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Five Ways To Make A Difference in Politics

If you are scouring Virginia Right this evening, or tomorrow morning, I can assume two things: First, that you are interested in politics. Second, that you tend toward a more conservative political philosophy. So rarely do we get to celebrate victories on our nations’ conservatives blogs, and yet so long as the fight continues, people will still read, still hope, still pray, still desire to have an impact, for the better, on our nations’ political landscape. I’m glad I’m here. I’m glad you are here. Being here isn’t enough.

There are five ways to have a real impact on politics in Virginia and in the United States of America.

The first and most important thing you can do, is to get involved in everything. Show up to school board and county/town supervisors meetings. Become a member of your local political party’s infrastructure. Personally meet with your state delegates and senators, your congressman, and your Senators. If there is a convention, be a delegate. If there is an opportunity to contribute your voice amongst those empowered to make those decisions, be there in person, and add your voice to the discussion. Decisions are made by those who show up. If you can, run for something. If you win, fight for what you believe in.

Second: Become an organizer. Raise money for candidates that support your political philosophy, get more than just your own family to the polls on election day, help at polling stations, knock on doors, hand out fliers, donate money to local, state, and national leaders who represent your interests in their deliberative bodies. Have an itch to talk to your Congressman about an upcoming vote? Take twenty people with you.

Third: This should be first, but if you aren’t willing to do the first two, than the third doesn’t really matter. Third – know everything you can about everything you can when it comes to local, state, and federal politics. It is not enough to merely understand the debate, you’ve got to understand the political process, know who all the players are, who’s behind the curtain, who’s pulling the strings, and who might just listen to you if you exert enough political pressure?

iStock-WORKPLACE-Time-for-Action1Fourth: Do not be afraid to talk about these issues in your daily life. Silence is submission. If you know what you are talking about and you understand what’s going on, then you absolutely need to share that information with others. Not everybody has the time to be organized. Some people have more time than others for political events, for TEA Party meetings, for Board of Supervisors meetings, etc. So talking to the people you meet everyday will have an impact, especially if those people trust you more than they trust CNN or FOX NEWS or Josh Earnest.

Finally, do not be a hypocrite. Your family, friends, and acquaintances, your congressmen and delegates, your senators, and even the editors at your local newspapers, are not going to listen to you if you are duplicitous in your beliefs. Be Principled: through and through! Have integrity in your personal life. Have honor in your personal life. Demonstrate respect, honesty, courage, and every other virtue in your personal life, and your opinions will be more highly esteemed than the opinions of those who cannot live up to your character.

You may have noticed that I have not included blogging, or writing your local newspaper, or using your VoteSpotter App (which your should do, btw), or commenting on the latest article posted at your favorite blog. Voting on polls advertised on Facebook or on Newsmax or wherever, so that someone somewhere has a better understanding of how the public feels, and more importantly, access to your email, isn’t exactly effective political activity.

What I do here doesn’t qualify as effective political activity. Preaching to the choir has its’ purpose. Being a cheerleader has its’ purpose. Writing a letter to your editor or calling your Congressman has its’ purpose. But the impact is small.

Do you really think that David Brooks, the extremely well paid New York Times editorialist really has an impact on national politics? I have no idea, but I bet he is one of the most well paid Republican writers in media and, I don’t know this, but I suspect that he has not convinced a single person anywhere in America to change their opinion on anything. He’s a cheerleader and a propagandist and that isn’t bad. In fact, he’s one of the best! Kudos to him! If you don’t think I wouldn’t want to quit my job and get paid to write articles for a living, you are out of your mind. But let us be honest about our real impact, locally or nationally.

Sam Scoville, a professor at Warren Wilson College, repeats, ad nauseam, that age old truth, Neither Logic Nor Sermons Convince. Disappointing, but so often true! In my heart, I believe that if I bang upon the bells of truth hard enough and long enough, there might just be some folks who weren’t interested or inclined to hear what I have to say, actually hear and understand what I have to say. But saying ain’t doing.

Decisions are made by those who show up, in one way or another.

If you truly want to have a real impact on politics, locally or nationally, the five actions I noted above are it.

 

About Steven Brodie Tucker

Graduated with a degree in Philosophy from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. Also studied economics and political science at George Mason.

16 Responses to “Five Ways To Make A Difference in Politics”

  1. Kim Singhas says:

    Mr. Tucker-

    Thank you for your inspirational playbook on conservative community organizing.

    The Establishment RINOs in the 7th District had no idea the conservatives, under a handful of leaders with a vision, had been working behind the scenes for years in preparation for the day when the right candidate would come along and we would be ready to defeat Eric Cantor.

    Success happens when Preparation meets Opportunity.

    Kim Singhas
    Hanover County

  2. Stop Agenda 21 says:

    My advice to people sitting at home feeling helpless watching their county, state, and federal government spiral into debt and chaos is to DO SOMETHING.

    There is an activist in everyone if the issue affects them adversely enough. Here in Hanover County we are fighting the Land Application of Industrial Sludge and Biosolids. On the surface, the topic is water quality and protection of our wells. On a deeper level- it’s more Agenda 21 and Government takeover of our property rights with the ultimate goal of driving us off our land and onto government controlled water and sewer. Most people in Hanover County have no idea that the county bureaucracy and the developers in conjunction with Economic Development and Public Works and the Planning Department plan to run County Wide Water and Sewer. They intend to drive the people off their land and destroy their rural quality of life so the greedy developers can asphalt the county.

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