However, the incoming Obama Administration has an innovative website which (in theory) makes it easier for individuals and small groups. How this works in practice remains to be seen but it costs nothing to try to influence our government on important issues.
Go the http://www.change.gov/ (not http://www.change.org/, which is a private advocacy site, not a bad thing, but it's different; and not http://www.change.com/, which is a site specializing in underwear, again not necessarily a bad thing to change as needed.)
Within that site are various topics. You can click around to the ones that interest you, use the search feature, or go directly to a few that I've listed below.
Then ... and this is the IMPORTANT part ... click on the "Submit Your Ideas" box to share your ideas. And get your friends & family to do the same.
Don't be shy. This is what our nation's Founders envisioned!
Topics I suggest you tryPlease note I am NOT telling you HOW you should think on these issues; it's just my opinion that you SHOULD think on them.
Access to prompt and high-quality healthcare; the claims backlog; post traumatic stress disorder, etc.: http://change.gov/agenda/veterans_agenda/
Taking care of our troops, diplomacy, fulfilling our obligations (what ARE our obligations?): http://change.gov/agenda/iraq_agenda/
(too many issues to list....): http://change.gov/agenda/defense_agenda/
- Civil Liberties
domestic surveillance, torture, Habeas Corpus: http://change.gov/agenda/homeland_security_agenda/
A shout-out to http://www.veteransforcommonsense.org/ whose recent bulletin inspired this posting.