I sent my Representative an email about a month ago. She’s a Democrat, so I know we’re on the same side of the issue—but I wrote to her and both my Senators, too, just to let them know that it’s important to me, and to encourage them to keep doing what they’re doing.
This landed in my email today:
Dear Ms. Bennett:
Thank you very much for writing me on July 24th concerning issues important to you. I truly appreciate hearing your concerns.
You can be sure that I will keep your views in mind as Congress considers legislation in this area this term. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any further questions or suggestions.
Really? If you care so much about my views on “issues important to” me, why can’t you hire someone to handle your correspondence who will at least pretend to have read those views? (And, by the way, I sent the email on July 8th.)
This is a shining case of “if you don’t have anything to say, don’t say anything.” Seriously. I had forgotten all about the email; forgotten that my Representative hadn’t responded. It would have taken all of two minutes to insert something less generic into the form letter and make it seem like someone cared. But this—this is worse than nothing; it’s offensive.
I think my Congressperson will be getting another email…