Politics. Just the word itself can stir some powerful emotions and opinions. Anything from an eye roll to an ear full of spirited and even nasty comments can accompany this great word. Believe me, I know. Having worked for U.S. Senator Bob Bennett for over three years, I heard my fair share of criticisms and even down right hateful discourse from my fellow Americans.
Having been on the receiving end of many political rants, I completely understand why others would rather avoid this topic all together. So for many years, I operated in a more passive political manner when it came to my friends and associates. My strategy was to leave the ball in their court and be that team player, dressed and ready to jump into the game if needed, but mostly on the sidelines until my number was called. However, I feel like the rules of this political game are quickly changing. The past five plus years have been a huge learning experience and wake up call for any American who is paying attention.
Our near economic collapse, fragile economy, astronomical national debt (created by both parties I must admit), out of control spending, entitlement programs, and big government who think they have all the answers, is beyond concerning. The rules of this political game are changing for me because I believe it’s going to take more than one man to get this country turned around. Politics and government are not just for those who decide they want to engage. Our nation is at a tipping point. We aren’t in 1996 anymore where if we watch a presidential debate and cast our ballot, we can feel like we’ve done our civic duty for the year.
For those of us who consider ourselves politically informed, it’s time to reach out and help others do the same. And for those who have chosen to disengage, I hope you’re starting to feel the urgency that choosing ignorance may come at a heavy price — not only for you, but for your children. The rules have changed because if we want to see this great Country get back on track, it’s going to take more than just voting. It’s going to take active citizen engagement, by volunteering in this election cycle and beyond. Worrying, complaining, finger-pointing, or completely disengaging will not create a brighter future for our children.
This urgency has built in me over the past year, and I will admit, I mostly ignored it. Until about two months ago, I finally took some action. I launched a website and community discussion group focused on helping citizens get informed and involved in getting Mitt Romney elected. It’s time to roll up our sleeves and make a difference. We can no longer be okay with allowing “others” to do the work of electing strong leaders. If we care about the future of our children, we have to get involved. And yes, that means more than just voting.
Join with us in making a difference in this election visit www.womenunitingforromney.com. We welcome both men and women of all levels of political involvement and education. The stakes are high, and this election is going to be extremely close. Join us as we work together to create a stronger America, this election and beyond.