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a chain letter goes wrong
by katherine l (aka clevertitania) (@CleverTitania)

Someone forwarded me the email below. This is someone who abhors these kind of 'bulletin' emails as much as I do, but she thought I might find this interesting. My comments are below.

Hey folks,

Here is a message circulating the country that a friend from Tennessee asked us to forward:

"All I ask is that you consider the suggestion here. The entire Congress of the United States is corrupt. And I mean both Houses and I mean both major parties [except Gus Bilirakis and a few others].

I realize that a few Members of each House are trustworthy , but, as a group they are absolutely the most corrupt bunch to ever disgrace our Nation.

In November of 2010 the entire House of Representatives will stand for re-election; all 435 of them . One third of the Senate, a total of 33 of them, will also stand for re-election. Vote every incumbent out.

And I mean every one of them. No matter their Party affiliation. Let's start all over in the House of Representatives with 435 people who have absolutely no experience in running that body, with no political favors owed to anyone but their own constituents. Let's make them understand that they work for us. They are answerable to us and they simply have to run that body with some common sense.

Two years later, in 2012, vote the next third of the incumbents in the Senate out.

We can do the same thing in 2014 and, by that time we will have put all new people in that body as well.

We, the People , have got to take this Country back and we HAVE to do it peacefully.

That's what the Framers of our Constitution envisioned.

I am also suggesting term limits on the new bunch: 8 years for Representatives and 12 years for Senators no exceptions The longer they stay in office, the more power they get, and they love it and will do anything to get re-elected.

We have term-limited the President, now lets term-limit the Legislators .

Please, if you love this Country , send this (as I have done) to absolutely everyone whose email address appears in your address book.

This thing can permeate this Country in no time. Let's make it happen.

Don't just delete this - please pass it on and give our Country a fighting chance.



Do you know what I find this? Scary.

Here is where internet chain mail can go very wrong. I'm not saying I don't understand the sentiment behind the movement. Replacing the entire congress seems like a good idea, on the surface. But let's look at this with a little more thought.

First of all, we voted a lot of incumbents out last election. We got 14 freshman senators alone. If these people are corrupt already, they were before they entered the door. Shouldn't we give these guys/gals (even the handful of republicans) a chance to show what they can do before we decide to vote them out at the end of their term? Because firing the good ones; it's kind of like spanking your child for cleaning their room.

Next, lobbyists go where the power is. It's not going to matter if you replace everyone in congress with the most honest people you can find; someone's going to give in and go bad. The thing that needs to be changed isn't the people, it's the rules. We need real reform in the political arena, to eliminate the existence of lobbyists altogether. Not saying we're going to get it, just saying we need it. You know, like universal health care.

And let's also look at this from the perspective of the very next election; 2012. First of all, if we're still alive on election day, who's not going to be just a little relieved? Yeah, y2k was a bust, but don't pretend you weren't just a little worried. And, while my logic tells me not to concern myself, those John Cusack laden trailers unnerve me the way Day After Tomorrow did. But I digress.

I don't know how many independents run on congressional tickets, but I wouldn't guess a ton. So what this email is basically telling you to do next year, is switch the balance of power back to the republicans in the next few years. Because we have a plethora of Democratic congress people right now. So if you vote all of them out, you're left with a republican dominated congress.

And is that what you really want? Even if you're not thrilled with how Obama is doing things. Even if you're pissed at the dems for their failures to this point... do you really want to give it back to the guys who not only screwed the pooch for 8 years, but who are currently turning our legislative system into a joke?

It seems there are next to no republicans in the congress, who care as much about fixing our problems, as beating the democrats. Filibuster records do not lie people. Those incumbents, I say we ditch. But the rest...

How about another idea? What if (and I know this is a crazy thought), what if we actually paid attention to what these people are doing, and voted according to their records and not what any TV commercial, or email chain letter, tells you? This is the information age everyone. It doesn't take much effort to find the facts about how someone votes, and what they support in their states.

Let's use our brains instead of rallying cries that do nothing but encourage us to ignore our civic responsibilities. Ask not what your congress can do to you, ask what you can do to your congress! (pretend that didn't sound like a rallying cry)


When I grow up, I want to be; whoever Joss Whedon wants to be, when he grows up. I am a writer because it's the first thing I want to do when I wake up in the morning; aside from eating and using the lavatory of course. My work includes screenplays, short stories, film/TV/music reviews and socio-political commentary. The last one is a fancy way of saying I like to shoot my mouth off on many topics. I excel at using $1.50 words. They gone up, thanks to inflation. Isn't our economy awesome?

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