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06 September 2013


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If enough of our elected leaders realize that enough of us will get revenge against their political careers next election if they vote "yes", they may be moved to vote "no".

Those elected leaders who are prioritising their after-office financial careers will vote "yes" regardless. But those who are prioritising their stay-in-office political careers might be moved by enough promises of electoral revenge against their political careers for voting "yes" to vote "no" instead.

Allen Thomson

I sent my congressman, Lamar Smith, a "please vote against military action in Syria" email last Friday and his office just sent what I consider to be a gratifyingly substantive reply:


Dear Mr. Thomson,

Thank you for contacting me about the conflict in Syria. I appreciate your taking the time to share your thoughts with me.

Over the last two weeks, I have spoken with hundreds of constituents who are overwhelmingly opposed to a military attack on Syria. I have received over 2,000 emails, letters, and phone calls from constituents and 95% oppose attacking Syria.

I share my constituents' concerns. If the House were to vote today on launching military strikes against Syria, I and a majority of Members would vote "no."

We should not commit our Armed Forces to an uncertain goal, with few allies, and no friends in another country's civil war. The President said on August 31 that, "we cannot resolve the underlying conflict with our military." That is a reason to oppose military action, not endorse it.

Be assured that I will have your views in mind as I continue to monitor the situation in Syria.

For more information about my work in Congress or to send me an electronic message, please visit the 21st District's website, http://lamarsmith.house.gov .


Lamar Smith
Member of Congress

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