Thursday, September 4, 2008

Participate in YOUR Government

Our government is supposed to be of the people, by the people, and for the people. That said, how have you participated is the governing of this great country lately? Here's some ideas:

  • Vote. This has got to be the easiest way to participate in our government. With vote by mail happening in many areas of the country, you don't even need to leave the comfort of your Barcolounger to do this.
  • Contact your governmental representatives. Everyone from your local mayor and city council members to your state representatives, senators and the president of the country are technically your employees. They work for you. If you never tell them how they can help you or what you want done with specific issues, how are they supposed to represent you? Imagine if you had a boss that always paid you on time but never once, in years, ever contacted you and told you what you needed to do? Would you just take the salary, kick back, and do whatever you wanted to do? You bet you would. Someone needs to hold these people accountable.
  • Run for office. So you have a lot of good ideas (or a lot of complaints about how things are currently bring run)? Think you can do a better job? Why not run for office. You don't need to start out in congress, you can work your way up the political ladder from the basic political positions in your own community such as fire commissioner or city council member.
  • Volunteer on citizens committees, advisory boards, or work on a political candidate's campaign. Who knows, if you work on a high level campaign and your candidate wins, you may end up appointed to a very comfy job.
  • Make your voice heard. Speak on an issue at a city council meeting. Write a letter to the editor about a specific issue that impacts/bothers you. Attend a protest if something really bothers you. Start a media campaign for or against an issue.
The bottom line is that you can't complain about something unless you have tried to fix it first. The most obvious thing that needs to be fixed...according to just about everyone, is our government. Why not be part of the solution?

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