How much real power do citizens have over Congress?

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    Seriously. We all have our one vote, IF we choose to use it. Only en masse will votes truly count. So, it takes a heft number of people seeing things you way for you to actually get your way. We are always hearing, 'vote the suckers out.' Ok. So........?
    Not everyone in congress has it as a goal to stay there for a lifetime. Some have a special agenda and that is what they go after. The threat of voting those people out will have no effect. And then there's Rand Paul who was surprised as hell that he won.

    Now, consider this: How many of you would WANT to be in congress at this red hot minute? I wouldn't. So what would happen if they all just got up, went home, and didn't return? I mean, I can feel the gut wrenching going on, and it wouldn't surprise me one bit if that happened with at least a few of them.
     
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    I would love to be there taking part in this debate. Unfortunately due to government policies over the last twenty years I've been kept too busy working and fighting wars to participate in anything but survival for myself and family.
     
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    How much real power do citizens have over Congress?

    Absolutely zero. Money is power, and they have the power and the will to do as they wish.
     
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    Taxation without representation? But we have representatives. Who do they represent? Us? Someone else?

    Should they vote their conscience? I had a government teacher lo so many years ago who said he thought they should vote their conscience rather than the will of their constituents.
     
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    All the power.

    Think tax revolt.
     
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    But Congressme are the only ones who get to vote on their pay and benefitsw. We can grouse and grumble and write until we turn blue. Until THEY decide to change things, they will not be changed.
     
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    Think prison!
     
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    Not tax revolt...
    Not prison...

    How about revolution ? (hopefully peaceful, but...)
     
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    We the individual have no power. As one who has tried to get congress to react to a problem I can promise you that.

    We the people only have power if we the people speak out in a loud voice. Constantly and in every way we can. Of course that voice has to be saying the same thing from thousands of different sources.

    I am Currently writing a resolution to submit to the American Legion National Conference for presentation to congress. Maybe with that many voices it will get heard.
     

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