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What can a democratic voter do to be effective in politics in a region where republican voters are entrenched in the political system?

As a member of the state of Oklahoma, I am more than frustrated with the intellecutal outsourcing and increased conservatism of my state. This is largely due to the inability of the democratic party to be able to push for effective and worthy education initiatives among other things. What can I do as a democratic voter to help change the political landscape around me?

  • Aug 14 2012: Just be true to yourself.
    Another option: Move.
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    Aug 16 2012: Good question Kelly. Personally I would pick out the ideas that really get me excited that give me drive. Become a champion of those ideas and evolve into a successful example of those ideas at work. Cross those thresholds where it is no longer just an idea but instead, a working model that anyone with similar aspirations could emulate an be proud of.
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    Aug 15 2012: Join the Republican Party ..... problem solved.

    All the best. Bob
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    Aug 15 2012: A division into 2 political parties: the Democrats and the Republicans is not current. Now, we should divide politicians into two other groups: servants of Wall Street and servants of citizens. I don't know who works for Wall Street (I don't know names), but I see to what strive these politicians.

    Republicans refer to christian values, but they don't respect those values. George W. Bush destroyed Iraq and killed (not directly) civilians, because he thinked that Iraq has a WMD.

    So Kelly, you must show that Republicans don't respect these christian values, which they proclaim. They are hypocrites!
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    Gail .

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    Aug 15 2012: I long for the day when more people understand that political parties ARE the problem.
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    Aug 15 2012: It is not accurate to characterize Oklahoma as a conservative stronghold. In the attached Gallup poll Oklahoma is classified as having "lean Democrat" leanings. I am pleased to hear that the Conservatives of Oklahoma are holding their own against a Democrat majority.
    The poll will give you some ideas about some "political landscapes" where a Liberal will likely feel more at home. All the best in your quest.
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    Aug 15 2012: Conservatism is not entirely bad. It depends on what the conservatives want to preserve.
    There is a general belief that any new thing is good and any old thing is bad(as if humanity only started thinking in the 21st century).

    Like the other commenters have said, focus on the good things, people's needs and how to be of service; and not what you think people should need and change.
  • Aug 15 2012: Gale has an intersting comment, but more than that you can still affect the frames and dialogues. Why is tghe Tea Party which once was Libertarian as is supposedly Ron Paul and Rand Paul. Read Van Hayek's Road to Serfdom like these people may not have done. He tells us that the big problems are corporations and patent law. I never thought that, but I'm beginning to wonder. Oh, and these people dislike the 14th Amendment. Wait the author of the 14th amendment argued San Mateo County vs. Southern Pacific Railroad before the Su[reme Court. Of Course Roscoe Conkling was pushing it. Thios is the basis of corporated law in the United States. How weird Tlak about the court legislating corporations hasve never been slaves. Make them think and they don't like their politicains either.
  • Aug 15 2012: Maybe you don't need the political landscape. Appeal to all that is right in people; appeal to their inner selves where ideals are higher. Working against a horse going stubbornly in one direction will not turn the horse. Feed it with attraction to something better. Who of us can comment on your local situation?

    Who needs politics anyway when highlighting the good to get attention?
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    Aug 15 2012: I loved this TEDx talk which directly addresses this"

    Here is another major learning through TED on leadership that tells the story of Binky the leader who started at age 10:

    One more: