerning impeachment of Vice President Cheney and President Bush.
You wrote me back--and thank you for the letter. I could not forgo one response.
I'm aware that it is never convenient to impeach an administration. However, these are not normal times. When our Constitution is daily being shredded and we are on the verge of being taken into yet another war on false pretenses, some sort of action must be taken.
Your argument that this is not a convenient time is simply not sufficient right now.
Thank you for your attention to this matter.
Then, this morning, I received this:
[and btw-- I hadn't been aware I was on a first-name basis with this man. I used his title when I wrote to him.]
Thank you for contacting me to share your thoughts on the Republican leadership. I appreciate hearing from you.
As a resident of Florida's Ninth District, your comments and opinions are an important source of information to help me carry out my duties as your federal representative. In that regard, please do no hesitate to contact me in the future on any issue important to you. Also, if you would like to be informed more frequently about my work in Congress and in Florida's Ninth Congressional District, please visit my website at *** to sign up for regular email or to send me a message.
Again, thank you for sharing your thoughts with me.
Gus M. Bilirakis
Member of Congress
Well, what can I say?
I've known for years that the era of representative government was past.
I just hadn't expected to have my nose rubbed in it quite as flagrantly as this.