It’s usually pretty easy for the average citizen to speak with our local elected officials. Sometimes, all we have to do is go to the grocery store or church. When it comes to our representatives in Washington — it’s a never-ending struggle with little accessibility.
We’ve heard this from readers for years. Calls to our U.S. members of Congress make it no further than college interns answering phones with the reassurance that their concerns will be passed on to our elected officials. How do we know what happens to our “concerns” when there is never follow up? Do our representative actually review these messages or do they go directly to the waste basket?
Accessibility to our elected officials should be demanded by the public who not only elects our members of Congress, but pays their salaries.
Without communications with their constituents, how are our elected officials “representing” our needs and concerns when they create and vote for legislation? The easy answer — they are not! They make time to listen to the lobbyists and the fat cats who lead Washington’s every move by the pull of their purse strings. They collectively make decisions on how best to railroad any initiative the opposing party tries to implement. They work long, hard hours to make sure they get what “they” need with little to no regard to the people they are suppose to represent — the backbone of American society.