With politicians at all levels seemingly out of touch with many of us, it’s only natural to develop an attitude of “does it matter what I think?” Politicians are going to do what they like no matter what I think or say.
While this may have more truth today than was the case in the past, I would suggest that individuals and advocacy groups can still make a difference, and affect the direction of public policy.
I’ve been involved in a number of organizations or supported causes over the years that had a need for political engagement. I’ve testified at committee hearings in the state legislature and sat down with my United States Senator. In meeting and communicating with state legislators, members of congress or other political leaders I’ve noticed some common things: (more…)