On Writing My Senators

Not that it would achieve anything, but I wrote two letters today, one to each of North Carolina’s Senators, asking them to vote against ending unlimited debate and filibuster on judicial nominees, something Republican Trent Lott dubbed “the nuclear option.” Liddy Dole and Richard Burr are, I know, firm votes in favor of scrapping two hundred years of Senate tradition–Burr spoke on the Senate floor in favor of the proposal–but maybe, just maybe, a letter might make some small difference.

The next five days will be… interesting.

The thought the keeps flitting through my mind is Theoden’s quiet muse in The Two Towers–“How did it come to this?” Historians decades hence may write whole books on how this Senate settled on irrelevency and indecision for questionable gains.

I’ve done my bit. I’ve written my Senators. It will do no good, but I need some optimism in my life.

Published by Allyn

A writer, editor, journalist, sometimes coder, occasional historian, and all-around scholar, Allyn Gibson is the writer for Diamond Comic Distributors' monthly PREVIEWS catalog, used by comic book shops and throughout the comics industry, and the editor for its monthly order forms. In his over ten years in the industry, Allyn has interviewed comics creators and pop culture celebrities, covered conventions, analyzed industry revenue trends, and written copy for comics, toys, and other pop culture merchandise. Allyn is also known for his short fiction (including the Star Trek story "Make-Believe,"the Doctor Who short story "The Spindle of Necessity," and the ReDeus story "The Ginger Kid"). Allyn has been blogging regularly with WordPress since 2004.

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