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United States of America House of Representatives

United States of America House of Representatives

There are times I’m proud to be an American. Then there are moments when I’m ashamed. This is one of those moments.

Everyone jokes about the self-serving nature of our elected politicians. We complain they’re all corrupt, that they vote according to who pays them more, or according to what will get them reelected. Yet we keep voting them in. Or the electorate just throw their hands in the air and give up by not going to vote.

I wish there were answers. I wish I could barge into Congress and say “Get your shit together! Wake up and take care of your people!” Unfortunately, that would be quickly followed by a visit in a very secure facility.

We, the voting public, must get through to the politicians! I heard that the phone lines to Congress were jammed today after President Obama demanded citizens call their representatives. That is fantastic, but it’s not enough. We need to flood their phone lines, e-mail inboxes, snail mail boxes, everything! Make Congress listen! They are supposed to answer to US–the citizens of the United States, not some jerkwads who pad their pockets with cash.

I might be a dreamer, but I’ll be damned if I don’t see what’s really right. Let’s make Congress understand its role. Demand better, America. Demand better.

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