DEAR (POLITICALLY ENLIGHTENED) READER –
What have you done since Donald Trump became President? Participated in protests? Protested against the protestors? Lobbied lawmakers to oppose the President’s agenda? Donated money to groups that support the new administration? Thought of running for public office yourself? Last week we posted a Call to Action, a sample list of places to get involved. Now we want to hear your ideas and experiences.
As we watch news coverage of calls for cabinet members to resign, boycotts of Trump family businesses, and raucous town hall meetings, we see ordinary citizens across the political spectrum stand up and speak out. For some, political participation is a life-long pursuit. For some, this last election marks the first time in their lives they have been actively engaged in civic affairs.
The letter below, from a reader in Ohio, is one example. Read it, and then share stories of what you are doing and how you got involved. No matter where you stand on issues, we want to hear from you. If readers use this forum to share experiences and have civil discussions about controversial issues, we will view that as a major victory for all sides.
DEAR AC & CA,
I just went to my first political meeting ever! I was a little nervous about doing it because I had to go by myself. The group was getting together to complain to our congressmen for going along with everything that Trump has proposed so far. I am a Republican and always thought our congressmen was more independent than that. He’s voted for EVERY one of Trump’s nominees.
This letter is just by way of thanking you for posting all those suggestions about how we can get involved. I hope more people, Republicans and Democrats, get more involved. If they do, it will be a pretty wonderful, unintended consequence of last November’s election!