Send a brick to congress


April 12, 2006, 09:22 AM
This seems like a great idea. Who's in?

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April 12, 2006, 09:30 AM
A piece of paper is easier to write on. Save a little on postage too.

April 12, 2006, 09:37 AM
Congress critters ignore pieces of paper everyday.

It will be kind of hard to ignore mail bags bursting with bricks. And, this is a good way to attract media attention.

April 12, 2006, 09:43 AM
Anyone remember the tea bag revolution that went down 12 or so years ago?
That made national news with photos and film of truckloads of tea bags that were sent to Congress. I think Tom Leikas pushed that effort.

April 12, 2006, 09:51 AM
I want in, but only if we SERIOUSLY do this. I think it would be a much more effective way to petition politicians.

April 12, 2006, 09:52 AM
You did *not* say that, Sarge.:uhoh:


April 12, 2006, 09:52 AM
I LIKE the brick idea... :D

...and, for those who want to save on postage, a strand of barbed wire or square of chicken wire fencing would work just as well. :cool:

Sgt.Slappy: Save the Semtex. We may need it later... ;)

April 12, 2006, 10:52 AM
I love this idea, so when are we doing it? Give me a date, and I'll get mine in the mail. :)

April 12, 2006, 10:57 AM
Ihave a small stack of bricks by the garage that I picked up from the side of the road a few years ago and figured must be good for something. Haven't gotten around to "something" yet so this might be a good way to reduce the pile.

Be sure to post the date for "B-Day" if this is actually going to happen as a concerted, coordinated effort.

April 12, 2006, 11:19 AM
Oh boy am I in. I can just picture the little old lady in the basement sorting out the mail trying to lug around hundreds of bricks....This could turn out pretty neat seems to have a ton of interest.

April 12, 2006, 11:28 AM
Looks like this project is gaining traction..


April 12, 2006, 11:46 AM
will we get sued or indicted by the Feds if we mail bricks? I mean they really don't have a sense of humor you know.

Sergeant Sabre
April 12, 2006, 11:53 AM
50caliber, we're just using the mail. I don't see how anybody could be arrested for that.

I like the poster's idea on to include a note saying "Since you seem to have trouble building a wall, here's a start".

We should also alert local media outlets so that this thing gets coverage. Our tag-line could be "Send a brick to build a wall"

April 12, 2006, 11:59 AM
Seems to me the tea bag offensive was directed at the IRS who eventually passed a regulation that any more tea bags constitutes a frivilous tax return.

I think a tea bag is cheaper and sustainable over the long term.

I also think congress is the place for the unemployed and underemployed to call on Monday morning just to let someone know governmental statistics are suspect.

April 12, 2006, 12:14 PM
I have a few bricks I'd be happy to donate :)

'Heard you were looking for campaign donations, make use of this donation, and I promise you my vote.'


IIF(suggestion_followed, $10(postage)X2(congressmen)=(real_bargin), 0)

April 12, 2006, 12:43 PM

count me in, I wonder what they are gonna do with um lol

April 12, 2006, 12:48 PM
I'm down for the 1st National Thick as a Brick Day.:)

April 12, 2006, 12:48 PM
The bricks will either be detained by the Postal Service or intercepted by mailroom staff at the final destination.
They will be perceived as a 'suspicious' parcel and possibly destroyed, possibly creating a legal problem for the sender.

It's a good notion but I don't see it working in practice, I would be more than suprised if even one Legislator opened a parcel containg a brick.

Send them your vote, or lack of it, instead.

April 12, 2006, 01:27 PM
Bricks don't make it throught the mail in one piece. Granted a bag of brick bits is almost as good as a brick. But not if you had anything written on it.

"Wrapped brick. Wrapped in brown paper; posted in street corner box with same amount of postage as was strapped to unwrapped brick. Extreme weight for size made package seem suspicious. Notice of attempted delivery received, 16 days. Upon pickup at station, our mailing specialist received a plastic bag containing broken and pulverized remnants of brick. Inside was a small piece of paper with a number code on it. Our research indicates that this was some type of US Drug Enforcement Agency release slip. The clerk made our mailing specialist sign a form for receipt."

Someone want to tell the folks over at the AR Forum?

April 12, 2006, 02:58 PM
For the benefits of those seeking to learn History to go along with Legal & Political education:

The Window War

By Mike Vanderboegh

April 12, 2006, 03:25 PM
I have a few dozen boxes of concrete roof tiles in my dads backyard leftover from the old owners of his place.

If they won't build a wall, at least we can get a head start on all the extra housing we'll need for our "guest workers."

April 12, 2006, 05:06 PM
I'm in. Going to send one for the kids too.

April 12, 2006, 05:14 PM
Bricks don't make it throught the mail in one piece.

...thats a very sad yet true statement about the post office. :rolleyes:

April 12, 2006, 05:17 PM
Ok, so we fedex 'em:neener:

April 12, 2006, 05:33 PM
Its quite easy to send a brick through the mail.

I've done it a few times with rocks or chunks of concrete.
Anytime you get some stupid off from a credit card company, it always has an envelope that says postage will be paid by addressee. You simply get a box and secure whatever hefty item you like inside. Don't want it rattling around now. Seal the box and tape the envelope to it. Drop off at your local post office.
You can go up to 75lbs or so.

There was one person who actually sent an old tire.

at any rate, just put your brick in a small box (anyone got an old shoebox laying around?) and mail it off with the appropriate inscription and letters.

April 12, 2006, 05:47 PM
I think I'm going to start my own campaign of sending Spanish-English dictionaries and sneakers to Congress.

walking arsenal
April 12, 2006, 05:49 PM
I'm game for the most part but i dont want the feds wanging away at my door because i "threatened" an official with a brick.

Can anybody confirm there wont be a fallout?

April 12, 2006, 05:50 PM
The Credit Card postal trick only assures delivery to the Credit Card company, not all (or any of) the 535 members of Congress.

April 12, 2006, 05:51 PM
I like the idea of sending a message(a heavy one) to congress, but I think organizing a protest(s) would be far more effective. I'm really surprised this hasn't happened yet since it's been very effective for their side. Truth is, we've become lazy. We want reform, but not as much as we want to maintain uninterrupted lives. Someone else would put forth the effort, anyway.

April 12, 2006, 06:04 PM
I'm in. I think it would look great on the news. A 18rig unloading pallets of CB.:neener:

April 12, 2006, 06:07 PM
I know that Real_Name.
I simply used it as a slightly humorous example showing that it was indeed possible to send a brick through the mail.

April 12, 2006, 06:46 PM
I'm game for the most part but i dont want the feds wanging away at my door because i "threatened" an official with a brick.

Can anybody confirm there wont be a fallout?

From who? The Department of Wooden Buildings?... :p

Just remember, if the Feds do file a case, the press will be involved too. Imagine the headlines.... :rolleyes:

I'm not gonna worry about it. I may even send a bag of mortar, too... :D

April 12, 2006, 07:10 PM
And I'm sending this to every righteous person I know, gun owner or not.

And I stickied "The Window War"...that was brilliant.

April 12, 2006, 07:20 PM
I am in

April 12, 2006, 07:51 PM
I contacted my local news station to hopefully bring some attention to the idea. They said they'd get back to me. Only thing is, I accidentally gave them THR's website, rather than giving them the "official" website.

April 12, 2006, 07:57 PM
Couldn't you just slap a UPS label and a letter on a bag of cement? It's already in a package.

April 12, 2006, 10:06 PM
I'm in for a penny and in for 15 lbs. I'll send a brick to each of my senators and my rep with a note telling them to start on the wall ASAP.

Head down to home depot, but also tell all your friends. Call into the talk radio people. Lets get this rolling. Even if only a few thousand people do this, congress will get the message in a hurry. It is completely legal and it will be super effective. Even if only the people here did it, it would probably be noticed.

I am trying to start chain e-mails going about this. I think that the low cost of this combined with the novelty may get it rolling.

April 12, 2006, 10:21 PM
I am in. Get the flat rate boxes and FILL them up! It will only cost $8.10 and you could probably get a cinder block in the big one.

April 12, 2006, 11:31 PM
What about horse dung? I could get lots of that. Won't build a wall, but will provide "positive support" to my politicians. I hear that ducks of a feather flock together. I would be just sending "moral support". Would I get arrested for sending hazardous materials?

April 12, 2006, 11:42 PM
They snagged enough money out of my paychecks last year to buy a couple flatbed trucks full of bricks. And you want me to send them another one?

*edit* Fixed a really dumb typo.

April 13, 2006, 02:15 AM
Horse dung could be termed as a form of attack since it is potentially infectious and also reeks.

Bricks are relatively inert and besides you are sending them valuable construction material.

April 15, 2006, 05:58 AM
The link is live.

April 28, 2006, 12:08 PM
Up again.

Jack Burton
April 28, 2006, 12:46 PM
Count me in!! I'll send a few and spread the word!!

:banghead: <-----Puts a new spin on this smilie!!

April 28, 2006, 01:17 PM
Hmm... even if only a dozen people from each state send bricks to their reps, that's still a dozen bricks per rep. They might actually get the message.

EDIT: What's the proper way to address a Representative of the House? I know for a Senator it's "Senator", but for a rep., would it be "Dear Representative (Last Name)"?

April 28, 2006, 05:02 PM
Third Rail

I think that either congressman/congresswoman or representative will work fine.

May 31, 2006, 10:31 AM
looks like the NYT is reporting the brick count is up to 10,000

May 31, 2006, 10:46 AM
the real protest will be in November.

May 31, 2006, 11:21 AM
Yup Slzy, gonna be some pols in the unemployment line.


May 31, 2006, 11:33 PM
Heard on Hannity today that the bricks number 10 thousand and still climbing. Hopefully more will pitch in now that it is making the mainstream news.

June 1, 2006, 12:50 AM
If all you guys send bricks, will you use UPS? Since I own stock in them, I would like a larger dividend check.

I'm sure USPS, FedEx, and UPS hope this goes on for a long time. Maybe they were the ones that started the whole thing!

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