|My Letter to my Senator, Barack Obama.
||[Jan. 26th, 2005|09:59 pm]
Hate It? Then Change It.
Dear Senator Obama:|
It was a pleasure to meet you late last summer. My daughter was holding a Harry Potter book in her hand and you engaged her, which I found, well, engaging.
It also helped that I'm a registered Democrat (though I'm rethinking that) and was quite devoted this last election to do what I could to help get rid of -- yes, get rid of -- the Bush administration, or at least of representatives in Congress that support the administration. And we did. We elected you. Landslide-style.
I'm writing because I expect my representatives, especially when confronted with what this administration is trying to get past the people of this country, to be roadblocks. I expect my representatives -- the people I voted for, donated money to, and count on to ensure that we are being told the truth and that our best interests are being acted upon -- to make a fuss and get in the way and make waves. I expect my representatives to do the reading and do the math and see the forest for the trees. I expect my representatives to put themselves out there with integrity, without compromise.
We're running out of time, Mr. Obama -- anyone who reads and pays any attention at all knows that. Resource wars, ever-increasing intolerance internationally for US policy in the Middle East, the potential looting of Social Security in order to keep the stock market artificially afloat; it's not looking so good right now.
Your vote for confirming Condoleezza Rice as Secretary of State -- Ms. Rice! She of "We never thought they'd actually use planes as weapons" fame -- is a slap in the face to your constituents, your supporters who have such great faith in you and the next six years with you as one of our voices in Congress. She's a classic neocon, a brainy wolf in sheep's clothing, and a very real danger to the future of this country. How could you not see that? Senator Durbin, bless him, saw that and voted accordingly.
Again. I expect the Democrats to not give anything - inches, miles, nothing. You're there to get in the way, you know, like those pesky kids in the Mystery Machine always foiling the plans of big villians (you watched Scooby Doo, right?).
What do you think this country will look like in 6 years if this continues? Seriously. Be realistic. I think of my kids (heck, and your kids too) and their future and I feel a bit helpless sometimes.
You, sir, are in a much better position to do something about it than I. Please get to it.