An Article written by: Lee Sonogan
Lobbyists are advocates who usually make money from individuals or business groups to influence policies, officials, and pass bills to whatever fits their narrative. Lobbying is a citizen’s right to speak freely, to affect decisions and petition the government. But in abusing one of our rights, there are more lobbyists working for the third person on their behalf.
Based on the cons of lobbying it focuses on the needs of the minority. Creating publicity for a specific point of view does not appeal to everyone who lives in a country. Accepted concepts in government takes effort which means there could be no thought given to other elements important to society.
“Lobbying has become a term of reproach, as if it were improper to push for a particular belief. This has happened because of paid lobbyists whose opinions are for hire and the fear that decision-makers, whether politicians or officials, are susceptible to their charms and wiles. This has tarred entirely proper lobbying with the same brush.” – Jacob Rees-Mogg
Done hidden, it can only be effective for a specific group generating lots of noise and very few conversations. Designed this way, there are many documented examples with that it can be illegal. Corruption and fraud through lobbying and politics are one of the most common examples we see. While most people around the world think of lobbyists as unethical, it makes it hard to separate the ethical ones doing good things from them.
Now the pros may out way the cons in some respects, but the cons are issues we should not forget. People have protested on so many issues or problems in an attempt to do something although lobbying directly through the governmental process will make a greater impact. Performed in a manner that is consistent by group logical groups who make out current political decisions.
Doing the more universal positive choice will build relationships that gives credibility to officials in politics. Having a stronger voice for the average person is the solution to balancing out the cons of lobbying. More people need to be politically active and have civil conversations in getting things done and learning from mistakes.
Most of all lobbying is our right to gets things started without any cost to the individual. We need encouragement of the act of lobbying by comparing and contrasting ideas from the pros and cons. Taking with a grain of salt, lobbying as the simple idea of influence should work logically towards the most sustainable choices.