Isn’t it strange when our elected officials hear our voice and choose to ignore it? Nathan Deal and his wife spoke at the event and I suppose we’ll give them credit for showing up on that rainy day, they cannot, however, get credit for being in touch with the crowd they were addressing. His wife came out and apologized for not doing a better job with the weather and not being able to “throw money” at our problems (bless her heart, she seems like a really sweet woman). Later, Nathan Deal got up and spoke to the crowd who had gathered in the rain to show solidarity. His moment came when he announced that he “heard our voice” and had begun moving legislation that was the exact opposite of what we had been advocating and attempting to educate him about. This was met with boos and unrest in the crowd. Deal plowed on through the rest of his speech, attempting to justify this legislation that is in the works. He rationalized a lot, but showed that, although he heard our voice, he chose to ignore it, or warp the message we were trying to send.
The important thing to remember is not to get discouraged because things don’t go our way. We need to take this as an opportunity to restrengthen our efforts and try a different tactic or, possibly, a more aggressive tactic. It’s not always easy dealing with legislators, especially when they have their own agenda, but it’s vital that we continue to let our elected officials know when a law or change is going to adversely effect us. Finding a strategy that works is vital, I feel as if we need to have more face to face meetings with our representatives, senators and the governor. These are people that are supposed to be working for us and the betterment of our community, they occasionally need to be reminded of that.
How often have you met with your representatives? What issues would you like to bring up with the governor/senator/representative?