Sat Dec 23rd, 2006 at 03:58:49 PM EST
Whether I send serious demands or curse the evil admin, the Whouse replies are instant and predictable. There is nothing to laugh about and I don´t want to lose my breakfast, so I learnt years ago: Before you write pols, enter their email address in your spam list.
On behalf of President Bush, thank you for your correspondence. We appreciate hearing your views and welcome your suggestions. The President is committed to continuing our economic progress, defending our freedom, and upholding our Nation's deepest values.
Due to the large volume of e-mail received, the White House cannot respond to every message. Please visit the White House website for the most up-to-date information on Presidential initiatives, current events, and topics of interest to you. In order to better receive comments from the public, a new system has been implemented. In the future please send your comments to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you again for taking the time to write. "
Does it do any good? It cannot hurt and keywords are definitely counted.
Forgot to add other practical suggestions:
I can´t avoid being in the SWIFT morass, so I have accepted that I am on US stoopid-secret lists for one US misdefinition or another. I didn´t ask for it, but I´ll add to their workload until they figure out the great majority of their international traces are "pizza hut cases".
*Non US citizens can write US pols like anyone else, to pressure them into acting for the common good. You can a)get permission to use somebody´s address there, or b) register with any of the hundreds of activist organizations that will email you action alerts. Signing petitions usually takes 1 minute or less if you are up-to-date on the issue.
After all, the US affects all our lives daily, whether we have the right to vote or not!
Some US pols are so arrogant with their constituencies that they started blocking direct emails!, after we drowned them in petition signatures (against supreme court judges, appointees, major theme votes, etc.). They literally rejected
emails forcing activists to go into their personal website and write on their "comment format". Most organizations raised hell in the press and at least some of them backed down.
I´m still having trouble with UK pols because my postal code usually conflicts, so I´m open to suggestions.