Have you been following the #dontgo movement on Twitter? I have, and it has been an excellent use of the 2-year old service. As a Florida resident I feel that this a crucial issue for our state and that the choice to drill offshore is THE issue this election season. I personally support drilling offshore to reduce dependence on foreign oil. $4/gallon gas has made me take a second look at the issue after the ban was lifted recently by the President. I have been aware of Twitter for a few months, having joined officially on May 26. It has given me the opportunity to follow such organizations as the White House, State Department, Homeland Security, the NRCC/NRSC, and the Republican leadership of the House to name a few of the 346 people I follow. None have intrigued me as much as the #dontgo movement, where with a membership on Twitter you can respond and comment on the ongoing House rebellion against the recess called by Speaker Pelosi before legislation allowing offshore drilling was passed. The Speaker turned out the lights but members used Twitter to communicate. You can follow the stream here.
US Rep. Jeff Miller (R-Pensacola) is involved as well. He states,”Democrats are being held back, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-California) will not allow them to come back to the House floor to speak and they are afraid of retribution. Alaskans want drilling, why can’t they decide when Florida was allowed to? This session is unusual – “usually standing in an empty chamber” giving speeches but now “can look out in to the chamber and see the faces of America”, referring to the lucky bloggers on the floor of the House.
12-term Rep. Dan Burton (R-IN) is urging all Americans to “call 202-225-4131 and tell Democrats to come back to the House to vote on energy. Pelosi is the “only person who’s stopping us from any movement on energy independence.” The representative thinks there are at least 50 Democrats willing to vote to approve drilling.
Rep. Mike Pence (R-IN) called #dontgo “one full week of “unprecedented” action on the House Floor.” and made an astute observation when he said the “American people need a strategy so we’re not dependent on (the) most volatile part of world” including the Persian Gulf and the Caspian Sea basin.
The RNC Chairman, Mike Duncan, applauds the new movement. “I cannot commend the Republican House Members enough for staying in town this week, while they, too, could be enjoying their August recess and spending time in their districts with their families. This is a prime example of the Republican Party taking the initiative for real change.’”
Is this a political stunt, as some have suggested, or the beginning of a new movement? Rep. Bill Shuster (R-PA) stated that Americans have the “right to call their representatives and demand they get back to Washington to work and they have the right to vote against those who don’t respond to the will of the American people” in November. With the Congressional approval rating hovering around 9%, #dontgo’s call for them to do their job and acutally do what the American people want has come not a moment too soon.