So, what now? First, get informed. There isn't a source out there that is more full of information on ANYTHING you need to know than the Heritage Foundation. It's INCREDIBLE. I suggest you pick up a few good reads, such as Liberty and Tyranny and others. Research brilliant conservatives like Thomas Sowell and Mark Steyn and read what they have to say. Listen to Rush Limbaugh, Hannity, Beck and others. Even if you don't like their style, I assure you the substance is there and you'll learn a wealth of information as you listen. Research conservative blogs...it'll take you a year just to get through the ones I have listed on the blog roll at the middle right side of this blog! My point is...do your homework. Don't let one source be your only source. Research information, find out what those on the left say about any given issue. Make certain you are well informed on the issues, especially those about which you are most passionate.
Second, find out who your local and your state representatives are. Most of us, myself included, pay little attention to local and state politics. Because the media focuses primarily on the national scene, this is what we tend to pay attention to. What we fail to realize is that our involvement is most effective at the local level...that is where it begins. Are your representatives Republican or Democrat? Moderate, liberal or conservative? How do they vote? What are their big issues? Hold their feet to the fire. Email, call, write, fax...nag them to death! If they are conservative, thank them and urge them to continue to stand true to the constitution. Use facts. Quote the Constitution, the Bill of Rights...our founding documents. (if you haven't read those, I suggest you start by doing that) Hurling insults only hurts your credibility.
When election time starts heating up (as if it hasn't already), get involved. We desperately need honest people working the polls. Not only that, get your kids involved. We're training tomorrow's leaders. I think it's vital that we get them involved YOUNG. We don't often give them enough credit. My eleven year old was explaining inflation to me the other day. I laughed in complete disbelief! I was shocked that she'd been paying close attention when my husband was explaining it to me a long time ago!
So, join and actively campaign for your local and state representatives. Attend tea parties, town hall meetings, help others who may be uninformed and looking for answers....but most of all, as you well know....VOTE.
More importantly, pray. II Chronicles 7:14: "If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land."
Lastly, several have asked for talking points to help them as they call or email their respective representatives. I know it might come as a shocker, but I am not a talking points kind of girl. When CNN called for the interview about this blog last fall, I called the McCain campaign and asked for talking points because I wanted to stay on message and make sure I represented the ticket as accurately as possible. I was shocked when I got them, and it taught me to recognize them quickly. All the pundits out there on the major networks say very little from the heart and follow talking points almost exclusively. (the Rush, Hannity and Beck kind of guys/gals excluded and I'm convinced it's why they're so effective). I always tell people to speak from the heart. Tell your representatives why you believe this health care bill is going to be destructive. Certainly we want facts first, to be able to speak somewhat intelligently on an issue, and those can be had at the Heritage Foundation. (if you donate a min. $25 you gain access to even more information) Please understand, I'm not somehow "scolding" anyone for asking for talking points. I thought I needed them too. I didn't, and neither do you. IF they're going to listen, they listen more when your plea is from the heart...
So, that's some general information to at least get the ball rolling for those of you who have no idea where to begin. If you have specific questions, don't hesitate to ask. I'm always digging for answers, so I'll just add your question to my own growing pile. In addition, please feel free to leave a comment adding your favorite site or author to the mix. We can never have too much information.
Here is a link with contact info for your representatives. It's a nice starting place.
Now, go do the right thing and get involved! You'll be so incredibly glad you did.