Want to participate in the governance of our country?
Calling or writing the members of Congress has more impact than you might imagine. When thousands or tens of thousands of voters call, their message comes through loud and clear.
I called the following:
Speaker John Boehner
Majority Leader Eric Cantor
House Budget Committee Chair Paul Ryan
Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy
I got through to voicemail at the Speaker’s office and left a message. Both Cantor and Ryan’s voicemail boxes were full, so I will try again later. Congressman McCarthy’s line rang busy, so I’ll try again there too.
I won’t tell you what my message was. I will just say that it was respectful and expressed my opinion on using a government shutdown as leverage to try to kill the Affordable Care Act. If you agree that calling and participating directly in our democracy is a good idea, leave whatever message you feel is appropriate, but do be respectful. We don’t want Congress getting the idea that the people they are elected to represent are as petulant and childish as they are.
Spread the word. Share a link to this post on your Facebook Timeline as I did, Twitter account as I did, etc. If you are against the shutdown, you can use Credo’s action page to simplify calling and linking to Facebook.
Let’s pull together to prove democracy isn’t dead.