Original Posting At http://heartontheleft.wordpress.com/2012/02/20/she-did-it-again/
The “she” in the title is my Congresswoman, Nan Hayworth. And she actually didn’t do again; she has kept on doing it. The “it” was a phone call inviting my wife and I to participate in a telephone town hall conversation. The only problem was that our caller id identified the caller as “unidentified” and the phone number as “unavailable.”
I first reported this last year with “A Letter to my Congresswoman.” As I noted then, I sent a copy of that post to her office in anticipation of an answer but I never received one. Of course, I did say in that earlier note not to send me a canned reply so that may be why I didn’t receive a response. (I am very leery of sending notes to my Representative or Senator; many times the content of their response bears no relationship to what I submitted.)
I suppose that Congresswoman Hayworth can take pride in her efforts to reach out to her constituents. I am sure that there is some sort of statistical software that allows her to say that she has contacted by phone every constituent in the district. But such software isn’t necessarily going to say that everyone responded or ignored the phone call. One of the reasons that caller id was created was so that you would know who called and allow you to screen the calls. Calls that come into our house that have no identity are not answered.
Congresswoman Hayworth, it is one thing to say that you are reaching out to contact every individual in your district. It is another thing to say that you are in touch and talking with them. You are fulfilling the first but failing in the second. There were reports that your staffers were removing unkind comments from your web page and Facebook page. Again, having a web page and a Facebook page indicate a willingness to be in touch with your constituents but only having positive comments suggests that you are not willing to listen.
You may feel that you are representing this district but I believe that you are only representing the top 1% and that you are not willing to listen to anyone else. You may say that you are technology innovative but I believe that you use that technology to keep from being innovative. When was the last time that you meet with the people on a street corner in one of the towns in your district? Oh that’s right, you called and left me a message to say you would be somewhere but I didn’t get the call in time because I didn’t know that you were calling.
If I have not said or written it before, let me say it now. I do not plan on voting for you in the coming election; you do not represent me nor do I believe that you represent the majority of individuals who live in your district. You do a wonderful job of representing those who are greedy and selfish, those who would deny the basic tenets of life, liberty and happiness because they neither have the wealth or the ability to gain wealth. You are true conservative, to be sure. You want to keep the status quo so that what you and those with wealth who support you may keep all that you have.
You look to the past and wonder why things aren’t like they used to be but you are blind to the present and cannot see the future. You do a wonderful job of representing the Republican Party and all that it stands for; it is just that what this represents is the past and not the future for this country. For that I cannot and will not support you.
It may seem like a little thing but having your identity and phone number blocked on a call tells me what you think of my views. Now, you know mine and so do others.
Dr. Tony Mitchell