Democracy in Action

September 26th, 2005 · No Comments
by Booksquare

If you’ve never had the privilege of contacting an elected representative (and we have to wonder who you are), opposing the renewal of Section 215 of the Patriot Act represents a perfect opportunity to see bureaucracy in action. You can enjoy the wonder of House and Senate member websites, you can try to contact specific committees, you can puzzle over how someone who is making law for the entire nation can state, with a straight face (or font), that they will only respond to their local constituents.

Most of all, you can sleep better at night knowing that if your email was opened (phone calls and letters are more effective), it was not really read. Which makes us sad because we always try to include a really good joke or two. Even members of Congress deserve a smile.

While you do the heavy lifting, we’re going to puzzle over this one:

Independent Bernie Sanders, U.S. House member from Vermont, and Sen. Larry Craig, R-Ind., accepted them in a rare showing of bipartisan opposition to Section 215.

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