Writing (Block) to Congress
Why is this? I obviously don't have a problem generating dreck to write. Maybe it's because I feel too busy to think about something to engage my elected officials about. Maybe it's because I feel less attuned to what's going on in Capitol Hill. Or, maybe I am feeling jaded about how Congress behaves now, such that my letter really doesn't matter because there is no real discourse anymore.
I remember when I first got into this habit. I used to actually write and send physical letters. Relatively often and relatively quickly, I would get responses. I never harbored any pretense that my elected officials were actually reading and responding, but I did appreciate that their offices did. And while their correspondence had a cut-and-paste feel to them, neither were they completely formulaic; someone took the time to actually read my stuff and put together some thoughtful responses based on what their office was working on. Sure, their thoughts on whatever issue I was writing about were probably pretty far along, but there was a possibility that a staffer might note to their boss, if asked, that his or her constituencies were saying X or Y on a particular issue. My voice might actually matter!
I hope it still does. But I am feeling some serious writer's block, and am wondering if it's because in my heart of hearts I wonder if it still does.