This was a question asked on the “Joe the plumber” site.
It is certainly worthy of an answer for all wanting to participate.
Of course you can donate either time, money or both to someone you would like to see and trust to truly represent you.
But on a more base level you can:
Get a BLOG!
YES your own personal BLOG. They are FREE.
Link those blogs with one another make a NETWORK.
Let me give you an example of how it worked for me. In 1995 I started a personal website (my whim). I leaped on my soap box and voiced my opinion about anything and everything (my concept was God gave me a voice, this country gave me the RIGHT to use it as I see fit). Back then the internet was new and growing (and NO Al Gore was not responsible or a part thereof). There were others just like me and we grouped together for fun. Soon we began to link our sites to display our thoughts. Then we began to move into world issues and the network grew. It did not take long before I ran smack into the corruption of government on the local level. At first I thought it was simply a Tennessee “good ole boy” system. I quickly found it went all the way up the ladder to heads of state. Then suddenly I realized MA was down the tubes also and the beat went on. You can imagine the shock and dismay of a very naive patriot. How can this happen?
Finally I realized I and my growing group of cohorts could not do ANY of this alone. We had to engage the rest of the nation. One morning I had what I considered a “divine inspiration” (you know one of those things that you go HOLY SMOKE what a GREAT IDEA! … we all have them we just don’t all follow through) … I understood not everyone had the ability or inclination to write and publish for a mass cause. So I designed pages and asked others on the internet (of like mind) to MIRROR those pages. The concept behind this request was simply (at that time I had about 10,000 group leaders working beside me) the more viewing pages on the internet about the exact same subject the better the exposure. Those people who knew nothing about my own site just might get the same information from Peggy Sue. Keep in mind Google was only a twinkle and yet to be born. Yahoo was an elitist group that deemed it their right and privilege to first approve anyone they added to their search system. OUR SYSTEM of network linking thank heaven over-road their search system and we all thrived and survived on our own.
Within months my own personal website (the one created out of whim) was having 60,000 unique visitors a month. I knew nothing of this until the isp called and was wondering … WHY? … the call went something like this “are you running warez or porno somewhere on you site?” … the answer was “OF COURSE NOT! why do you ask?” I was as shocked as they were to find out exactly how successful my little “mirrored page idea” actually was. That website garnered that 60,000 unique visitors a month until 2001 when I quit updating it. All 300 pages remain today and the visitors have decreased to about 9,000 unique visitors a month. Not bad still for an old site
So the point is we gather support one person at a time. You know hundreds of people that I do not and vice versa. The more of us there are the more exposure there is to the issue. People that know and respect you will be more accepting of your point of view than that of someone they do not know.
So does your opinion and thought process count? YOU BET!
The real question remains WHO CHOOSES to stand up and be counted and for how long and under what opposition?
We the people have allowed our country to be taken over by a “good ole boy” system.
The majority of “we the people” are middle of the road individuals.
We are not republicans, democrats or even independents.
We ARE eclectic!
We take a little bit from here and a little bit from there and we become UNIQUE.
We are lumped into a few groups because there are not that many choices.
When we speak we speak with our vote.
Much of the time we do not speak at all.
We sit silent (the true silent majority) and simply allow the powers that be to run things amok.
We feel helpless to do anything about it.
That is the position we find ourselves in today.
ARE WE REALLY!
We wonder why there are so many people who malign Sarah Palin?
She is a threat!
Yes it is as SIMPLE as that!
She is a threat to the “good ole boy” system and those who profit from it.
She is maligned by women who are threatened that she “IS” all that they themselves would like to become.
She is not the only threat however there are others.
Bobby Jindal, Tim Pawlenty. Charlie Crist to name a few.
Sarah for the moment (at least) has the spotlight. More power to her. More power to all of them willing to forge change together and while they are at it grabbing EVERYONE on the other side of the fence to join in.
We the people have been divided by the radicals that abound on both sides of the fence.
We have become numb to the bickering and fighting because it no longer means anything.
We have watched people with a great common sense approach become so popular they loose site of their true purpose.
They become so consumed by their own popularity that they have become a detriment to “we the people”.
Much of our population has turned into a hand out society.
“Give me ice cream! I don’t care who must feed the cow.”
When does it sink in we ALL OWN the cow and are responsible to feed her EQUALLY.
That means “we the people” … if I pay 10% then so does EVERYONE else.
No loop holes, no special dispensations no NOTHING.
Why are “we the people” not insisting on this?
It does not take rocket science to realize the cream always rises to the top of the bucket.
Incentive and the will to be the best you can be made this country as great as it still is.
ALL success comes from hard work initiated by someone or a group of someone’s.
So I guess it’s left again to “we the people” … what are WE going to do?
There are brilliant minds out there young and old. Why not band together and really put “power of the people” to work. While we are at it why not include those who were once our allies.
Today we need to stop TOLERATING bad behavior. Pushing a sign out of the hand of an old woman (for any reason) is neither tolerable or acceptable.
Why are we the people doing nothing about this bad behavior?
This is not a freedom of speech issue it is simply bad behavior on the part of some unruly thugs and should be handled as such.
We are at a crossroads. It does not take a sledge hammer beside the head to realize this country is in economic crisis.
We were lead here by ALL of those in government.
The question NOW is can it get fixed … if so how?
With this election THE MAJORITY spoke.
Barack Obama was handed EVERY opportunity to BECOME a GREAT MAN.
Will he have what it takes to do just that is the question?
Only time will tell.
Meanwhile what do “we the people” do?
Go back to “self” business as usual?
Let another fox guard the hen-house?
I suggest that is not a good idea.
I suggest it is probably time to reach across the isle and listen to the eclectic middle ground and really see what they think and stand for in life.
Become the “Clinical Thinker” that abandons emotion, party rhetoric, personal dogma and self agenda to address the issues that ail this country today.
Are you aware that if you simply look at where your purchases originate and buy American you could create new jobs here in the USA.
Do we actually need the the Government to place terrifs on imports?
As Americans if we want to bring jobs home then join the effort to BUY AMERICAN!
“Made in America” is suddenly trending.
ABC World News Tonight with Diane Sawyer just completed a terrific week long special on “Made in America.” All week long their website, Facebook, Twitter accounts were all a buzz with chatter on the issue. It certainly seemed to strike a chord with many Americans and shed some much needed light on a very important issue that we live, sleep, eat and breathe here at Made in USA Certified.
We want to say “Thank you” to ABC World News for the coverage as we couldn’t be more grateful to the sudden interest by main stream media on this very important & relevant topic. Manufacturing is so critical to our countries prosperity and growth. “Manufacturing supports an estimated 18.6 million jobs in the U.S. – about one in six private sector jobs. Nearly 12 million Americans (or 9 percent of the workforce) are employed directly in manufacturing.”*Taken from the National Association of Manufacturers
ABC in their in-depth week long special chronicled a family that wanted to re-do their home with all-American goods and the challenges they faced in doing so. What they found as many of us have known- it is difficult to find “Made in USA” these days. Most all of the big box stores we typically frequent are filled to the brim with products all NOT “Made in USA”.
So, for a typical consumer it can be daunting and time consuming to find items for your family and your home that are “Made in USA”……Possible??? YES!
ABC has a great source of video’s, information, articles, an interactive map, list of websites, all located on their site: World News- Made in America Series – This is a great place to start, if you missed this informative week long broadcast, you can catch each segment and more- here.
One of the things they found in their quest to furnish a home with all-American products is that “Made in USA” is thriving on-line. Due to the fact that all the big box stores, have opted to go for lower priced outsourced goods in favor of larger profits—the “Made in USA” products have been driven to the on-line community where all most anything you could possibly want can be found on-line at one of the many websites containing- ‘Made in USA’ products. To view a list of websites that ABC compiled go here: Made in America Resource Guide to Find American Companies
Another great resource is ABC’s interactive map: ABC Interactive Map- Where are the American Companies?
We encourage all of you to think about your purchases, try to Buy American when possible, speak to your local retailers- encourage them to sell more products ‘Made in USA’.
There’s no question that manufacturing still has a major impact on our economy and on the nation’s workforce. If every American spent an extra $3.33 on U.S.-made goods, it would create almost 10,000 new jobs in this country. Take the ‘Made in America’ Pledge TODAY and support our U.S. manufacturers.
** To see a list of Made in USA Certified companies: Made in USA Certified NETWORK