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This article was previously published by Zbigniew Mazurak on June 16, 2012, and subsequently posted on ReaganGirl.com on June 24.
The Left, supported by Obama’s political appointees in the DOD such as Leon Panetta and Martin Dempsey (whom the Obama Admin has coached to deliver testimonies favorable to the Law of the Sea Treaty), has renewed its push to get the Law of the Sea Treaty ratified. If it is ratified, it will bring about disastrous results for US sovereignty, prosperity, businesses, and national security (especially, but not exclusively, the Navy and naval operations).
For all of these reasons and more, we conservatives need to stop the LOST treaty dead in its tracks. Specifically, we must make sure that enough Senators will vote against it to stop it. 67 votes are needed to ratify this abomination of a treaty; that means that if just 34 Senators vote no, the treaty will be stopped. (Of course, if even more than just 34 Senators vote against it, it will be an even stronger signal, and we may manage to kill the treaty once and for all, or at least for the next few decades.)
How can we accomplish that? Only one way: by convincing as many GOP Senators as possible to vote against this abomination of a treaty.
And how do we do that? By sending messages to them (and talking to them or their staffers whenever possible). We need to use all means of communication with them: the phone, e-mail, Facebook, Twitter, and personal meetings.
Phone calls and emails are the most likely to reach your Senators (or, at least, their closest staffers) and the most likely to result in a reply. If you call your Senator’s office during business hours, it’s almost certain that someone will pick up the phone (unless the lines are occupied), listen to your arguments, and respond to you or promise to convey your message to the Senator himself. If you email your Senator (preferrably through the form provided on his/her website), the message will reach his/her office immediately, be processed by the Intranet Quorum program, and be ready by a staffer, who will likely reply and, with any luck, convey the message to the Senator, especially if many people send him emails urging him not to ratify the treaty.
Facebook posts on the Congressman’s wall might not be read, but if enough people post the same message, especially in a thread pertaining to a related subject (e.g. the Navy), there’s a good chance that the Senator or his staffers will read these messages and take note.
Tweets may or may not be noticed by the staffers, let alone the Senator himself, but if enough people send tweets on this issue, the Senatator and his staff WILL hear the message.
So whichever avenue we use, and we should use all four, our chance of succeeding depends on our NUMBERS. There must be enough of us to make sure that Senators pay attention and act accordingly.
So not only should we call, email, and tweet them ourselves, we also need to get our friends to do the same.
What message should we convey to them?
We need to tell them the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth about the treaty. We need to tell them that LOST would be disastrous for America’s sovereignty, the economy, businesses, and national security. We need to tell tem that the military would be hog-tied and inhibited, while the country would have to surrender tens of billions of dollars in royalties from the exploitation of its undersea resources (e.g. oil and natural gas). And we need to remind them that Ronald Reagan opposed the treaty for these (and other) reasons and would’ve still opposed this treaty if he were alive.
We should make no secret of our opinion of this treaty and should not mince words, but should avoid hyperbole and extreme words. We should be polite, yet firm when speaking to them. And we need to treat these Senators with respect for as long as they are in office. Remember, we want them to agree with us. We want them to do something we are asking them to do. We want them to be our allies – to be on our side. So we must be friendly to them and treat them with respect. That applies even to liberal and moderate Republicans such as Susan Collins, Olympia Snowe, Bob Corker, and Lisa Murkowski.
So, folks, go time to roll up our sleeves and start campaigning. Call your Senators, send them emails and tweets, and post messages on their Facebook pages. Be firm, yet polite. Convince them to vote against the LOST. Here’s a list of Senators who do not yet oppose the treaty (most of whom can be swayed):
Alexander, Lamar – (R – TN)Class II
455 DIRKSEN SENATE OFFICE BUILDING WASHINGTON DC 20510
Email Him! www.alexander.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?p=Email
Tweet Him! http://twitter.com/#!/senalexander
Brown, Scott P. – (R – MA)Class I
359 DIRKSEN SENATE OFFICE BUILDING WASHINGTON DC 20510
Email Him! www.scottbrown.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/emailscottbrown
Tweet Him! http://twitter.com/#!/ussenscottbrown
Collins, Susan M. – (R – ME)Class II
413 DIRKSEN SENATE OFFICE BUILDING WASHINGTON DC 20510
Email Her! http://www.collins.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/email
Tweet Her! http://twitter.com/#!/senatorcollins
Corker, Bob – (R – TN)Class I
185 DIRKSEN SENATE OFFICE BUILDING WASHINGTON DC 20510
Email Him! www.corker.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?p=ContactMe
Tweet Him! http://twitter.com/#!/senbobcorker
Enzi, Michael B. – (R – WY)Class II
379A RUSSELL SENATE OFFICE BUILDING WASHINGTON DC 20510
Email Him! http://www.enzi.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/contact?p=e-mail-senator-enzi
Not on Twitter
Graham, Lindsey – (R – SC)Class II
290 RUSSELL SENATE OFFICE BUILDING WASHINGTON DC 20510
Email Him! http://lgraham.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?FuseAction=Contact.EmailSenatorGraham
Tweet Him! http://twitter.com/#!/grahamblog
Hutchison, Kay Bailey – (R – TX)Class I
284 RUSSELL SENATE OFFICE BUILDING WASHINGTON DC 20510
Email Her! www.hutchison.senate.gov/?p=email_kay
Tweet Her! http://twitter.com/#!/kaybaileyhutch
Johanns, Mike – (R – NE)Class II
404 RUSSELL SENATE OFFICE BUILDING WASHINGTON DC 20510
Email Him! www.johanns.senate.gov/public/?p=ContactSenatorJohanns
Tweet Him! http://twitter.com/#!/mike_johanns
Lugar, Richard G. – (R – IN)Class I
306 HART SENATE OFFICE BUILDING WASHINGTON DC 20510
Email Him! www.lugar.senate.gov/contact/
Tweet Him! http://twitter.com/#!/dicklugar
Tweet his Staff! http://twitter.com/#!/senatorlugar
McCain, John – (R – AZ)Class III
241 RUSSELL SENATE OFFICE BUILDING WASHINGTON DC 20510
Email Him! www.mccain.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?FuseAction=Contact…
Tweet Him! http://twitter.com/#!/senjohnmccain
McConnell, Mitch – (R – KY)Class II
317 RUSSELL SENATE OFFICE BUILDING WASHINGTON DC 20510
Email Him! www.mcconnell.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?p=contact
Tweet Him! http://twitter.com/#!/mcconnellpress
Murkowski, Lisa – (R – AK)Class III
709 HART SENATE OFFICE BUILDING WASHINGTON DC 20510
Email Her! www.murkowski.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?p=Contact
Tweet Her! http://twitter.com/#!/lisamurkowski
Portman, Rob – (R – OH)Class III
338 RUSSELL SENATE OFFICE BUILDING WASHINGTON DC 20510
Email Him! www.portman.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/contact?p=contact…
Tweet Him! http://twitter.com/#!/robportman
Snowe, Olympia J. – (R – ME)Class I
154 RUSSELL SENATE OFFICE BUILDING WASHINGTON DC 20510
Email Her! www.snowe.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/contact?p=email
Tweet Her! http://twitter.com/#!/senatorsnowe
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