In one of our past blog posts, we dealt with the question of why Fairfax County politics tends to be so complicated. Continuing with that political thread, in today’s blog post, we will be dealing with the question of how to get started in Fairfax County politics. This is an important question to people who harbor political ambitions, and who often find themselves at a loss on where to get started.
In my experience, the best way to get started in Fairfax County politics would be by joining a local branch of a major political party. Membership in the major political parties is open: meaning that pretty much anybody can join. Actually, the political parties are always happy to attract new members. Thus, your desire to join a political party in Fairfax County is likely to be met with a lot of enthusiasm by the local officials.
After joining a local branch of a major political party, the most important thing here is to ensure that you become an active member – not just a passive member. You will have joined a political party with the objective of learning how things are done. Your ultimate goal should be one of ending up being so knowledgeable about politics that you can competently tell the feedback site about the people who drive local politics and their real motivations. So you need to get very deeply involved in party activities, and eventually you will start gaining insights into the inner workings of the party, and how things are really done.
As you get more and more deeply involved in local party politics, you will inevitably come to learn something about the dirty/dark side of politics. It is at this point that you will have to make up your mind on whether to go even deeper, or to exit at that point. The decision you make here will be greatly influenced by the strength of your political ambition. If your ambition is weak, you will probably opt to quit, after getting to know more about the dirtier side of politics. On the other hand, if your ambition is strong, you will trudge on, even after getting to know about the high price that has to be paid for real political success.