Thursday, May 19, 2011

The Groundswell, May 2011

This month: So, You Want to Run for Office...(Part 2), Tea Party's and 2012, and a New Leaders Update 
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So, You Want to Run for Office... (Part 2)

By Matt Robbins, National Executive Director
Last month we talked about the preliminary steps a person should run through if they're thinking of running for office. Now we'll dig a little deeper and point out some very practical parts of the equation that hit on a personal level. And of course my closing thought from last time bears repeating once more here:

If you'd rather win the philosophical argument about why your political beliefs are the clearly correct ones than actually go out and meet the people who could become your proud supporters, running for office is probably not for you.

However, if rolling up your sleeves and grappling with the real-world (and sometimes small-bore) challenges of governance motivates you, the political process beckons with open arms. Can you solve problems? I don't mean demagogue--- I mean solve. Solutions which can be put forward and implemented with a real consensus are rarely easy, or somebody else in office would've already found them.

In other words are you willing to listen, learn, help and then lead?

Petition Congress to Drill Here and Now

Are you prepared for gas prices to continue to rise, to as much as $5 a gallon? With the possibility of Ahmadinejad taking control of OPEC, do we want our money funding terrorism and genocide? It's time to stop being held hostage at the pump. Sign this petition and tell Congress:
It's time to drill here.
It's time to drill now

Finding New Leaders 

If you want to make a real difference, help us find new candidates to run for local office! Since we launched The New Leaders Project, nearly 500 groups have pledged to identify 10 new candidates, and give them access to our Candidate Training resources and campaign materials.  Click here to sign the pledge, or visit our website for more information.

Tea Party Special Report

Many of the local tea party groups across the country are disappointed in what they see as broken promises from Republican leadership in Washington. This report shares thoughts from groups in Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, Virginia and across the country- and how they plan to respond in 2012.
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