Daily Resource Highlight - 1/10/2022

Posted by on January 10, 2022 at 12:16 PM

Below are the highlights and featured resources of this past week’s Daily* Resource.

January 4, 2022 - Attacking this New Year with EUTM; Opportunities to Get Involved

The University of Michigan’s football team is coached by Jim Harbaugh, who is known for being kind of an odd character. Love him or hate him, though, there’s no denying that he has some great quotes. For instance, back in 2015 he sent out a tweet that said “Attacking this day with Enthusiasm Unknown to Mankind.”

That quote has stayed with me over the years. It isn’t profound and the idea isn’t original, but I like the framing – we have work to do, so let’s do it with enthusiasm. Or even better, let’s do it with unprecedented enthusiasm!

This mindset gets me excited for this new year and for all of the work we need to do as a country to achieve healthy self-governance. If you’re excited, too, then consider harnessing that enthusiasm in one or more of the following ways:

And if for some reason you’re not excited about 2022, watch Citizen Connect’s award winning promo video. We can’t name any names, but that video made at least one prominent member of Congress tear up. There’s a lot to look forward to in 2022, so jump on the bandwagon and come along for the ride.

January 6, 2022 - We Will Not Forget January 6th

Today marks the first anniversary of the day when a mob of angry Americans stormed the U.S. Capitol to try to block the certification of President Biden’s victory in the 2020 Presidential Election. It’s a day that I will remember for the rest of my life.

When I think about that day, I have a lot of difficulty putting my thoughts into words. To be clear, I don’t have mixed feelings about the people who attacked Congress. The people who broke into the Senate and House Chambers and threatened lawmakers’ lives were wrong. Beyond that, though, I could write 20 pages about everything going through my head right now. I’ll leave at this, though – I understand some of their anger. After all, the premise of the healthy self-governance movement is that we can do better as a country, and it’s our right and patriotic duty as Americans to demand more. But patriots do not try to overturn elections by force and threaten to kill elected representatives.

For a more comprehensive analysis of January 6th, check out Issue One’s 21 facts about January 6th and its aftermath, or The FlipSide’s summary of analysis from the Right and Left. You can also read The Hill’s article about how corporations are rebuilding their ties with GOP election objectors as the GOP threatens to retake the House in the 2022 midterms. The article quotes Daniella of Leadership Now Project extensively, who worries about the precedent corporations are setting by restarting donations.

Finally, Congressional Management Foundation released advice to Hill office managers in the lead up to today. One of their tips is to put a permanent pause on live phone calls. CMF argues that sending calls to voicemail is better for Congressional staff and their constituents. They also suggested offering counseling services to staffers and encouraging them to take the day off.