Here are some things to consider doing. Some items may not be applicable to you.

Restore Sanity

To help restore some sanity to politics:

  • Encourage your elected officials and candidates to support:

    • Campaign finance reform, probably including public financing of campaigns, limitations on fundraising by candidates and limitations on advertising by candidates
    • Numerous debates which are broadcast
    • Instant runoff voting – so that if there are more than two candidates, voters can vote for their first, second, third, etc. choices thereby preventing one candidate from drawing votes away from a candidate with similar positions which could result in the winner being a candidate whose positions are supported by a minority of voters – avoids the need for special runoff elections which saves money, time and effort
    • Term limits for some offices
  • Before you get involved in politics:

    • Do some research on the issues you care about from a variety of reliable sources
    • Listen to the arguments put forward by people with opinions different from yours and consider the possibility that they might be right
    • Don’t assume that someone with a different opinion is a bad person
    • Try to understand why people have opinions that are different from yours
    • Offer to calmly explain to people with different views why you see things differently
    • Recognize that some people who express extreme opinions are mostly trying to attract attention
    • Recognize that generally the people with the most extreme opinions get most of the attention and that in most cases the vast majority of people have moderate opinions but don’t express those opinions very much
    • Recognize that we’re all in this together and it makes sense to work together to come up with solutions which satisfy most people
    • Recognize that the political process often favors those with extreme opinions, e.g., in primary elections, because voters who support the most extreme positions tend to be the most likely to vote
  • After you have learned about the issues and the candidates:

    • Talk to your family, friends, neighbors, etc. about the issues and candidates to get their perspectives
    • Consider running for elected office – even if you don’t have a good chance of winning, just running can give you a powerful platform to advocate for issues you care about
    • Consider volunteering for a campaign
    • Consider writing a letter to the editor of your community’s newspaper(s)
    • Register to vote before the deadline
    • Check the voting info at:
    • Vote411.org – by the League of Women Voters
    • VoteSmart.org – by Project Vote Smart (they say that they take no money from special interest groups and have committed themselves to an extraordinary effort to provide their fellow citizens with the tools for a reemergence of political power not known for half a century)
    • OurTime.org – for young Americans (they say that they are “pro-generational,” that they carefully consider the majority views of the young generation and that they do their best to represent those positions without shilling for political parties)
    • Vote

To help restore your sanity:

  • Take some deep breaths
  • Stay calm
  • Be patient
  • Don’t get angry
  • Don’t be frustrated by little things
  • Be confident (to the extent that it’s helpful)
  • Know yourself and take care of yourself
  • Write down what you feel stressed about and possible solutions
  • Remember that you don’t have to do everything perfectly
  • Make a list of the things you feel need to be done, then:
    • Prioritize the list
    • Delegate as many items as feasible to others
    • Concentrate on doing the things that you feel have to be done
    • Take action, even if small steps, towards completing things you feel you have to do
  • Exercise
  • Eat properly
  • Get plenty of sleep
  • Take up a relaxing hobby
  • Consider massage therapy
  • Feel good about yourself

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