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There are many parts of the political process that are kept in the shadows. Civil Citizens may not know about them or only know of them in a vague way. Gerrymandering is one of them. Gerrymandering is when redistricting commissions draw voting districts in bizarre shapes for the purpose of having a “safe” seat for a political party. The district will encompass a population known to favor a particular ideal or party.
Political Strategists: Knowing a candidate’s political strategist can tell you more about them than any speech.
Political strategists make and break political careers. They hold a lot of political power but are able to avoid much of the public scrutiny that would normally accompany a position of power.
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.
How a person interacts with people of influence will directly impact the effectiveness of the message. There are a few key points to keep in mind to allow your voice to be heard and possibly influence some positive changes.
Who is the Civil Citizen?
I am a nobody and nobodies can do anything. Many think that you need money and power to change the government and the world order. That is not true as is evident today in Tunisia and Egypt. In communities all over the United States and all over the world. Anyone can make a positive change and can civilly and effectively engage their government. I have learned from scratch and I will teach you. I have earned the leadership positions in my town but learning, caring , knowing how the system works and working that system to make positive change in my community.