Yesterday the House of Representatives passed their version of “repeal and replace” ACA. As expected the vote split along party lines with 100% of the Democrats (and those that caucus with the Democrats) voting ‘no’ on the bill. The 20 Republicans who voted ‘no’ as well brought the vote to a hair-raising finish at 217-213. The GOP celebrated their win with beer on the White House lawn while the Dems sang “hey, hey, hey, good-bye” thinking those that voted ‘yes’ for the wildly unpopular measure were unlikely to get re-elected in 2018. Both celebrations smacked of smugness with a dash of churlishness, and I find myself doing more eye-rolling and sighing…
Obviously, I tend to be naive in many ways. Certainly I root for the underdog and often get fooled into thinking that good will always triumph in the end. This last year has, without a doubt, made me more wary: Good doesn’t happen on its own apparently. Just believing it so isn’t enough.
That said, I am making a move to become more pro-active politically. My Indivisible group has helped immensely in my political education and while I understand that not all of my actions will yield the desired outcome, I am confident that all of us together will indeed alter the status quo…eventually. We just need to keep it ongoing.
At our last meeting, we were introduced to an app named 5 Calls. 5 Calls lists upcoming legislation, a summary of each, and then, by entering your zip code, gives you all the contact information of your representative and congressman or woman needed to let your voice be heard as a constituent. It even gives you a script of what to say and how to say it. And if you are shy about making those calls, it gives you what you need to drop a postcard to those representing you. 5 Calls is truly an awesome app for the newbie trying to make a change, the seasoned political junkie and everyone in between. I whole-heartedly recommend it.