Being an Engaged, Active, and Responsible Citizen

Being an engaged, active, and responsible citizen requires more than casting a ballot on voting day. Our responsibility as citizens does not end when we exit the voting booth, rather that is the moment at which the true responsibility begins. Whether or not the person for whom you voted actually gets into office should not deter you from making them work for the people.

Remember, our tax dollars pay their salaries; therefore, regardless of whether or not the person sitting in office is the one for whom you voted he/she is still OUR employee. As such, it is up to each of us to ensure that they are working for the people. This requires some effort on our part. This requires us to keep up on legislation on the floor and to write, call, or email our elected representatives on a regular basis. We have far more disclosure in our government than many of us may realize; every bill currently on the floor of our state and federal houses are available for our review: state legislation is available for review on your state’s website, simply type in your state’s two letter abbreviation and state legislation (ex. pa state legislation) into your search engine and you can browse bills currently on the floor; federal legislation can be viewed at thomas.gov. Below you will find examples of links for finding state legislation, as well as the link to thomas.gov and to the House of Representatives and the Senate.

As much as I want to place all of the blame on the government for failing us and on the rich for bribing this country out from under us, we the people, must take some of the blame upon ourselves. For too long we have remained silent. We have been complacent. We have been lackadaisical bosses. If we want our country back, if we want the political system to work in our favor then we must work for it. We must make the ultimate sacrifice, that of our time and energy. We must take responsibility and we must take action. The rich get the attention because they make the most noise: they have lobbyist who make phone calls, write letters, and make meetings. Yet the rich make up only 1% of the population, this means that there are over 314 million of us and barely over 3 million of them. Imagine the force we the people could be if all of us performed our duty as citizens, if we each wrote letters, made phones, or sent emails to our state and federal representatives every month. The squeaky wheel gets the grease, so lets be the squeaky wheel.

A few examples of state sites for viewing legislation:

http://www.legis.state.pa.us/

http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/

http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/

http://legis.wisconsin.gov/

From each state site you can also find out who your reps are and how to contact them by entering your zip code.

Links to the House and Senate. From these sites you can find out who represents your district for each house and how to contact them:

http://www.house.gov/

http://www.senate.gov/

This is the link to thomas.gov. From this site you can view all current legislation for the House and Senate:

http://thomas.gov/

Another useful site:

http://www.thevotereffect.com/

The political process will only work for the people if we, the people, are willing to put in the effort to make it do so.

© Karen Lyn and Take Back America, 2011. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this blog’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Karen Lyn and Take Back America with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.

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