So many people are fired up and need a way to channel their energy instead of be fearful and mournful, now that we are confronting the fact that Idiocracy was apparently a documentary predicting the future of America. Our inbox was blessed by a kind local reader who is relatively new to the area and seeking suggestions as to how to become more involved with the political community.
Truthfully, we may not be the best advisers on the subject, since our main role around here is to point and laugh. We hope to provide reader friendly content that helps people keep interested in such fascinating topical issues as zzzzzzzzzzzoning lawzzzzzzzzzzz. Fortunately for the Yokel Ladies, Shrelauter can even make this stuff dramatic and appalling sometimes. We would also like to take this opportunity to remind everyone that “we the people” run the damned circus that we have turned this republic into. Being an involved citizen–as this reader seeks to do–is the best course of action. Watching council meetings to familiarize yourself with the goings on of our community (we promise, this is the best reality TV around) writing LTEs to the real newspaper, and very most importantly interacting with your elected officials at every level are all great ways to get started. However, none of those will necessarily put you into the local community in a “boots on the ground” sense. It’s just a start that will familiarize you with what we are dealing with around here, but these boots were made for walkin’ and we are getting the distinct feeling from the women here, there, and everywhere that a lot of boots are lacing up for a march on Washington.
As moms, we also find PTA to be a great way for moms to get started. Just look at Sarah Palin, newly tapped for Department of the Interior, after her start as a PTA mama grizzly hockey mom, part term governor, matriarch of a sanctimonious barroom brawl, and reality show star (thanks be to the original maverick John McCain, who is totally not a hero, according to President Elect Middle Finger). You can go absolutely anywhere from there! Apparently.
For other young moms looking to find a path forward right now, we would love suggestions from readers. We would really love it if Councilmember Fitzwater has the opportunity to offer an idea, but she did just return from her maternity leave and is probably very, very busy right now doing a teaching job–which is like a job and half for real–and a “part time” council member job, and being mother to an infant. Honestly, we don’t know how she does that.
2 thoughts on “How to become politically involved”
Help an immigrant in our community assimilate. The Literacy Council of Frederick County trains people to be a one on one tutor for an adult who is learning English. You can introduce our language, culture and social fabric for these new residents. It is a very personal, meaningful way to let new comers know they are welcome in Frederick.