I caught a bit on the radio on the drive in this morning. Seems that a local consituent wrote his congressman, who turns out to be Pete Stark. Here’s the link to the letter, but because so many of these news organizations have yet to learn the meaning of permalink, I have copied it below in its entirety:
House of Representatives
239 Cannon HOB
Washington D.C. 20515
Dear Mr. Stark,
I am appalled that you voted against today’s House Resolution 627, Roll Number 150. This measure would have shown publicly that you condemn the abuse of the prisoners in Iraq while simultaneously commend the service of the fine men and women who are serving in Iraq that bring honor to the uniform that they wear and to the Nation that they serve.
There are many Soldiers, Sailors, Marines, Airmen and Coastguardmen from your 13th Congressional District who are serving with pride and distinction . These men and women bring great credit upon their hometowns and the State of California.
Your “NO” vote is an indication that you do not support the troops who selflessly serve our nation and in many cases have given the ultimate sacrifice so that you might have the freedom that you enjoy as a citizen of this great Nation. Further, your “NO” vote on this resolution is a disgrace to the people of this district who have elected you.
I urge you to stop your contemptuous display of bitter partisanship and your politicization of this War. Your actions are very divisive and destructive to the morale of our troops and the morale of our nation. I know that a majority of the population of the 13th Congressional District are very strong in their support of our soldiers and in their support of the War in Iraq. Your “NO” vote today reflects that you are way out of touch with the people of this district.
Daniel L. Dow
Now, take a listen to the congressman’s response. If that quits working, here’s a link to my copy of the file.
I post this not so much in a flag-waving expression of support for the troops (though I’d take their company over that of their political leaders any day), but merely to illustrate what your political leaders think of you.
They think you’re stupid, incompetent, and certainly not qualified to choose your own values in life or make decisions for yourself. They are the anointed ones.
But, given sufficient reflection, it’s damn hard not to wonder if these assholes actually have a point. Given that there are so many of these creeps running my life and yours, and that they were elected to these positions and remain there, at what conclusion do we arrive? What other than extreme naïveté, unfathomable ignorance, or breathtaking stupidity can explain it?