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January 13, 2006

Putting Congress On Notice

Following is an email I sent to my Senators Hutchison and Cornyn, and Representative Henry Bonilla. I borrowed a theme designed by Common Cause and crafted the following Notice to Congress. Given that the margins of victory in many states in the Nov. elections will be merely thousands of votes, wouldn’t it be something if Congresspersons received a few million of these type messages.

Dear Senator or Representative.

I have watched our government being sold to the highest bidder for decades. I have seen incumbents from both parties work tirelessly to preserve the legal graft and purchase of votes by wealthy donors and lobbyists, shutting out the voice of average American voters on issue after issue.

The scandals currently rocking D.C., you and I both know, represent only the tip of the ice berg where money influences legislation is concerned. We voters in America have an agenda we agree on by a huge multi-partisan majority. That agenda includes fiscal responsibility which will preserve prosperity for our children, roads to peace, not war, which increase the prospects of peace for our children, and freedom to conduct our lives responsibly in America without government intrusion, spying, and secret activities overseeing our private lives.

But this agenda of the American people of peace, prosperity and liberty is not backed by 100's of millions of dollars in annaul graft, and so it is an agenda you incumbents in Washington lose sight of. Enough is enough.

I have joined with other voters, Republicans, Democrats, Greens, Libertarians and independents who are all committed to voting out incumbents for as many election cycles as it takes in order to restore responsible government. To restore government that takes its direction from the average working Americans, and not the wealthy corporations, campaign donors, and special interest lobbyists is our goal.

We finally get it. The incumbents are preserving this corrupt system for themselves, and we are committed to addressing the problem at its source. So, you have a choice, change your bribed ways of legislating or face a growing tide of anti-incumbent voters who care less about party than they do about ending the legal and illegal influence of money over legislation.

We are not opposed to campaign contributions or lobbyists. We are opposed to the incumbents who permit those small numbers of wealthy contributors to trump the people's agenda for a prosperous, peaceful, and free future for our children. Our organization is called Vote Out Incumbents for Democracy and we are here to stay and grow throughout the country until you are gone from Congress or, change your ways of voting to work for our agenda instead of that of the special interests.

You have a difficult choice. Acknowledge the American people's agenda and fight for it in Congress, or we will continue in growing numbers to vote out incumbents until their replacements finally get it and work exclusively for our children's future, all of America's people in bi-partisan fashion, and against corruption and bribery both legal and illegal.

Here are actions on your part we will look for in the coming months.

* Create an Independent Ethics Commission to investigate congressional ethics misconduct by all parties.

* Prohibit Members of Congress and their staffs from accepting gifts from registered lobbyists. Ban all privately financed Congressional travel. If the trip is important enough for a Member to make, it is important enough to be publicly financed and let the people determine if their money was well spent or not.

* End the campaign money chase that is at the core of the current scandal and robs the people of their representatives time spent on the American people's common agenda, peace, prosperity, and liberty in America for Americans. Publicly-funded, clean election reform for congressional campaigns is critical to restoring responsibility by Congress to the voting public.

* Stop members of Congress and senior staff from immediately taking jobs as lobbyists once they leave public service. Install a 5 year ban on this practice to end the motivation for running for Congress in order to become a wealthy lobbyist. The American people don't elect their representatives to promote their bank accounts and financial status upon leaving office for a lucrative lobbying position.

* Real transparency and real-time reporting of lobbying contacts and real enforcement of disclosure rules by incumbents is required to get our votes in the future.

You have a decision to make: work for us, we the people, or continue to work for the highest bidders and contributors to your financial wealth. We are watching, and we will respond accordingly in 2006, 2008, 2010, and beyond if necessary.

Posted by David R. Remer at January 13, 2006 10:58 AM
Comments
Comment #112821

Very good and strongly worded.
Do you mind if we use this as a pattern for our letters to our Senators and Representives?
Just a few hundred of these types of letters will shake them up a bit. If it doesn’t, then it’s time for them to go.

Posted by: Ron Brown at January 13, 2006 12:36 PM
Comment #112826

By all means, Ron, it was posted for that express purpose.

Posted by: David R. Remer at January 13, 2006 12:41 PM
Comment #112827

Yes, please allow others to copy this, I can even print it in my newspaper if you are willing to let me

thanks and keep up the fight

Posted by: tom at January 13, 2006 12:41 PM
Comment #112830

Senators from Virginia received similar e-mail from me this day.

Following is a link to e-mail for all US Senators.


http://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm

Posted by: steve smith at January 13, 2006 12:45 PM
Comment #112831

Folks reading this article have express permission by this author to copy any or all of the text addressed to the Congress.

Posted by: David R. Remer at January 13, 2006 12:49 PM
Comment #112868

David:

Every so often, you hit the ball out of the park. Extremely well written and easy to copy off and send to Senators and Representatives. Took me 3 minutes to do so.

You’ve provided a nice service to those of us who wish to do more than idly rail about problems. Everyone who takes the time to post on Watchblog should also take the time to send this off to their respective legislators, regardless of party.

Well done, good and faithful servant.

Posted by: joebagodonuts at January 13, 2006 02:05 PM
Comment #112869

I agree, well done David and I have sent it off to my Congresspersons as well.

Posted by: Lisa Renee at January 13, 2006 02:08 PM
Comment #112888

My thanks to you all for the positive comments. But, my immense appreciation and respect goes to those of you who actually took the time to contact your representatives. You are the proud and patriotic Americans our Congress needs to hear from. You are the Americans who will make America a better place for ourselves and our children, and their children.

Posted by: David R. Remer at January 13, 2006 02:32 PM
Comment #112911

Gone to my senators, and will be gone to representative soon.

Thanks!!

Posted by: womanmarine at January 13, 2006 02:57 PM
Comment #112950

Thank you, womanmarine.

Posted by: David R. Remer at January 13, 2006 04:41 PM
Comment #113197

The Letter has been sent to my group as well. Michael Burgess (R-26th district in Texas) and Senators John Cornyn and Kay Bailey Hutchison.

Thanks for providing the content David.

Posted by: Dennis at January 14, 2006 02:32 PM
Comment #113254

Thank you Dennis for taking the action so many won’t. But, you know, the fact that so many won’t actually strengthen’s the message of those who do. Always looking for the silver lining…

Posted by: David R. Remer at January 14, 2006 07:35 PM
Comment #113255

Same here. I’m in the same district as Dennis.

Posted by: d.a.n at January 14, 2006 07:36 PM
Comment #113264

E-Mail this to all Senators:
Contacts:
Senators http://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm

Posted by: d.a.n at January 14, 2006 08:05 PM
Comment #113265

E-Mail this to all Representatives:
Contacts:
Representatives: http://www.house.gov/house/MemberWWW.shtml

Posted by: d.a.n at January 14, 2006 08:07 PM
Comment #113268

Alright Dan, thanks for taking the action.

Posted by: David R. Remer at January 14, 2006 08:11 PM
Comment #113711

Thanks for the letter. I have forwarded it to my list of 6000+

Posted by: Hooman Hedayati at January 16, 2006 07:33 PM
Comment #113786

That’s quite a list Hooman. Thanks. I assume the list is associated with Texas Students Against the Death Penalty, correct?

Posted by: David R. Remer at January 17, 2006 12:01 AM
Comment #114847

Great post I have also sent copies to each of my Senators and the Congressman in my district. It is about time America is returned to the people and not the wealthy lobbyists who could care less about people.

Posted by: Vic Romano at January 20, 2006 09:28 AM
Comment #115641

Thank you, Vic, very much.

Posted by: David R. Remer at January 22, 2006 02:02 PM
Comment #119776

Well, I forwarded it to hooman-tala group in yahoo. We have about 7175 members as of today in there and I send emails regarding the Persian culture and issues related to Iranian-Americans.

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/hooman-tala/

Posted by: Hooman Hedayati at February 2, 2006 05:56 PM
Comment #123628

Corruption continues to grow.
But, that is what all governments do, without sufficient transparency and checks & balances.
Now the government (all parties, not just Democrats or Republicans) is trying to grab more power, abusing eminent domain laws, ignore habeas corpus, violate the 4th Amendment, ignore Geneva Conventions, excuse bad intelligence, and no one is ever accountable.

It is like the laws of physics, sort of.
For every inaction, there is an equally disturbing consequence.

Voters will someday resolve it all one day, but will it be:
(a) the peaceful, responsible way?
(b) Or, the hard, painful way (again)?

The voters’ inaction is why politicians have such a disdain for voters and say voters get what they deserve for allowing it.

Posted by: d.a.n at February 11, 2006 12:50 PM
Comment #233006

I’m mad as hell and I’m not going to take it anymore!

That line from the movie Network has not stopped running through my head these last few days. Maybe it should be our new battlecry against the Bush camp and the ineffective Democrats as well. God, what I wouldn’t give to have some Honest Independents in Congress to help We The People.

Linda

Posted by: Linda Thompson at September 15, 2007 04:14 PM
Comment #277333

There is a way to take back our government and put independents in office elected by the people and for the people. We need regular citizens with knowledge of our legislative process and an ability to deliver a powerful message to the masses that together we can influence the law making process in Washington. A revolution starts with one idea and one catalyst with the hope that the message and the movement will propagate across the country. If independents can gain one house seat in every state, both Rep. and Dems will have to come to the center and compromise with the members of an independent caucus. Once this is accomplished, we can look to take five to seven seats in the senate. This is the only way to really create the change we need and put an end to the career politicians in Washington, who for far to long have represented those groups that donate the money to help them get elected and not the citizens who cast the votes and put them in office. I want to be that catalyst and start this revolution in my state of Nevada.

Posted by: Joseph at March 10, 2009 07:36 PM
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