Many of you are involved, at some level or another, in the political process. You probably know that, at times, it can be a really draining occupation, especially when you're working on an issue that you feel strongly about.
I've done a few phone bankings with Freedom Indiana on defeating HJR-3. And without getting too specific, we used a system that would target people in specific Republicans in House districts, call them up, and tell them to contact their legislators to oppose HJR-3. We'd only work on general assembly members who were uncommitted.
One of those was Jerry Torr, a Republican from Noblesville.
I attended one of the phone bankings that targeted Torr's district.
I remember it really well because I felt like I was hitting road blocks the entire time I was calling in his district.
One person responded, after I gave my introduction, "Is this about Obamacare? Because if so, I'm against it".
A few just hung up.
One person quoted the Bible and then hung up.
One guy asked a lot of great questions such as what committee it was assigned to (at the time, it was still HJR-6 and it had no committee assignment) and even though he was on our side, he refused to do the transfer until he did more research.
I don't know if the handful of transfers helped Mr. Torr decide or not. But I'd like to believe it helped in a small way.
That's change. Even if HJR-3 passes, that is how you get people to change. You make phone calls, you talk, you get your voice heard.
It isn't always the sexiest process out there. It doesn't mean everything will be resolved the next day, the next month, or the next election cycle.
But sometimes, those small victories mean a lot. And I'd like to thank Rep. Torr and his constituents for giving me this small victory.