A few month after the last presidential election of 2008, I noticed the hard-left change in direction that the administration took. I was expecting that happen so I wasn’t surprised. I even voted for Obama in the primaries because I figured Hillary Clinton would have gone just as hard-left…but she had a lot of experience and Obama was a rookie. So I chose the lesser of two weasels and voted for the one that would be most likely to sabotage themselves and, hopefully, wake up the electorate.

And then there was McCain. McCain was Progressive-lite and, unfortunately, a forgone conclusion as far as becoming the Republican presidential candidate. He was weak and the best thing he did was choose Palin for VP. So when the general election rolled around, I held my nose and pulled the lever for McCain. But I knew who was going to win…the presidency was the Democrat Party’s to lose since we were coming off of a second-term Republican president. (Yes, I’m a numbers man and I look at the odds.)

Anyway, an amazing thing happened: the Tea Party Movement emerged. I was mostly curious about them at first but the bottom-line is that they inspired me to get more involved. But they were only one part of a two part catalyst. That other part had actually started around the same time: REAL American history. I ran across that at my church where David Barton‘s “America’s Godly Heritage” was being shown. I learned more in one hour than I had learned in public school and college COMBINED. (Note: I’m no schlub when it comes to over-all education or raw intellect.)

Now I was putting it all together and all I needed was a plan for myself regarding how I could make a difference. Ultimately, I settled on a three part plan: 1) educate myself about the U.S. Constitution and American history, 2) educate others about the U.S. Constitution and American history, and 3) get involved. The real secret to changing the course of this country is in #1 and especially in #2. #3 is what everyone needs to do if #1 and #2 are to have an impact.

Today, like I’ve been doing most weekends for a few months now, I knocked on doors and hung out literature on behalf of my local candidate of choice, Kurt Bahr. I’m not keeping score but it’s easily over 1000 homes that I’ve stopped it. And it actually makes a difference and it’s lead me to other ways that I can make things happen in the future.

So what difference are you making? Feel free to comment.