Run For Your Precinct is an educational endeavor devoted to the concept that the solution to our nation's most vital political issues lies at the precinct level.

"It'd be better to be governed by the first two hundred people drawn from the Boston telephone directory than by the Harvard faculty."
- William F. Buckley, Jr.

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"The best defense against usurpatory government is an assertive citizenry."
-William F. Buckley, Jr.

"People of the same trade seldom meet together, even for merriment and diversion, but the conversation ends in a conspiracy against the public, or in some contrivance to raise prices."
- Adam Smith, 1776
For those tied to the public sector, for prices, read taxes.

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Most of our nation’s political problems are caused or worsened by the way our two major parties operate. That's why it's crucial to understand three things: how the existing system works, the major problem that plagues it, and the simple, doable way for people to put things right - by empowering themselves. This site explains the issue.

The Preliminary Basics

Let's say you're a Republican.* If you’re like most people, you'd be confused if anyone asked, "Who represents you to the Republican Party?" The question wouldn't seem to make sense. Yet the answer lies at the heart of this issue. And if you think it's your Congressman, then no, that's not correct. More here.

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“I’ve already called my Congressman. What else can I do?”

If you've spent much time listening to talk radio, you've probably heard some caller imploring a host to tell them what they could do to support or oppose some legislative bill. Since the caller has already contacted his Congressman, the host usually serves up a pitifully weak suggestion, such as "write a letter to the editor" or "remember to vote in the fall." It's all rather pathetic.

The proper response should be: "Run for your precinct!"

The nitty-gritty on how political party committees work.

Politics is about the exercise of power. And not surprisingly, the way it functions is always "political." Consequently, precinct men, who can wield significant power, will commonly align themselves to advance their agendas. Agendas can be good or bad, but the process itself is neutral. It’s simply the way things work.

As a result, there’s almost always a faction in control of a committee, and which wants to maintain its control. And understanding how a faction can leverage its influence is a subtle and important thing to grasp. More here.

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The Main Problem with American Politics!!!

Without knowing it, Americans have significantly abandoned the most essential office of politics - that of the party precinct man. Worse yet, all too often they've left it to be filled by those who have a vested interest in politics. The excessive influence of this segment within the parties is the hidden, yet primary cause of our political troubles. It's a very big deal, but practically no one speaks of it. More here.

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Do you have any questions?

If you do, many of them are probably answered on our page of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ). We have loads of answers. Click here.

The Matter of the Tea Party Movement

The success or failure of the Tea Party Movement ultimately related to how well it motivated and guided people to run for their precincts. While we were supporters of the principles that motivated Tea Party enthusiasts, it was tragically sad and wasteful when thousands of people attended rallies where no one urged them to run for their precincts. T-shirts, slogans, and bus trips to Washington D.C. don't cut it. One needs to show up with voting rights where the local power is being exercised.

The Advantages of Focusing on the Precinct Level

There’re a few essential things to recognize about taking the precinct approach. One is, if we're ever going to address our political problems, then it’s unavoidable. Our political system needs to work the way it was designed to. The two major parties were set up to function in a representative democratic fashion. When a disproportionate number of precinct men represent public sector interests (see here), then the parties and nation will suffer from the imbalance.

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Secondly, we don't need vast numbers of people to act, just a relative few. Something less than one out of every hundred voters. And the kind of people we need are everywhere. In general, they're a bit older, more experienced, and already paying attention to political issues (think: podcasts and talk radio). They just have to be encouraged to fill the precinct role.

That brings us to what's truly great about the precinct approach - the way forward is free and clear. We merely have to act. We don't need to get anything scheduled, enacted, or amended. We don't need to raise any funds, change public opinion, elect any Congressmen, or take anything to court. We don't have to take off work or march on any capitol. Just start going to party meetings and looking about for kindred souls. There's not even a need to create an organization. One's already set up and waiting - it’s the existing party system. The two major parties are already established in every state and organized down to the precinct level. We need only run for those precincts. It's that simple.


How can you check out the truth of this issue? And if you're considering running, where would you start?

How to run to represent your party precinct (how to file, what to expect, etc).

A Concession

When only a quarter of all American adults can name all three branches of government, it’s best to concede, some important issues don't lend themselves to general consumption - such as this one. While it effects everyone, it simply can't attract and hold the attention of most people. The importance of politics at the precinct level can’t be explained in a sound bite, there’s nothing sexy about it, and to many, it's overwhelming. It's nothing the average guy wants to be concerned with.

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Still, on the plus side, it can interest those who have a heart for serving others. The right sort, let's say. Fortunately, for democracy to work well, you don’t need all that many to be involved. Nor, for those who do come forward, do they generally lack the resources to get things done. It's just that their efforts would be greatly magnified and sustained if they could hear some support from voices on the national level. That's what's genuinely lacking.

What's needed is for people on the national level to explain this issue to their audiences, and to occasionally refer to it. If they'd be willing to go the extra mile, they could point people to where to find out when and how to file to run as candidates for their precincts. No other expense of time or money is necessary - nor any organizing effort. People will step up if only given some understanding, and a bit of encouragement... a sense that others are doing the same elsewhere. But they need to know they're not alone – which is why we pray for a few on the national level to stir themselves.


* Run For Your Precinct is non-partisan endeavor, in the sense that we're not here to advance one party over the other; we'd like to see them both reform. But in a different sense, we're hyper-partisan, in that we believe far more voters should be aligned and active in one or the other of the two parties. However, since we believe most alienated voters would feel more naturally aligned with the Republican Party, we try to simplify things by speaking mainly in the context of the GOP. But practically anything said here about either party applies to both. So feel free to read in one party's name for the other. And if you feel a strong need to be unaligned with any party, then please just bear along.