Thursday, August 16, 2007

Message to Kline: Come Out, Come Out, Where Ever You Are!

Hello? Mr. Kline? Is asking for a simple public dialog too much? Isn’t it part of your responsibility as an elected official to engage your constituents? Come on, talk with us! At least have your staff answer simple questions… like what's your schedule of activities are during recess or even simpler yet...just meeting and greeting your constituents. You do have some public activities scheduled...don't you? You can't be spending the whole time working on your aim and fishing.
“Dialogues help citizens take an active role in policy decision making, and the health and strength of democracy depends on the active participation of responsible citizens who take the initiative to engage in dialogue and deliberate about the public policy choices and to work towards setting the public agenda.”– National Issues Forum,

If you're not sure if it's okay...everyone else is holding public forums...from freshmen Tim Walz and freshman Keith Ellison to self proclaimed centralist Ramstad to established old guard Oberstar and progressive congresswomen Betty McCollum to Collin Peterson….all of them are having open and public meetings…

Come on Kline...what do you have to lose?
“Democracy begins in human conversation. A democratic conversation does not require elaborate rules of procedure or utopian notions of perfect consensus. What it does require is a spirit of mutual respect—people conversing critically with one another in an atmosphere of honesty and shared regard.”– William Greider, Who Will Tell the People

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