Your Power to Sway

April 23, 2012

Our resident policy honcho Michael De Dora was caught on camera by Christopher Brown, host of the Meet The Skeptics podcast, at the Northeast Conference on Science and Skepticism (to which several of our outreach do-gooders have decamped), and he gave a quick interview about what the heck CFI's Office of Public Policy is all about.

Here's the takeaway for me, and I need to be reminded of it constantly: As rigid, frustrating, and utterly entrenched as our political institutions seem, in the end, they are compelled to respond to those who are responsible for electing them. When they get deluged with requests to vote a certain way on a given issue, they listen. They may not always do what you and your fellow petitioners want, but they listen, and your sizable contingent must now be taken into account when they act. In other words, you do matter when you make your opinion known via things like email action alerts and whatnot. Kind of encouraging, eh?

And one more thing. I'm new here still, relatively, and I don't see Michael in person all that often. But is there a cooler cucumber on the planet than De Dora? He may be the most unflappable person I've ever seen, and boy could we use more of that in our movement's communications!