Do your Congressmen Represent you? NO YES OR NO PLEASE

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@gifana (4838)
Portugal
November 28, 2006 10:48am CST
Do you know that you are well represented in Congress? Are they attending to matters the way you would prefer? Are they earning their salary and worthy of the pension they will get?..:Im not in the mainstream of politics as I live abroad but I have not forgotten, nor will I forget, my roots. Fortunately, I believe that Maine voters have been well represented by Geroge Mitchell, Bill Cohen and now Olympia Snow. I am not akin to the other Senator nor to the representatives. If you don't agree with them on an issue or if you know they are voting against your ideas and beliefs.....do you send them a letter or an email registering your thoughts on the matter. If not, you should because it is your duty. Remember we were established as a "Government of the people, by the people and for the people. Your dissension might make a difference at the polls. Remember a congressman depends on votes and if votes against the majority will of the people he knows that he will not be re-elected. It makes now difference if you are in the minority of your opinion but winner is not declared until the final vote count is made. Don't forget how one woman Madelyn Murry O'Hair, all by her lonesome was able to amend the constitution and abolish prayer from our schools.
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@estherlou (5020)
• United States
20 Mar 07
I always send emails to my senators and representatives telling my thoughts about certain subjects. They usually respond back in letter form to me, which is impressive to me. I realize they have a staff, but it is still impressive that someone reads the letters/emails and then responds to them. I have learned a lot about their positions from their letters. It is very interesting.
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@estherlou (5020)
• United States
20 Mar 07
I usually call myself an armchair activist! LOL
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@gifana (4838)
• Portugal
20 Mar 07
Good for you estherlou. One of the few who exercise the right to question or inluence their representatives. While I think there are some issues that the populace may not be in a position to balance the pros and cons in order to make any difference in the representative's vote, it does at least advise the reps that they are being monitored and that they better toe the mark if they want to be re-elected. Armchair activist....I like that. Thanks for dropping by.
@ondo1015 (1885)
• Philippines
20 Mar 07
Congresswoman her is just the wife of late congressman. Here in the Philippines, if you are well known , even you are not a college graduate, you can win for congressional seat. Not all places here are like this, it happens some place that their congressman is a lawyer or bright person. It is a matter of luck.
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@havejun (323)
• Indonesia
28 Nov 06
senate  - house of reprentative
For this time my answer is no. But i still trusted them. They still have time to proof their ability and fullfil our request. I believe time will answer this quetions.
@gifana (4838)
• Portugal
28 Nov 06
It appears to me that time does not necessarily add anything to the equation. Either they are doing their job from the time they take the oath or they don't, for whatever reason. Thank you for your input.
@calvin222 (1607)
• India
28 Nov 06
No they just represent themselves and the companies that pay them.
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@gifana (4838)
• Portugal
28 Nov 06
That's a rash statement, don't you think. There are some good people in Congress make no mistake about that. However, I do feel that a lot of them go into political reasons other than representing their constituency. Thank you for your input.
@decaobr (343)
• Brazil
28 Nov 06
no
@gifana (4838)
• Portugal
28 Nov 06
I presume by your answer that you are not a citizen of the United states. thank you for your response.