The importance of getting involved

By Kyle Williams

President Abraham Lincoln once said, “The philosophy of the school room in one generation will be the philosophy of the government in the next.”

This statement was ahead of its time and is more and more relevant in our current society. You see, our nation’s children, my friends and peers, are being forced-fed an agenda that is nothing short of propaganda in our government school system.

The information on this is so vast, one could write an entire book on it, but the bottom line is liberal Democrats are getting to kids before they see the light of conservatism, Americanism, and the history and principles of the nation. Therefore, there is much to be desired when assessing the outreach and education of politics to the youth of the nation.

Conservative political organizations, leaders, and local advocacy groups have the programs and operations there for young people, but most kids either don’t know it’s there or are afraid and too shy to ask questions, join and get involved.

Yet, there is an endless list of ways for people around my age to get involved in politics and (without sounding too sappy) make a difference. The future generation needs all the help it can get and in order to help, here are ten ways a young person can get involved.

  • Join or form a local community or school political action committee or some other such political group. These groups are not difficult to form and there are many other kids who are interested in current events as well.
  • Get information on a local “shadow” group. This program is usually done by the local city council where each councilman or some other public official will sponsor a young person for a period of time by letting him or her in on the inner workings of legislation and the happenings of office.
  • Get in touch with your state senator or representative and find out about paging for the legislature. This is much like the “shadow” program, but you work by doing chores for the representative or senator in the state legislature while they are in session – a perfect way to learn about the legislative system.
  • Write to the local, state, or even national editor of a newspaper concerning any number of things. This is a great way to express opinions in a forum that is closely followed and looked over.
  • Start your own school or community political newspaper. Not only is this a great way to get announcements and information out, but also way to get people straight politically.
  • Create your own news and commentary website – an idea similar to a community newspaper. However, the possibilities on the Internet are endless. For ideas, check out Young Conservatives and CPI News – both started by teen-agers.
  • Volunteer for a local, state, or national candidate’s election. Those in a campaign for office are more than happy to get volunteers and allows for a variety of jobs.
  • Attend political rallies and events to get to know local leaders and other activists, so you can get politically involved.
  • Find inspiration from biographies, study history, read current books and strive to be a well-read person.
  • And the last thing you could do is simply stay informed. There are many mediums by which to stay informed: radio, televisions, print media, or the Internet.

    Yes, it first must take an effort from young people, but conservatives must encourage and mentor the youth of the nation in order to give future America a chance of existence and restoration.

    Getting involved politically is not a difficult thing to do, because those in that arena are overjoyed to see new faces that can help with causes, initiatives and campaigns. I have been very involved in local politics as well, so if you have any questions, send me a note.

    Remember the words of Ronald Reagan, “Voluntarism is an essential part of our plan to give the government back to the people. I believe the people are anxious for this responsibility. I believe they want to be enlisted in this cause. We have an unprecedented opportunity in America these days ahead to build on our past traditions and the raw resources within our people.”