Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Specific Action You Can Take

I see that I have a comment from Lisa (thanks, Lisa!) that may have been there 2 or 3 days before I saw it. I apologize for that--maybe I should set my blogs to email comments to me so they don't get overlooked!

Here is Lisa's comment:

I agree that something must be done, but I am unsure what I personally can do. Do I contact my representative and demand he call for treason charges? I feel really ineffective and weak when it comes to resisting the juggernaut of liberal thinking that has swept us over.

Specific ideas for action would be appreciated.
I thought Lisa's request for specific ideas for action was a good one and decided to create a post around it for everyone and also request comments from others for more ideas.

First and foremost, I think we need to keep up with current events and be informed voters. Read news from several sources to keep track of what's going on. Register to vote and then vote. Encourage others to do the same.

Next, I suggest finding your state's official website. They'll let you know who your state and national senators and representatives are and how to contact them. Usually, you can send an email, which makes it easy. Also, chances are they give information about bills up for consideration in your state and where they are in the process. You can also contact the governor and other officials. For example, email the State Superintendent (or whatever title your state gives the head of education) about education concerns.

It would also be good to look for city/town and county websites. You can then contact officials to express your views about local issues, too.

The official federal site is http://www.usa.gov/ . There is all kinds of information there. They have a page to contact elected officials. In fact, they have pages from that page to help you find your state, local, or tribal government pages and a variety of civic organizations, as well.

Other suggestions are websites that coincide with your views and interests. For example, Townhall has an "Action Center." This lists suggestions and helps you follow through. For example, sign petitions, contact your representatives, and write letters to editors of newspapers. They also suggest blogging or writing a newsletter.

I think the best thing an individual can do is vote and also contact officials to let them know what your views are. The more people who do this, the better idea our officials will have of what people's real views are.

If you are so inclined and have time, you may want to work on the campaign of someone you support, whether it is for a local, state, or federal office. You could work for a campaign for a specific issue--often people form groups to support specific issues. You might want to volunteer a little time for one of the local civic organizations that encourages an informed citizenry.

You have to be the judge of what you can do and how much time you can spend at it, but the more your views are known the better.

On something like the treasonous activities of some of our national senators and representatives, I think we can at least email our own senators and representatives and tell them that we think certain actions and/or speeches are questionable at best and that perhaps action needs to be considered. You can be bolder, of course, or careful about how you word things--whatever suits you best. It's always good to give some examples or reasons or other details as appropriate to the topic. It doesn't have to sound professional or be perfect, but do try to be clear and use the best spelling and grammar you can.

If you have other ideas of how an individual can be an active citizen, please feel free to post them and also links to websites that have "action pages" or suggestions.

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At 7:27 PM, Anonymous Pop said...

What you say yourself always gets more attention than a form letter.

At 7:41 PM, Blogger Mary A said...

Pop, that's a good point. If a representative gets a lot of mail/email that says exactly the same thing, he may not pay attention to it, other than maybe counting that he got X number of pieces of mail for something, and X number against. An individually worded letter with some reasons or details would likely make more of an impression. Thanks for your comment!


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