I asked on Twitter and Facebook, but no one wanted to walk in to the field offices of our U.S. Senators downtown with me. The only hassle to meet would have been parking because the field offices are across the street from each other.
It seems that U.S. Senators have a concern about crazy, violent people dropping in on them. Both offices have intercom systems with cameras on the the frames of their front doors. After one is let in, one enters the reception where a woman greets you through a glass partition, a bit like when one goes to a theater box office…not very welcoming for a constituent, but who walks in to a federal officers unannounced as I did full of happiness and light? I didn’t, but I wasn’t violent and I was restrained…go figure. No, I was not invited past the next door to speak to someone without a piece of glass between us.
In both cases, my pitch was mostly like this:
- I’m here to talk to you about the Senator’s vote on NDAA
- Sections 1021 and 1022 violate my civil rights; they violate:
- I’ve been told that one should be polite discussing issues with congressional aides, but there is no polite way to truly describe how obscene I find the way the senator voted.
In both offices, I was told that Senator Feinstein has proposed legislation to clean this mess up. Considering the source, it’s a flip of the coin that it will really make a difference - I said as much to the woman who I spoke with in Sen. Feinstein’s office. I can’t say that I expected much from my protest of one at the offices, but I followed through and did what I said I would do. It’s that last point that motivated me to follow through.
This is the first known use of the U.S. military to intervene in a labor dispute on the side of management in 40 years — not since the Great 1970 Postal Strike when President Nixon called out the Army and National Guard in an (unsuccessful) attempt to break the strike, according to the resolution.
The use of the Armed Forces against labor unions is something you expect to see in a police state.
See no Posse Comitatus, do nothing, right, Senator?