If you reference my blog entry from yesterday titled Inexcusable Behavior, you might note that I advocated contacting your Senators to explain how the treatment of evacuees in New Orleans was deplorable at times.
Well, I did that. I send an e-letter to Senators Isakson and Chambliss, both of Georgia. The letter was composed at the Senate Website on a submission form, so unfortunately I do not have the exact text, but to summarize: The story referenced my blog entry mentioned criminal behavior on the part of authority figures and I felt that the Senators should take that into consideration when they do whatever it is they do in the Magical DC Land.
Senator Chambliss’ form had a check box for “do not send response” which I checked. Senator Isakson’s did not have a similar check box, and here is the reply I received (all of the random HTML garbage has been removed, including the pretty header with his headshot in it).
Sent: Friday, September 09, 2005 11:42 AM
To: bill .email@example.com
Subject: A Response From Johnny Isakson
Dear Mr. Ruhsam:
Thank you for contacting my office regarding the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. I appreciate your thoughts and the opportunity to respond to you.
In the last week of August 2005, Hurricane Katrina made landfall in the Gulf Coast region of the United States . In its wake, the people of Louisiana , Mississippi and Alabama have been faced with the loss of their homes, businesses and lives. My thoughts and prayers are with all those individuals and families affected by this tragedy.
Congress has passed emergency supplemental appropriations to assist those agencies involved in the rescue efforts and will continue to provide the resources necessary to the affected areas. Congress has established a bipartisan committee to review the immediate preparation and recovery from Hurricane Katrina. I am pleased that these issues are being addressed, but stand fast that we must remain focused on completing the immediate response rather than placing blame without facts. Those impacted by this crisis will need the support and assistance of all Americans throughout this process.
Please feel free to visit my website at http://isakson.senate.gov to get more information on relief assistance programs. Thank you again for contacting me, and I hope you will not hesitate to call on me in the future if I can be of assistance to you.
United States Senator
For future correspondence with my office, please visit my web site at
But most importantly, this crappy response treated me like I’m an infant. I object to that. Here is my re-response (or my regift, if you will).
From: bill .firstname.lastname@example.org
Re: re: A Response From Johnny Isakson
Dear Staff of Senator Isakson,
This canned response to my missive beggars my intelligence. Sending me an obviously pre-written message does not endear me to you. Please, in the future, try not to so hideously embarrass yourselves by simply not sending a response. A simple, “Your message has been received and will be given its due consideration” is enough for those of us who do not want the bullshit political psychobabble.
Good luck with this senate term,
Thanks, Senator, for all of the fish.
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