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I will never miss another election.

I will never vote for a candidate whose stand on the issues I do not know, nor will I vote to re-elect an incumbent whose record I do not know. I will simply leave the box beside that office blank.

I will never vote for a ballot proposition that I do not fully understand.

I will not beat up on myself for the votes I failed to cast. Instead, I will give myself a pat on the back for every intelligent vote I make.

I will begin now to prepare for the 2010 election by making a list of the issues that are important to me and my family.

I will find out how my elected representatives have voted on the moral issues, knowing that the ones who have voted right on those issues very likely voted right on the other issues as well.

I will find out how my elected representatives handled my money by checking their records with the National Taxpayers Union Foundation, Citizens Against Government Waste and similar groups.

I will not vote to re-elect anyone who backs measures that will increase our national debt. I must balance my budget, and I expect my representatives at the local, state and national levels to do the same.

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I will put my elected representatives on notice that I will not vote for anyone who accepts pork-barrel projects no matter how much they benefit my state or town.

I will not vote for anyone who fails to defend the Constitution and enforce our laws.

I will not vote for anyone who fails to defend our borders.

I will not vote for anyone who insists on a litmus test for judges or Supreme Court justices.

I will not vote for anyone who would put an activist judge on the bench.

I will not vote for anyone who winks at corruption.

I will never vote for a candidate who uses lofty rhetoric but avoids specifics.

Whenever possible, I will vote for candidates who have had “real world” experience in the private free market.

I will put my money where my mouth is by giving a donation each month (no matter how small) to a worthy candidate.

I will never give money directly to a political party or a congressional or senatorial committee. Instead, I will give my money directly to a candidate or political action committee that backs candidates who are committed to the issues that are important to me.

I will apply the principle of “divide and conquer” by enlisting members of my family, my Sunday school class, my club or bowling league to help research the candidates and issues for the next election in order to have as much information as possible.

I will attend at least one party meeting or one political rally on an issue that is important to me.

I will train my children and grandchildren to be good citizens by getting them involved in the campaign of a worthy candidate. I will explain why that office is important. I will take them on a field trip to the campaign office of that candidate and let them help with some small task like stuffing envelopes. I will reward them for a job well done. I will stay up with them to watch the election results come in so they can experience the “thrill of victory” or the “agony of defeat” in a game that really matters.

I will listen to or watch at least one program a day that does a good job in keeping up with the political issues.

I will no longer hit the snooze button after an election. Instead, I will hold my representatives accountable.

I will weigh in with their local offices on the issues that are important to me.

I will no longer re-elect an incumbent who fails to keep his or her campaign promises. I will join with others to find someone to run against that incumbent in the next party primary election. I will not wait for the general election and then throw up my hands and say, “What’s the use. There is no one worthy for whom I can cast a vote.”

I know that if this country is to remain the land of the free and the home of the brave it is up to me, and I will act accordingly.

I will e-mail or make copies of these resolutions and give them to 10 friends and encourage each friend to do the same.

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