One of my high school friends, Henry Cate (he tutored me in Pre-Calculus -- and yes, he's still smart) started a blog titled The Minuteman Lobbyist.
Here's an excerpt:
Minutemen contributed to the colonists’ victory in the American Revolution. These men were the early response team of the local militia. Minutemen were trained to react quickly. The success at Lexington and Concord was due in part to the rapid mobilization of minutemen, citizens who cared about their rights and opposed the dictatorial degrees of the king.
I recently came to the conclusion that I am a Minuteman Lobbyist.
He then outlines several things we can do to be lobbyists on just a few minutes a day -- and makes it very easy -- like providing links to our Senators and Congressman.
Here's why I like this idea.
1) It is bi-partisan, reaching across the aisle. His fundamental rationale is to get each of us to be involved in the political process, as the Minuteman were; the specifics of our political views are far less relevant than the fact that it's important to be engaged.
2) Knowing our Neighbor is about reaching across the aisle to find ideas and values in common beyond religion. Politics is a playground where this can happen.
3) For those that want to get involved, but have little time, this is a perfect way to do it. I have done some of all that he suggests, I also try to make political contributions, even little ones of $25, as a means of reminding myself that I value our political system -- and certain views.
Check out the Minuteman Lobbyist here.