The popular term today used by American citizens is Partisan gridlock. It is unfortunate that the greatest country in the world can’t come together with the best and brightest elected representatives to effectively solve the nation’s ills in a win-win kind of way. The only items that seem to be on the congressional menu are bickering beef, and steamin’ rice.
I just finished reading “The Power of Ethical Management” by Ken Blanchard/Norm Vincent Peale. What an important reference that our congressional leaders need to read. What really stood out to me in the book was the reference to a shortsighted style of managing called “seagull management. A seagull manager flies in, makes a lot of noise, dumps on everyone, and then flies out.”
If you think about it that is what is happening with some of the legislation being proposed by our leaders. Some might even say that style is the order of the day in the workplace too. I’m not a politician but I believe that as employees we must use the 27th of September and any future dates as citizen-advocates to expand and map our economic and political footprint.
Postal employees are not exempt from paying taxes, we have club memberships, shop local businesses, symbolize organized labor, and are represented by union leaders and association presidents who can claim our collective voices to command greater attention from every district of elected officials. As we mobilize on our district representational offices politicians will recognize that there are hundreds of thousands of postal employees and we are attached to many other citizens sending up a thought bubble surrounded by the word “votes.”
We got personal stories that they need to hear, and we got to get to them before they make a decision. They are people like us who make decisions with their heads, hearts, and as legislators they strongly consider their political health on a regular basis. It is my understanding from watching programs like CSPAN, and personally observing politicians over many years that once they make up their mind there is no turning back for fear of being branded with a hot flip flop shoe by their counterparts and the media. We got to get to them while they are undecided on an issue.
I think it is important to note that as the long time congressional staffer and consultant author Bradford Fitch’s book “Citizen’s Handbook to Influencing Elected Officials” points out “citizens who participate in the democratic process are overwhelmingly the most influential component in any lawmaker’s decision making process. People writing letters, sending emails, attending town hall meetings, visiting lawmakers-they are the dominant influence to legislative outcomes.”
Most day to day issues impact a narrow group of people, but all this talk about the Postal Service affects millions of folks and we can bet our elected official’s chiefs of staff will be watching the turn-out, and counting the emails, phone calls, letters, faxes, visits, and petitions on the 27th of September, 2011 as they decide “who’s for it, who’s against it?” Mr. Fitch points out an important fact in his book that we all need to remember, saying “you see much more emotion in letters to Congress from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) about the treatment of baby seals than you do from the American Medical Association (AMA) members concerned about Medicare reimbursement rates.”
Let’s show our concern and strong emotion for the United States Postal Service and make our voices heard “by the numbers” for the most beneficial legislation. Let’s tell our politicians what we think and make them go out and do it!
Spread the word and watch the YouTube Video: The Great Postal Heist
by Ronald Williams, Jr., an exclusive editorial written for PostalReporter.com