“… but I live in a blue state, what can I do?”
I live in a progressive stronghold. I like the technology and (some of the) culture in the Ann Arbor area, so I choose to remain here. But every election, the Dingells win, the Levins win, the Conyers win, the the Stabenows win. It’s not even close in most SE Michigan districts when the Union vote has anything to do with it. Democrats just sweep.
There are many parts of the country where this tends to be the case. I can imagine people with similar frustrations in the districts of Barney Frank or Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, etc. You end up looking around and you are surrounded by people that drank the progressive koolaid, so what the hell can you do?
I hate apathy. I don’t like it when I am faced with futility. So I was glad when my father told me how he deals with the problem. Yeah, the Levins and Stabenows and the democrats in general always seem to win the state-wide elections in Michigan. So last election cycle, my father looked around to see what he could do. He watched the news and came up with an idea.
What my father did was he started to pay attention to the races around the country that were in contention and were hard to predict an outcome. Every time he heard of such a race, he wrote the name of the candidates down. When he had time later, he looked up the websites of those candidates and got the addresses for them.
He then not only wrote a check to those candidates, but encouraged all his frustrated friends to do likewise. He also got on the phone to various organizations he supports such as the National Rifle Association and a few others and told them they should recommend following his example. He told as many people as he could to give as much as they can spare to help those fighting for a few more votes to defeat democratic incumbents in other districts around the country.
Sure, Michigan might be a lock for the democrats, but you can damn well make sure those democrats are going to have a hell of a hard time getting anything done when they get there!