Every couple days or so anymore, as this blog has gotten more popular, I get someone asking me what it is they can do to help the groundswell of centrist independents, and moderates of all stripes, fight back against the democrats and republicans. What can they personally do?
I always give them the same general answer… that they need to pick a candidate, cause or organization and put time, energy and money into it. It really is that simple… and if there aren’t any, start one.
I realize that most people aren’t social/political entrepreneurs like I am. I’ve started several grassroots groups, worked with campaigns on both sides over the years, I spend a few hours each and every day on this blog and other efforts and even ran a short lived political nonprofit that mostly focused on voter registration – registering nearly eleven thousand people in Eastern Nebraska in 2008. I realize that most people will give up if they can’t find something to join up with… but from now on they don’t have any excuses.
There is an excellent piece in the Wall Street Journal today, that goes into much more detail than has previously been released about the ideas and people behind No Labels, a new political organization. I bumped into them on twitter a few months ago, as they were just getting started, have had the pleasure of talking to a handful of their staff and can tell you they have their heads in the right place.
If you read that article, you’ll see that they’ve got the resources to get started, they’ve got the right people giving them advice (including Michael Bloomberg and John Avlon – my personal favorite politician and pundit, respectively) and they’ve got the message that voters are yearning for…
But this is something that will only work if enough people like you put some skin in the game.
If you’re one of the millions of people who have shook your head in disgust as those who would call themselves our leaders have led us down a path towards ruin, this is the best chance we’ve had since the time of Theodore Roosevelt and the Progressive Movement (unfortunately the liberals have co-opted that label) to fight back against political extremes.
So go out there now… I really mean now. And while you’re waiting:
CLICK HERE to join up on their Facebook Page.
CLICK HERE to check out their twitter feed.
CLICK HERE to check out their website, where you can sign up on the right sidebar.
Its been far too long that we’ve let those on the left and right walk all over us. No Labels is taking the lead and we can either join and make sure it succeeds, or no longer make excuses when the two parties continue to screw things up. This is a personal challenge – in a democracy it is up to us to represent ourselves. No excuses – act now.