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How To Get Politically Involved

Real political activism and civic engagement is paramount to defending liberty and restoring the Constitution. We are at a critical time in our nation’s history where we must choose to re-engage in public affairs or to lose our liberties forever. As Americans become less involved in their local communities, power is shifting away from the hands of the people and into the federal government and elusive bureaucracies.

As Plato put it: “The price of apathy towards public affairs is to be ruled by evil men.”

In order to repair our social and political landscape, conservatives need to become really, really good at promoting key causes and helping others to do the same. This is a process of stepping away from social media banter and plunging head first into what we call real political engagement.

Many Americans have never been actively involved in local government or political organizations before and it can be difficult and confusing to get started. The following guide will describe the process and opportunities for creating change in your community and making America a better place for all.

  • Before getting started, it’s important to make an honest assessment of your goals, passions, availability, and possible contributions. You might ask yourself the following questions:
  • What do I hope to benefit personally or achieve politically through political activism?
  • What issues am I most passionate about?
  • What kind of availability do I have to engage in the cause?
  • What skills, experiences or resources, do I have to contribute?

It’s also critical that you educate yourself. As Nelson Mandela said: “Education is the most powerful tool for which you can use to change the world.” Studies show that most Americans score very low in knowledgeability regarding the founding of America, the Constitution, government processes, current laws, and even who their elected officials are. The more you educate yourself on these, and the issues you choose to advocate for, the more effective you will be.

  • Some things you may want to make a point of study include:
  • The Constitution and founding of America (click here for resources)
  • Government process & laws
  • Current events and their implications
  • Relevant facts & statistics, independent of journalistic or political narratives.
  • All sides of an issue
  • And our blog for the best information on necessary action items for positive change.
This is by far the most obvious and most cited option for political engagement. Yet, even with a record election turnout in 2020, only 65-69% of the eligible population actually cast their vote. Voting is central to our constitutional republic and we encourage it 100%, however voting alone may not have the power to shape and maintain our nation the way we want it. Here are a few pros, cons, and tips for voting:
  • Casting your vote for, and supporting, a candidate that represents your values and preferences is the easiest way to influence government outcomes and have a meaningful effect on the direction of legislative bodies. This is especially true in smaller, local elections.
  • Your vote is limited by who is on the ballot. In many cases, you may not fully endorse any of the candidates for good reason and therefore your vote may not have the desired effects.
  • Furthermore, elected officials may or may not accomplish the things they promise, or they may change direction entirely while in office.
  • Elected officials are also becoming increasingly loyal to party and personal preference and voting alone will not guarantee representation. This matters in states with close voter margins where up to 49% of the population could have little say in the direction of public affairs post-election.
  • Attending party meetings and caucuses where applicable, and voting in primaries can help shape who is on the final ballot.
  • Don’t forget to vote in local elections! The impact of local government is wildly underestimated and underutilized.
  • If you have a hard time remembering to vote, try adding important election dates to your calendar ahead of time or print out a list of upcoming election dates so you can be prepared.

This is arguably the most important and effective way of creating change in our community, state, and nation. 

Frederick Douglas, the social reformer, orator, writer, and former African American slave, wisely stated: “Power concedes nothing without a demand.” In order to create that demand, it’s essential that we become united in our efforts to create real change. 

There are innumerable organizations in America seeking to defend our freedoms and promote positive ideals. However, unfortunately, many of these organizations are small and scattered.  Rather than starting a new organization or petition, it’s important to do your research and find out what movements and groups in your area are already working towards the same goals! Chances are you’ll find one with a head start in influencing change in your community. 

This is the primary goal of the Freedom Action Center and the purpose behind our Directory–to help organizations and citizens alike “connect, unite, and win”. As Fredrick Douglas said, it takes demand, or numbers, to influence reform.

Civic organizations used to dominate the American political and social landscape. Speaking of the book “Democracy in America” and of society in the 1800s, Don Eberly wrote: “Civil society captured nearly all forms of human endeavors—intellectual, moral, social, religious, and … economic. Civic functions overlapped sometimes with political, and even those purely civic activities served to cultivate democratic habits and skills…. Local civic associations put democracy within people’s reach, inculcating the customs and many uses of democratic process.”  Rather than relying on the Federal government to force change through legislation, courageous and organized activists, can rise up and to have a powerful influence on their communities.

Here are a few suggested steps to take:

  1. Do your research: Spend some time looking up what organizations are already in your area or state. You may start by using our directory, but be sure to do some additional research and submit your findings to us to fill in the gaps of our directory! You might also call local or state agencies and offices, check their websites, and simply search the web for what you’re looking for. Asking questions in local social media groups can also cue you in on potential organizations working on an issue.
  2. Network: Uniting to make America a better place is about relationships and building a team so it’s important to find like minded individuals to work with. Networking doesn’t have to be complicated though. As you make phone calls and send emails to find out about existing organizations, write down important names and get to know them. These people will be your allies in the fight and together you will be able to create the necessary call for and implement crucial changes! 
  3. Join an organization and follow their lead: When you find an organization working on a cause that interests you, follow their lead and get involved! They may have a list of volunteer opportunities, community outreach goals, or educational opportunities. As we will cover more later, these organizations need you.
  4. Start a new organization: The steps for starting a new organization would require their own post, however you can contact the Freedom Action Center if you are interested in doing so and would like assistance. You may also consider creating a petition instead.

The effectiveness of contacting your political representatives directly as an individual citizen varies. It’s no surprise that contacting the White House with your irate opinion will have little effect on the future of America, however calling upon your local or municipal government, may have a more direct influence. 

Contacting your representatives is an important action item in political engagement, however, and the more calls they receive, the more likely they are to vote a certain way on an issue. Here are a few ways you can contact your representatives directly in order of effectiveness (with #1 at the top): 

  1. Try to talk with them in person. You may want to find an event that he or she will be at to shake their hand, share a few thoughts, or pass them a letter. You can also try scheduling an appointment to meet them at their office or invite them out to your business, home, or community. Don’t be nervous or shy. They are your public servants and representatives. 
  2. Call. The best option is to speak with your representatives directly, or with the staff member assigned to the topic you’re calling about. You may have to leave a message, but remember: messages are more easily ignored. 
  3. Send a letter or letters. A hard copy of a letter clearly stating your opinion 
  4. If none of the above options work, or as a second method of contact, you may also send an email, or fill out a contact form on their website. 
  5. You can also put your name on any petitions or polls their office initiates. 
  6. Finally, you may also be able to successfully reach out to them on social media, but be aware some politicians receive thousands of DMs and tags a day.

Attending political and community events is another great way to show your support for a particular cause or political figure. Additionally, events provide an opportunity for you to network with like-minded people and become more educated on a movement or issue.

Political events can range from municipal meetings and caucuses, to protests and marches. They include organization get-togethers and action or volunteer opportunities. To find out about local events you can look up your local government’s websites for calendars, check local bulletin boards, and social platforms. You can also check out our events listings. If you really want to get more involved with events on a specific topic or with a specific organization, you may want to try contacting them directly as well. 


This action item is really a sub-category of “Connect, Unite, Win”. After becoming involved with a specific issue, it is important that you actively promote that cause and bring others onboard. 

We all love a good political meme or cartoon, however they may do more harm than good. Memes can be shallow, polarizing, and half-truthed, and can lead to an entertainment-based political dialogue versus a change-based dialogue. Rather than spending your valuable time in the banter, your voice is needed to affect real change in America. 

In just a few years, because of the passionate and diligent efforts of everyday Americans, human and child trafficking went from a virtual unknown, to a massive national conversation with increased funding and better legislation. Many of you were there and your voice made a difference! We need patriots to be loud and proud about issues that matter if we are to make America a better place for all! 

Organizations, like those in our directory, rely on YOU to help promote their cause. Your consistent engagement and promotion can be worth hundreds of dollars in marketing expenses and is proven to be far more effective. We encourage you to subscribe to their channels, join their online groups and mailing lists, and promote their content however and wherever you can.


Creating your own petition is another way of mobilizing support on a particular issue. Petitions are created to prove popular support on a viewpoint by collecting signatures of those who endorse the petition’s objectives and they can be effective in gaining support on an issue and holding political figures accountable. Political petitions can range from requesting a referendum vote on a municipal ordinance or asking the White House to take action on issues that matter to you.

In many cases, in order for petitions to be mechanisms for legal and political action, you will need to contact your local elections commission to find out what rules and requirements they may have.

So there you have it! Several great ways, and lots of tips, for beginning your political activism journey. The truth is, reading this article, and discovering your options, is the real “first step”. We are so grateful and excited for your interest in healing America and influencing change! Let’s do this!