- The people chose these distinguished men to uphold their engagements, so the representatives have an obligation to stand by their words.
- The representatives sense a mark of honor and gratitude feel at least the tiniest affection to these constituents.
- Selfish motives of the human nature bind the representative to his constituents because the delegates hope to seek advancement from his followers rather than the government.
- Also, frequent elections remind the representatives that they are dependent on the constituents for their loyalty and support. Therefore, the representatives are compelled to remain faithful to their constituents.
- The laws created by the legislators will apply to all members of society, including the legislators themselves.
As an engaged citizen, I have asked my new (as of this past January) congressman, Don Beyer, a number of questions on issues both of the moment and long-standing, through his twitter account. Here are some of them, with context where necessary. To date, he has not replied to a single one.
- How do you intend to vote on the #KeystonePipeline? 9 Jan
- How will this "free" college be paid for? As a taxpayer and VA-8 constituent, I would like to know. 10 Jan (Rep. Beyer had tweeted that "I applaud President
@BarackObama and Secretary @arneduncan for their investment in our students.")
- Do you believe there should be ANY legal restrictions on abortion? 22 Jan
- This claim has been completely discredited. Why do you persist in making it? www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014… 29 Jan (he'd tweeted, "
#Women are almost 50% of the workforce, breadwinners in 40% of homes, but still only make 77 cents to a man's dollar. That is unacceptable.")
- Why can I buy auto insurance 365 days/year, but not health insurance? 12 Feb
- Why can I buy life insurance 365 days/year, but not health insurance? 12 Feb
- Why can I buy insurance for my smartphone 365 days/year, but not health insurance? 12 Feb
- Why can I buy home owner's insurance 365 days/year, but not health insurance? 12 Feb
- What? Are there citizens who are barred from voting? Please explain. 23 Feb (in response to this tweet: "It has been 50 years since the Voting Rights Act was signed - we have come a long way, but we still have much work to do."
- You're a congressman. Reforming immigration is YOUR job, not the president's. The Constitution gives YOU that power, NOT him. 28 Feb (his tweet: "I voted for short term funding for
@DHSgov, the best opportunity to secure funding and keep the President’s immigration reforms in place.")
- Do you consider @SenatorReid's sleazy land deals that made him rich to be model for elected officials? 27 Mar (his tweet: ".
@SenatorReid has been a champion for progressive values for decades and a model elected official for generations of leaders to come.")
- Shouldn't company stockholders decide who should be on boards? 19 May (his tweet: "Listening to
@repmaloney w @30percentclub Kiersten Salander + @WITWomen Julie Bloecher on why we need #womenonboards pic.twitter.com/KJHaprrzCq")
- Have you really never heard of the Equal Pay Act of 1963, @RepDonBeyer? en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Equal_Pay_A… 21 May (his tweet: "We can start by promoting gender equality – paid parental leave,
#choice, and #equalpay. #paidleave")
- Tell us what you did w/$800 billion stimulus money for infrastructure. Then we'll talk. 1 Jun (he wants more money to repair Washington's Arlington Memorial Bridge)
- $800 billion for "shovel-ready" projects in 2009; only 3.5% of it spent on roads & bridges. Now you come back to us for more? 3 Jun
- Pls explain what kind of #gunsense law you'd like to propose that would have prevented Charleston shooting. 19 Jun (his tweet: "As a nation we must do better. We must find peace that transcends race, pass
#gunsense laws, and work together until we achieve these goals.")
- Pls provide a link supporting that number. If accurate, wife & I should have gotten a check for about $4,500. 3 minutes ago(in response to this tweet: "In 2014,
@EximBankUS returned over $675 billion to the American taxpayers. Let's support Americans and American jobs by passing #ExIm4Jobs.")
Yes, some of my questions are snarky. But a good many of them are quite serious, asking him his positions on serious policy questions that affect the entire country.
Maybe he's waiting for me to send him a campaign contribution before he deigns to answer to an insignificant insect such as I.