**Dear Mr./Ms. My Representative Person,
I will be upfront about this: I have no idea who you are, therefore I cannot address you properly?. If only there were a super easy way to find out who my representative in the house is… hmm someone should create that soon… Anyway, as you can tell, I am not very big on politics. I believe it has grown to be stale and unrepresentative of the thoughts and ideals of American citizens. Honestly, I’d rather watch Housewives of The Apartment Across From Me than watch CNN or MSNBC or Fox News (is Fox News even news?). But yesterday, I was scrolling through my Facebook feed, and I saw that there was a “Sit-in” occurring in the house. Of course, because Facebook is obviously the only news source that I trust, I was intrigued.
So, for starters I have a few questions for you:
1. Is the house of representatives actually a house?
2. And if so, is the house a home?
2/a. My mother’s kitchen has a sign in it that says “A house isn’t a home without love in it” is that true?
3. Does Barbara Boxer respond to “Babs”?
4. What’s a sit in?
Of course, I was able to Google the answer to #4, but I’d love 2-3 sentence responses to 1-3. That’s what my taxes pay you for, isn’t it?
On that note, I initially agreed with my more conservative colleagues in the “sit-in” reddit feed that argued against yesterday’s political tactics by saying “We don’t pay our representatives to sit on their asses.” Something smelled fishy with that logic. My doubt lead me to then Google whether or not the House of Reps have chairs. Quick answer: they do.
Anyway, I digress. What the hell is a sit in?
Oh, well shit… Then I Googled some more. I came to discover that sit ins have been a tactic of nonviolent protest used most noteworthily by MLK during the Civil Rights Movement. hmm… idk about you, but I think I side with the sitters. Why not protest the GOP’s unwillingness to address issues on gun violence etc especially after what happened LESS THAN TWO WEEKS AGO? HMM?
So I applaud those who chose to sit yesterday. I applaud them for 2 simple reasons:
1. They gave me my new fav form of defiance:
Wells Fargo says you have no more money to withdraw from your checking?
TAKE A SEAT TILL THEY DO
Concert/Restaurant/Barbershop/Movie Theater is full?
SIT IN (SOMEONE ELSE SEAT)
Toilet is clogged?
S(h)IT IN (SOMETHING ELSE)
See? Works, right?
2. They’re doing their jobs
Jokes aside, yesterday really re-invigorated my love of politics. It proved that representatives like mine (Judy Chu) actually did what they felt was right, not what was politically correct. It proved that American Politics CAN be about the issues that matter, not just those that are hot button topics. We need more representatives like those who participated in the sit in yesterday. We need to have people represent us who actually care about the livelihood of other americans and believe so strongly in their cause that they’d sit for over 24 hours in a stuffy room. That’s what I want to see from my politicians — not just American flags on their lapel, but that they actually care. THAT’S WHAT WE PAY YOU FOR, ISN’T IT???
So the moral of the story? If you care at all about the livelihood of this country, TAKE A SEAT. TAKE TWO DAMN SEATS. SIT IN. STAND UP FOR WHAT YOU BELIEVE IN BY SITTING THE HELL DOWN.
** Disclaimer: I know who my representative is… do you? Find Out. And troll the hell out of them if they don’t take a seat for the shit you believe in.