Have You Ever Called Your Representative?

I almost called my representative last week.

I won’t get into the politics of it, but there was a piece of legislation I had a strong feeling about, and I was compelled to voice my opinion.

I wasn’t sure what to do, though. I’ve never called my representative, so I had to first search around for the number. Okay, that wasn’t so hard.

Next, I wasn’t sure what to say once I got on the phone. Should I just state my opinion? Do I say it to the first person who picks up? Is it better to leave a message so I can just say my bit and move on? So I watched a few YouTube videos about it and read this blog/comic. Each had a different approach.

Last, I had to figure out who my local representative is. That’s when I learned that they are actually of the political party against the legislation I was worried about, so I realized that I’d be preaching to the choir. So I didn’t call. Maybe I should have anyway.

Regardless of where you live or your personal politics, I’m curious if you’ve ever called your representative. What was your approach, and how was the experience? Did you feel like you made a difference? I’ve heard that calling has a much bigger impact than writing a letter, sending an e-mail, or doing anything on social media.