How to Bust Down the Doors and Get Involved in Democracy
Politics has been designed to create individualization and disillusionment in most societies across the globe. The image it gives off creates confusion, anger and boredom for lots of people, which may be why so little changes when new leaders come into power, and why people are left feeling helpless and disengaged with politics as a whole.
However, what people are beginning to understand is that politics has only been “designed” with that image. It doesn’t necessarily mean change can’t occur within the current systems, no matter how much if often feels that way.
Politics is Inclusive
Democracy is supposed to be inclusive, and it is, though the majority of politicians and the media working with them broadcast messages that leave us feeling alienated and disconnected, making us feel like we cannot do anything to better our communities.
However, even though some politicians and media companies have a vested interest in broadcasting these messages, it doesn’t mean that they’re true. In fact, those messages are designed to make people feel as though they can’t and shouldn’t get involved in certain areas of politics.
Only when government officials want specific results will they advertise propaganda aligning with their agenda, persuading society to vote in favor of their desired outcome. Otherwise, most other issues are swept under the carpet or hushed out of the media.
Despite this, people do have the power to create petitions, vote on all matters and ask for change in any way they see fit. It’s important to remember governments were created to represent all people—they’re in power “for” you.
The first step in busting down the doors and getting involved in democracy is realizing you can do so and that politics isn’t reserved for just elite members of society, big business or politicians themselves.
When you have a cause you believe in, and you want to create awareness and change, the best way to do so is to drum up support to add weight and pressure to your claims. Rallying support can be seen on a national scale when elections are taking place. Huge candidate rallies are held as well as interviews, statements and press conferences. This kind of “rallying” is world class.
However, it’s this dazzling image of rallying up support that makes individual members of society feel powerless to conjure up followers to do the same for their cause. But it can be done. In recent years, people have learned the power they have at their fingertips if they can persuade and convince others change is possible.
Online petitions are becoming more popular and can go viral if the cause is appropriate to the people that see it. For example, sponsored posts to online petitions can be very effective, since you can target messages to profiles that show interests in specific areas.
How to Create Change
Getting involved in democracy is usually born out of the desire to change something that’s personally impacting your life. Whether you feel healthcare needs more budget allocation, schools need more attention, public transport needs addressing or environmental health requires more awareness, there is always a desire to change a system, rule or law to improve things.
Creating change comes from generating awareness, commitment from society, formal proposals, discussion and finally, decision making. However, for this process to work for individuals and small groups within communities, it must be done on an accessible and manageable scale. It isn’t likely your cause or petition will go viral unless you have expertise in social media marketing, though that is an option for those who do.
A great method to force change is to address it in your local community first. People often forget a lot of decisions are made on a city or town level; the national government is often not as involved as people think. It’s a lot more accessible to get involved in local politics, and if you can make waves locally, you’ll have a much better chance of doing something nationally.
Try to tackle issues within your neighborhood first and see how far you get. The likelihood is if you feel strongly about something, others will too. Getting signatures and support will be easier than you think, and when you have social pressure and weight to your cause, politicians will stand up and listen since they’ll want to remain in office and get your votes in future elections.
Overall, getting involved in democracy isn’t as difficult and prestigious as the mainstream media makes it seem. Understanding you can create change and momentum is the first step to demystifying politics. From there, you can rally up support for your claims, and then approach your local council or representatives to ask for action to be taken.
It’s important to note you can contact your local government representatives by writing to them or even calling them. They are people just like you, and they are in office to represent society and act on their behalf. But if you’re not satisfied with their response, it might be time to take matters into your own hands.