What to Say When You Write Congress

Thank you to chukicita for your comment today on Tony Ortega’s Underground Bunker.  I am plagiarizing it in full – well said!  chukicita said:

So it’s the second day of the New Year and in keeping with my New Year’s resolution, the second day I am writing to my elected officials. The letters will begin the same way, and then contain a “Today, I am writing because” paragraph with ONE concern.

I’m betting I can find 365 fresh reasons to write. Here’s a sample:

Jan 1, 2017

Dear (elected official),

I am a voting taxpayer who has lived in your district since _____.

The Church of Scientology and its so-called “social betterment” auxiliary organizations have concerned citizens of Clearwater and the Tampa Bay region for decades.

Whether or not it is a religion is irrelevant. I don’t care what they believe, I care how they behave.

Despite a carefully manicured outward appearance, this high-control organization behaves with increasing contempt for our community, our legal system, and even for its own members. The organization has demonstrated over and over again that it has no intention of acting like a good citizen or good neighbor in the
communities it inhabits, tax-free.

Scientology’s policy-driven goals are nothing less than domination, as evidenced by its written policy entitled “Keep Scientology Working” and sacramental words such as these from its founder, L. Ron Hubbard: “Somebody some day will say ‘this is illegal.’ By then be sure the orgs [Scientology organizations] say what is legal or not.”

– L. Ron Hubbard, Hubbard Communications Office Policy Letter, 4 January 1966, “LRH Relationship to Orgs” .

Scientology has been indicted for fraud in several European countries. German government officials have called it a threat to democracy. It cannot call itself a religion in other parts of the world. Even in the U.S., 11 top Scientology officials were indicted for infiltrating US government offices to remove negative information about itself — the largest such infiltration in US history, in 1979.

Yet local government and elected officials continue to treat Scientology, Inc. like it is a benevolent religious group.

Today, I’m writing because I’m concerned about Scientology’s adherence to its unique 1993 agreement with the IRS. With the removal and disappearance of many of the organizations top executives, and five years that have elapsed since then during which their positions remain unfilled, it seems like Scientology, Inc. and its many front groups and tentacles are making a mockery of our tax laws and the IRS.

This multi-billion dollar organization owes much of its success to its tax exemption. Imagine how much your voters would benefit from more than $16 million annually in property taxes back on the rolls, in Clearwater alone?

It’s time to protect Americans from predatory high-control organizations like Scientology.

—— Jan 2, 2017

Today, I’m writing because I’m concerned about the number of Russian and former Soviet bloc country nationals who are living in Clearwater under “religious worker” visas who may or may not be able to leave at will.

From what I understand, some may have had their passports taken from them. Others may not exactly be working in a context that befits the common definition of “religious work” and may be engaged in employment
in the companies of other members of their organization. Still others may be remaining in the country on expired visas.

It’s time to protect Americans from secretive, predatory high-control organizations like Scientology.

Then Harpoona Frittata commented: “Very well-written and right to the main points! I’d just add that I intend to vote, based in part, on how willing my elected representatives are to use their authority to do something meaningful to bring this cult’s many abuses and crimes to a halt and will be checking to see what, if anything, he/she has done about it on a regular basis.  Holding elected officials accountable at every level of government is a responsibility that we should all take on, just as you have! Here in California, starting a grass roots movement to inform, educate and motivate our next governor, Gavin Newsome, to spearhead a campaign to bring this killer cult’s long history of crimes and human/civil rights abuses to an end could be the exact point of leverage needed to finally get something done here.”

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