If you've watched or read the news at all lately you've heard the term "fiscal cliff". I'm not going to be presumptuous and pretend I know exactly what this means. Wikipedia gives this explanation.
My understanding of this "cliff" is that it can be avoided if the President and Congress will work together to reach a compromise. The media has reported that our current Congress has been one of the least willing to "reach across the aisle" and work beyond party lines to find solutions.
Even though I like to consider myself a fairly well informed person, I admit that I've become disillusioned with the political system in the United States, feeling like it was too big and too complicated for a girl from Kansas to have any influence.
Yesterday a friend told me she was going to call her representative's office and tell him that, as her represenative, she expected him to represent her interests and work for a solution, even if that solution did involved compromise.
I realized, I can do that.
You can, too.
(and if you don't believe in compromise, you can tell your representative that, too)
Here's where you can find out who your elected officials are and how to contact them.
I know, you may feel like "What difference is my email, call or letter going to make?".
When I feel that way I remember something Margaret Mead said:
"Never doubt that a small group of committed people can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has."