Strong, visionary congressional action is a matter of survival for our nation.
Nothing will change until we change the laws.
Laws won't change until we change the law makers.
This is exactly where our grass-roots, boots-on-the-ground, community-based campaign must be entirely focused.
is about electing individuals to Congress, both the House of
Representatives and Senate, who will be directly accountable to their
constituents. The immediate goal of our efforts is to elect
representatives who will pass legislation on a whole host of issues
which are clearly important to voters. These are things the public
wants done . . . but aren't getting done.
This means one of two things. Either the incumbents running for office come around and do what the voting public demands. Or they are replaced with fresh candidates who have made a binding commitment to do so.
Back to our "conversation" with our neighbor, cousin, street cleaner, bartender, war vet.
We have been talking and listening. It is obvious that the person we are talking to feels passionately about one, maybe several of the key issues. Here's what unfolds next -- for each and every initiative -- using Social Security here as an illustration:
"I see you feel as strongly as I do about keeping Social Security intact and if anything improving it. Can I get you to sign this?"
"What is it?"
"It's a petition."
"Oh great! Another petition. Those never work."
"We think it will this time. We're coming up with a way to force our elected officials to do what they say they're going to do."
"Who is we?"
"Well, 'we' is folks just like you and me. This isn't a political party. It's just citizens who want to see some important things get done. Get some serious problems solved."
"How? Politicians say one thing and do another."