It’s not just about getting out to walk the precincts. If we are dissatisfied with what our party delivers to us and our to government, it’s on us to get involved with party governance and correct the party by governing it directly. I’ve written much elsewhere just how much success this strategy is having in many states already – the party is changing! You are needed to accelerate that change.
But most PCs are simply unaware of just how much governing power they possess – and we need to be training each other to use it, to wield it!
It turns out there is much more involved (or there can be) than just voting once every 2-4 years for your county chair, or state chair and national committee critters. Much more than just being on the platform committee of your county or state. Look at the second column from the left on the chart below – the column with a sampling of the local boards, commissions, agencies and authorities in your region.
As one of the local PCs in your community, you practically have first claim to sit on one or more of these boards and commissions if you make your interest known – and especially if your county or state chair makes a few calls to help you. It may sometimes take some sharp elbow work, but it can be done, usually as easily as when you became a PC.
So we should be going after these various board, commission, agency and authority seats with a vengeance.
One caveat: the above chart by the third column from the left is talking solely about city/county employees, but your influence goes much farther than that as a member of a board or commission: you also influence vendors (may longime vendors with ‘sweet’ contracts) neeting attendees, and many more people than we can represent on the chart.
I’m not relating these facts out of any excess of scholarship or study. I quite literally stumbled into the idea as a result of an invitation – an invitation that I suspect many readers here will envy, especially with the rapidly rising popularity of organizations like True the Vote and voter fraud work.
I was invited to attend a meeting of VSAP, the LA County advisory board that will help choose the voting equipment we be using in LA in 2016. At the meeting I asked to be appointed to the board, and suggested how I might help, and my offer was accepted. Even though I work for the ‘opposition’ party compared to most in the room that day.
What’s your area of interest? I’m betting you can find one in the second column above. Then join in, in your local community, and contribute to the governance of your community as well as your party.
We often accuse our party leaders of being ‘too nice’. Are we guilty of the same thing if we’re not ready to get into the rough and tumble of community and local party governance? After all, we should not be calling on our leaders to engage in these difficult battles if we are not present on the battlefield to support them.
I don’t have to tell you what the consequences for us are if we do not do this, right?