It is inevitable. Around this time every election season I look around me and can’t help but feel a growing sense of frustration. Facebook statuses and twitter postings are rampant with clever anti-liberal or anti-Obama pictures and rantings from like-minded friends and acquaintances. People who know I’m involved in politics at different levels will always want to stop and talk about how awful the Obama administration is and how “we’ve got to get this person and his cronies in Congress out of office.” I agree– heaven knows, I definitely agree.
However, when the rhetoric dies down and I ask how they are personally getting involved I often just get blank stares in return and a sputtering excuse that they “promise to vote”. That’s great! We can’t win elections without those votes. But, the passion and enthusiasm often doesn’t match the efforts. Thankfully, because of efforts such as the Tea Party, many people are getting involved in ways they never have before. They are realizing that they are the direct link between Washington and their communities and that so often these local elections are decided by a handful of votes– a handful that they have direct influence and connections with.
Screaming at your television doesn’t win elections. Facebook statuses don’t win elections. Griping to your family and neighbors will not win us elections. But, getting involved and using an hour here and there every week at your local party headquarters WILL help us win this election. I wrote a piece on this two years ago that I thought would be appropriate to revisit.
In the beginning of our nation’s history, the high price our Founders had to consider for a cause that seemed almost impossible to pull off would be inconsiderable to most people today. They faced the loss of everything dear- their children, wives, families, friends, careers, reputations and their own lives. It was undoubtedly assured to them that the moment they put pen to paper and signed their names on that Declaration of Independence they would be forever labeled a traitor…
Don’t misunderstand me, I don’t lounge around reading politics and the news all day long and I enjoy some of the same mindless shows and activities that the next person enjoys. But when I sit across from someone around my own age and bring up a topic that is relevant politically and all over every form of news via television, radio and the internet and get nothing but a blank stare in return, I do have a hard time with it.
When your passion for American Idol surpasses your passion for the REAL American Idols – like our military, our Founders, and the Conservative men and women who get up each and every day to fight the fight and take the bullets for the cause of our ongoing liberty, I do have a problem with it.
Too many of you are sitting around and letting the rest of us carry your water! Sure you might know a little bit of what’s going on but only because it was on the headline of AOL when you flipped on your computer. And you might even vote in the “big elections” but you can’t be bothered enough for all of them…especially if it’s “just a primary.”
To you I cry, “WAKE UP!” Turn off the Kardashians, your sports games and your XBOX! You aren’t allowed to gripe about healthcare, taxes or anything else going on in this country that negatively effects you unless you are willing to turn off the TV, put away the childish things for awhile and get involved on the most basic levels.
Most importantly, stop justifying your apathy by telling yourself you can’t do anything about it. It was said the very best by Edmund Burke when he stated, “All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.”
This cause needs you! There is a struggle right now within our country between good and evil. Tyranny is being forced down our throats everywhere we turn. The Powers That Be want to control your every decision, from how much toilet paper we can use, to what our thermostat has to be set at, to what light bulb we use, what cars we are allowed to drive, how much salt we are allowed to consume, all the way to who determines our healthcare needs and the value of each of our individual lives! We are being taxed and regulated to death and freedom dies a little bit each time Congress shows up to work.
Socialism and communism creep in ever so quietly while we are too busy “playing life” and enjoying the benefits of freedom, never recognizing the erosion whittling away the heritage our parents and grandparents fought for. Your grandparents and parents won’t be around forever to keep “the powers that be” from raping our inheritance of Freedom and what has been their war is soon to be ours!
For those of you who ARE involved at the basic levels by at least voting, I would urge you to step it up even more! Get out of your comfort zones and get involved in your townhall meetings, your conventions, your party meetings and clubs. We need new young leadership and brand new blood, starting at the very bottom- from the precincts, all the way to the top for future Presidential Candidates.
… Educate yourself on the issues, sharpen your skills and understand why you believe what you do, and find out you can get involved in much deeper ways. It’s satisfying and rewarding when you know you have a hand in defining the platform of your party and that as an Individual you can actually make a difference.
Our rights are being stolen each day and unless THIS generation is willing to stand up and, with a resounding voice and backbone, defend them to the fullest, our children and grandchildren will only be left with a memory of what America used to be.
You hold power, whether you realize it or not, and you can be effective if you make the decision to be. Be examples of leadership to your children so that one day they can look back and be proud that mom and dad stood up for what they believed in, that they were willing to make their voices heard whether it was popular or not. I want my kids to be able to look back with respect and know without a doubt that their mom did her best to further the cause of freedom and liberty for them to enjoy with their children.
That being said, join me over the next 57 or so days. Get involved on new levels that you’ve never explored before. Take that first step and call your local party headquarters and ask for volunteer opportunities. Work the polls during early elections, block walk, make calls. If you are feeling especially adventurous and passionate- head out to some battleground states where they need every extra pair of hands possible. Grab a best friend and get them involved with you.
We can win this election but it’s going to take a massive effort to make it happen and we need you!!
You can follow Brittany Pounders on Twitter at @LibertyBritt.