One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors.—Plato

The purpose of this book, and the resulting website,  is to dispel the common misconception that “my vote doesn’t count.” Your vote does count, and even more importantly your opinion and voice count.

Hopefully this project will get you started toward participating in the World’s Greatest Political Debate EVER—the USA!

We stay a great country by the sheer will of our ability to constantly influence our government officials. Money certainly plays a part, but nothing is more powerful than an educated and participatory citizen. And nothing holds our elected officials more accountable than our actions as participants!

A January 2013 Rasmussen Poll showed that 53% of likely voters don’t believe that EITHER Party represents the American people. 63% of Republicans believe their Party has “lost touch,” yet more than 50% of Precinct Committeemen seats are UNFILLED. The Democrats fare a little better in the wake of winning an election, but still have an alarming number of unfilled Precinct Committeemen seats. The Precinct is where the real power exists to change how our Representatives perform.

It’s not really a conspiracy that the powers that be have not afforded THE PEOPLE—the taxpayer, the student, the worker, the housewife, the minister, or the citizen—the proper education or tools with which to enable ourselves protection of our personal freedoms and reasonable, accountable government services.

The government has power because we give it to them by our action or inaction. We’re busy living our lives, providing for our children, creating new technologies, serving in the military, paying taxes, and being Americans. We need to make time to participate.

Fortunately, our Founding Fathers put in place mechanisms for us to challenge authority, create policies that work for our own communities, and even change the overall structure of government if we so choose.

This book is not a Bible or even a handbook that might provide instantaneous solutions to the ongoing problems we face in our Republic. It is however a guideline, and hopefully, a thought provoking manuscript which enables all of us to join together, work together and move forward regardless of political party.

30 years ago there was a very specific ideological combat situation between Capitalism and Communism. Capitalism won. Now there is a very specific non-ideological combat situation between capitalism and community, and ideologically on specific issues. NOW we need to be Americans and join together to solve the problems that our government doesn’t seem to be able to solve by itself.

You have power as an individual who is part of the process to make changes.

Demanding good government is not just about coming out of the closet, out of the woodshed, joining a union or issue group, rallying in the streets, churches, synagogues, mosques or town halls. It’s about rolling up our sleeves and getting our hands dirty from the local level all the way to the top.

Our Republic demands that we participate. Our citizenship is only as valuable as we make it. If we choose to ignore it, then we choose to give it no value, and ultimately lose our liberties.

Participate or be enslaved. Here are the basic tools.