Katie Kieffer
When life gives you lemons, make lemonade. When Washington gives you lemons, make lemonade and don’t forget the rum.

D.C. lemons make it challenging to remain upbeat. “Lemon legislation” coming out of Washington, D.C. is effectively shredding the Constitution (think Obamacare or the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, the National Defense Authorization Act and President Obama’s executive order to expand the use of domestic drones).

And presidentially-appointed lemons make life miserable for the common man and businessman alike. Ben Bernanke is our lemon “economist,” Timothy Geithner is our lemon “treasurer” and Lisa Jackson (head of the unconstitutional EPA) is our lemon “energy expert,” to name a few.

So, here are three ways I think liberty-minded Americans can actively turn Washington “lemons” into positives. Grab a glass of Bacardi, matey!

1.) Speak Differently

“Promote what you love instead of bashing what you hate.” This was a September 13 tweet from the Ladies of Liberty Alliance (@ladiesofliberty). I think this statement perfectly sums up what conservatives and libertarians need to do if we want to return our country to its constitutional origins.

Try using different words to express your opinions when you are talking to friends, family and colleagues—even if they agree with you. It is fine to critique public policy and offer creative solutions. However, simply bashing and complaining is futile; only action changes the world.

Words are powerful. If we vocalize enthusiasm and excitement, we will attract new people to our ideas while energizing those who already agree with us to collaborate on an action plan.

For example, next time your friends are bemoaning the horrible economy over happy hour, morph the conversation into a brainstorm session about opportunities: Do you and your friends have hobbies or talents that you could leverage to promote freedom? Is now the time to launch that company you’ve always dreamed about?

2.) Get Social, Get Factual

Katie Kieffer

Katie Kieffer is the author of a new book published by Random House, LET ME BE CLEAR: Barack Obama’s War on Millennials and One Woman’s Case for Hope.” She writes a weekly column for Townhall.com. She also runs KatieKieffer.com.