I see a lot of #NotMyPresident hashtags on Twitter these days.
I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but Donald Trump is your President, whether you like it or not. I’ll add: Mitch McConnell is you Senate Majority Leader, and Paul Ryan is Speaker of the House.
It feels good to rebel on Twitter; I get that. But, I’d like to suggest another way forward. Instead of a #NotMyPresident moment, how about a”not my opinion” approach? And, instead of Twitter, how about making your voice heard in your community, and by your elected representatives in the House and the Senate?
Here’s where it gets complicated:
Not everything a Republican or a Democrat proposes is a bad idea. For example, I’m personally “for” reforming the tax code of the United States. I think there are loopholes. which favor the wealthy, that should be closed (a position of the Democrats); I also think that there’s a dire need to simplify the manner in which income tax is calculated and collected (a position of the Republicans).
However, I personally don’t agree with a lot of things that have unfolded since January 20th. For example, I disagree strongly with the ban on immigration, with the de-funding of the EPA, with muzzling of federal scientists, and with the President’s position on torture.
So, if you’re like me, the #NotMyPresident approach might feel like a cop-out because it doesn’t really get my point across (other than conveying that, overall, I’m not happy).
Sure, I’ll Tweet about what I don’t like because doing so is easy. But Twitter is not the most effective way to have my concerns heard in Washington, DC.
If I really want my voice to be heard, I need to take a different approach.
So, I’m challenging myself to make my voice heard the old-fashioned way: By directly contacting my elected representatives. And, I’m challenging you to do the same.
You can find out where to send your emails and letters here.
It’s Wednesday, the first day of February, in the year 2017. It’s not a normal day.
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