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Who Do You Write to When Your Representative is in Jail?

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I haven't been inspired by the political scene in a long time, but this recent citizen activity over the Dubai Port question has got me fired up. I watched Lou Dobbs yesterday who was interviewing three radio hosts and all of them agreed there hasn't been such a flurry of public commentary in years. Could Americans be waking up? Congress has been inundated with calls and emails from people who are beginning to say ENOUGH ALREADY and that is something to write home about.

The 100th Monkey Theory (from the book "The Hundredth Monkey" by Ken Keyes, Jr.-google to read the whole thing online) proposes that when only a limited number of people know of a new way, it may remain the conscious property of these people. But there is a point at which if only one more person tunes in to a new awareness, a field is strengthened so that this awareness is picked up by almost everyone.

It could be happening here. I think we're beginning to tune into a new awareness that America is US and how it works is UP to US. When we feel powerless, we get resigned and whiny, looking to see who to blame. But where there is a surge of energy like this recent swell in public interest, we suddenly feel less powerless. All those calls and emails DID matter. Our representatives DID respond. There IS a connection there. Ohmigod, democracy does work!

I was so excited by the reports of the radio hosts that I went right online to write my congresspeople and put in my two cents worth. But when I tried to write my representative, I couldn't get through. My guy, Duke Cunningham, resigned from the House after pleading guilty to federal charges of conspiracy to commit bribery ($2.4 million), mail fraud, wire fraud, and tax evasion. Two weeks ago he was sentenced to eight years and four months in prison and I have to wait a month before his vacancy is filled and I have someone to write to.

It's like the yin and yang symbol. In the black part there is a tiny spot of white, and in the white part, a tiny spot of black. The Chinese were very smart, even back then. It's never just black or white.

Jan Phillips