By Alec Scheer, We Are1776, President
From what I have noticed, in the time I have spent in the field of public policy, people commonly like to post on social media platforms, talk, or blog about how their representatives do not represent them or do not wish to hear their concerns and suggestions. It also seems as though people generally treat public policy with such great distaste that they will make it their objective to deter people from voting, from “working within the system”, and from attempting to “change things from within.” Understandably, the assertions made by these folks are not completely made out of spite but rather of anger for the lack of representation and respect for the Constitution.
In many respects, I suppose, this might be true. This is, however, merely a broad generalization of the issue at-hand. How many times do you think those individuals have gone out of their way to actually communicate with their local or state representatives? How many people actually spend time working politics to direct change? How many people, out of the millions in our republic, actually spend time relaying solutions to their representatives.
Our elected officials’ days are crammed with committee hearings, floor sessions, speaking engagements, radio/television interviews, and press conferences. Thus it is reasonable to assume that it is difficult for them to meet with their constituents, unless their constituents come in prepared with an objective, a solution, and positivity. If you want good representation, you need to go into your representative’s office with a scheduled meeting, an objective, a solution, and positivity. This will go a long way toward developing a strong two-way relationship (constituent communicating with their representative, vice versa) with your representative.
If you can do this on your free-time, it will show your district’s representative that you, as his or her constituent, want to help in his or her efforts. Additionally, it reveals to them that, yes, their constituents are watching their legislative performance closely. Failing to properly communicate with your representative is no one else’s fault but your own.
How you can begin getting involved
The first thing you can do is search your state’s name and add “legislature” at the end. This will load a list of links that deal with politics and legislation in your state. For national politics, the following links are important:
- Congress: http://beta.congress.gov/
- Library of Congress: http://thomas.loc.gov/home/thomas.php
- Government Accountability Office: http://www.gao.gov/
- Associated Press Politics Wire: http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=600003
- C-SPAN: http://www.c-span.org/
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