#DCintervention Toolkit: Letter to Senator #2 (Bad Guy)
April 16, 2013
The Honorable _____________________
As your constituent, I am writing to you today because I am appalled at the flagrant lack of representation, process, and deliberation that the US Senate has displayed for at least the last four years. The “world’s most deliberative body” is anything but. Think of the last few years.
- It took the Senate over 4 years to pass a proper budget while the people were shut out, resulting in one manufactured crises after another, which was then used to justify runaway spending.
- The Affordable Care Act was a nearly 3,000-page bill that nobody bothered to read before voting yes. We must now suffer the consequences of that ignorance. With the “Gang of 8” following the same procedure on the immigration bill, how do you expect a different outcome?
- Last week a piece of gun control legislation moved forward though the text of the bill, written by a small group of people behind closed doors, wasn’t released until hours after the vote. Yet you voted for it. Thus, you reduced the voices of your constituents to a rubber stamp on an elite concentration of power.
- The Gang of 8’s 1,500-page bill is now being written behind closed doors, with the members of the gang publicly saying they want passage to occur quickly in order to stymie any opposing views. We are told one hearing will be held, and no amendments will be allowed. If this bill is so flawless that no amendments need to be added, the bill should be held up far and wide, letting all Americans see it. The outcome will affect our jobs, spending, culture, welfare system, education, security, etc., yet it’s being moved forward swiftly, without transparency, and without the consent of the governed.
These are but a few recent examples of how the Senate is undermining our Constitution and representative democracy, and you are a part of the problem. It is unquestionably shameful that so many US Senators willingly work in secrecy and lock the American people out of the legislative process. We elected you to represent us, not to rule over us like emperors. How is this representation when bills pass with no text, when there are few or no hearings, and negotiations happen not in public, but on a “booze cruise” on one Senator’s yacht?
As your constituent and your employer, I demand that you begin to represent me. I want you to require a public and deliberative process when writing, debating, and passing legislation. If you do not, I will fight you every step of the way because I will fight for our Constitution, our representative democracy, our freedom, and against the nexus of power that seeks to use unethical, unrepresentative, unconstitutional processes to disenfranchise and oppress the American people. DC, you have a problem, and so far, you Senator, are at the epicenter.