Possibly the most famous British poster from WWII asked the people to “Keep Calm and Carry On.” Variations of this slogan are still on clothes and various novelty items today.
However, the picture below which suggested that you “Don’t Keep Calm; Go and Change the World” is much better, in my opinion.
A lot of the US population is completely disengaged from the government process, and this is a real problem. No one in the government is going to care what we want if we don’t get involved.
So, with that in mind, how do you get involved? At a local level, it’s good to go to City Council meetings and support the local politicians that you like with stickers and yard signs. Talk to your friends and neighbors and encourage them to pay attention to what your local elected officials are doing.
On a larger scale, you can use websites like the non-profit Political Compass to find out where you stand on issues, and then join the party that best represents what you believe. There is the Democratic Party, the Republican Party, the Green Party, and the Libertarian Party. Of these, the Libertarian party is the most disorganized because the term “Libertarian” is often applied to both anti-government doomsday preppers, and also to liberal anarchists. This means they have no slid direction.
For me, the Green Party best agrees with my personal beliefs. However, I am registered as an Independent because I don’t want to have any official party affiliation. That doesn’t mean that I can’t volunteer for the Green Party, or campaign for their candidates. I just don’t feel that I agree with any party enough to be affiliated as far as my registration is concerned.
Regardless, once you pick a party, you can get involved through the party. They will have various campaigns that concern national as well as local issues.
The most important thing to remember is that your government is supposed to work for you; not the other way around. And you need to hold your representatives accountable. That means writing letters when you are upset, getting involved in local and national politics, and also voting in all the elections.
The more of us participate, the more they care what we say.
Don’t keep calm. Go and change the world!