Dear, Congresswoman Nikki Tsongas
When America behaves as a homogenized whole, we are capable of extraordinary things. In World War II, we were the Goliath; we were the Incredible. Unfortunately, America has stopped behaving like a homogenized whole. A fist is not made up on any individual finger. It’s made up of an entire hand.
On October 1st, 2013, the U.S. Government was forced to shut down due to a failure to set a clean budget. This was not due to some insurmountable issue. It’s due to politics. Some may suggest that Politics is an insurmountable issue, but I believe that, like with a gangrenous finger, there is a solution, all-be-it unpleasant. Diseased flesh must be excised from healthy tissue. According to Politico.com, Congress’s current Approval Rating stands at 11%, while Congress’s incumbency remains near 90%, as reported by the Washingtonpost.com. Why?
These are elected officials. Their presence can only be blamed on the electorate. Congressmen who are comfortable in their elected offices; who grope for hands to shake and slobber on babies around election-time, but only keep the campaign promises that are made behind closed doors should probably be brought up for re-elections while their empty-promises are still fresh in the populous’ mind. If Congressmen work harder to keep their seats (and lobbyist money) around election-time, then let election-time be a perpetual truth.
I also feel that the behavior of a Congressman in Texas affects my life in Massachusetts. A handful of elected officials managed to ensnare an entire nation in a pity squabble. The entire nation, as of the writing of this letter, is heading toward an economic shutdown and these men and women threatening to allow it to happen. If a Congressman from Alabama, Arizona, Iowa, Georgia or Florida has the ability to negatively affect my life, I feel that I should have the ability to negatively affect his position. Should Congressmen behave in an obstructionist way, seeming for the sake of being obstructionist, there should be a readily available way of recalling that Congressman. I am calling for National Recall Voting for Senators and Congressman based on polling data. Many of these problematic politicians are protected because the electorate of their state cast votes against the Presidency instead of for any given Congressman. If these Congressmen were exposed to voting on a national level, many of them would fall to the wayside.
Thank you for time and attention.