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How to Make Things Better in America

You may laugh at my solution but it really is that easy ...

By Amy J. Hawkins | June 3, 2024

How do we make things better in America? It’s simple - you (no, not “me” but you) show up. We have to stop assuming someone else is carrying the torch. It’s time that you and your family show up.

I’m serious. It’s that simple.

You want to make a difference in your local community you show up.

  • Show up to Coffee Hours with the Mayor

  • Show up even for 15 min to a school board meeting

  • Show up online to the City Council meetings

  • Show up to the Town Halls with your Congressional Leadership

  • Show up at community gatherings

  • Show up to County Commission Meetings …

You show up.

Why? Why does it really matter?

You have to consider the world outside your head and it looks like this:

Leaders pay attention to who shows up in the room. Empty seats matter. When there are empty seats, leaders assume “all is well. We are doing a great job! No one is here to voice their opinion or concern.” (It’s sad that this is our litmus test but … that’s how it is for the moment.)

When you fill an empty seat:

  • Your presence gets their attention. Even if you sit down at the back of the room for 15 minutes, leaders will wonder “who is that? What group do they represent? Do I know that person? Why are they here?”

  • They understand you represent others. Leaders on the school board (or similar positions) understand that you represent a bigger audience. Oh there is Sarah - if she is against this policy then must be all of her circle is as well because I know she keeps other soccer moms informed. Oh! There is Tom! He is a very influential man in business in our town and if he is supporting this, I’m guessing other business owners feel the same way.

  • You are the person they need to keep happy. Most of them want to keep their jobs and they understand they need your vote. So just you being there could be very unsettling to them - and this is a good thing.

By showing up to meetings, gatherings, opportunities:

  • you rock the boat

  • you elevate the topic or a conversation

  • you bring a breath of fresh air and hope

  • you remind the leaders that you are there to hold them accountable

What would happen if we could get more conservatives to show up with the spirit of joy and service on a consistent basis? Patriots who are right, polite, and persistent? 

We would make huge inroads in the marketplaces of this nation for freedom, responsibility, solutions, and hope. 

Don’t believe me? Dare to try. See what you discover. Empty seats matter.



Amy Hawkins, small business owner and resident of Jackson County Michigan, is a passionate advocate for citizen engagement with over 20 years of statewide and local political experience. Follow Amy's Substack here.


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