posted on Jan, 26 2014 @ 10:11 PM
I've only been a member here at ATS for a short while, but have had the site book marked for years. I see a good dialog, usually respectful among
the members arguing their points of view. I like to follow threads about our government and read the varying points of view while I don't agree with
all or even a lot of you I like the political discourse. I read breaking news about meaningful events and some times get fired up. I'll start to
write a thoughtful response, sometimes I can't even finish because I find that I am contradicting myself or wandering off topic before I can complete
the post. I find it a quite useful tool in that regards. Thinking about what I truly believe and how sometimes my emotional response and
preconceived notions disappear or fall apart when I start to lay it out on paper so to speak.
I notice that we here at ATS have strong views about how our government should represent us, my question to you is: Do you write letters or emails to
your representatives in Washington? If so, do you believe your views are being represented by your representatives? If not why don't you? If you
feel strongly about something strong enough to argue with avatars and back your arguments with facts or cite articles, then why don't you share these
views with your representatives in Washington DC.
I've become more politically involved in the last few years than I ever had before. I always voted but never really felt it mattered. Then by
chance I stopped and talked to a neighbor at the local market, who was campaigning for a presidential candidate during the last election. I was
encouraged to attend my first precinct caucus, where I was elected as a delegate to represent my precinct at the county caucus. It was very empowering
and would recommend it to anyone feeling that their vote doesn't matter. Since then I feel that I have a say, maybe I'm just one voice but if I
don't speak then who will hear me. I now regularly email my representatives in Washington DC and State to express my views and give them a piece of
my mind if I feel the need. After all how will they know what their constituency want and how they feel if they don't hear from them directly.
I'd like to hear from you ATS, do you engage your representatives in dialog? Why? Why not? How? About What?