beating your head against a wall ? or hiding it !
Over the years, one of the most frustrating aspects of our modern political system is the apparent inability of the common man to ever feel as though his or her voice is heard. Unless one is willing to "buy" an audience with a congressman, or a personal relationship (along with healthy donations) exists prior to that congessman's election, nothing short of celebrity status will open the door to an effective discourse with one's elected representative. Although this has been true for many years, the current information age gives one the impression that his/her words are "heard" especially when so many of the elected officials refer to their "website", "facebook page" or "twitter account" as a way of communicating. In reality, their various mailboxes are likely filled with spam or accolades for something they've accomplished with very little exchange of thoughts. Perhaps what is needed is a sounding board or filtering system for the idea crowd, those who have real suggestions for improvement of our country rather than rants or raves. Ideas that originate outside the confines of a committee room rarely see the light of a fair discussion regarding that idea's merits. I would think there could be a way other than existing free-market websites that can bring their thoughts only to those that subscribe to that website, facebook page or twitter account. Maybe we need an "electronic" elected official ! I've often thought that in this day and time a computer should elect our officials simply by choosing the candidate that best reflects an individual voter's desires on various issues. This may be the only way into the backrooms of congress.