I had a great question posed to me yesterday, one I imagine most would fail to answer. Who is you local counsel person? It was then followed by this... Who is you state representative? I'm sad to say the answer was not on the tip of my tongue, but then it was explained why. They have been demeaned to insignificance. We all focus on federal government.
This is the symptom of a bigger problem. We are no longer addressing issues at the lowest possible level, we are looking to the massive bureaucracy in Washington to be the answer. Don't your local officials understand what your personal needs are best? How could someone so far away have a grasp on how what they do affects you?
The short answer is they cannot. Alexis De Tocqueville admired our system of government because of the usage of townships, where everyone got together to address local issues and find resolutions. We've abandoned that model for a monarchy style where big brother is there to save us. We've traded our freedom for convenience and it is the result of apathy.
Get to know who your locals are. Make them address the issues that plague your community. Find your freedom again!