By Elizabeth Wood West
As this politically-tempestuous year draws to a close, please let me challenge each of you to decide today what you will do to make a difference in the 2020 election year. Our mission is to win every Republican race, and your contribution – no matter its size – will make ALL the difference for our victory.
Below are my four calls to action for 2020: Get Informed, Engage, Volunteer, and Donate.
GET INFORMED about candidates, ballot issues, and hot topics. Here are a few ideas:
1. The Colorado National Popular Vote Referendum will be on the November 2020 ballot. We need to preserve the electoral college and protect the integrity of Colorado’s vote in presidential elections. A great resource is Protect Colorado’s Vote www.protectcoloradosvote.org.
Thanks to this organization and its many petition circulators (I was one), voters decided over-whelmingly in November that they want this issue to be on the 2020 ballot so they can decide if they (and not the Colorado Legislature) want to keep the electoral college system or replace it with the national popular vote.
2. More Anti-Gun Legislation will likely be coming from Democrats in 2020 at the U.S. and State levels. Ask your U.S. and State Representatives/Senators about the legislation and how you can help them defeat it. “A well-regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.” (Amendment II, Bill of Rights)
3. Climate Change has become a world-wide cause célèbre and has created a multi-billion dollar industry with plenty of virtuous, and sometimes hysterical, celebrity spokespeople. Governments, including the State of Colorado, are eagerly using climate change as an excuse to grab more control of our lives with their misguided and economy-crushing policies. For two eye-opening and factual reads, check out Joe Bastardi’s book “The Climate Chronicles: Inconvenient Revelations You Won’t Hear from Al Gore” and “Inconvenient Facts” by Gregory Wrightstone.
4. Capitalism and Socialism are two very different ideologies that we should all be versed in. According to Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary:
“Capitalism [is] an economic system characterized by private or corporate ownership of capital goods, by investments that are determined by private decision, and by prices, production, and the distribution of goods that are determined mainly by competition in a free market.”
“Socialism [is] any of various economic and political theories advocating collective or governmental ownership and administration of the means of production and distribution of goods; a system of society or group living in which there is no private property; a system or condition of society in which the means of production are owned and controlled by the state.”
Consider giving an economics lesson to the young people in your life during the holidays by examining examples of socialism (the former Soviet Union, most European countries, Cuba, and Venezuela) and why it doesn’t work.
ENGAGE with your family members, neighbors, co-workers, and social media pals in conversations about their issues in 2020 and their ideas/solutions. Be a good listener and try to find common ground; be ready to share resources and facts.
VOLUNTEER for Republican candidate campaigns, ballot issues, Douglas County GOP, Colorado State GOP, and many other freedom-loving and/or faith-based organizations. Making phone calls, knocking on someone’s door, registering someone to vote, circulating a petition, stuffing envelopes, or standing on a street corner with a sign is invaluable.
DONATE, even if it’s a small amount, because your donation, when combined with everyone else’s, adds up.