It is Monday, November 9th, 6 days since the 2020 election and while the media has reported the Democratic candidate, Joseph Biden, as the new president-elect, the final decision still is being wrestled in the courts as the ballot process is reviewed.
In the meantime, there are other legislature election outcomes which ultimately affect us in a more personal way as to how our local county, district and state representatives answer to their constituents. My initial goal was to post result updates on local elections but as we have readers from everywhere I’m going in another direction and giving you some homework!
How many of us are really familiar with our U.S. House and Senate reps and also our State House and Senate representatives and what districts we are in? Do we know where their local offices are? How often do we contact these people to offer our yea’s or nay’s as to the bills and laws they initiate or vote for or against? As this particle election seemed to be fraught with contention and opinions fueled by social media and in many cases selected blurbs of info (on both sides), it is imperative that we do not just sit back for another 3 ½ years and jump in at the end to voice our concerns with strangers on the internet when we haven’t taken the time to actually communicate with the people forming policy.
I live in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, a nearby suburb of Philadelphia. As part of a pro-life effort, I have actually met with my local Pennsylvania House Representative Todd Polinchock(R) to discuss his stance on pro-life initiatives put before him. So, at election time, he wasn’t just a name on banner by the side of the road (he won!). Also, my U.S. Rep Brian Fitzpatrick (R) won over his Democratic opponent Christine Finello. I know our readers come from many home bases so I am providing an interactive link so you can track how your particular state 2020 elections went. I would also suggest getting familiar with your local state websites so you can stay apprised of district changes due to gerrymandering or census changes and read actual bills instead of going on hearsay as to what is or is not included. You can also contact your local state pro-life or right-to-life websites for further discussions about abortion laws. In order to bolster our pro-life efforts, we need to ensure that we have the facts and credible information to state our case on behalf of our children who cannot yet speak.
A prime example of this is noted in one of our earlier blog posts concerning New Jersey’s Reproductive Freedom Act. Obtain factual details directly from the bill, contact your local representatives and share accurate information with contacts who vote in that state. Babies and moms’ lives are at stake if restrictions are lifted.
As it looks like we will continue to be restricted somewhat on the social scene due to Covid concerns, let us use this time thoughtfully to gather facts, to have our voices heard and make our legislators actually work for their pay instead of just skimming along hoping they don’t have to explain themselves to us, the people who ultimately pay their salaries.
“Get out and vote” was widely publicized the last few weeks. That’s not good enough. These aren’t Congeniality contests. Know who you are voting for inside and out and if you can depend on them to be your voice, just as our babies in the womb are depending on us!