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.