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Re: Crisis Overload (re Electronic Racketeering)
On Thu, 13 Jul 1995, Sandy Sandfort wrote:
> SANDY SANDFORT
> . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
> On Thu, 13 Jul 1995, Perry E. Metzger wrote:
> > As unpleasant as the congress is, it isn't the enemy. The governmental
> > forces desiring control are not the same as the congress.
> I'm not so sure. Both politicos and bureaucrats go into their
> respective lines of work for many reasons. One of the main
> reasons--in my opinion--is a lust to control others. Being the
> "others," we should resist this tendancy. This begins with the
> realization that most of them *are* the enemy and acting
Well, now, I wouldn't say THAT....
There are those of us intent enough of defending our rights as to go so
far as to make an effort of getting to where we can do so more easily.
While I know I was shouted down over NYET, the group does know where I
stand on the issue of, for instance, free crypto or the Exon Hustler
Protection Act. I intend to run for JP in '98, and (assuming our
electoral system, if not our Constition is still intact) higher office
later. If I win, you can bet your keyring passwords that _I_ will make
sure that my juries are aware of FIJAs position papers.
There are others--including one John Tello, a member of the Texas State
Republican Executive Committee, who almost single handedly got a unanimous
resolution out of the TX SREC calling for an end of our 60-year emergency
and a recision of various related acts.
Bluntly, if you are bellyaching but _not_ involved with an organized
political structure that is capable of influencing legislation, then I
blame YOU for this legislation. I am, have, and/or shall have lobbied every
Congressman with whom I can claim a minimal connection. And I've done
the work so that this is a non-trivial list.
Direct mail is useful. But until you've worked to get someone elected,
you are just one more voice in the roar. The '96 campaigns are shaping
up. (I'm already putting the word out for '98...) This is the time to
find people who share our views, and work so that they win their
primaries--or maybe don't even have to fight one. Or maybe its time