Thursday, April 20, 2006

Constituent Mail

Alright. I'll admit it. I'm one of those who writes his Congressmen a fair amount and, for my efforts, I typically get a bunch of constituent mail in response. You know... the long, boring form letters Congressmen respond with about three months after you write. They are supposedly "personalized" by interns, but (in my case at least), rarely seem to be on point.

It's seldom that I get back an interesting response, much less an entertaining one. Which is why I felt a little shafted when I read about this engaging letter recently sent by Missouri Congresswoman Jo Ann Emerson. It just came right out and said what most of mine seem to be saying underhandedly.


Not receiving such scintillating correspondence from my Congressional delegation is probably best now that I think about it though. Perhaps it's even intentional on the part of my elected officials... they wouldn't want to do anything to encourage me to write more than I already do.

14 comments:

BA said...

Well the writer probably was an a--hole. It's about time someone stood up for the Congresspeople's right to use profanity.

Marc said...

Interesting proposition. So... being a former Hill intern yourself... what would you say is the ratio of "assholes" that write in?

BA said...

Well, people complain about not getting personal letters written back but the bulk of the mail that Congressmen get is form letters written by giant assholes and then signed by 200 more assholes trying to get favorable treatment for insects in the rain forest. So, I'd say besides the third graders who write in for a class assignment 98% of those who write in are assholes.

Marc said...

Thanks!
(I'll assume you meant to lump me into the 2% minority)

Sue Ellen Mischke said...

I would vote for this woman in a heartbeat.

tigerfoxbear said...

Sue, I would vote for you if you'd show us who you really are and stopped hiding behind that cropped picture!!!!

tigerfoxbear said...

What are you so afraid of????

tigerfoxbear said...

In regards to this post (please don't be offended Marc) as I told you, when I first read this blog, I thought for sure the letter was written to you directly. I automatically assumed they were calling you an asshole because I know that you have a spam machine that sends out letters to every congressperson on every issue imaginable.

Now, I personally don't think you are an asshole, far from it. BUT it is possible that if you sent me 1,000 letters a week about some damned animal that probably should have been extinc years ago as God intended, I would indeed call you an asshole.

Marc said...

1) I don't think Sue has much to hide. Bo Jackson thinks she's hot.

2) Sean... I would WELCOME a choice letter like this... at least then I'd know they were actually reading my letters about "some damned animal that probably should have been extinct years ago as God intended."

melbo said...

Is she up for re-election this year? Those red states like to vote for cats that say what they want how they want. Perhaps she has her own little Rovie backing her up...

Marc said...

I knew it'd only be a matter of time before someone blamed this on Rove.

Gargantus said...

Marc, I demand that you stop linking to peoples blogs that i don't personally know, unless it is Liz, Tara, Jess, or one of our friends spouses whose names i can't remember.

Sue Ellen Mischke said...

Marc, thanks for backing me up, man. The picture is a half-assed attempt at anonymity

TFB- are you the anonymous poster on my page who left a mean comment on my Bo Knows Sue Ellen Mischke post? If so, you should stop by and see what I had to say to that. If not, stop by anyway and see how bitchy some bloggers are.

Mind Spewer said...

I like to send emails to my representatives and the Secretary of the Interior. It's quick and dirty. I feel productive, and no one has to write me a letter back calling me an asshole. But I think in one email I accidentally on purpose called Gale Norton a shithead. But it doesn't count as a swear if it's one word.