On Thursday, August 3rd, I was given an opportunity that most people would only dream of getting. With help from those at the Craven County GOP, I was able to go to Raleigh and shadow the House Majority Leader, Representative John Bell.
The day began by meeting John Bell’s interns and a tour of the legislative campus in Raleigh. As the day went on, I was able to see Representative Bell at work in the House of Representatives, voting on important issues that affect all North Carolinians. When lunchtime rolled around, Representative Bell, his three interns, and myself ate lunch and got to know each other in the cafeteria under the Legislative Building. As we were talking, I realized how similar the House Majority Leader and I were. It turns out the Representative Bell is an Eagle Scout and attended a National Jamboree during his scouting career. One thing I did not expect to see in Raleigh by representatives across the state, was the commonality and how relatable our representatives are. Even though this may not be the case for all of the politicians that represent us, the vast majority of the people in Raleigh and Washington are normal people, just like you and me. They have families that they sacrifice time with to ensure that our rights are protected. They put themselves and their families’ safety at risk when they stand up for controversial issues and policies. They even work crazy hours, sometimes debating potential legislation until 1:00 am. The point is, our politicians sacrifice a lot to ensure that the rights granted to us in our Constitution are protected and that is something that we cannot take for granted. Our governmental structure is one of the reasons why the United States is the greatest nation ever to exist. It is important that youth become more engaged in politics by calling their representatives on issues they care deeply about, to ensure that this aspect of government that has made America so great, lasts forever.