Archive for April, 2011
Feeling like elected officials are not listening to the people that elected them into office or live in their district can feel very frustrating for those constituents. Many people give up and no longer want to participate in government not knowing the many reasons why constituents voices may be seem to go unheard in the political process.
Community events like a neighborhood crime watch meeting, a block party , or other neighborhood meetings take an important part in creating a feeling of community. Community members look out for one another, come together for fellowship and on occasion to solve a problem the community faces together.
A PAC or Political Action Committee is a fund collected by a company or organization specifically for the purpose of having monetary influence on campaigns. Although much has been said about the influence of Labor Union PACs not much is said about the fact that many corporations, including utility companies and others have such PACs.
Freedom isn’t free. This saying is primarily attached to military service. However there is much more to it. Civil Citizen’s must pay for Democracy with time, attention and yes, sometimes money. In order to take away the power of special interest lobbyists the people as a whole must contribute at least as much as the special interests do.
Many Americans feel helpless as they prepare to watch the government shut down over a battle for 1% of the nation’s discretionary funding. “What can I do?” they ask. At this point in the game it is difficult to say whether citizens can stop the government from shutting down but this is what you can do as a citizen to get a message to representatives in D.C.
A letter to the editor can be a very powerful tool in effectively engaging your government. With just a few tips you can write a passionate, fact filled, letter that tells a persuasive story. Who knows you just may change the course of history.
If you ask many people all over the world how they feel about their government at this time, if they don’t fear for their safety many will tell you they are pissed off. Or some form of the term. Very few are pleased, and even fewer feel that they are being heard or fairly represented. Now to some extent this is a disconnect with the government entities and corporate citizenry of their locale however that is not the whole story.
Exploring your local political landscape is like any great adventure you need tools for survival and success.
Voting is a powerful tool of civic engagement that is woefully underutilized in the democratic process. What you don’t know about voting might surprise you.