Entries Tagged as 'Government'

I’m mad as hell…

and not going to take it any longer is the phrase we’ve heard from the silver screen when it comes to the breakdown of our political system.

One thing to keep in mind is that the people you elect (or maybe I should say the people who find their way to “public” office — since recent history tells us they might not always be elected) don’t know what’s on your mind unless you tell them.

Sure they look at polls and surveys and listen to the media — but pollsters, surveyors, and the media have their own agenda — and are often funded by big business to make sure their interests are put in the spotlight (favorably).

The best way to let your elected officials know your feelings are to contact them.

When you do contact them; make sure you’ve written a clear and concise message.  Keep it simple — you don’t need to include any extraneous details or information that reasonable people would be aware of.  Tell them who you are if you’re someone who’s “professional” view on the topic would give it additional credibility.  Make sure any specific details (including enough to identify the legislation or initiative) is included; again if you have information that may not be available provide the facts.  Close your message with the specific action(s) you’d like to see taken.  If you want a response, include your contact information so that they can reply to you.

Contacting the Congress of the United States is fairly easy

Your Senator may be contacted written correspondence at

The Honorable <Full Name>
<Room #> <Building Name> Senate Office Building
United States Senate
Washington, DC 20510

If you don’t know your Senator’s name or location information or you’d prefer to try and contact them electronically, you can visit

http://senate.gov/

Your Representative may be contacted written correspondence at

The Honorable <Full Name>
<Room #> <Building Name> House Office Building
United States House of Representatives
Washington, DC 20515

If you don’t know your Representative’s name or location information or you’d prefer to try and contact them electronically, you can visit

http://house.gov/

Your President may be contacted at

http://whitehouse.gov/

NOTE:  President Obama seems to encourage electronic contact over written letters , but if you must (though they request you email address, even if you send a letter)

President Barrack Obama
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20500

I’ll close by saying you should avoid vulgarity, profanity and threats (which might get you a visit from the Secret Service, or a “vacation” at “Club Fed”)… it’s fine to underscore your frustration or anger, but do it in a calm, reasonable way and treat the individual with respect (even if you don’t feel their actions have earned your respect).

If you need more help, you can locate examples of letters about issues on the Internet, and simply use one of those as the basis for your contact.

Originally posted 2010-07-24 02:00:00.

50 Years of US Peace Corp

Today marks the fiftieth anniversary of John F Kennedy’s founding of the US Peace Corps (1-March-1961)… originally just a pilot program, but approved and funded by congress now as an American fixture.

The Peace Corps traces its roots and mission to 1960, when then Senator John F. Kennedy challenged students at the University of Michigan to serve their country in the cause of peace by living and working in developing countries. From that inspiration grew an agency of the federal government devoted to world peace and friendship.

Since that time, 200,000+ Peace Corps Volunteers have served in 139 host countries to work on issues ranging from AIDS education to information technology and environmental preservation.

Today’s Peace Corps is more vital than ever, working in emerging and essential areas such as information technology and business development, and contributing to the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief. Peace Corps Volunteers continue to help countless individuals who want to build a better life for themselves, their children, and their communities.

President John F. Kennedy established the Peace Corps to promote world peace and friendship.

The Peace Corps’ mission has three simple goals:

  1. Helping the people of interested countries in meeting their need for trained men and women.
  2. Helping promote a better understanding of Americans on the part of the peoples served.
  3. Helping promote a better understanding of other peoples on the part of Americans.

http://www.peacecorps.gov/

Originally posted 2011-03-01 02:00:46.

Trust In Government Hits Near-Historic Low

A Pew Poll released yesterday shows “Americans’ trust in government and its institutions has plummeted to a near-historic low…”

Americans’ trust in government and its institutions has plummeted to a near-historic low, according to a sobering new survey by the Pew Research Center.

Only 22 percent of Americans surveyed by Pew say they can trust government in Washington “almost always or most of the time” — among the lowest measures in the half-century since pollsters have been asking the question.

And an increasing number — almost 1 of every 3 people — say they believe government is a major threat to their personal freedoms and want federal power reined in.

You can read the complete article on NPR.

Originally posted 2010-04-19 02:00:57.

Secrecy…

In this day and age it’s amazing the the US Government seems to resemble Nazis, Facists, and Communists more than a government that was born from a dream of equality.

Perhaps a great man said it much better than I could ever hope to…

A nation that is afraid to let its people judge the truth and falsehood in an open market is a nation that is afraid of its people.

· John F. Kennedy

Originally posted 2014-06-17 23:21:22.