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Report from a Republican's District in Virginia


This morning a group of eight citizens from Fauquier County, Virginia were cordially greeted by their Congressman, Rep. Frank Wolf (Republican - Virginia’s 10th Congressional District). We were made comfortable in his Capitol Hill office and invited to let him know our concerns. One member of his staff also sat in on the meeting.

Rep. Wolf had been invited to attend an AfterDowningStreet house party in Warrenton, VA last Saturday evening but he declined to attend or to provide a statement to be read. His scheduler did invite us to meet with him in his office whenever we would like, and since the August recess starts next week, we took the opportunity to meet with him today.

Rep. Wolf indicated that he had not read the Downing Street Minutes and had not heard of HR 375, Rep. Barbara Lee’s Resolution of Inquiry. He agreed to read the minutes of the July 23, 2002 meeting. Regarding the Resolution of Inquiry, he volunteered that he would not likely be co-sponsoring or signing it. He explained that there are certain legislators whose names on a bill indicate that the bill has no chance to pass. Thus he dismissed the resolution without having read it.

One of our group asked if he would offer his own Resolution of Inquiry since all we are looking for is the truth about what happened prior to the middle of October, 2002 between the US and the UK. He did not offer to prepare his own resolution.

We thanked Rep. Wolf for the work he has done on terrorism and on issues such as Darfur and asked that he once again assert his leadership and represent us by supporting an inquiry into how we got into the war in Iraq. We reminded him that people’s concern is growing daily as more and more documents are uncovered and statements of fact are revealed as falsehoods.

Since Rep. Wolf was not willing to act on the issues we took to him other than to read the Minutes and the Resolution of Inquiry, we invited him to a town hall meeting in Warrenton to at least continue the dialogue. We explained that there were many citizens just like us who would like to talk with him, and that there were surely citizens who took very different positions from ours who would also like to hear from him. He said that he would not be coming to a town hall meeting organized by us because he regularly schedules such meetings right in Warrenton and the next such meeting would be open to us.

Once again he told us that his door is open and we are welcome to make an appointment whenever we desire to do so. I have left a message with his scheduler for a September appointment.

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At least your Congressman had some guts to meet you. However, I find it very revealing how he characterized the Rresolution of Inquiry. His comment that when looking at the list of sponsors, he claims he knows the resolution has no chance of passage. Then he boldly states that he will not be drafting any resolution of inquiry apparently because he and his r colleagues are completely disinterested in the truth. By the way, his comment about sponsors whose resoltion have no chance for passage is a blatantly racist remark. Just look at the list of sponsors and tell me otherwise. He should be recalled as a racist, bigoted fascist immediately.

(I meant to submit this here...David, please delete my duplicate above...oops, sorry about that :(

Submitted by yank had enuf (not verified) on Sat, 2005-07-30 12:26.
These types don't care about race, they care about social class>>>the only color they care about is GREEN. Historically African-Americans have had to rise up from slavery to get to the middle class, so that is why race plays a part in social class. But don't think for a minute that these Congressional types would spare poor and working class whites from being cannon fodder>>> if white youths don't belong to a fraternity or a sorority, then they make just as good cannon fodder as their African-American & Hispanic-American neighbors.

America is NOT supposed to be about elitists oppressing the masses. WE THE PEOPLE are supposed to choose how our nation is run.
We gotta remember , Condi Rice is NOT our friend, but Maxine Waters IS.

Well put. The practice of labeling everyone who doesn't agree with you as a "racist' is just a little trite, and doesn't add anything to the discussion. Let's stick to the issue at hand.

To Yank had enuf,

I did not intend to play a race card in my comment. Please note my reference to the Congressman also being a fascist. His condescending attitude as described by the constitutients who posted the piece struck a chord with me. We all know that many members of the Black Congressional Caucus are taking the point on this Resolution of Inquiry. Reading between the lines of the Virginia Congressman's reported comments, the comments came across to me as prejudiced as well as elitist and also clearly, in my mind, racist under the circumtances of the identities of the co-sponsors. Finally, I am not replying to disagree with you, but only to clarify my reasoning for characterizing the Virginia Congressman's reported statements to his constituents as being, among other things, racist.

...as of course racism exists, and I would be naive to deny it.

I just , frankly, get anxiety when race enters this conversation about vile traitors against OUR beautiful melting-pot America. I want to freely accuse of treason so many in this Administration and their cronies, including Rice, without people pulling out the race card. I am also critical of the Zionist movement for pushing us into and funding those who would conspire pre-emptive Iraqui invasion. PNAC & AIPAC & Committee for the Liberation Of Iraq so OBVIOUSLY are Zionists and have agendas & political cronies with Israeli money in their hip pockets>>>>> it looks like the Zionists wanted Iraq "liberated" so much more than the Iraqui people ever did. And Amerian parents are becoming more and more aware that Zionists are using OUR American military kids as their pawns in the grand scheme of things. Luckily , bloggers are now becoming more and more aware that most Jews who practice true Torah Judaism are totally against Zionism.

These types don't care about race, they care about social class>>>the only color they care about is GREEN. Historically African-Americans have had to rise up from slavery to get to the middle class, so that is why race plays a part in social class. But don't think for a minute that these Congressional types would spare poor and working class whites from being cannon fodder>>> if white youths don't belong to a fraternity or a sorority, then they make just as good cannon fodder as their African-American & Hispanic-American neighbors.

America is NOT supposed to be about elitists oppressing the masses. WE THE PEOPLE are supposed to choose how our nation is run.
We gotta remember , Condi Rice is not our friend, but Maxine Waters IS.

[related to previous comments..] Sam Sedar was filling in for Randi Rhodes a couple weeks ago, and a right-leaning caller was blatantly trying to link the holocaust (i.e. how dare you.. huff, puff) to every comment Sam made, regardless of how totally disconnected the comment may have been. A pitiful effort to demonize Sam, and to render Sam's ideas forbidden. It was comical and embarrassing. Point: it is a human weakness to go too far, abandon reason, and rely on emotion. That is how we've gotten into the mess we're in. Right wing extremists would never have gained so much power if left wing extremists hadn't gained too much power (and alienated non-ideological people) in the past through the political correctness regime. Neither extreme holds the answer, they're both ivory tower fairy tales, -cartoons-. There is no analytic solution! We need to engineer (carefully reason) a better, fairer, more moral, etc... way of living. This was the approach our founders used in the 1770's. Just think of the possibilities if we used the same approach in 2005!

The extreme left helped create the Neocons>>>
I was telling someone the other day how Codepink and other organizations were out there on Saturday July 23rd, 2005 getting the truth out about the orchestrated lies that killed so many>>> his first reaction to me was "Pink is a sexist color"!!!

I dropped my jaw>>> personally I think "blood red" is an inhumane color and is the real point of Codepink's existence.

He is not willing to openly endorse something that does not have solid backing to it.

Its not him being racist as much as him looking out for his own but....

Remember, all these congressman care about (**even many elite democrats**) is getting re-elected or having something to show for themselves.

If it is seen as a risky maneuver, or political suicide to support the resolution.....They will not support it to begin with.

Nevertheless, keep up the dialogue with him consistently. Put the full pressure on all his constituents to review the material and pressure him as well as, introduce evidence on the downing street minutes repeatedly.

If this can be done in just this district alone, imagine what can happen everywhere else. If he knows other republicans are co-sponsoring and hears the grave concerns, he will also sponsor it.

That is what is at stake here.....Never let up on them, and remember, NO ONE wins a battle in just one day. It takes alot of effort, and PUBLIC OUTCRY in multiple ways. Fight on!

Also consider reaching Chairman Dan Lungren, who is interested and will listen as well. Congressman.Lungren@housemail.house.gov

Doug E.

I'm sure I am not the only one, when I say that I find it very hard to believe that Rep. Frank Wolf has NEVER read the Downing Street Minutes and had not heard of HR 375, Rep. Barbara Lee’s Resolution of Inquiry. Was he was being deceitful or has he truly turned a blind eye to the truth because he doesn't care to know?

Regarding the Resolution of Inquiry, I tend to agree with Doug Eldritch that perhaps Wolf feels like it would be political suicide to support such a resolution. However, I can't believe he doesn't have enough courage and fortitude to back this resolution because it's the right thing to do, NOT because he is concerned for his own political future. After all, isn't that why he is there? To represent and protect the interests of the people, NOT HIMSELF!

Wolf states that he won't be backing the resolution ONLY because it is supported by certain legislators, whose names on a bill indicate that the bill has no chance to pass. Perhaps I am being ignorant, but wouldn't that be more of a reason to back this bill? To ensure that it does have a chance to pass.

That is the point, it would be giving it greater influence to pass if Wolf sponsors. Wolff is not going to sponsor unless it seems like a safe proposal, and he fully understands the scope of the downing street minutes.

Here is a letter from Heather Wilson:

"Thank you for your e-mail on the Downing Street minutes. I appreciate
hearing from you.

Congressman John Conyers, Congresswoman Maxine Waters, and Congresswoman Barbara Lee asked their colleagues in the House of Representatives to join them on the evening of June 28, 2005 to discuss the Downing Street Minutes on the floor of the House.

As often happens, the hour was not available for this Special Order after votes for the day and before the House adjournment for the July 2005 recess.

The House Judiciary Committee has informed us that the hour for these
remarks is being rescheduled and will be held in the near future.

"Special orders" are opportunities to speak on the floor after all business is done. They are not part of debate legislation or part of our oversight role in Congress.

Again, thank you for contacting me. Please continue to contact me about issues that are important to you. While I commute from my home in Albuquerque to Washington D.C., for voting and committee hearings, you can always check my web site for upcoming community events to find where you can catch me around town.
Heather Wilson

Member of Congress"

See Heather could easily sponsor it( a republican ) and as other republicans and democrats join on, represenatives like Wolff can be coaxed into signing on as well instead of just making it be about "certain legislators" who don't have that credibility.

Doug E.

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