In early 2017 the Republicans soldiered on in their efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act. A Republican president and Republican majorities in the Senate and House of Representatives portended the end of President Obama's much maligned healthcare reform act. I don't remember where I got the idea to show up at the different hearings designed to pillory the ACA. Probably Twitter. I felt moved to go. My clothing and presence in the hearing rooms were my voice. I wrote about the experience as a contributor to HuffPost.
Do not be intimidated. I found that, in time, good people become very disillusioned with Washington, and stop giving a damn about political cock-strutting. Insisting that politicians work to make policies that really work for people happens in minds and hearts, an almost inaccessible place in Washington DC. Political grandstanding becomes unbearable. Politics is sloppy. So we slog through to reach our goal, which, for me, is universal access to healthcare. If you really want to know what long-term exposure to ego-driven politicians does to you, watch cameramen (and women). Every single one is savagely unimpressed. But carry on anyway.