To the Editor:
Yes, we gripe and complain about those whom we elect to serve us – our politicians. Today, the word politician or politics has come to have a negative meaning; when something is wrong, we say “Oh, that’s politics”!
But, in my mind, politics simply means the process of governing. One can do it well or poorly. We do the voting – if we do – and the elected ones do the governing, whether good or poor.
What can be done? Surely, there is no pat answer to today’s partisanship and gridlock. However, there is something that you and I can do and it fits very well with how our Constitution speaks of politics. In a word, “Participate.” So many things which do not take much money or effort. Write a letter (even a postcard – yes, they are still used!), send an email, make a phone call, show up at your representative’s office (whether he/she is there or not). Let them know we care. There’s the key: Even if you simply write or say, “We care!” your legislator would know that you are paying attention. That would be meaningful.
Full disclosure: I have not done this near enough, but I have done it, and writing this will prompt me to do more. Sure, one letter or phone call won’t make a big change, but let us not forget the power of one person to start change.
Gotta go now, and write that letter.
Rev. Bob Dell