Dear Congresswoman DeGette: A Question Regarding Your Intolerance Of New Ideas

Update: A pretty fair assessment in a follow-up comment from John:

I would ask that instead of reacting to a somewhat vague twitter given by one party, we get the whole story about what happened.

He goes on to point out that Congresswoman DeGette:

... is pro network neutrality, pro environmental conservation, pro stem cell research...

... which — from my own perspective as well as his — are all good things. Anyone out there who witnessed this event in person care to follow-up in the comments section with a full understanding of what took place?

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Inspiring. Thought-provoking. Invigorating. Life-changing.

These are just a few of the words we've heard used to describe the Aspen Ideas Festival, the action-packed, weeklong exploration of some of the most important ideas and pressing issues we face presented by the Aspen Institute and The Atlantic magazine.

So begins the overview for the Aspen Ideas Festival, a yearly event devoted to the promotion of "some of the most important ideas and pressing issues we face" as a society.

Yearly event related to some of the most important ideas and pressing issues? You would think that such a bill would garner some serious attention. And given the lineup of speakers, certainly respect from someone representing the good people of Colorado's 1st Congressional District, right?

Apparently not:

At #aif09, Cngwm DeGette says she disagrees with "everything" I say about Congress. Midway through my reply, she walks out. Wow.

Unfortunately Congresswoman DeGette only accepts emails from constituents of the 1st Congressional District in Colorado. Fair enough. That's who she represents, so those are the folks she should be paying the most attention to. But that doesn't stop me from expressing my feelings about Congresswoman DeGette's behavior to Congressman Jim Matheson who represents me here in Utah's 2nd congressional district. As such, here's a copy of my recent email sent to Congressman Matheson:

Congressman Matheson:

As a constituent of your district here in Utah -- a bordering state to Colorado -- I find the following behavior of representative Diana DeGette from Colorado's 1st District, to be completely out of line and out of character to that in which I expect from someone given the privilege to represent the voters, of which I am one, in our area of the United States of America.

@http://twitter.com/lessig/status/2484150874

"At #aif09, Cngwm DeGette says she disagrees with "everything" I say about Congress. Midway through my reply, she walks out. Wow."

Is this the kind of response that you feel is appropriate from someone who represents "the people"? I certainly hope not. And I, as a registered voter living in the district which you represent, ask of you to step up publicly and say as much to ensure this type of behavior by someone representing the people is not condoned, and instead shunned and looked down upon.

Sincerely,

M. David Peterson (a registered voter)

Whether you're in Colorado's 1st Congressional District, or simply concerned -- in one form or another -- by Congresswoman DeGette's behavior towards Lawrence Lessig, I ask of you, dear reader, to share your own feelings -- whether you agree or disagree (I mean, isn't that the whole point of Free as in Freedom?) -- with whomever it is that represents you in Congress.

Thank you for your time.


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I saw Lessig's twit and when looking for some context. Thats how I landed here.

I would ask that instead of reacting to a somewhat vague twitter given by one party, we get the whole story about what happened.

Personally I didn't know anything about Cngrswmn DeGette (live in California), but after a quick search I see that she is pro network neutrality, pro environmental conservation, pro stem cell research... I like it.

Asking folks to fire off judgmental emails before the full story is in feels a bit like angry Lessig fans grabbing the torches and pitchforks because it appears their hero has been slighted or that DeGette is reportedly not upholding the spirit of AIF.

At least, that is my take. I continue on in my search to find out get the full story.

@John: A fair assessment. I'll update the top of the post with a pointer to your comment.

How about some old-fashioned journalism. Call her office and ask her for a statement?

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