A couple of years ago, I went to a musician supply store to pick up some guitar strings and some extra picks. While I was standing in line to pay for my items, I realized that a couple of young men were discussing politics. Knowing that many of my musical peers are neo-hippies and college students who like to strum guitars and sing "Freedom Song", I was truly prepared to bite my tongue and ignore them. Then, I realized that they were discussing rather conservative ideas in a positive light. Given this, I decided to invite myself into their conversation. Truly, I am glad that I did, because I found real hope in the following conversation, much better than the happy-feel-good, yet baseless promise of hope that Obama was prattling on about during his campaign at the time.
I found that these young men, like much of the country, wanted a change. Unlike Obama, they were pretty specific about the changes that they were looking for, and, also unlike Obama, had a fairly clear plan on how to achieve it. At least, they knew where to begin, anyway. You see, these young men were part of a movement that had grown tired of Socialist ideals. They were tired of the concept of the parental government. They had studied the Constitution and the Founding Fathers, and they fell in love with what they had discovered. They wanted the Constitution to preside as the Law of the Land, once again.
They realized something else, too. The people that currently hold our offices have no interest in reviving our Constitution. The candidates that run, these days, are not much different than those that they are trying to replace. They realized that, by and large, we are stuck with two viable parties. Sure, you get an independent in once in a while, but new parties really don't get off the ground. Not enough people take them seriously. For the most part, one is stuck choosing between the Republican or the Democrat; the one who tends to promise wonderful things but won't deliver, or the one who tends to promise horrible things and will deliver.
These young men decided, for themselves, to start off by doing two things: First, they began to infiltrate the Republican party. Why the Republican party? Well, because, the Democrats run fairly rabid from top to bottom. The typical Republican voter seems to have a firmer grasp on just what the Constitution is than the typical Democrat voter. The Republican voters would be more likely to embrace a candidate with a clear concept of the principles laid out in the Constitution. Why not start a new party? One, as I've stated, the chances of that succeeding are very slim. Two, the Republican party is reformable. And three, it's just easier to take over an existing party than form a new one. Witness the Socialist take over of the Democrat party, for example.
Next, individuals within the movement began to run for office. Others began to campaign for candidates, they raised funds, they knocked on doors, and they made phone calls. They joined the Young Republicans. They spent time at the Republican headquarters. They got involved. All of this was going on in Orange County, Florida. At the time that I left, just two months before the Presidential elections last year, the movement was spreading to the neighboring counties. I have no idea how things have progressed in the fourteen months since I have left, but I imagine that they are still moving.
These people realized that it is not enough to just vote. It's not enough to read the news, the various commentaries. It's not enough to even simply write about it. You have to get involved. If We the People won't defend the constitution, if We the People won't defend ourselves, who will? Those currently in office have made it clear that they will not. We have a voice, but we tend to use it only to grumble about this senator, or that policy. What good does it do to read the news, rant about legislation, or debate with your coworker? Nothing's going to change if we continue as we are.
You want change, my friend? Do you really and truly want something to change?
Then, go do something about it.