In today’s day and age with our country in conflict and negative comments flooding social media, there are three concepts I think we often overlook:
1. The power of a thank you note
2. The importance of showing some appreciation
3. The difficult role of our elected officials
No matter what your political affiliation is, there’s undoubtedly someone you like in office…and someone whose ideas or actions create a debate in your world.
Either way, let’s be honest. It’s not easy being a political official. If this job were easier, everyone would sign up for the spot. The role is to uphold the principles of the Constitution (federal and state), laws created by predecessors, and more. It’s not always the opinion of the official that is honored in these decisions.
At the core, I think (most) politicians are trying to do what is best for their constituents. It may not always seem that way or it may not seem like they are listening, but it’s a much easier job to criticize than to fix concerns in our society. Instead of harping on the negative and pointing figures at their bad decisions, let’s look at the good people or at least study them.
(Learning about the men and women in our government can be fascinating. My sister and I are part of a self-made Facebook group following the 2017 Reading Challenge from PopSugar. Started in 2015, I have read about many of our Supreme Court Justices as this vital, democratic group is often overlooked by society, but their fight for justice is stronger than almost any other political branch.)
Here’s my challenge to you today:
1. Find a political figure and write them a thank you note for filling in a role to make decisions that impact the life of every American.
2. List below a political autobiography, biography, or book about an elected official that shows these people in a new light or highlights those less familiar to the world.
3. Read and learn about our political figures.
Best of luck to all as you honor those making decisions that impact all of our lives.
Addresses for the following:
White House – There are specific guidelines for sending letters as well as emailing and/or calling.
United States Supreme Court:
Supreme Court of the United States
1 First Street, NE
Washington, DC 20543
United States Senate – Easiest page to maneuver!
United States House of Representatives – After entering your zip code, this will take you to a list of possible representatives. After selecting the correct rep, click on link on their name, which redirect to their page. Then, click “contact.” Need help? Let us know.