“Your lazy butts are in this too. So get up on that wagon. We’re goin’ up north to put the word to the streets.” ~ Curtis, “The Blues Brothers” (1980)
It might seem like a strange parallel to draw, but The Blues Brothers movie has some good messaging that is actually a bit relevant to our cause, my friends.
Whether or not you are a fan like me, the story of one man seeking redemption by doing good for others is a likeable storyline no matter who you are. As humans, no matter how selfish we sometimes can be, we yearn to connect with others and make the world a better place in whatever moments of opportunity that present themselves.
Here’s our chance.
For me personally, I attest that I am no saint. I make my share of mistakes and bad decisions. But I love hard, and I want to do good by others.
So I share my story. I share my family’s story. I beat down doors, break down walls, and I talk. I write. I sometimes harass and harangue. But my intentions are honest and I put myself out there and hope to be heard. By some crazy twist of fate in this life, it seems to be working.
I think you can make it work, too.
I think your story is just as powerful. I think what you have to say is just as important.
I think you can change lives in ways you never imagined.
There are a handful of public servants standing in positions to help us. They are men and women just like you and me. They bleed like you and me. They love like you and me. They stumble around this earth like you and me trying to find their way. They need to KNOW you to want to help you. If they do not know you, if they do not know what you need, they simply cannot help you.
I have no advanced degrees, there is nothing that makes me special. I am unemployed and deeply in debt. But I have been to The White House, I have spoken before Congress, and I have had meaningful conversations with Senators and Representatives on the state and federal stage. Just sharing my story. Sharing what is important to my family.
I can tell you that I know how we can win. I heard it straight from a Senator’s mouth. We need the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) Members to know all of our stories. We need them to be thinking about our families when their heads hit the pillows at night, and when they put their skivvies on each morning. They need to be consumed with the injustice of our children not getting the medical treatments they need for autism.
So get up on the wagon and put the word to the streets.
[Ed note: You have so many tools at your disposal to share your stories. You can sign and share the petition at Change.org – remember, every signature is sent to every Member of the SASC. You can call their offices and email them, too. You can reach out to local newspapers and TV stations, especially in Michigan and Arizona where SASC Chairman Levin and Ranking Member Senator McCain reside. You can also post on the facebook pages of local media, too. Friends, I have been doing all of this myself and I no longer can do it alone. I still have laundry and vacuuming and ‘cooking’ to take care of each day. Pushing the boulder up the hill is too much for me to manage alone. But together, we can move an entire mountain!]