I just got home after spending the afternoon at the state capital. What an experience.
I arrived, moderately early, for an organized event to lobby against proposed legislation that will add restrictions to the medical freedom we currently enjoy in Minnesota. *gah take a breath or use a comma*
It's not particularly radical or constraining legislation, what it is though, is another chip at our personal choices and parental freedoms.
In the landscape of the vaccine debate, it's a fluffy little piece to appease those that believe the unvaccinated are heathens, spreading disease and sprinkling sick dust far and wide.
It soothes the misinformed and pacifies the uneducated. It's, frankly, a waste of time and a piece without teeth or substance.
So, why go and die on such a hill that I could easily navigate around? Well, because I'm sick of leaning on a fence, I want to die on a hill.
I arrived (early) feeling overwhelmed. I waited (anxiously) in the hallway and was mortified when I glanced beyond my phone (that I was using as a prop to appear busy) and saw that, out of habit, I'd pulled on work boots instead of dress boots. Awkward and uncomfortable engulfed me as I side-stepped the bustle of busy people, tried not to eavesdrop on the walking negotiations between Representative and Lobbyist and a ticking clock suggesting that I was in the wrong place or the only person to attend.
Finally, someone came out to greet me, others started to arrive, and the breathing came easier.
Our group was being funded by a lobbyist grant (huh, no wonder it was so organized) and after an initial meeting and a little direction, we broke off in small groups to find senators and representatives.
Besides the representative that made time to come and great us, I didn't actually meet with anyone. Which was totally ok for my maiden voyage, today was about the process.
Despite not meeting any law-makers, I still left hand written notes in mailboxes, visited with friendly and helpful aids who took precious time to point out just how important it is when a constituent shows up at the capital.
Suddenly feeling important, I realized something fresh and new about myself today; I don't lean left and I don't lean right....I prefer to lean forward.