Bitter? Bitter? I’ll show you bitter!

Kyle wrote a seemingly innocuous post yesterday about a “Bedbug Letter” he received from his congresscritter in response to an impassioned missive regarding the Bush Administration’s blithe and breezy disregard for the Geneva Conventions.

I call it “seemingly innocuous” because I’ve received several such letters and emails. Basically, I get one every time I write or email my congresswoman or senator. Even from Senators Obama and Durbin.

But being reminded of this was a last straw for me.

It just seems that however well-researched and heartfelt your initial letter/email is, you’re bound to get a response that is nicely-crafted and solicitous, but contains no real substance, doesn’t really address your initial point, and was probably written by some low-level staffer who, if you’re lucky, was working from a two-word outline provided on a sticky note from the congresscritter himself/herself.

Oops, I guess that sounds a little bitter. We can’t have that.

But wait a minute.

Why shouldn’t we get bitter when our representatives, who are there by virtue of our votes and our tax dollars, don’t actually, y’know, represent us?

Or when the uncommitted superdelegates refuse to show any backbone and declare their endorsements, all the while tsk-tsking that we rude folk in the blogosphere and beyond are tearing the party apart?

Or when Jay Rockefeller utters vague rationalizations for extending retroactive immunity to the telecom companies in a spirit of comity with the Republicans who announced to the press that the Democrats would “cave” on the issue?

Or when the Democrats we worked so hard to get elected in 2006 because we wanted them to hold the administration accountable and stop the damn war in Iraq eagerly appropriate the money to continue the damn war as long as they can get funding for a few little things so they can declare themselves successful and look like they’re doing their freaking jobs?

Why shouldn’t we be bitter?

Haven’t we earned the right to have a candidate who has won by every reasonable measure (and many unreasonable ones as well), and then a president who might actually, y’know, get something done? Make life better for all the people of the country? Except maybe the superrich. They’ve had their turn for the past eight years. It’s time to take care of everyone else, the other 99% of the population.

Of course we’re bitter.

What’s wrong with bitter?

3 Responses to “Bitter? Bitter? I’ll show you bitter!”

  1. I could not agree with you more Doc. I too have a file folder full of blow off letters from my congress people and senators, not a one of which says anything of substance. Bitter? You’re damn straight.

  2. Angellight says:

    In light of Hillary’s recent remarks about obliterating Iran and the gas tax holiday (sounds rather Republican-like to me) and media’s focus on the gas tax holiday, I post No. 8 of Atlantic Charter written by Roosevelt and Churchill after World War II. It speaks for itsself!

    “Eighth, they believe that all of the nations of the world, for realistic as well as spiritual reasons must come to the abandonment of the use of force. Since no future peace can be maintained if land, sea or air armaments continue to be employed by nations which threaten, or may threaten, aggression outside of their frontiers, they believe, pending the establishment of a wider and permanent system of general security, that the disarmament of such nations is essential. They will likewise aid and encourage all other practicable measures which will lighten for peace-loving peoples the crushing burden of armaments.”

    Franklin D. Roosevelt

    Winston S. Churchill

    So, I ask, are we and our leaders today living up to these ideals? And, would the obliteration of Iran have a more devastating effect on our nation than whether or not we give a Gas Tax Holiday? Or do the words of God D..m America by a Rev. Wright contain more risk to Americans than a potential President who could take us into another war with Iran? And is our Media ethically and morally giving us the real facts about these issues which could have a significnt effect upon our American daily lives?

  3. Fran says:

    Well said! Dr. Gail!

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