I recently heard this pearl of Washington wisdom from a Congressman.
He was explaining why it's so important for mainstream citizens to get involved in politics. Sure, we can keep pointing fingers right and left, but that will never get us at the decision-making table, and therefore off the plate.
Plus, it's letting ourselves off the hook much too easily. Our democratic system is actually responsive to people who show up and keep score; the problem is, it's lobbyists who always show up, not ordinary citizens. If we want elected officials to really focus on the issues that matter to us then we need to make ourselves heard.
I know, you're crazy busy at work and at home. Nobody is asking you to quit your day job to roam the halls of Congress.
Here's the good news: there are things you can do to make a difference even in your hectic day-to-day. For example, reach out to your member of Congress online, or better yet, stop by their nearest local office. You don't need a detailed agenda - just have a conversation. Congressional staffers tell us that sharing your authentic hopes and fears has real power. After being hounded by special interests all day, hearing from regular citizens is refreshing and reminds them why they got into politics in the first place. Here's how to get in touch with your Congressperson.
What else can you do to make a difference? Learn how you can get involved with Big Tent Nation. We've got 9 things you can do to help renew the American Dream - and they all take 5 minutes or less.
We're a nonpartisan organization that exists for one reason only - to help mainstream citizens stay off the menu and get a seat at the table!