The health of a democratic society may be measured by the quality of functions performed by private citizens.
-- Alexis de Toqueville
Participating in politics is oftentimes viewed as difficult or time consuming. People have jobs, families, school, and many other obligations besides participating in the operation of our government. However, what if we told you that there are specific actions that you could take right now that could actually have a lasting impact? We call these “Instant Actions”, and they provide a useful avenue for those who wish to participate but may not have the time or resources to carry out more involved forms of participation.
These instant action items (and other forms of participation we have explored) are valuable because they require very little of your time and shouldn’t require any money. More importantly, each one of these actions directly impacts your government. For example, voting is a proven choice to impact government, but a potentially more impactful method of participation is to follow and speak directly to your local representative. Social media provides excellent access to local representatives for a lot of people.
Current events have highlighted the importance of instant action. The protests for George Floyd could have never occurred if they took too long to organize. People banded together rapidly to inspire change. Immediate action combined with boldness can set the tone for persistent action. Rather than protesting and moving on, people need to come together and create persistent action. Looking at it this way, it highlights the importance of each type of action. They work in unison to create a better government, and a better society.