Americans: make yourself heard

3 Nov

If the constant news barrage hasn’t driven it home to everyone yet, tomorrow is Election Day in the United States.

We’ve discussed the upcoming elections recently on this blog, especially since Senator McCain brought up autism in the final debate. This has been called historic. It likely is historic that disability issues have been so prominent in the debate and the discussion. I would venture to guess that Senator Obama’s policies on autism and disabilities in general are more thorough than has been seen before by a major candidate.

So, yes, get out and vote. That’s the obvious next step.

Then, take the less obvious step: email both candidates. Let them know what you like and don’t like about their platforms. Remind the winner of his team’s promises. But remember, there are three senators running. At least one will still be a Senator next year. Remind him/them of promises made. (should you be from Alaska and should Governor Palin remain Governor, let her know your thoughts as well.)

IDEA needs to be fully funded. That can’t be tied to earmarks, that can’t be tied to spending freezes. It is the right thing for the U.S. to do, regardless of circumstances. We as a country made a commitment, and we’ve never fulfilled it. Now is the time to change that.

Beyond IDEA, we have a commitment to all people with disabilities, of all ages. People have a right to a life with dignity.

Again, go out and vote. But, consider sending an extra message. Yes, it will be buried in the vast number of messages the winner (and his opponent) will get on election day.

The campaign websites have information on how to contact McCain/Palin and Obama/Biden. If can always reach Obama, McCain and Biden at their Senate offices as well.

One Response to “Americans: make yourself heard”

  1. Another Voice November 3, 2008 at 22:18 #

    This is good advice, don’t let things stop with the election. Also, I want to get back into the habit of regularly sending messages to senators and members of congress. Many of the larger congressional offices will have staff dedicated to particular issues such as health care, disabilities or education, these individuals are worth contacting. Frequently, they are the ones briefing a senator or member of congress on a specific issue.

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