Letter to My Congressman

Dear Congressman X:

I am writing today to express my frustration and disappointment with you and your colleagues in Congress. The pathetic spectacle over the last few weeks in the debt ceiling debates has shown how, by allowing divisive party politics to rule the conversation, you are losing legitimacy in the eyes of the people you represent and the world at large.

It’s the American people who are suffering the consequences of the actions of a few men and women in Washington who are so entrenched along extreme party lines that you can’t even see how ineffectual and irrelevant you’ve become. Can you not put aside political talking points and thoughts about your re-election campaign to do what’s right for this country?

Good, hardworking Americans are facing difficult financial choices every day. When money is tight, we take on extra work to bring in more revenue. When our budget goes into the red, we make the necessary spending cuts. It is basic common sense that our financial crisis cannot be fixed simply by raising taxes without cutting spending or by cutting spending without bringing more money into the coffers. There has to be some combination of these two that you and your colleagues can agree on.

It saddens and angers me to see the games that are played in Washington and the absolute lack of respect within the halls of Congress. When did our representatives stop being willing to work together for our needs? Is this the true face of America? Are we really so divided? Can the interests of the American people not find common ground? I cannot believe that. You and your colleagues are letting us down.

Our founding fathers wrote “Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, –That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.” This is a time of great turmoil and change throughout the world. And no government is assured when they stop representing the will of their people.

I urge you to put aside this petty posturing and work across party lines for the good of us all.


Julie LaPorte



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