Guest Editorial: A Grassroots Call to Action
The race for US Senate between Marco Rubio and Charlie Crist is what it is all about to a political junkie like me. I have been interested in politics all my life, though my political interest at an early age was not a reflection of my parents’. It was more likely a reflection of my favorite subjects in school, history and civics.
I was thrilled when I registered to vote at age 21 and over the years I have taken my responsibility as a member of the American electorate very seriously. In grassroots circles I am what is known as a “super voter.” The kind of voter that all candidates seek to reach because I always go to the polls.
More than once while knocking on doors for my candidates, I have had folks tell me they always go to the polls. I smile knowingly and tell them that is why I am at their door. Though these super voters will often thank me for my efforts, I must say there is nothing in grassroots that is more satisfying and gives me a greater sense that I am making a difference for my candidate and my country than walking door to door.
That’s why the race for US Senate between Marco Rubio and Charlie Crist is what it is all about to a political junkie like me. To me there is nothing more exciting and motivating than a candidate for which I am passionate, in a race for which I am passionate. Not since 2004 has an election held this level of excitement to me. Until now.
At church recently a friend who is a long time Republican spoke to me about his frustration with the Republican Party and the leadership’s support of moderate candidates. I said I have 2 words for you, Marco Rubio. I told him Rubio has ignited the passions of the grassroots across the state of Florida because he speaks of conservatism without apology. Rubio is not only a true conservative; he is charismatic, articulate and Hispanic. He is one of many faces needed for the future of our Party. He believes in a balanced budget and tax reform. He understands that it is the hard work of the American people, not the government that creates wealth. My friend walked away with a smile and said “I will spread the word.”
That conversation is why I believe this US Senate race is truly for the heart and soul of the Republican Party, and why I believe many super voters will have the same epiphany that I had in 2004 and realize now is the time for them to take that next step from super voter to grassroots volunteer. If not now, then when?