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A Gathering on The Mall is Not Going to Change Government

In Conservative, Elections, Republican, Tea Party on September 8, 2010 at 11:22 am


As inspiring as the sight of hundreds of thousands of people gathered on the Washington Mall during the Restoring Honor rally is, and as inspiring as the gathering of even greater numbers during the 9/12 rally will be, neither of these can or will change anything in our government. In fact, President Obama “didn’t pay much attention” to the Restoring Honor rally.

That’s not to say that these rallies are unimportant. On the contrary, the gathering of people with a common purpose is hugely important in that it energizes both those who attend and those who observe. But what good is an energized battery if that charge isn’t used to do work?

Ron Robinson at RedState lays out five steps that will lead to real change and real hope. Neither of which can be handed to us by a popular leader. As it was with our founding, hope and change comes from getting off of our asses and taking control of our own governance from the ground up. That, my friends is grass-roots. To wit:

1. Get Out The Vote
Learn how to develop a functioning precinct organization in your neighborhood that can turn out the vote and educate your neighbors on crucial issues. This does not mean you walk the precinct by yourself. It means that you identify and use your willing neighbors to help you do it.  Take that walk in the sunshine.

Really  owning our precincts would mean that the votes that the Democrats purchased with big media buys for $10 million in 2008 would cost them $15 million in 2010 and $20 million in 2012 – to buy the same number of votes.   Once established a precinct operation neutralizes big money.   Elections can’t be bought in the media if the electorate is serviced (registration, permanent absentee ballot registration, knowing who’s turning 18 next month, etc.) and owned at the grassroots level.  A good precinct operation also neutralizes efforts at electoral fraud.

This will prepare you for the next Task.

2. Become a Precinct Committeeman
It’s different in every state, but you should endeavor to have a vote on your county party (GOP) Central Committee. In LA where I live, it’s called being a member of the Central Committee for the county. It means you have a vote in county party policy and officers. State party committee members are usually chosen from among the ranks of the county party officials. RNC committee members are usually chosen from among the ranks of the state parties. The only way to change the policy and direction of our party is to be involved in the governance of that party.  Read everything RedStater guru Cold Warrior has written on the topic.

Once you have been seated on your local county GOP committee, you will find that a lot of the seats around you are vacant.  Help fill them with your friends.  Most county bylaws allow for appointments to fill vacant seats and alternate appointments to allow for absences of the primary voting member (in LA, an alternate can vote if his/her primary is absent – my own current status until I am seated in my own right in Dec.).  Get one of these appointments if you have to!   The hard workers will be quickly identified and will be drafted upwards to work on the state party committee.  Starting to get the idea?  Get to work on it.  An online resource will be available soon to help you understand how to become a precinct committeeman in your own state.

This will prepare you for the next Task.

3.  Stay Beyond November
Our government is overwhelmed with deeply entrenched liberals because we went to sleep (or went on autopilot) for 40 years while the liberals took over.   What is the next election in your area after Nov 2, 2010?  Don’t know?  Proves my point.  The democrats know, and that’s why they are safely ensconced on every sewer commission, water commission, city council, and county commission in the country.  It’s why you and I tend to think of every government employee as a part of the liberal machine.  Because they are.  So we don’t get to hang it up in Nov and relax until 2012.  We need to use the precinct machine we built in Task 1 and the party connections we built in Task 2 to fill those small local offices with our people.  Then we change the government culture everywhere to conservative and genuine public servants.

This will prepare you for the next Task.

4.  Donate Often and Wisely
I’ve posted so little here lately because  I joined the staff of John Colbert, R candidate in CA for CD29 to toss out D incumbent Adam Schiff.  I have to answer emails from voters.  I’m getting a real education.  One voter wrote recently and wanted my candidate to change this and that (you fill it in, you already know…) about the GOP.  I wanted to hit him.  I thought, ‘you want a candidate who is trying to get everything he can from the party to get elected to change the party for you??!!??’  This voter threatened to withhold his contribution unless my candidate could promise changes in the party.

Well – that’s just the way to guarantee that the party never changes.

You should open your checkbook now to help assure that when my candidate is offered that ‘Young Guns’ money, he’s well-funded enough to turn it down!  That is how you start to change the party.  If the party has to come to the candidates for money instead of the other way around, the party will follow quickly.

In short, if you sit back and bitch about the country, if you sit on your butt and bitch about what’s become of the Republican Party then I have news for you:You are the problem. Knock it off.

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  1. The Right is not going to happy until Obama walks around in a Reagan mask, stops spending on healthcare, and starts spending on funding right winged terrorists throughout Latin America.

    Restoring honour to America? I don’t remember the last time American was honourable.

  2. By the way, you make a good point in your post. Unfortunately we move too often for me to do the precinct chair thing. My mother-in-law is one down in TX now, though! And I sure talk about politics more now with friends and neighbors. It’s amazing how thoroughly we erased all political discussion from our daily lives.

    No longer, though.

  3. FutileDemocracy, this ain’t about changing Obama.

    It’s about transcending him.

    Nobody on the Right doesn’t understand that the Presdent’s ideology is set in stone and thus is quite unalterable. So your idea that conservatives want Obama to tack to the right is way off base. But at least you’re adept at creating a convenient straw man to fight against, so at least you’re not totally useless.

    Then you end your logical fallacy with a cheap little parting shot at America. Fine. Hate America. It’s your right to think how you wish.

    The thing is, as much as you loathe the US, America doesn’t give a withered dog-turd about you. And in the grand scheme of things, your native country hasn’t ammounted to much since the Suez Canal debacle. Your soldiers are admirably brave warriors, but they’re fighting for just another tired worn-out Eurostate.

    Your nation has castrated itself on the alter of brain-dead multiculturalist pap, creeping statism and demographic decline. America can survive a bad president, even one as monumentally stupid as Barack Obama. I don’t think you can say the same about the UK, a once great nation now brought low by the cancer of leftism.

    I notice that you fancy yourself a writer. Because of that, I’ll offer you a piece of advice: Instead of constantly bitching about organized religion or Fox News or your ever-present bogeyman called America, why don’t you focus your talents on fixing your own country?

    I mean, it’s just Great Britain. We’ve got counties here in the States that are almost as big as your entire nation. It shouldn’t be too hard to manage, especially for such a dizzying intellect like yourself. Then, when you’ve got your nation back on the right track, maybe you’ll be prepared to offer advice to an actual real live world player state like America.

    Until then, kindly refrain from lecturing us about anything.

    No Thanks,

    KingShamus

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