The Price of Speech
Everyone has the right of free speech. They have the right to speak their mind. Unfortunately, they do not have the right to an audience.
And that is more true about the state of politics today than any time in the last century.
Politicians are more callous about ignoring their constituents, not caring at all about what the people want. Gerrymandering safe districts means a politician can largely ignore the general public practicing its right to free speech.
The only speech they will listen to are the ones that bring money with them. Politicians need money to campaign and make sure they defeat any inner-party challengers who are funded by millionaires with an ideology to push on the country.
So no, your speech isn’t worth much. It never was worth much, yet somehow we figured out a way to make it worth even less.