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The Problem or the Solution

Editorial

Maybe you’re tired of your elected leader - about their continual lying and smug attitude about it, and their policies. You’re discouraged about them and just don’t want anything to do with them, and don’t want to hear them anymore.

There are some practical steps to take, so we don’t need to lose hope. As we look at them we should keep in mind that:
If you aren’t part of the solution, you’re part of the problem.

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If you’re tired of your leader as described above, there’s more you can do than just whine to your friends and be frustrated. You can mail or email some of your elected representatives in your legislature - and tell them what you don’t like about your leader and his or her policies, and tell them what you think they should do.

To get the best bang for your buck it’s generally better to write a letter or email than to sign a multi-signature petition. These hard-copy or online petitions are often written with partisan language that’s off-putting towards the other political side. If your representative is on the so-called “other” side – you often put them off with the tone of the petition. But if you instead write a personal and well-thought-out letter or email – they may be impressed with your careful reasoning and originality, and may consider the subject in a new light.

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What could happen? Your representative might read what you wrote and disagree with you. Or they might agree with what you say. In either case – they may actually take action! They might pass on your thoughts to the leader, or might vote on legislation that agrees with your views. They might do that even if they don’t fully agree with you – because they want to get re-elected!

But they might ignore you. Well, on the bright side– things haven’t become worse. You’re only out of a little bit of your time and a stamp or a couple pennies on your internet bill.

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Even if the government official doesn’t read your email or letter, their assistant might. And that assistant, as often happens, might later become a representative. Your letter may change the way they think and act on your issue in the future.

We said earlier that if you’re not part of the solution you’re part of the problem. If you do nothing, you may think you’re taking a principled stand in opposition to what you feel is wrong, then stew in your frustration a bit and feel righteous – but you’re actually just allowing what you strongly feel is wrong to continue unchallenged.

So – would you rather be part of the problem, or part of the solution?

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