But absolutely, this can`t be tolerated;and so my question is, besides writing about it here, and getting the information out, what will we do about this?
I have many, many, "frequent writer miles" piled up with my elected officials. Whenever something like this occurs, you must write them, "them" being members of the House, Senators, party leaders on the commitees, and even the White House.
Don`t simply write to express opposition, explain your concerns, and ask for a clear explanation of their position on the issue, as well as a brief summary of what they are going to do to represent your position on the matter.
Do you really think this makes a difference? Not being cynical but I wish someone could make me believe it did. I've done the email and letter writing stuff as well, but usually what I get in return is a form letter spouting the party line - if I get a reply at all. After awhile, I just begin to wonder what's the use.
As in shooting, and athletics, it`s all about follow-thru......
Writing to elected officials is the minimum.......if you want to go further, and not many will take the time, you can certainly do more. Research to determin who the opposition is to the bill you disapprove of. Contact those officials as well, and they will gladly tell you of their efforts to unhinge the bill. They`ll share ways you can become involved and enlist more help. Many times it`s at the grass root level, which can be extremely effective, other times it`s more letter writing, signing petitions, etc.
Believe me, I fully understand your feeling disillusioned and jaded with the political process, it`s easy to feel powerless, and some want you to feel like that. But there is much that can be done, you just have to be willing to commit time, and maybe even a few personal resources. We can`t all tackle every challenge that comes along, but we can choose a few key issues, and adpot them, pursue them, and become part of the answer.