Monthly Archives: August 2013

My Letter to Congress on Syria

I sent the following message to both my senators and representative. Feel free to use it as a template for your own message to your congressmen.

Dear Senators Rubio and Nelson, Representative Ros-Lehtinen, and the rest of Congress,

As representatives of the American people, your duty is to carry forth the will of the people in setting the policy of the United States. While I believe that the President is incorrect when he states he has the authority to intervene in Syria unilaterally, he has been forced politically to ask Congress for support. It is now up to you to determine what is the best policy going forward.

I would urge you to note the vast and sad history of American interventions in the Middle East, along with the many abandoned promises of the executive branch, which has virtually always pledged to keep attacks short and decisive. The atrocities occurring in Syria are horrific, but there is no simple path to an outcome the United States would benefit from, and there is little evidence that America can miraculously make the situation better using military force.

As a member of Congress, your duty is not to solve complex Middle Eastern civil wars, where no side is the friend of liberty and democracy; your duty is to the American people, where we are already stretched thin on budget challenges. I urge you to take a stand against continued overseas involvement, and use the power of the legislature to keep the executive branch in check. The President may not feel he can stay on the sidelines while horrible events happen in the world, but that is not his call to make.

Sincerely,
Michael Elgart

Links for Sunday, August 04

Here are the links I’ve tweeted about recently. Check them out:
Just watched that horrifying Fox News interview with Lauren Green. Wow. The Young Turks coverage: http://t.co/RWaFecsoJJ
Yahoo is shutting down another acquisition. This is weird. I guess they’re just acquiring talent? http://t.co/HXDoHsPpjB
“pressure cookers, backpacks and quinoa, oh my!” by @inthefade https://t.co/2PhyLLtIug
RT @ggreenwald: Harvard Law Professor Yochai Benkler on why the “aiding the enemy” charge against Manning is so dangerous http://t.co/WYMt…
@TheEconomist on Chris Christie’s “cognition-arresting sentimental appeal” against freedom: http://t.co/fakWwH39fY
RT @reason: Verdict in Bradley Manning Trial Expected Tomorrow – http://t.co/GCOLWWO58y
Why do we need billion dollar blimps to protect DC? This is not the Cold War. http://t.co/8YfXnmdj6y
@TheEconomist critiquing America’s public finances. Please forward to all congressional and state leadership. http://t.co/BioUd5iGIy