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  •  I did not bully the intern... (9+ / 0-)

    I didn't use foul language or belittle him. I simply asked him a question with a strong tone of voice, it's true.

    You have to realize that I call my senators and congressman probably at least once a week, and it is almost always much more specific than this one call.

    I called my senators, for example, to thank them for voting in favor of the VAWA, and then I called my congressman to ask him to support that bill when it came up.

    I called them after Newtown and asked them to please look at our mental health system (which they constantly vote to cut) and our gun control laws, especially assault weapons.

    Yes, this call was to vent a bit, but c'mon, don't you think we have the right to vent once in a while? Shouldn't we tell our elected officials when we are frustrated with their actions or inaction?

    So you're extrapolating from this one diary about other instances when I call, and, um, you shouldn't do that.

    •  I agree. (4+ / 0-)

      "Shouldn't we tell our elected officials when we are frustrated with their actions or inaction?"

      Only problem is, you didn't do that.  Had you actually talked to your elected official, that'd be one thing...like at a town hall or something.

      Instead, you talked to the random intern on the other end who isn't going to relay your message to anybody, because it is the equivalent of asking him whether he had Prince Albert in a can.

      Funny, humorous...but not all that effective.

      Cake or DEATH? Oh, I'll have cake, please.

      by wmtriallawyer on Wed Feb 20, 2013 at 12:32:58 PM PST

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      •  On the contrary... (6+ / 0-)

        The interns are instructed to log in every call (and every email, letter, etc.) and report what the subject was.

        Maybe they don't always do that, but that's the best I can do here.

        You see, I can't actually talk with my elected official...

        BECAUSE HE'S NOT THERE!

        ;-)

        •  Actually, not really. (1+ / 0-)
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          Having actually worked in a Congressional office, they aren't required or instructed to log every call. That's up to an individual Congressional office, but my office and the one's I knew never logged every call...because that would be insanity and take forever.  The vast majority do track each piece of mail, however.

          I mean, I'm glad you feel good about your phone call...I just don't see what the point was, or how it was effective in any way, other than making you feel a bit smug about it.  Carry on.

          Cake or DEATH? Oh, I'll have cake, please.

          by wmtriallawyer on Thu Feb 21, 2013 at 07:29:52 AM PST

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      •  Any suggestions on how to actually, you know, (1+ / 0-)
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        get through to a Congresscritter?  We've got about zero chance of speaking directly to ours, or especially to our two out-of-touch Senators.

        Staff is there to relay messages to the office holder.  It is their job to take calls, irate, friendly, pleading, demanding, unreasonable and irrational, along with heartfelt and complementary.  

        My cousin was a staffer for many years for a Congressman and I sat in his office while he took calls.  Each one was duly logged and the caller treated respectfully.  

        That's their job.   If the Congressional officeholders themselves would answer the phones, we'd be happy to speak directly to them, but they have elected to be pretty much permanently unavailable.

        Please suggest other ways by which we can communicate with our elected representatives.  Phone is one of the few forms left in the security state.  Email, yeah, it gets cataloged.   Paper letters take forever due to security screening, so they are not timely, if they ever were.  

        Ideas?

        "The law is meant to be my servant and not my master, still less my torturer and my murderer." -- James Baldwin. July 11, 1966.

        by YucatanMan on Wed Feb 20, 2013 at 02:21:22 PM PST

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      •  Town halls (1+ / 0-)
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        Did you ever go to one? The officeholder usually holds anyone asking a question that is serious in contempt.  Look at the videos of McCain and others bullying everyone who has an alternate view.  They can never answer any questions even about bills they supposedly proposed or endorsed.  Their goal is to impart no information, and take no position except the official line.  The have been exceptions I guess.

        I once suggested that my rep allocate one day per term to ordinary people.  When the laughter of him and his staff stopped we knew the town meeting was a sham.  He got his TV appearance and fled the scene.  Sorry to be so cynical, but a reading of any of their logs will prove the point.

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