Thank you to the hundreds of you who took time out of your day yesterday to sign my petition, to join my Facebook group, and/or to call Speaker Pelosi’s office about Democratic attempts to limit online communication between the American people and their elected representatives. If you haven’t yet, I encourage you to do so at your earliest convenience. You can also put a petition widget on your site by copying and pasting the code from the bottom of this post on my blog.

I am grateful to sites like RedState, which are keeping readers informed about this issue while keeping the heat on Congressional leaders. Several of my House Republican colleagues, including John Culberson, Thaddeus McCotter, and Minority Leader John Boehner, have also been working hard to make sure that the truth about this issue is presented to the American people.As was written on Rep. Boehner’s Republican Leader Blog earlier today:

The Internet is a powerful tool. House Republicans understand that embracing technology is essential in improving communicating with their constituents and increasing transparency in government, and they will continue fighting to ensure this new form of government censorship is not enacted.

Mark Hopkins, writing on social networking news site Mashable.com, called this proposed House rule a sign that Democrat leaders are “afraid of the shift towards openness in access to our nations legislators made possible by social media.”

Honest leaders and representatives have nothing to fear from the openness and transparency that come from greater communication between government and the people. Unfortunately, Democrats’ attempts to limit this communication sends the message that they are afraid of the accountability that comes with that transparency.

Like several of my colleagues, I use the Internet to communicate with my constituents and with the broader American population. I welcome the greater accountability the New Media has brought to government, and find it very disturbing that Congress’s current leadership — a group that claims to stand for free speech, open communication, and benefits for the little guy — is so eager to shut down this inexpensive and ultra-convenient communication pipeline.

I will do my best to keep you posted as the situation develops. In the meantime, please continue to tell your friends about this issue, and push them to sign the petition, to join my Facebook group and to call the Speaker’s office to let their voices be heard on this issue.