Sunday, June 7, 2009

Write your congressman today!

You know how you always hear about how people in the US write their congressman whenever they support a bill that is contrary to the interest of his constituents? I've always wanted to do that. The Congress is called the House of Representatives after all for a reason, so they should be accountable to us, the people they represent.

Yet they don't seem to be interested in things that we as a people are interested in. When was the last time the Congress went on overtime (like they did last week when they voted on Con-Ass) for a bill we truly cared about? How about compensations for the human rights violation during the Marcos regime? Or stiffer penalties for cellphone snatchers? Child pornography? Free legal assistance? Turning my birthday to Health Worker's Day (since I am in fact a healthworker)? Ok, so perhaps you don't care much about that last one, but you get the point.

I think it's about time that we request our respective reps' report card. What have they been doing with our hard earned money? How have they been spending their time in the office? I know my boss will fire my ass if all I do each day is bicker about how we want to rearrange the office furniture. Ok, so it's not exactly the same as this Con-Ass crap, but we just don't care about that stuff. And it seems only they do! Well, them and a certain somebody with the initials similar to one of the top 2 network in the country. (No, not Asiong B. Salonga)

The only question is how? Now I'm not really a fan of rallies--its a vague kind of noise because its always being done--so that's out. Not vote for them the next election? I think that's pretty much a no-brainer, except some of us would vote for them nonetheless. And it doesn't really pin-point the exact cause of our disgust. Can we maybe write them letters, email, or send SMS to them? That might actually catch their attention, when they're actually pin-pointed. It's harder to target when they're hiding behind hundreds of others like them. I don't know how to do any of those things though. If only I know how we can pull this off... Any thoughts?


PS Somebody listed down the list of congressmen who aprroved Con-Ass here. And I see my congresswoman's name here. Zenaida Angping, I'm never voting for you again! Regardless if we're somehow related.

8 comments:

joyfulchicken said...

I think you're too optimistic in assuming that they would actually read your letters... or that they even know how to read.

prinsesamusang said...

i think some have a text line. who are being read and answered by their p.a.

philos said...

@JC: Maybe if I enclose some cash they would? :p

@PM: Hey, shoot me the link if you ever come across it hehe.. thanks! :)

darkjedi said...

regarding the con-ass, they say it's for opening up the economy to further foreign investment. that's not too bad an idea.
and the change to a parliamentary, federal government seems to be a good idea to me too. rearranging office furniture to increase efficiency and productivity once in a while isn't bad. i don't care if gma gets to hold on to power in some capacity. better the devil you know...

philos said...

@Darkjedi: Unfortunately, what they say and what they do usually 2 very different and often contrasting thing.

As for GMA staying on, no thanks. A devil is a devil is a devil, no difference between one you know and one you don't.

SuperSawsaw said...

well, there's no harm in trying. and if you do send your congressman a letter, it's his burden and not yours. so nothing to lose, really.

but then again, don't be too optimistic. hope for the best but be prepared to be ignored. hehehe.

philos said...

@SuperSawsaw: Too true :)

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