Monday, March 26, 2012

Getting Involved- Contact Those Who Represent You

"You should not examine legislation in the light of the benefits it will convey if properly administered, but in the light of the wrongs it would do and the harm it would cause if improperly administered." Lyndon Johnson
One of the reasons the stories are posted here is to inform you. Once you have been informed and make a decision on the articles presented you may wish to contact your state or federal representative to encourage the passage of legislation, discourage the passage or share other views. You can find Your Federal and State Legislators here, by entering address and click Search. You will get the names, phone numbers, contact addresses, email addresses and website links to appropriate person.
How can we expect our public servants to serve us if we do not express our wishes from time to time? It is important to express the manner in which you are to be represented to your representative during the debate of legislation rather than after it has failed or succeeded.  As Thomas Jefferson said, "Rightful liberty is unobstructed action, according to our will, within limits drawn around us by the equal rights of others."
Liberty is the consequence of action. Tyranny is the consequence of apathy. A bully will not retreat until you resist. If a person goes to work and no one tells them what is expected the outcome should not be disappointment in the worker. It is important to let your representatives know what the expectations of the people are.
"It will be of little avail to the people, that the laws are made by men of their own choice, if the laws be so voluminous that they cannot be read, or so incoherent that they cannot be understood; if they be repealed or revised before they are promulgated, or undergo such incessant changes that no man, who knows what the law is to-day, can guess what it will be to-morrow. Law is defined to be a rule of action; but how can that be a rule, which is little known and less fixed?"James Madison, Federalist Papers 62

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