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How to get involved with the Republican party, and should you even bother?

With the rise of the Tea Parties and new political interest, you may be wondering exactly how you can make a difference.  You don't have to have political expertise to get involved in the political process. No one was born leading, but leaders are born everyday.

First and foremost you need to decide if you are a Republican.  This may not be a simple question to answer.  Many believe that the Republican leadership has strayed from the values that the party once held, and this has caused them to question whether or not they wish to remain Republicans.  This dilemma has created a breed of Independent who longs to be a Republican, but cannot support the party in its current state.

Is the solution, then to scrap the party as a whole and go party shopping?  Not really.  That is akin to throwing the baby out with the bath water.  A better approach is to enact change by educating yourself and making sure that your voice is heard.  If you once called yourself a Republican, but aren't so sure these days, rather than rebrand yourself you have a responsibility to ensure that your party remains true to its roots.  If Republican leaders are not supporting what you believe, seek out those who are.  If you don't find candidates who support your views, then think about becoming one yourself or convincing someone you support to run for office.

To begin, you may wish to visit www.gop.org.  Keep in mind that the GOP is revamping its website, so know that it is a work in progress.  The GOP website has an ISSUES section where you can learn more about the Republican party.  You can find out what the current Republican platform is and where the Republican party as a whole stands on pertinent issues.  You can sign up for Political Education courses via the website as well.

Get involved with your state GOP.  To find their info, click here and select your state.  Consider running for a county or city office locally.  You may not have ever even considered being in politics yourself, but this is the dawn of a new era.  If we truly wish to make a difference, we have to step out of our comfort zone and be willing to stand up to the challenge.  If you want to learn more about leadership, visit The Leadership Institute where you can learn what it takes to become a conservative leader.  For federal elections information, visit this link.  On a state level, start with your state elections commission.  If you aren't sure where to turn, you can google "state elections [your state]" and you should find the right source.

On a smaller, but equally important scale, contact your county elections office.  Generally you can find their contact information by going to your state's Secretary of State website.  Depending on their setup, you should find a Voting or Elections link to direct you to your county.  Make it your job to know what offices are up for election and above all else vote!

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