Sunday, January 24, 2010

an open letter to barbara boxer

Senator Boxer, ma’am.

I am a recent emigrant to the State of California. I have been frustrated, knowing that even though I am now one of your constituents, my views were not likely to be represented. I have written you in the past about my concerns over the current federal legislative agenda, including cap and trade, the socialized approach to fixing health care, and the assaults on DOMA. Each time I have written, I have received a response that seemed to politely say “Thanks for the input, but I’m not interested.” I have been frustrated that my concerns seemed to mean so little to either of my Senators. But I wanted to tell you this:

I saw what happened in Massachusetts with Scott Brown, and I’ve seen your poll numbers for the upcoming election. It used to seem that you were guaranteed to keep your seat in perpetuity. I now know that this is no longer the case.

I urge you to start taking the concerns of your constituents seriously, or in the fall, you may no longer have constituents that you can ignore.

This isn't just a story you're covering - it's a revolution. This is the greatest yarn in journalism since Livingstone discovered Stanley.

The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the states, are reserved to the states respectively, or to the people.


Tom said...

Good letter. Very restrained. :)

Matt the Foreign Correspondant said...

Thanks, Tom. I'm trying to be a considerate writter on J.C.'s blog by not going too political, but I have to say, I was elated when Brown won, because it meant maybe Boxer and Feinstein would have to start listening out here. I think whatever your political persuation, you have to agree that representatives should remember their job is to represent.

Tom said...

Sounds like she's due to get knocked off her high horse. Did you ever see this exchange? She's called "ma'am" 4 times in the first minute of this clip, but never says a word: Here's the clip:


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