How to become active in local, state, and national government
In an age of online criticism of the United States Government and political policies, political activism seems to be waning. Most Americans vocalize their disgust with government policies and politicians through social media and then these citizens wonder why their ideas are not taken seriously by candidates. According to President Abraham Lincoln, the United States established a government "of the people, by the people, for the people". To have this ring true the citizens need to take an active role in the government. One can not sit idly back and expect the political machine to work without putting any thought or effort into it. As Americans it is not only a right but a responsibility to make a difference and take an active part in government. The only way to have a voice in government is to be a voice in government. Being that voice takes time, intelligence, and patience.
According to http://www.wikihow.com/Get-Involved-in-Local-Politics, one of the first steps to becoming politically active involves defining your position on the most important issues and then supporting the legislators who most closely represent those views. Identifying the active and most relevant principles remains the first step in deciding which issues to support, then ensuring the changes supported represent the right changes. Once the position on the issues become clear then the process of identifying a political party to join becomes clearer. Joining a political party is not the end of becoming politically active but is one of many steps to take.
The website http://www.dummies.com/how-to/content/how-to-get-involved-in-politics.html outlines a several step process to becoming active in American politics. First, register to vote and vote consistently, in every election. This means not just voting every four years for President but voting in the local elections as well. Joining a political party and voting in primaries also tops this list. When casting a vote be informed, know the issues and where the candidates stand on the issues. Do not be afraid to ask questions of candidates or elected officials and let them know how they are doing, either way. Circulate petitions and become active in the party of your choice. On Election Day, sign up to be an inspector. Of course the ultimate way to become politically active would be to run for office. Ultimately, how involved you become is up to the individual, but being involved, no matter how much or how little is a citizen's duty.