Here is the response I received from US Senator John Cornyn after I had sent him the Under One Banner petition (specifically, this version). Either he does not understand the difference between a letter and a petition, or his legislative staff simply shot back a standard, non-committal form letter (the latter of which is what I think happened). If there was ever proof that writing your congresscritter does not work, or that petitioning doesn’t work either, this is it. With “customer service” like this, is it really any wonder that I already unregistered from the voter rolls?
“Thank you for your recent letter. I appreciate having the benefit of your comments on this matter.
“As your elected representative, it is my responsibility to promote the interests of Texas in the United States Senate. Our state boasts a rich history, diverse cultures, and an unmatched tradition of innovation and entrepreneurship. I am proud to represent more than 26 million of our fellow citizens, and I rely on your input to do my job.
“I believe that open government is one of the most basic requirements of democracy. It allows taxpayers to see how their government is operating, permits an honest exchange of information that ensures government accountability, and upholds the ideal that government never rules without the consent of the people.
“Meanwhile, I will continue my efforts to restore America’s fiscal health, help Texas businesses innovate and create jobs, strengthen our national security, support our veterans and military personnel, protect U.S. sovereignty, and tackle our health care challenges. For more information about policies I support, I encourage you to visit my website at: http://cornyn.senate.gov/.
“I appreciate your concerns regarding congressional priorities, and you can be sure that I will keep your views in mind. I am honored to represent Texas in the United States Senate. Thank you for taking the time to contact me.
“Sincerely, JOHN CORNYN, United States Senator”