I am writing as a disillusioned American. I recently watched the movie Mr. Smith Goes To Washington. While the movie is very inspiring, I stay disillusioned because it was filmed in 1939 and very little (if anything) has changed in Washington D.C. in 71 years; except maybe for the worse. A majority of our Senators and Representatives remain as corrupt and unreachable now as then. It takes money to get elected, it takes money to stay elected and “We the people” cannot be heard anymore – unless we have money.
With the recent changes in health care…. I have heard many say that we did not need health care reform as much as we needed insurance company reform (ok…. I said it a lot). But the insurance companies have a lot of money and their high-powered lobbyist were successful at getting their message to the Congress, but how many of us “ordinary” Americans were heard? Congressmen were screamed at a lot at town hall meetings, but I felt that was all for show – they were not listening.
A big problem we have today that is not addressed specifically in the movie is the lack of bipartisan cooperation. Republicans and/or Democrats alike act like children. If I do not get ALL of what I want, I will just take my ball and go home and not play with you any more is the new party lines for both Democrats and/or Republicans! Why do these men and women need their party to tell them how to vote? OH – the money!
I am presently being abused by a federal law and decided I needed to contact Congress to let them know how the E.R.I.S.A.(Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974) law is favoring protecting the insurance companies instead of the employees in matters on disabilities. I have directly contacted U.S. Senators and U.S. Congressman’s office with no results – not even having anyone truly listen to what the problem. I even contacted the White House and did not even get a dismissal or brush-off reply – I was completely ignored there. I am certain there is at least 1 Representative or Senator that would be willing to help champion my cause – maybe even a newly elected Mr. Smith.
I just want anyone in Congress to listen to me and explain what solutions I may have. E.R.I.A. is a federal law, so they are the source of helping me find a resolution to this problem. I have been taught that good writing consists of a call to action. Here is the action I hope you will take on: contact your Representative’s and Senator’s office where ever you may live (in the U.S. that is) and ask them to contact me at: email@example.com, just tell them this poor guy needs you to listen to him but he has no money. Let me see if I can recruit an army to help me, because I have learned I cannot do it on my own!
Here is how to find contacts for your location – http://www.contactingthecongress.org/
P.S. Please let me know if you do reach out to your Congressmen/Congresswoman so I know who I might expect to hear from…. or for future blogs may be listed as someone else that ignored me.
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