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Real-time communication is more memorable and cannot be deleted

Part of the How to Not Limit Your Political Life to the Ballot Box series.

In writing a friend back this evening about an e-mail they wrote to an elected official, I encouraged them to also follow-up with a phone call.

I have always been a purveyor of real-time communication, but tonight the following line was born:

Real-time communication is more memorable and cannot be deleted.

Think about it.  If you are a public official, or anyone for that matter, and you start to read an e-mail you want to forget or stop reading after the first line, you can click delete and be done with well thought out piece that took the author 29 minutes to write, pepper with hyperlinks, quotations, citations, and other well meaning research.  All are vanquished with the click of a mouse, never bothering you again, all the while with the constituent swelling with satisfaction at their comfortable cathartic keyboard activism.

Instead.  Be heard.  Prevent being deleted by employing real-time communication via the telephone.  Talk is cheap.  Pennies on the minute.

With a phone call, the communication is projected into the ear and onto the official’s brain immediately.  Scrubbing this impression away is difficult, takes time, and may, in fact, be impossible depending on the quality of the interaction.  You will have achieved mutual knowledge (another important concept I will elaborat on), creating a reference point to be recalled upon at a future engagement.

Getting people on the phone can prove to be an art within itself, but with some practice and determination, you can get the person you are looking for on the horn and begin your historical transmission.

And a new struggle begins…

I spent some time on November 9th texting people not to limit their political life to the ballot box.  A message I have been trying to spread for the past several years.  The words were well received and I am elated that new people are preparing to awaken politically.

It has been encouraging to see, in light of the Trump presidency, that others have taken to this message, encouraging people to stay informed, engaged, and increase their political activity.

Welcome to the battle.  The work is tedious. Moving a mountain one stone at a time may seem like an effort in futility, but with many hands, the mountain can be moved.

Politics is a war of attrition.   Every morning, after an election, regardless of outcomes, one must look in a mirror and ask, “What stone will I move today?”

Stuck on figuring out what you should work on?  Take an inventory of your passions.  Some of mine include the First Amendment, transparency, libraries, and the arts.

If you need someone to talk with, reach out.  I’m always happy to cheer you along and help you get involved.

Laugh when you can.  And as Ian MacLaren said, “Be kind.  Everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.”

League of Women Voters 95th Anniversary Celebration and Speech

Greater Lafayette League of Women Voters 95th Anniversary Celebration

I had the honor of speaking at the League of Women Voters of Greater Lafayette 95th Anniversary Celebration on September 22nd.


Here is a copy of my speech:

On February 8th, 2014 I sent out my first tweet:

@baielala: Good morning all. Need a good profile picture. On the way. Anyone else going to this Legislative Breakfast at MCL this morning? #greaterlala

Over the previous year, I was becoming more active and engaged publicly in our local political landscape. Through some friends and members of the League, I heard about the local League of Women Voters Annual Legislative Breakfast held at MCL Cafeteria. I attended so I could live tweet the event, meet other local, committed political people, ask questions and hear the positions from our representation in the Indiana Congress.

This amazing event was my first direct taste of the Greater Lafayette League of Women Voters. I have always been impressed with the League’s presence at a variety of public gatherings; from our Farmers Markets, to our Mosey Down Main Streets, to educational events held at our Public libraries and community centers, among a myriad of other activities. As we all have learned, if there is a congregation of politicos in Greater Lafayette, there is no doubt that some League Members are also in attendance.

And it’s exactly this breadth of membership, this devotion to political engagement and enlightenment, that drew me into becoming an official, due-paying member. Joining the League gives me an opportunity to give back to the same group of hardworking individuals whose mission couldn’t be any more simple and clear: making democracy work.

Look around you today, as we celebrate 95 years of the League’s existence: be proud to know that you stand among others who, like yourself, are contributing to the success of the League’s lofty and straightforward goal.