Does Contacting Congress Really Work?
Start writing a post

Does Contacting Congress Really Work?

Are our voices truly heard?

Does Contacting Congress Really Work?

As the government shutdown continues, protesters everywhere are clamoring for their voices to be heard. But are our voices really heard? To answer this, I decided to conduct a little experiment to see if those representing us really care what Americans have to say.

I sent emails to my hometown representative and senators to see what their stance was on the U.S.-Mexico border wall and how it would affect my hometown, a small farming community in Michigan that largely depends on migrant workers to harvest their crops. I kept the format of the email and question the same for all three government officials.

With the government shutdown still underway, I highly doubt I'll get a response. Thankfully, The Odyssey acts as a platform for me to get my opinions heard by others, a privilege not everyone has. However, when it comes to sending emails to those who represent me, I feel that my voice will be lost in the chaos of politics.

What do you guys think? Am I alone in my opinions? Do you feel your voice is heard in this troubling time?

If not, do something about it. Write an op-ed for a newspaper, blog, or articles for The Odyssey. Even though my emails may not be read by Congress, my articles will be read by the people. And at the end of the day, it's the people, the Americans who decide what direction our country will go.

Report this Content
This article has not been reviewed by Odyssey HQ and solely reflects the ideas and opinions of the creator.
Content Inspiration

Top Response Articles of This Week

Kick off spring with these top reads from our creators!

Hand writing in a notepad

Welcome to a new week at Odyssey! The warmer weather has our creators feeling inspired, and they're here with some inspiration to get your Monday going. Here are the top three articles of last week:

Keep Reading... Show less

No Sex And Upstate New York

A modern-day reincarnation of Carrie Bradshaw's classic column


Around the age of 12, when I was deciding whether or not to be gay, Satan appeared on my left shoulder. “Ramsssey,” he said with that telltale lisp. “Come over to our side. We have crazy partiessss.” He made a strong case, bouncing up and down on my shoulder with six-pack abs and form-fitting Calvin Kleins. An angel popped up on the other shoulder and was going to warn me about something, but Satan interrupted- “Shut up, you crusty-ass bitch!’ The angel was pretty crusty. She disappeared, and from that moment forward I was gay.

Keep Reading... Show less

To The Classes That Follow

I want you to want to make the most of the years that are prior to Senior year

To The Classes That Follow
Senior Year Is Here And I Am So Not Ready For It

I was you not that long ago. I was once an eager freshman, a searching sophomore, and a know-it-all junior. Now? Now I am a risk taker. Not the type that gets you in trouble with your parents, but the type that changes your future. Senior year is exciting. A lot of awesome things come along with being the top-dog of the school, but you, right now, are building the foundation for the next 4 years that you will spend in high school. I know you've heard it all. "Get involved", "You'll regret not going to prom", "You're going to miss this". As redundant as these seem, they're true. Although I am just at the beginning of my senior year, I am realizing how many lasts I am encountering.

Keep Reading... Show less

The Power Of Prayer Saved My Best Friend's Life

At the end of the day, there is something out there bigger than all of us, and to me, that is the power of prayer.

Julie Derrer

Imagine this:

Keep Reading... Show less

Why Driving Drives Me Crazy

the highways are home


With Halloween quickly approaching, I have been talking to coworkers about what scares us. There are always the obvious things like clowns, spiders, heights, etc. But me? There are a number things I don't like: trusting strangers, being yelled at, being in life or death situations, parallel parking. All of these are included when you get behind the wheel of a car.

Keep Reading... Show less

Subscribe to Our Newsletter

Facebook Comments