"Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom must, like men, undergo the fatigue of supporting it." -- Thomas Paine
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1. Let your representative know how you feel; our representatives know that one interaction with a constituent can represent thousands who feel the same way.
a. Letters to congressman and senators, federal and state (see hyperlinks in right column) Letters should be individually written and signed and sent to local offices b. Attend community meeting of representatives; bring others, speak up politely but assertively c. Personally visit your legislators’ offices in the region d. Organize a phone tree with many people calling representatives offices
2. Let your community know how you feel: when you speak up, others do the same
a. Write a letter to the editor; short, polite, but with impact b. Provide addresses and emails and phone numbers of your representatives c. Offer an op-ed to your local paper in an area of your expertise. Examples: business profitability, debilitating taxing on businesses, health care socialization, energy production and energy related jobs in the US d. Educate yourself and others: use proven business techniques to get results:
* Organize a weekly, or monthly get-together: make it fun (LIA can help with this) * Assign an article or video to read and discuss; send articles by email * Write letters to our representatives or make calls during the meeting * Use the pyramid process to set up “Liberty Learning Party” with different people * Don’t forget the younger generation * Buy the Declaration of Independence and Constitution in bulk; hand it out to others
3. Invest in Liberty: spend some of your valuable assets on Liberty
a. Support organizations that are working to protect your liberty; compare this investment (1% to 5% of your income) with the federal, state, local and school taxes, fees and tariffs you are coerced to pay for government subsidies to programs that you would not voluntarily support on your own. b. Attend a liberty education event or free forum; make it a family and friends vacation c. Visit Washington DC and look at the structures and people; you will quickly realize that much of this activity is paid for by your tax dollars and designed to support special interests rather than individual decision-making and responsibility. Little of it is activity that adds to the production and wealth creation of the country. This is government activity that “takes” rather than “makes”. d. Visit ALL your legislators’ offices in Washington; ask to speak to the legislator or aide. e. Donate anything you can to the cause of liberty in America:
* Your time to help organize groups * Your house to host a party * Your available labor assets to help with volunteer organizing * Your available capital assets (materials, gift subscriptions, donations) * Your connections (TV producers, writers, business leaders) * Gift memberships to Cato, FEE, or other worthy organizations
4. Set up a structure to make sure you follow through with actions: use your friends and family to create regular gatherings where action is taken.
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