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March 25, 2003

Government In Action

Check out this e-mail I just received

Friends and Concerned Americans,

Against all odds, there were enough signatures, e-mails, telegrams and phone calls within the last 24 hours to Congressman Dennis J. Kucinich of Ohio to persuade him to introduce before the House of Representatives in Washington, D.C. a little known resolution that deprives the President of his authority to wage war.

However, we must now persuade Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert that there is a growing consensus, if not a plurality, to mandate the resolution for a House ballot.

Therefore, please take a moment to e-mail Speaker Hastert by simply saying, "I am in favor of introducing HJ Resolution 20 for a vote."

Speaker Hastert's e-mail: [BALEETED]

Also please call Speaker Hastert at [DEEELEEETED]

Please do this NOW. And please forward to every other concerned citizen you know.

Sounds too good to be true, right? I'm still waiting for my 60 million dollars from Nigeria, so I was a bit skeptical.

I googled, snopes-ed, and found nothing. So I picked up the phone, and called the Congressman's office.

The woman I spoke with was very friendly and extremely helpful. She said that he was opposed to the war, mentioned to me that the Pope came out against the war today, and laughed when I said, "Well, I think everyone who is not named 'Paul Wolfowitz' is opposed to the war."

I asked her if it was true that they were getting lots of phonecalls and faxes, and she said that the office had gotten "thousands" of them, all in opposition to the war.

I then asked her if this "little-known resolution" was also true. She said she'd call his office, and call me right back to let me know if it was true or not.

While I was typing this, the phone just rang, and it was his staffer. She said that she'd spoken with the Congressman, and he knew exactly what it was. He said that this e-mail I referenced is speeding around the Internet right now.

He also said that this e-mail is false. He's not introducing anything right now. [A helpful reader, who sent me the e-mail in the first place, points out that "HJ 20" does exist, though it was introduced back in February. It's unlikely that it will get any support in the current political climate.]

She thanked me for my interest, and that was that.

I think it's really cool that I could pick up the phone, call a Congressional office, and get an answer to a question in less than five minutes. I didn't even have to send them any money.

That, my friends, is what America is about.

Posted by wil at March 25, 2003 04:06 PM
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