I fully realize that many people will say, “I already knew these things, you’re preaching to the choir.” Well, oh enlightened ones, this one isn’t for you – but since the midterm elections are less than 7 months away, I’d still go ahead and take this time to remember the following points.
5. All politics are local: No better point can be made than the 2010 election when liberal voters didn’t get out and vote. As a result, our Congress resembles a dysfunctional zoo, full of Tea Party members who have done anything and everything to block President Obama at every turn. Simply showing up to vote every 4 years isn’t enough. Showing up to vote for congressional and senate races isn’t enough either. You have to involve yourself in local politics because so many of the decisions that affect your daily life and mine aren’t made in Washington, they’re made by state and local government. Simply put, you have to vote in ALL of the elections, not just some of them. If your local roads or schools suck, blaming Washington isn’t the way to fix it. Go to where the problem can be solved and that’s at your local board of supervisors or the school board. Politicians of all levels need to hear from ALL of their constituents and all too often, they only hear from the loudest, often deranged voices.
4. Petitions are often useless: Petitions are nice and they make you feel good, but they don’t replace real action. Also, most of those petition sites collect your information and sell it to political groups. Moveon.org, Change.org, they all do it. A few months ago, I created a throwaway email account to play with a petition I included in an article talking about how Facebook’s new “pay to play” business model was seriously hurting small business, non-profits and charities. My petition was eventually deleted after I refused to pay to “boost” my petition and to this day, that throwaway account still gets solicitations from that website. So go ahead and keep filling out petitions, but just remember that you still need to get down to the polls on Election Day.
3. Conservatives count on your apathy: They encourage it with “all parties are the same” mantra that you see posted ad nauseam in the comments section on Facebook and elsewhere. Divide and conquer is a great strategy when you’re facing an opponent who outnumbers you. Yes, there are people who do legitimately believe that both major political parties are the same but go on any conservative Facebook page and see how many people are parroting the “both parties are the same, wake up sheeple!” line versus how many are on liberal pages. Divide and conquer, that’s how it works.
“When strong, avoid them. If of high morale, depress them. Seem humble to fill them with conceit. If at ease, exhaust them. If united, separate them. Attack their weaknesses. Emerge to their surprise.”
― Sun Tzu
2. Astroturfing: Both sides do it. It’s legal, it’s a big part of American politics, and it’s here to stay. What is astroturfing? Politicaldictionary.com defines it as, “An artificially-manufactured political movement designed to give the appearance of grass roots activism.”
1. Simply being a liberal doesn’t make you a good person: What you stand for may be good, but your beliefs don’t make you a good person – your actions do. If you aren’t putting your beliefs into making this world a better place and just sitting on your ass, then you’re really not helping at all. Also, there’s no need to defend the idiots, con men, and other sleazebags who camp out on your side of the fence just because they claim to be on your side politically. It isn’t a victory to the opposition when you muffle the voices of batshit crazy or hatred in your own ranks. Not all liberals are smart, just as not all conservatives are dumb so please let’s stop repeating the false narrative that conservatives are idiots and arguing with them is a waste of time. If they were truly all idiots, they wouldn’t have taken over Congress and wouldn’t be poised to take over the Senate this fall either.
Remember, here’s what’s in play this coming November:
—All 435 seats of the U.S. House of Representatives
—33 seats in the U.S. Senate
—46 State Legislatures
—38 State and Territorial Governorships.
Be sure to start researching candidates now and if you don’t see one you like, how about considering becoming one yourself?
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