I try to be aware of how my representatives vote on issues. I may care more about some issues than others, but I still try to follow the overall tone of what is happening. I vote. I am polite and respectful to my elected officials. I try to choose my battles wisely and if I feel strongly about an issue, I e-mail, call and write letters. I’m no stranger to news cameras or panel discussion shows. I don’t expect everything to go my way. I just feel like I have to try to convince my my representatives to consider my point of view. So, why does it feel like my elected officials hate hearing from me? Why do I feel like they don’t hear my words? Why do they say things like “I know what is best” as if I’m a clueless child? I thought that being elected meant that you promise to try to do what is best for the people in your district and not that you are all-knowing and omnipotent. Why do they want everything to feel like a battle? Aren’t we on the same team?