Make your voice heard The Tea Party carries the torch for the idea that only big corporations, big unions and big institutions can have a voice in government policy. Those big voices routinely succeed in being heard. Too often, that’s because the little voices either don’t
believe they have a chance to be heard or because they don’t know how to make noise. Lawmakers at any level will tell you that they are attentive to everyone who votes. They’ll admit that big-money lobbyists get access because they’re always around and because they pay for campaigns. Most will hasten to add that they understand the effort it takes for an individual to contact them and weigh that contact accordingly. Every state legislature has legends about citizens who overcame the big guns to get laws passed. That’s why there are at least four states, including Indiana, that have statutes named “Emily’s Law” addressing conditions that harmed victims named Emily. The Emily’s Law advocates succeeded because they attracted attention, understood the system and worked to build a consensus. With the rise of the Tea Party, more citizens may be working to change laws. At some Tea Party events, that’s produced cacophonous advocacy: “lower taxes” in one corner, “stop immigration” in another and “gun rights” in a third. For those with a specific goal, it’s an advantage that the Tea Party has created increased sensitivity to grassroots issues. It can be a problem, however, that so many voices are vying for attention. That’s why it’s important to work with a group like Executive Media, which understands how to attract attention, how the system works and how to build consensus.