Anyone who reads here knows that I have mixed feelings about my Congresscritter, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi. On the one hand, I'd be nuts not to admire her grit, her dominance in an institution filled with delusional ego maniacs (of both parties), her determination to make those clowns listen to a strong woman. On the other hand, she frustrates me because ever since she became Speaker in 2006, I've felt as if I didn't have Congressperson -- Pelosi works for her House caucus and her political party. The urgent opinions of her constituents, way to the left of both entities, receive only grudging acknowledgement.
But about two weeks ago, I was surprised to see that her constituent email was calling on us to chime in against President Obama's own Federal Communications Commission (FCC) chairman's apparent intent to allow the internet to be sold to the highest corporate bidder. Here's some of the email.
My Congresswoman was rousing the masses! How unlikely! She even gave us a link where we could send comments.Well, goodness knows, I write Pelosi often enough, so it seemed only right to send my comments to the FCC. Here's what I tossed off:
Not brilliant, but makes the point.
Now I send lots of emails, I sure didn't expect even a form letter in response. But here's what I -- and probably a few million other people -- received in reply:
Wheeler is a former Comcast lobbyist, not the sort of person I trust to muck with the internet. Let's hope he recognizes that when you go to work on the government side, you have to at least pretend to listen to aroused people.