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A Civics Lesson Eric Cantor Style

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The First Amendment says that people have the right to petition the Government for a redress of grievances. Rep. Cantor and the staff he has hired must have been absent from class when they covered these rights.

On Thursday, the three of us, Eric Cantor’s constituents, were part of a group who went to his Culpepper office to try and have a meeting after weeks of getting the runaround in Richmond. Rep. Cantor has gone the entire August recess without holding a single town hall or public meeting. He works for us but he is running and hiding from his bosses, the taxpayers of his district and is oblivious to the jobs crisis in his district because of it.

When we arrived at the office, a single elderly female staffer greeted us. We explained to her that we wanted to talk to Rep. Cantor and had an appointment here at this office, which is why we all were here. She called the Richmond office and explained the situation to them, but they told her we should make an appointment on his web site, something that we all had already done.

We did not have a meeting, we did get a time to meet with Rep. Cantor, and we did not  get to address ways he can be creating jobs at all. She then gave us the number to the Washington office but didn’t even do the favor of calling them, something she probably does multiple times a day. She then began going about her usual business, ignoring us even though we remained in the office.

When we were leaving, two police officers showed up and stated that they were there because someone reported suspicious behavior and suspicious persons – us. We continued out to our cars and left. As we did so, the police came out and remained in the parking lot to observe us leave.  

Rep. Cantor has absolutely no intention of speaking with any of us and the police were meant to intimidate us so that we would not return. They are trying whatever they can in order not to meet with us, or anyone else for that matter.  

This treatment, this assault to our dignity, is what the unemployed and underemployed go through on a daily basis. Those of us who are unemployed know that – having to go to bogus job fairs when there are no jobs there, going to apply for social services to keep the lights on, seeking assistance from financially strapped charitable organizations and relying on family and friends to try to stay afloat.

However, being treated as persons of interest for suspicious behavior was an ultimate slap in the face.

Eric Cantor is clueless to the dire situations people face every day around here and couldn’t care less about the circumstances they face. He is also not clear what his job requires of him – to listen to and be responsive to his constituents. His attitude shows that unless a camera is present for him to get face time, advance his career and his personal political agenda he seems oblivious to the devastation people are suffering in their lives. He is not interested in changing their circumstances.

Maybe if Eric Cantor was no longer Congressman Cantor and spent some time on the unemployment line he would have a better understanding of what life is really like in his own Congressional district.

Cassandra Bass

Marie Coone

Peggy Sterling  

  • It’s fine that you posted this on Blue Virginia, but, so what?

    The only people who read BV are folks like Ol’ Cleetus here — and I’m on your side.

    We need to convince everyone else that Cantor is a flaming asshole.

    You need to get this story to the press.  Call every newspaper  in and around his district.  Call the news rooms at the TV stations.  Be calm; state what happened; state how it made you feel.  If you appear on camera, dress neatly — get rid of the hand-written T-shirt — comb your hair, wash behind your ears, shave — scruffy activists might make us radical leftists feel good but they turn off many people.

    Take a reporter with you on your next adventure.

    Remember how James O’Keefe brought down ACORN?  He did it by going public, not by preaching to the choir.

     

  • VADEM

    next time take a video camera and put it up on U-Tube. And be sure to get audio also. Without any of this I doubt if great papers like RTD (snark) will pay attention.

    So if you have the time, I’d try the whole exercise again. Make an appointment on the web site as instucted. Then show up-AGAIN-and see what happens this time.

  • Will Radle

    We need to recognize that politicians of every ideology play these games of avoidance and need to be held accountable. We need candidates who offer solutions, embrace accountability and seek to earn widespread community support.

    We can prove that it is not about the money, money, money.  We just want to make the world dance.  We do not need perfection; we need honest, accessible, reliable public servants.

  • Tell Congress: Don’t Hold Disaster Relief Hostage

    Two natural disasters – a hurricane and an earthquake – hit Virginia in the past week. Millions lost their power, and countless individuals lost their homes as the floodwaters wreaked havoc on so many of Virginia’s towns and cities.

    But instead of coming together to provide relief for those who need it, Congressional leaders are holding emergency victims hostage in order to pursue a narrow ideological agenda. Eric Cantor and other members of Congress said they would only approve disaster relief assistance IF they could force through more spending cuts in Washington.

    Enough! Use the form below to join Tim Kaine and tell Congress that partisan disagreements can’t get in the way in the way of delivering disaster relief for people in need.

    See here for more

  • Teddy Goodson

    that spooked the well-dressed elderly conservative white female receptionist making busy with her papers and telephone. Such radical, clearly threatening peasant-style, lower class T-shirts would of course be offensive to all country club Republican-types. What else would you expect?

    Perhaps, if the visitors had shown up dressed like country club Republicans, complete with hats, couture designer dresses, white gloves, manicured, and wearing girdles, they would have been received with open arms. Even more so, had they unslung a checkbook or two, making it clear they understood the rules of the game: pay to play.  

  • See here:

    Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, breaking with fellow Republican Cantor, on Tuesday suggested that deficit-spending concerns should not be a factor as Congress and the Federal Emergency Management Agency respond to Hurricane Irene.

    “My concern is that we help people in need,” McDonnell said during his monthly radio show. “For the FEMA money that’s going to flow, it’s up to them on how they get it. I don’t think it’s the time to get into that [deficit] debate.”

  • Gotta love this, hypocrisy and flip flopping run amok.

    Cantor was on the front lines of efforts to secure millions of dollars in federal assistance to clean the wreckage and repair damaged infrastructure. Although the funding was not offset, Cantor cheered its arrival.

    […]

    … in October 2004, Cantor voted against an amendment to an emergency supplemental bill for disaster aid that would have “fully offset” the cost of that supplemental with “a proportional reduction of FY05 discretionary funding” elsewhere…

    The difference between 2004 Eric Cantor and 2011 Eric Cantor, his spokesman Brad Dayspring says, is the size of the national debt.

    Yeah, right, the national debt that Eric Cant’or and his fellow Republicans largely caused (Google national debt and Reagan, national debt and Bush, see what you come up with), while the last Democratic president left the U.S. budget with surpluses as far as the eye could see. Except that “they eye” couldn’t “see” what George W. Bush, Dick Cheney, Tom Delay and Eric Can’tor would do with those surpluses.