E-mail from friend David Keith:
Or as Happy as we'll be able to make it -- All things considered! And I do want to thank you for the Blog. It has been more than entertainment -- more than culture -- it's been a lifesaver. The results of this election have been terrible for me. For weeks afterward it was hard to go to sleep, and each morning I would wake up feeling happy, and then suddenly recall what was upon us. The only thing I can really compare it to was learning my mother had cancer. And I think I was starting to slip into delusion. "It could be all right. We'll see." And this was NOT helping. (I'm sure Freud would comment on the dangers of repressed emotions.) Well, following your blog snapped me right out of that. It is worth reading the 6 rules every day. And fighting. We have two good senators -- Cantwell and Murray -- but even they need reminding. Our rep is near hopeless -- Jaime Herrera Buetler -- but our district quite purple. So regular reminders to her are in order. (Although I have done that enough in the past that her staff probably has me in the "they'll never vote for you" list. Anyway -- thank you for the blog and have a great new year. Warm regards,
Now that's really nice!
He brings up an interesting point and something I've been thinking about. The way to get to our representatives is to remember that they need to get re-elected every two years. It seems to me that a rep like Buetler, in a purple district, could really respond to threats of losing her seat in the House of Reps.
I am thinking of this in connection with Tulsi Gabbard, our district rep, who needs to be challenged. I have got to say, looking at her web site, that she is on the side of the angels in matters such as domestic abuse in the military, revision of the criminal justice system and other such issues. And she has worked on these things with Mazie Hirono. But still she seems to be in thrall to the military as an institution, and that really worries me.
These reps may not be defeatable, but they can be kept in a state of insecurity. I notice that Buetler, like Gabbard, stresses her service to her constituency and her love of the military. I guess this is boilerplate for reps.
They want to get re-elected! That is their #1 priority!