The end is nigh. I, one who has always shunned P&C for fear of treading the treacherous waters, have decided to wade into the deep end. At the suggestion of Certis, our wise and benevolent overlord, I am starting a thread for the few of us who may still be political noobs. Please, teach me your ways. To be clear, I'm trying to get a basic discussion going for those of us who aren't as well versed in politics as some of the experts on here. I have no specific direction in mind, I'm just trying to learn. Please feel free to drop some knowledge on my eager brain. I know there will be controversy, because that's how things roll with politics, but I would appreciate if we kept things civil so I don't run screaming from P&C again.
So, to start, a little about me.
I'm 34 years old and a registered democrat. I live near Washington D.C. and work for the federal government. I have historically not gone too in depth into politics and feel that needs to change. I vote, but I am not a strict party voter. I try to determine which candidates fit my views and vote for them, no matter their party affiliation. I'm planning on voting Clinton this year and not just because Trump terrifies me, I do agree with a lot of what she's trying to do. I tend to classify myself as fairly liberal. I'm also married with two young children and therefore trying to make the country, and world, a better place for them is high up on my list of priorities.
So, based on some discussion in the What's Trump Done This Time Catch-All, I will ask a question to start things off. Other than voting for Clinton, what else can I do to help things move along? Is it as simple as also voting for members of Congress that have similar ambitions that will be able to move things along? What are the best non-biased resources for noobs like me?