Dear Billy Cassidy,

6 10 2013

I know you go by Bill these days, but I’ve known you since 7th grade and I’ve always called you Billy. How’s it going? I see you all over the news now that you’re my Congressman in Washington DC. It seems just a minute ago that we were in high school and you were playing football and I was in the pep squad painting the banner for the team to break through at the beginning of a game. Our school winning the State Football Championship will always be a fun memory.

Tara High School Senior Graduating Class

Tara High School Senior Graduating Class

Billy is on the top row (with the football players) and I'm on the bottom row (with the class officers)

Billy is on the top row (with the football players) and I’m on the bottom row (with the class officers)

My life is good. My family is still close and we’re all healthy though Mom is frail and lives in a nursing home. I’ve got a wonderful man in my life. We were just downtown for the great free outdoor concert that happens on Fall Fridays. We stopped in a gallery and saw a stunning exhibit while we were there. It’s great how the Arts have made our downtown a thriving, happening place to be. You and I both remember when it was a scary place and we would only go there if it were a school field trip to the State Capitol.

After the concert, my sweetie and I went and got a po boy at a tiny little place that has been there for decades and has survived the ups and downs of downtown. I’m sure you and your family have been there too.

There was a family band tucked away in the corner playing for tips. Grandpa, Mom and Dad and their two teen kids. They took turns playing instruments and singing. They were hilariously awful. I thought I was in a Candid Camera kind of skit, especially when the dad took the mike and started singing Afternoon Delight. Did they not know this song was about having sex? It was so wrong on every level that three generations were smiling and singing along about a bedroom romp.

My thought was that they had to just be clueless. Since the whole family was “musical” I’m sure they played before friends who must have encouraged them and told them they should take their show on the road. They could be like the Partridrige Family. We all surround ourselves with like-minded people and good friends encourage each other. Maybe these friends saw this family that all loved music and got caught up in a Karaoke moment and told them how great they were.

The marketplace will give a message to this family band. The restaurant was emptying fast and the tip jar was empty. I could not help but think of you and the friends in the House you’re now spending time with. You’ve surrounded yourself with people who are all singing a very bad song, yet you’ve convinced yourselves you sound good.

But Billy, this is a very bad song that you are all singing. Unlike the clueless family band, it is not funny. The song and dance you are part of is hurting innocent, hardworking people and it’s hurting the country and the sound of your voices are being heard around the globe. And not in a good way.

So you are my representative. It’s your job to listen to my voice. No one told that family band that a song about screwing in the afternoon was a really bad song choice. But I’m telling you and your friends that the song you are singing is screwing the country. Please stop. Don’t let pride and ego get in the way. You are better than that. I want to believe that you are still a good man. A man that became a doctor and moved back to Louisiana with your doctor-wife to help people.

I’ll still hug you at the class reunion and we won’t talk politics. We can show each other pictures of our kids and smile and then go visit someone else. Tell Laura hi.

Take Care,

Connie

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24 responses

7 10 2013
Julie Ruckstuhl

Yeah, bad song and off key. Great analogy. This is one of your best, Con. Hope you actually sent it to him.

7 10 2013
conniemcleod

Julie, I did send it to him. I’ll let you know if I get a response.

7 10 2013
deaneaux

Reblogged this on Dean "Deaneaux" Vicknair.

7 10 2013
conniemcleod

Thanks for reposting. It’s an important message to get out.

7 10 2013
Thom Harris

Two thumbs up! **

7 10 2013
conniemcleod

Thanks Thom!

7 10 2013
Judy Johnson

I agree this is your best yet! It needs to go viral…but most of all, I hope he learns something from what you’ve written. (I’m loving your blog!)

7 10 2013
conniemcleod

Thanks Judy, feel free to repost or tweet it. I hope Billy and his friends hear our voices.

7 10 2013
Sherry Wilkes

Love the way you tell him off in your “Bless his heart!” voice. Truly observant commentary!

7 10 2013
conniemcleod

Thanks Sherry. I truly want to be respectful. I really believe that there can be real disagreement, but we must stay civil.

7 10 2013
Nancy Wurtzel

Connie, awesome post…I only hope you will make an impact on your old school chum, Billy. All the best to you…and thanks for stepping forward on this issue!

7 10 2013
conniemcleod

Thanks Nancy. I felt it was time to use my voice.

7 10 2013
Kathy @ SMART Living 365.com

Hi Connie…thank you for being very vocal to your elected official about this important issue. Fortunately my representatives were on my side in this issue but we are all losing as long as this continues. And at the base of this is not a political issue–I think it is a human rights issue and that’s why I wrote a post myself claiming it as such titled: Minimalism+Compassion=Healthcare for All” and posted it at: http://smartliving365.com/minimalism-compassion-healthcare/ I wouldn’t normally put a link to my blog in a comment but I agree that this is a hugely important issue and too many of us are silent about it. Issues like this will only continue and possibly get worse if we don’t speak up and let our representatives know that this is important and we won’t tolerate political games to avoid important issues. ~Kathy

7 10 2013
conniemcleod

Kathy, thanks for your thoughtful comment as well as your blog post. I understand that blogging about a political opinion these days comes at a risk. I appreciate the risk you took about stating your support of the Affordable Care Act. But we must have our voices heard. I’m grateful that all the comments I’ve had today have been respectful. Thank you for taking part in our democracy and be proud that your voice was heard.

8 10 2013
A Pleasant House

Excellent. I’m sharing the shit out of this.

8 10 2013
conniemcleod

You are most excellent!

8 10 2013
Helene Bludman

Wow, Connie, you rocked this post. I love the analogy of the bad singing family and the clueless legislators. Very powerful.

8 10 2013
conniemcleod

Thanks Helene, I hope my voice is heard. I did send this to Billy.

9 10 2013
Haralee

What a great letter and great post and great message! I hope you get a response if not from the politician,from the boy you knew.

9 10 2013
conniemcleod

I hope he sees it too. What was heartening was the comments on my Facebook wall to this. Several friends from high school commented. Not everyone agreed, but everyone was polite and respectful. And we all agree that we believe him to be a good man.

9 10 2013
Lois Alter Mark

Excellent. Can’t wait to hear what kind of response you get. If everyone wrote letters like this to the politicians they know personally, maybe something would actually be accomplished. You nailed it.

9 10 2013
conniemcleod

I agree, we should all have our representatives hear our voices!

10 10 2013
beverlydiehl

Brilliant. And loving and without the harsh rhetoric.

Let us hope Billy learns to stop singing bad songs, badly.

10 10 2013
conniemcleod

Yes Beverly, let’s hope he hears how out of tune he is.

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