2012 presidential candidates: How to get involved with politics this year

2012 presidential campaigns

2012 presidential campaigns (© Charles Dharapak/AP Images)

We all know that come this November we’ll be voting on a new leader for our country. In case you’ve tuned out all forms of media, you’ve probably deciphered that the 2012 presidential candidates are going to be Mitt Romney and Barack Obama. While Ron Paul has not formally stepped down, Romney has secured the required amount of delegates and is already choosing his running mate. What you may not be aware of is how to get involved with politics in a way that will actually make a difference. Read on for a few tips on how you can educate yourself and a your friends during this election year.

Educate yourself while educating others

When you teach others something new, you tend to retain the information better. So, while you’re brushing up on the big issues and 2012 presidential candidates for the upcoming election, tell a few close friends and family members what you’re learning — without being that pushy friend, of course.

Depending on which way you’re leaning (left or right, that is), you may want to do a search for that particular party’s information; just beware of how biased the information can be.

BigFacts.org is an extremely conservative Republican news source (read: Anti-Democrat) that is filled with information regarding the upcoming election. The May 2, 2012, post by blogger Kaleb Bennett, “How to Get Involved in Politics, How You Can Make a Difference,” suggests that “the most important thing you can do is help educate others about conservatism, the Constitution and most important of all, actively counter the media’s distortions of news reports, conservative ideas, conservative candidates and U.S. History.”

If you’re looking for a new source slanted in the other direction, check out the DemocraticUnderground.com. In addition to the latest breaking news stories from around the world, there are several forums you can get involved in regarding all types of issues, including the Politics 2012 forum, which features over 30 pages of discussion threads.

Don’t forget to check sources of information that are unbiased. There are millions of websites out there, so be sure to do your homework and check on a few sources to get correct information.

Join an organization on your campus

Most major colleges and universities in the country have young Republican, Democratic or Independent political organizations that students can join. You may even want to consider joining two opposing parties to get a well-rounded view of what’s being discussed on your campus. It’s never a bad idea to have too much information.

Use social media as a means to reach out

Yes, social media can be a breeding ground for everyone’s daily gripes with life, but it can also be a great place to reach out to all on your friend list with new information. In her May 31, 2012, post, “Social media and the 2012 election: connections and consequences for everyone,” for Allvoices.com, writer Suzanne Surbeck says, “There is no question that social media and its ability to reach millions, led by Facebook and Twitter, will play a fundamental role in this year’s elections. Both the Obama and Romney campaigns are already using it extensively to reach voters, including in some non-traditional ways.” It’s great to see the candidates using their social media connections to reach voters. It reminds us of the importance of our vote.

However you find your information on this year’s presidential election, be sure you don’t keep it to yourself. Share with others, pass the link on and inject it into your daily conversations to get others thinking. Remember that politics can change in an instant, so keep checking your trusty sites for current information.

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