By Brad Patano | UCF Executive Committee | @statedogg
Our country is $18 trillion in debt, fighting a war against an enemy our president refuses to acknowledge, and turning to the left faster than a NASCAR driver. The House and Senate are led by unprincipled self-indulging liberals, and almost every good person we elect to DC becomes a turncoat as soon as they see the marble hallways.
Washington DC is a mess, no doubt. Money and time, both limited commodities, are spent in absurd quantity to change the nature of Washington. Nonetheless, the maleficence in DC has become a distraction to conservatives’ quest to ensure the liberties our founding fathers sacrificed for are protected.
Washington DC and its thousands of politicians, lobbyists, and bureaucrats will never effectively be capable of solving our problems. We need to stop misusing time and energy trying to find the next national leader who can save us from ourselves. Instead we need to reallocate the governing authority to lower, smaller, more accessible governments.
Smaller more localized governments are much more responsive. Our founders knew that the best and most honest government was the government closest to the people. Patrick Henry said “The liberties of a people never were, nor ever will be, secure when the transactions of their rulers may be concealed from them.”
The most efficient way to ensure our conservative values are represented in Washington is to make certain they are represented in City Halls, County board rooms, and the State Capitol. If we pursue local issues and candidates with the same enthusiasm we do national ones, we absolutely can make a difference.
We need good honest officials at the local levels of government. We need these local leaders fighting to reclaim authority from the governments typically thought of as a higher level. Our voices need to be heard. Speaking with a unified message is the first step, but we must now redefine our audience. Most often our voice is a whisper in Washington DC, but it could be deafening in City Hall. If we elect principled local leaders and hold them accountable, those leaders will eventually infiltrate the self interested aristocracy in higher levels of government.
Everyone should participate in this process. We need to be as informed about local issues as we are about national issues. We will have to diligently work to stay in tune and communicate frequently with our allies. Additionally, we need to engage with and monitor our local elected politicians. We need to ensure they know how we feel on issues and we need to ensure our friends and neighbors know how they vote on these issues.
Support that we typically offer to our national politicians will be necessary for local politicians, too. Most importantly, we need candidates! New ideas and new leaders are vital to the process of reclaiming our government. Citizens should not fall victim to thinking that local policy is not important or worthy of our time. The more local governments step up and solve or prevent problems the less opportunity Washington DC has to muddle our lives with its intrusive and liberty depriving regulations.
The United Conservatives Fund is committed to changing the political landscape from the bottom up. We are committed to communicating the importance of local government and promoting enthusiastic participation by all. We will search for candidates and when those principled candidates offer themselves for service we will dedicate significant resources to them to ensure their success.
UCF is a first of its kind organization. Never before has an organization of this scale dedicated its mission to local grassroots policy and politics. I am proud to be a member of this team. If you are tired of choosing between the lesser of two evils each time you vote then UCF is for you.
It’s time to engage the system, decentralize power, and bring control back to where, and to whom, it belongs.
Brad Patano is a husband, father, Christian, community volunteer, and small business owner. Brad is a proud graduate of Mississippi public schools and Mississippi State University. As a partner in an Engineering and Architecture firm on the gulf coast, Brad is all too familiar with the overreach and interference of government regulation. Brad, his wife Leah, and two children reside in Ocean Springs, MS.