If you needed to read a story about a local government working on behalf of its citizens, look no further than the great state of Massachusetts. You’d be hard pressed to find many positive stories lately about our country’s political landscape, but that changed yesterday as a Jack Lewis of the Massachusetts House of Representatives announced on social media that he’s seeking public input to help designate the state’s first official dinosaur.
It all started when Rep. Lewis tweeted that he was looking for residents to weigh in and vote between two dinosaur species discovered in the state: Podokesaurus holyokensis or the Anchisaurus polyzelus. The lawmaker says he plans to file a bill in the state house to designate the dinosaur with the most votes as the official state dinosaur .
Lewis says that he hopes the campaign will be a good way to help children – as well as dumbass adults who for some reason have never tuned into what their local governments are up to – learn about democracy and the legislative process in Massachusetts. The campaign seems to be working, as the survey has already garnered almost 2,500 votes so far!
Now you might be wondering, “Does Massachusetts really need an official state dinosaur? Aren’t there more important things to worry about?” The answer to that is likely an unequivocal “yes probably,” but who cares? Our country needs this right now!
If you ask us, this is what Abraham Lincoln meant when he said that governments should be of the people, by the people, and most importantly, for the people.
What better way to combat the divisiveness of politics right now than by bringing people together to learn about the legislative process? Sure this probably isn’t the type of groundbreaking legislation that gets you on the History Channel. Some people might even go as far as to say they expect a little bit more from their elected officials, but we think this is certainly something.
In fact, you might be surprised to learn that thirteen states (including the District of Columbia) have already designated their own official state dinosaurs. Massachusetts will very likely be the fourteenth. It’s time for the rest of the country to catch up with these states and honor dinosaurs for the incredible creatures that they once were.
If you live in a state that doesn’t currently have its own official dinosaur, you better get on the phone and call your local lawmakers. Democracy hangs in the balance and there’s too much at stake to stay silent.