Social Media – Tell Your Elected Officials What You Really Think

You gotta love social media. It makes communication with your congresspeople so “right now.”

Graphic that says, "Dear @MyCongressperson"

Here’s an example:

I probably shouldn’t have done it. The Tweeted response did absolutely nothing to elevate the national debate.

But – Damn! – it felt good.

And for just a few moments it took the edge off of my jagged frustration with Republicans in the U.S. Congress.

Isn’t there a modicum of societal benefit in that?

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Social media has become the communication method of choice for hundreds of thousands of people for communicating with representatives and senators. Even presidents.

Who would have thought, even five years ago, that people would be shouting “JACKWAGON!” at a sitting president of the United States. But these days it’s happening on Twitter every day. In the the sitting president’s case, dozens, hundreds, thousands… even hundreds of thousands of times daily.

Oh, sure, “they” – whoever “they” are – still tell you to write a letter or an email, or at least call the congressional office, but more and more people are opting for the short, sweet and simple medium of Twitter.

This is a good thing – it’s enabled and encouraged more people to get involved in the national debate.

This is a bad thing – the simplicity prompts people to Tweet things they’d never have said on the phone or written in a letter or email.

Then again, maybe that’s a good thing, too. We need more direct, honest communication in this country. A little snark from time to time never hurt anything, either. Not seriously, at least.

Here’s a personal example.

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Kelly Armstrong is the newly elected representative from North Dakota’s at-large district. What’s that mean? Well, it means he’s all we’ve got.

IV Words is not impressed.

One of Armstrong’s first official actions was to pick up the Trump Talking Points and attempt to roast Alexandria Ocasio-Cortz (@AOL) on Twitter. The reverse roast from thousands of Americans was something to behold.

A couple of days later, he put out this folksy little tome:

 

Screenshot of Twitter exchange with ND Congressman Kelly Armstrong

I know, I know. Shouldn’t have.

But Armstrong has been seeking attention, relevance and respect, obviously. I gave him a little of the former via social media. The other two he’ll have to earn for himself.

Don’t hold your breath.

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As you wait and watch, though, don’t hesitate to throw some communication at your elected representatives. Whether you use social or more traditional media, they need to hear from you. More importantly, you have a Constitutional right to let them have/hear it.

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Author: Martin C. Fredricks IV

Martin C. “Red” Fredricks IV here. I’m husband to an amazing woman who is also my best friend, dad to three outstanding kids, proud Fargoan (North Dakota, that is), veteran messaging strategist/copywriter, blogger and big-time reader. (If you're gonna write good stuff, you have to read good stuff.) A ginger, too (ergo the "Red"). At age 50 I'm a newbie to tattoos - I have three now - but the kind artists at the parlor tell me it's never too late. I like hanging out with my best friend, who also happens to be my wife, watching the kids in their academic and athletic activities, writing, hiking and riding my mountain bike.

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