Lawmakers and Vitriol

Twitter is my news oxygen.

This morning I watched the following tweet come up on my radar:

Alon Halfon alonhalfon Vitriol focus of lawmakers after Arizona shooting of Democratic Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (Los Angeles Times) 10 minutes ago via Newstreamer

Here’s my tweeted answer to that in 140 characters:

MaureenSharib Lawmakers:Don’t focus on the vitriol-focus on the msg. Much/this brought on by public’s perception of govt’s disregard for their well-being

TRY, elected representatives, to rise above your desires – and what may seem to you as the means/opportunity to obtain them that landed in your privileged laps on Saturday – for personal (secret) security details, cosseted travel arrangements, home improvement opportunities, shortened work responsibilities and all the rest of the perks the majority of you are perceived to covet so strenuously that you’re willing to bend the rules of Heaven and Hell to obtain.

The public is sick and tired of your overreaching.

The public is sick and tired of your blatant disregard of their wishes.

The public is sick and tired of the scheming and shuffling that goes on in Washington that keeps the majority of you in office term after term after term.

Do many of you really understand that much of the public believes that the majority of you don’t really belong there?

That much of the public  believes it is self-interest that drives most of your daily agendas and not the interests of the people who elected you to office?

Do you get this?

Do you care?

Do you care that people out here in the hinterland are going hungry and homeless in this cold winter of their discontent?

Do you get that the “vitriol” that many of you are condemning is the voice of an otherwise reasonable populace pushed to their limits of tolerance?

If you have a minute or two – and I know many of you do – read Thomas Jefferson’s “Tree of Liberty” letter.  Seriously, it won’t take you more than two or three minutes.  Here’s a snippet just in case you can’t be bothered:

“The people cannot be all, & always well informed. The part which is wrong will be discontented in proportion to the importance of the facts they misconceive. If they remain quiet under such misconceptions it is a lethargy, the forerunner of death to the public liberty…what country can preserve it’s liberties if their rulers are not warned from time to time that their people preserve the spirit of resistance? Let them take arms. The remedy is to set them right as to facts, pardon & pacify them.”

These are not the words of a crackpot – an anarchist – these are the words of one of the Founding Fathers of our republic.

Have you forgotten you are in Washington, D.C., that shining city on a hill, by the grace only of the American people?

Have you forgotten another key Founding Father’s challenge (Benjamin Franklin) to the American people when he answered a woman’s query about what political system the American populace had been given as he emerged from the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia:

“A Republic, Madam, if you can keep it.”

We’re trying to keep it, madams and sirs.

Hear us.  It is our patriotic duty to cry out.  We all cry out in different ways – it is your solemn duty to set the facts right in deciphering the message.


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4 Responses to Lawmakers and Vitriol

  1. Sammee McGrady says:

    Well put, Maureen…and in a much calmer way than I could do. I agree that it seems like lawmakers and politicians are totally out of touch with what’s going on in this country. Statistics are just numbers on a page to them. Numbers that don’t relate to children being homeless and hungry, or people who can’t find jobs. It’s sad that we bail out large corporations who are in trouble because of mismanagement and graft, yet hard-working people are losing their homes due to jobs being eliminated or moving overseas. Is there any wonder that there is vitriol?

  2. Bob Sharib says:

    Well said!
    As you know only too well, i don’t often post to these forums.
    Just want to say ‘Good Job’, I am proud of you!
    it is really too bad none in DC will read it.
    and even if they did, they would ignore it.
    There is always hope that the American people still have some semblance of pride in themselves and their heritage.

  3. Karla Porter says:

    We have a form of self government – for the people by the people – that we mess up on a consistent basis. It says a lot about the nature and immaturity of man. I do not fault the government, it is a reflection of our society not the other way around. Public service is a career most people would not enter for for very good reasons, especially in the US. You cannot please people in a democracy – they have so much freedom to be dissatisfied, think independently and make or ruin their lives, you develop a nation of very strong personalities that way. This isn’t the first time in our short history that people have felt a sinking ugly feeling in the pit of their stomachs. It happens during every major war, mass murder and hit on a well known figure or politician.

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