I have always been a Conservative. I don't ever remember being anything else. While my 2 brothers and my sister performed antics all over the neighborhood growing up, I was the one who cleaned up the messes and took care of the responsibilities we had in the family. Maybe, that's why I got involved in Blog Talk Radio and created the show Southern Sense.
I am still running around the neighborhood trying to fix the messes, only this time it's the messes we allowed to occur because we didn't speak out enough. In the past I wrote editorials, letters to elected officials, government offices and placed calls. Two years ago, I co-founded the Beaufort Tea Party in South Carolina. It was not enough, so I created this Blog, joined Twitter and Facebook.
Because of the Internet social networks, I started to get my voice heard, figuratively speaking, and met wonderful and new people. Yet, I still felt it wasn't enough. Today, I host, 2 days a week, the Blog Talk Show, Southern Sense as well as remaining active in local affairs, without becoming a politician. On that matter, I promised my Momma, I would clean sewers first, before that happened!
Activism begins at the grass-root level. You have to be passionate about an issue, whether it's adhering to the Constitution or the actions of your local council. From the bottom up, I have found my voice has made some difference. To begin with, the State Legislature wanted to modify the Handicap Parking Permits that hang from your car rear view mirror and place your photo exposed to anyone walking by. I fought them and today, the photo is hidden and upon request of a law enforcement officer, can be shown to prove the person in the car is the actual permit holder and it's not being used fraudulently. My argument was that any criminal can see a handicap permitted car and see an easy prey. They only need to match the person to the photo and lay in wait for their intended victim. I won.
Today, I am battling our local council to create a friendlier business environment that will create jobs, attract business and improve our local economy. You have to start somewhere.
My point is, don't just sit back and trust someone else to take up the battle standard. Step forward and choose your fight carefully, determine what your goal is and what compromises you'll accept. You have to start with what you care the most about and use all of the resources available, be it print media, the Internet or the TV & Radio media. Make your voice count! I have!