Conservatives may not agree on the best candidate for president, but they do agree on one thing: Obama must go. Conservative writers and bloggers are all doing their part to add to a growing dialogue of political strategy to make that goal a reality.
Among the new authors are Richard Fenton and Andrea Waltz, whose book, What Would Lincoln Say? (www.WhatWouldLincolnSay.com), imagines a time-traveling (and culture-shocked) Abraham Lincoln struggling to get a meeting with President Obama.
“It seemed a natural because America is engaged in a second Civil War, now –one of ideas, ideals and ideology,” says Richard Fenton, co-author with Waltz of Go for No!, a No. 1 Amazon.com best-seller for sales books.
“Who better to address our current challenges – and talk sense to Obama – than Abraham Lincoln?”
While the novel about a bemused 19th century president sampling his first Snickers bar and cleverly talking his way out of a psychiatric hospital (“You’re who?”) has plenty of light-hearted moments, Fenton and Waltz are serious about their goal. They want to educate the public about, and contribute to, conservative/Libertarian causes and candidates. And they’d like to mobilize others to help ensure Obama is a one-term president.
What can like-minded non-politicians do? Plenty, the couple says. Here are some of their tips for ways one person can influence politics (and, don’t tell Fenton and Waltz, but they work whether you lean right, left or somewhere in the middle):
• Decide that one individual can make a difference. When you think about it, any (and every) group starts with one individual saying to themselves, “What if I formed an organization that…” And then that one told one, who told another, and so on. Don’t think you have what it takes to be the leader of an organization? No problem. The political world also needs more dedicated followers.
• Determine your core philosophies. In other words, what do you believe in? What do you stand for? It is through the process of determining and defining the positions you believe in, and developing the ability to verbalize (and defend) them when necessary, that one becomes politically powerful. When someone asks why you’re voting for the Conservative or Libertarian or Independent candidate, you must know the reasons. “Just because!” has zero influence.
• Expose yourself. Watch, read, listen, learn, and get educated on issues and arguments you may not understand as deeply or, in some cases, even be aware of. If you haven’t done so already, get a copy of the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution and read them. Actually, you should study them. Not just because you need to know what’s in them in order to defend them, but because they’re inspiring.
• Accept your responsibility to be part of the solution. It’s easy to forget but, as Americans, we enjoy more freedom than people from virtually any other country in the world. Unfortunately, most of us take this freedom for granted. Defending freedom isn’t optional—not if you want to remain free, at least. It requires work, dedication, and sometimes blood. Americans are dying every day —most of them mere kids—to protect our freedom. And most of us barely notice.
• Get involved. Volunteer for a campaign; post signs and stickers; sign an online petition; register to vote (if you haven’t already).
• Vote! Wow, this is so obvious. Does it really need to be said? Yes, it does.
Richard Fenton and Andrea Waltz of Orlando, Florida, are entrepreneurs, corporate trainers and best-selling authors who’ve co-written four books. After years watching campaigns and elections from the sidelines, they decided they’d been remiss in their civic duty and decided to get involved by doing what they do best – writing a book.