That smarted a bit. I’ll be honest.
But that’s also when I started paying attention. My guy wasn’t in office so I couldn’t trust that my best interests were being looked after. I had to start paying attention, keeping an eye on policies and calling Senators and Congressman. I had to sign petitions and watch the news. I had to read editorials and listen to talk radio.
While I would love it for you all to stay in your homes, bitching to your families and fearing for future generations on social networks, that’s not what you need to do. What you need to do is KEEP FIGHTING.
My guy won. But do you know what I did Wednesday morning? I signed up to help Dump DOMA. Something I’ve been openly bitching about for a LONG TIME. Why did I do that? Because I don’t trust Obama to prioritize it and the Supreme Court will probably be listening to arguments about it in early 2013.
Even though my guy won? I’m not stopping the fight for what I believe in.
AND YOU SHOULDN’T EITHER.
Now…I have no idea where you should start. I’m connected with MoveOn, HRC, and The Courage Campaign. I tried to Google who YOU should join for Conservative Action groups but I struggled. Nothing I stumbled upon rang any bells as “POPULAR” advocacy groups for conservatives. Other than the Family Research Council. Maybe start there? (Edited to Add: This was recommended by a few conservatives on Twitter, but it seems that they’ve been classified by a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center. That seems like a bad starting point. Anyone know of any better Conservative groups?) If you know of others I can link to, please tell me. (Edited to add this suggestion: Citizens United has some conservative principles that may fall in line with what you believe in.)
But what you REALLY need to do is start with learning your Senator’s contact information. If you don’t like something being brought before the Senate for a vote, call your Senator and tell them! Or what about the House of Representatives? You need their information too!
Do not stop fighting. The majority of things that I liked in the last four years had crap I didn’t like attached to them. It’s never black and white. Or all liberal, all conservative. Most of the time conservatives fight for things that they want attached to a liberal bill. Or vice versa. Don’t just vote for Romney and then bitch for the next four years. Find out which government policies are being debated, what laws are being voted on, and educate yourself. Then, when you decide how you want that vote or policy to go, call the officials that have been elected to speak for you.
Yes. In a perfect Kim World, conservatives would stick to their Facebook status about the fate of our nation. But that’s not what I really want, deep down inside. I want you to fight for the change you thought Romney would bring you. You are still leading in the House! Obama can’t just start taking all of your money and giving it to abortion clinics and gay weddings, not without the approval of the House. Don’t just turn over now and let the President have his way with your country. If you don’t want Obama to pass some of his policies? Then posting your disgust on Facebook won’t do a damn thing. But calling your Representatives and telling them how you want them to vote, THAT WILL. Call your Senators. Contribute to action groups you believe in so they can use their big dollars and big groups to fight for you. I’ve given more money to the HRC than I did the Obama campaign. Find your group. DO THE SAME.
It got me through eight years in the minority. It made me feel like I was still in control, on some level. And it made me feel better, like I was still part of things, even if my guy didn’t win.
Good luck to you. I really do know your sadness. And I look forward to debating policy with you amicably. Because let’s be honest. Politics suck. If we don’t get involved, then humanity is lost in the discussion and it’s just a bunch of well-dressed public officials deciding what’s best for our country while we work our asses off to achieve our dreams in the world they create for us.
And if things you don’t agree with still get passed, know that you tried. You put forth the effort. You played your part and didn’t just roll over and let the liberals win. And know that sometimes that happens. To all of us. Again…DO YOU KNOW HOW MUCH I HATE DOMA? And my guy did that! MY GUY!
Trust me, if anyone understands the disappointment legislature passing that you don’t support at all? It’s me.
Be Active. Be Dedicated. Be Respectful. But most of all? KEEP FIGHTING.
Because if we all care enough to stay educated and respectfully push our representatives to pass legislature we support? Then we are truly building a better world for our children. Because we’re teaching them the power of the people.
And there is no greater power than that.