Talking to people and this is the feeling that our elected representatives are not listening to us. I mean, DeGette is in one of the safest CD's in the nation but there is NO leadership from her on this issue of Iraq. If there is no leadership then there will be a day of reckoning for DeGette on the fact that she has not taken a public leadership stance and have let at least her constituents know that there voices are heard and taken seriously. From DailyKos.com, McJoan writes:
The Brian Baird experience should provide a warning note for Congressional Dems. Randy Stapilus at Ridenbaugh Press has an excellent first-hand account of the extremely tense town meeting Baird held in Vancouver on Monday.
One man seemed to place his finger on the feeling here when he compared protests about Iraq and other Bush Administration policy to a 9-1-1 call: The people have been calling 9-1-1 to report an emergency, but no one ever responds, including Congress. They have felt ignored, and now they’re furious about it. Many, clearly, had hoped for more change when a new majority was seated in Congress in January, only to find much less than they’d hoped for.
This was an unusual town hall meeting for Baird; one woman who had attended several of his meetings previously said the turnout for this one was much larger, and the tenor always had been a lot different.
The ground is shifting. Depending on how Iraq and Baird’s responses to it develop in the rest of this year, the congressman easily could wind up with a primary challenger - a serious one, backed by some of his own former supporters. Or maybe the play-out is something else. But we do know this: We’ve never seen a congressional town hall meeting so bitter and angry at the member of Congress, and that has to mean something.
Oregon Sen. Ron Wyden wrote about that the same anger, the same frustration, that he experienced at a town meetings he held earlier in the month. Every Democratic member of Congress who held town meetings this August heard this message. Are they listening?
Make them hear you. Call, fax, and e-mail your representative in Congress. If they are one of the 70 who signed on to that letter, tell them to hold strong and keep their promise. If their name is not on that letter, ask them to join with those 70 representatives and stop funding this occupation.