Originally posted by silencer
So shut down this site and start getting out of the house and raise your voice in the community. Gather people who are as frustrated as you are and
form small groups. Then join groups from neighboring towns, cities, states, countries, etc. Actively protest wrong decisions from your lawmakers.
Don't just write a letter to them. Go stand outside their office with your group and demand change.
I see what you're saying and it makes sense, but there are some things that make this difficult for many people. First of all, many people are
working Monday through Friday from 9-5...pretty much the same time that our legislators are working. Trying to get off work to go stand outside their
office and demand change isn't something that a lot of people can do because they're working, trying to earn a living. Even if they do get an hour
for lunch, that's not enough time to get to their car, fight traffic, go stand outside their office and demand change, and then get back to work.
Unless they work right around the corner, doing something like that even on a lunch hour would be nearly impossible.
Most people's days are filled to capacity. If they have to be at work at 9 a.m., most of them have to get up pretty early in the morning to help the
kids get ready for school, get themselves ready, and then make the commute. In the evening, there's a commute back and errands to run. Then there's
transporting the kids back and forth from ball practice and/or other activities, making dinner, cleaning up afterward, helping the kids with their
homework, and spending time together as a family.
I would venture to guess that many people are writing emails to their legislators because it's something they can do in their very busy day. I would
also venture to guess that many people are coming here later in the evening after work or in the mornings when they may have a few minutes to
themselves. Some might be able to come here and browse during their lunch.
Now I know that not everyone has a family and not everyone works 1st shift. I don't. But the thing is, for most of my life I've been very busy first
trying to work my butt off so I could afford to go to college, and then later trying to pay for college.
For 16 years, I had 2-4 jobs at a time, and much of that time I was also enrolled in college. So even though I didn't have a family, I basically had
no life outside of work and school. Many people I know who are single and/or childless are working multiple jobs, trying to put themselves through
You said, We all have been conditioned to be lazy."
I know that's definitely not
the case with me and many other people I know. Many
of us are working our butts off trying to make it in this crazy world. We're working multiple jobs, we're raising families, and we're trying to
help out our extended family. Many of us also try to volunteer when we can.
Most of the people I know aren't lazy at all. On the contrary, they're hard-working folks who struggle to give their kids a better life...and to
make their own lives better as well.
You said, "Stop flocking this website and use your time and energy to actually go out there and make change."
That's a great idea, but it's
just not that simple for some people. It's sometimes easier for people to grab some time here and there to go online, learn what they can, send
emails to their congressman, and maybe send a letter to the editor to their local newspaper.
Anyway, I see what you're saying, and it sounds good in theory, but I think it's not so easy for many people.