We must all hang together or most assuredly we shall hang separately. – Benjamin Franklin
There is a sheet included in the information packet for Lobby Day 2010 that reads:
I pledge to stay focused on Lobby Day 2010 key message points:
A) Increased federal funding for NIH Research in CHD
B Increased federal funding for health surveillance in CHD
This sheet must be signed and submitted before your registration for Lobby Day is complete. Why? To maintain unity of message. There will be a couple of hundred people walking around Capitol Hill, trying to obtain funding for the Congenital Heart Futures Act. And while we each may feel that funding for our area of interest is important, the surveillance system created by the act is the building block. With it, we can come back later and request funding and needs assessment for all of the different Congenital Heart Defect issues that we focus on: Adult Congenital Care, Fetal Echocardiograms, causes, racial disparities, PulseOx, and anything else. Without the Congenital Heart Futures Act, we ain’t got nuttin’. So think of it as the foundation for everything else to build on.
Knowing that, it is imperative that all of our lobbying teams stay on message. In a way, a lobbying group is like a choir. Imagine what would happen if every member just sang whatever they wanted to? The audience would be screaming – and then they’d get up and leave! And could you blame them?
This is why you are asked to give your word, and to signify such by signing your name.
Either we win together as a team, or we will die as individuals. – Any Given Sunday (1999)