Don’t Go Out On The Front Lines Without Training

We’ve talked before about the utility of comparing the Progressive-Conservative struggle to a War. I use that comparison all the time, not because I’m a violent bloodthirsty killer, but because most folks have a basic understanding of the most basic of components and concepts, also, I don’t “do” sports, so…war it is.

There are a LOT of ways to participate in the war effort. The sexiest way, the one most people think of first, is to be part of the group of guys with the guns. The front line warriors. They get the medals, they get the parades. (When is the last time you saw a ceremony honoring outstanding achievement in logistics?) I’m not a front line warrior myself, but I have a deep appreciation for those who are.

I see a lot of my fellow conservatives wanting to be front line warriors. But they neglect the most important part – BOOT CAMP.First_US_Army_Rehabilitation_Centre-_Recuperation_and_Training_at_8th_Convalescent_Hospital,_Stoneleigh_Park,_Kenilworth,_Warwickshire,_UK,_1943_D16598[1]

They have the passion to win. They have the knowledge of conservative policy and philosophy. They have the fire in the belly, a computer, and accounts on G+, Twitter, and Facebook. They are OUT THERE.

And..without training, they are ineffective at best, most likely wasting their own time, and harming the overall movement at worst. Don’t do that. You don’t WANT to do that. Just realize you need Boot Camp, you need a Drill Sergeant, you need role models to watch and learn from.

Ladies and gentlemen, Kurt Schlichter is that guy. I alluded to it earlier today, in this post, when I showed you a couple of his tweets.

At the time I hadn’t even read his article in Townhall. (Yeah, I denounce myself). But wow, seriously…he is absolutely up front about it in today’s article. It’s not just me thinking of him as the instructor, he’s outright admitting it. So…he’s offering you the chance to learn from him. Take him up on it. Become a better soldier.

Here’s a snippet of the training he provides in just one article:

But if you do choose to argue with a liberal, understand that your purpose should never be to change the liberal’s mind. You’re not going to change the liberal’s mind. Instead, if you choose to argue with a liberal, you should do it for one of two reasons – to either win over people who have not yet made up their minds, or to support people who already have begun to understand the truth.

There are two basic tactics to choose from when responding to a liberal pseudo-argument, defense and counterattack. Without getting too detailed and infantry-nerdy on you, think of defense as simply preventing a loss. You’re holding your ground. The counterattack, however, lashes out to seize the initiative and defeat your enemy.

When you counterattack, you ignore the proposition offered by the liberal and refuse to respond on the liberal’s preferred terms. In fact, you don’t even need to address the same subject the liberal is talking about. Your goal is not to undercut the liberal’s assertion. You’re going to counterattack to undercut the liberal himself.

Subscribe to Townhall via RSS, or whatever way you ca make sure you get all of his work. It requires thought, effort, and practice. Usually the liberal is just emoting, it’s what they do. If you take the time to learn the art of counterattack, you will be able to accomplish your goal – because you’ll be the only one actually thinking in the exchange. And ALWAYS keep track of your goal and your audience. You’ll never be finished learning and practicing. You’ll never be good enough at it. If you think you are…stop using social media for a few days, read Kurt’s articles, read his tweets, read tweets from random folks who imagine themselves to be warriors, and figure out how you can be better.

It’s a war, I want you to win. I want us to win. You have to work at it. Find yourself some examples like Kurt.

Here’s an example of Kurt firing back, just today:

The tweet from the Progressive:

The response from Kurt:

That’s how it’s done folks, counterattack, you’ll find examples like that throughout Kurt’s twitter timeline. He’s also written a bunch of books I’m sure he’d like for you to buy and read. Kurt’s Books on Amazon

Why Bother Understanding the Left?

Understand the Left, so that you can DEFEAT the Left. The committed leftist does not care about the economic effects of their policy. Don’t waste their time trying to get them to care. Your friends CARE that jobs are leaving CA and heading to TX. Your friends CARE that they will never be able to open that bakery they dream about. You can persuade your friend that the conservative view is better for them.

Dennis Prager points out in this great article the devastating economic facts about CA, and then points out that the left doesn’t care.

WHY THE LEFT DOESN’T CARE ABOUT BAD ECONOMIC NEWS
Most conservatives, and just about all independents, have a huge misperception of the left. They think that the gulf between conservatism and leftism is primarily about means, not goals.
This perception is wrong. It is their goals that are irreconcilable. And until conservatives, independents and the Republican Party understand this, it will not be possible to defeat the left.

Many of you know this. Many of you may get angry about it. That’s fine, but are you using this information to your own benefit, to save you time, to improve your chance at success with online activism?

Or are you just expressing anger to your friends, gaining solidarity, and having fun? That’s perfectly fine, and a totally appropriate use of social media, just make sure that what you are doing is aligned with your goals.

Understand the Left, so that you can DEFEAT the Left

If you are on social media with some thought to helping the cause of conservatism, you need to make sure that your efforts are focused, efficient, and targeted effectively.

Stop wasting your time arguing with leftists and trying to convince them of anything. Leave that toe professional debaters, the people who get paid to argue on TV, the entertainers. They aren’t accomplishing much for the movement, but they are making themselves rich and famous. Hooray for them, and horray for you if you want to become one of them, just don’t be delusional about it. That is not where the battle can be won.

DO spend your time educating genuine independents, informing the non-political, shaping your message for those who are receptive to it.

Leftists really don’t care about economic results. They care about inequaltiy and carbon emissions.

You don’t have to memorize a pile of statistics, you don’t have to hold forth on a deeply detailed legislative analysis. If you find yourself arguing with someone about whether CA is a better business environment than TX – walk away. You are arguing with a committed leftist, no one else is paying attention, and you are wasting your time.

If, however, you have the chance to mention some company that your friend cares about having just decided to leave CA and move someplace else – talk about that. How sad it is for the people in CA who are losing their jobs, how sad it is for all of the supporting companies that will lose customers. How it’s great that there are other states competing to get THEIR business, just like that company competes to get yours.

These discussions are easy to have, and they express genuine  understanding, compassion, and caring for the very real people involved. THIS is the way to talk about the economic benefit of small government versus big government.

Your friends CARE that jobs are leaving CA and heading to TX. Your friends CARE that they will never be able to open that bakery they dream about. You can persuade your friend that the conservative view is better for them.

Learn about the other side. Recognize them, respect them enough to not try to change them.

The committed leftist does not care about the economic effects of their policy. Don’t waste their time trying to get them to care. Your detailed and intellectual argument persuades no one.

Find a better way. Don’t try to convert the left, they’ve already taken up arms against you. Work on recruiting the folks who are not on the battlefield yet.

Talking About Benghazi – A Guide

It is time for the Benghazi scandal to break through the barriers set by Old Media and the Left. YOUR efforts can and will make a difference on how effective that breakthrough can be. Here’s a primer on who to target and how to get the message out.

You can just be an observer and a chronicler, just watch and report on the story, comment about it, celebrate when things go well, complain when they don’t.  You can watch for New Media to force this story to the top where it should be.

OR…you can seize the mantle of Matt Drudge and Andrew Breitbart and be part of the effort that makes it happen. Get this story into the minds of people who don’t pay attention to politics. Be part of the solution.

Realize that there are different groups of people out there, and save yourself some time, make your efforts more successful. Before you engage in conversation with someone, figure out what group they are in, so that your efforts are properly focused and targeted.

The Faithful: lefty zealots, truly believe that this is old news and that you are blowing things out of proportion. They are informed about the events, just have a completely different take than you do. You won’t change their minds, ever, but it can be worthwhile to read what they write – knowing your opponent is key to defeating them.

The Shock Troops: these are the random commenters, leftists yes, but neither well informed nor politically purpose driven. They’re basically trolls. They’ll dump some half-baked slogan on your threads. Their goal is self-amusement and your distraction. Deny them that second one. The only reason to respond to anything they say would be to correct an error or provide a quick link to additional information. But that is just for the benefit of OTHER people reading the thread. Engaging in conversation with these types is a complete waste of time. Gentle mocking or dismissiveness is usually fun. “Thank you for your perspective, have a blessed day”. And then…nothing.

The Supportives: these are your friends, with varying levels of knowledge of the issue. You can learn from them, share information and tactics with them. Reshare each other’s content – your circles are different from theirs, the story will reach different people. These are the folks you partner with to increase the reach of this story.

The Non-political: THESE folks are your target. They are your family, your wife, her friends, the other parents at your kids’ school, most of your co-workers.  The people who follow you for your beer review posts or your flower pictures. The VAST majority of people you know. THESE are the folks you need to reach.

Why is it going to be possible to reach them? They’ve ignored this story for 2 years and don’t care about politics.

At this point, it’s beyond politics – it’s human decency, national security, and a cover-up of terrorism for personal political gain. You can get people’s attention with that.

The left seems to have settled on RIDICULE as their tactic of choice here. From the top down, we’re being ridiculed for caring about this.

Non-political folks may instinctively want to join in on the fun, we all like to make fun of crazy people, and making fun of those nutjobs who are obsessed with Benghazi is easy and fun…DUDE!!!!

But those who are just joining in the fun and haven’t thought much about it can be brought up short quite easily…

“I know it’s funny to joke about, but it WAS a successful terrorist attack on American soil. 4 people died, including our Ambassador, 10 were injured, it was a CIA group and they didn’t know this attack was being planned. That’s the kind of thing the White House SHOULD find very important, and they’re joking about it. Oh, and did you know we STILL don’t know where Obama was during the whole thing? He wasn’t in the situation room, and no one seems interested to find out where he was.”

  • Your first step was to agree with their ability to see humor. You are AGREEING WITH THEM not opposing them, this puts you on the same side.
  • Then you clarify / add to their store of knowledge about the event. You’re informing, sharing, helping.
  • You empathize– express the same emotions they must be feeling – shock and surprise. It’s never really described as a successful terrorist attack on American soil, on the CIA.

Most folks don’t know enough about it to have looked at it that way. Rational Americans who are not interested in politics MAY be interested in a deadly terrorist attack on American soil, that the CIA didn’t predict, that NO ONE was allowed to go help, that was blamed on some video so you’d still love the Obama Administration.

It’s never been described this way, but you have the opportunity to do so.

This is FAR easier to explain that the Valerie Plame thing. FAR more directly important than the Monica Lewinsky perjury scandal.

Most people will be kind of irritated when they see the dismissive juvenile attitude of the top level folks on the left about this story. They just aren’t hearing about it.

So…the left has chosen mockery and derision of US for considering this story important. Fine. Great actually.

The highly inappropriate and insanely offensive nature of their current response is the PERFECT way to get your uninterested friends interested in this story.

Now is the moment…carpe diem.

It Was Never ABOUT Bundy, He Wasn’t A Hero

Open_Range_Sign_Interstate_10_Frontage_Road_Arizona_2014His fall doesn’t surprise me, and it doesn’t change what was important to ME about this case

We have a STAR culture, and every issue ends up being about a face and a person who is defined as either a hero or a zero. For many people who didn’t take the time to figure out what they were getting emotional about, it became about Cliven Bundy.

Support HIM, stand with HIM. Listen to HIM, etc.

He had daily press conferences, and feed the star-making system. The inevitable happened, and he said things that are indefensible. The press will now go into a new phase of tearing him down, and using that to delegitimize the folks who defended him.

There will now be a rush by politicians to distance themselves from the man, and they will also foolishly distance themselves from the situation because they lack the desire or ability to differentiate the two.

Bundy’s comments on race provide breaking point for Paul, Heller
And probably most other Cliven Bundy supporters as well, assuming that the New York Times report of his Saturday press conference is accurate.

He was, and is, unworthy of adulation. He’s just a guy, was always on the wrong side of the law, was unprepared for the spotlight, and has, expectedly, been taken down by the self-exposure of his own beliefs.

Cliven Bundy Just Ruined His CauseAfter Bundy’s overtly racist remarks, let’s see how far politicians run away from him.
Cliven Bundy stood by the Virgin River up the road from the armed checkpoint at the driveway of his ranch, signing autographs and posing for pictures. For 55 minutes, Mr. Bundy held forth to a clutch of supporters about his views on the troubled state of America — the overreaching federal government, the harassment of Western ranchers, the societal upheaval caused by abortion, even musing about whether slavery was so bad.

This particular land use situation will continue on, and be resolved in the courts, where it should always have remained.

The Feds over-reacted, HUGELY. Their bullying tactics were stopped by the rapid ability and desire of Americans to face down the thugs who would steal and kill his cattle over this dispute. The alarm was raied, the call was answered, and the feds backed down.

THAT was the point. THAT was the victory.

We do not continue to stand alongside Cliven Bundy, because it’s not about him. We continue to stand prepared to defend all others against over-reactions of the federal government, to get them to the point of resolving things civilly, and without Federal snipers, drones, and tanks used against American citizens.

The moment the Federal Jackboots retreated, THIS issue was done for me.

That Cliven Bundy still thinks it’s about him, that the press is still star-obsessed, that the effort to tarnish this man succeeded, is entirely predictable.

The left will now say that “we” have proven ourselve to be racists and supporters of racists. The apolitical folks will agree. The “true warriors” on the right will spend time defending this MAN, because they believe that they have to in order to defend their support for his defense.

We do not have to defend this MAN, I never did, it was never avout Cliven Bundy. It was, and is, about Federal Government abuse of power.

Action Plan 2014

2014-bullseye[1]This is the time to strengthen the GOP. The mid-term elections give us a chance to slow down Obama’s march toward Progressive Utopia. We can do that by taking the Senate and strengthening the GOP In the House, and getting as many strong Conservatives elected to state offices as is possible.

By now you’ve seen NJ Libertarian’s article about Turning the Tables you’re pumped up about changing the GOP to reflect your values, you’re excited to really make something heppen! But…

That’s a lot of elections, too much to focus on, where do you start? You/we have to spend our precious time and money wisely. The first task is to get the BEST GOP Candidates through the primaries and ready to fight and win against a Democrat opponent.

We do need to get better at vetting our candidates – what are the important things to know about a GOP candidate before we put our weight behind him* and help him get elected?

How can we Learn about and Promote our candidates?

The Conservative Union, The Party of Choice, and Free Radical Network came together to formulate a plan of action. Interview the candidates ourselves and provide shorter comparison-type “meet the candidate” videos for people to view. You’ll get more information about the candidate that way than from reading a posistion paper on the internet.

We decided to come up with a few key job interview type questions – they’re applying for a sales position. They want to sell conservatism to the public and get elected in November, and then sell conservatism to their fellow Republicans and the Democrats via legislation that can serve the needs of their constituents. We need to know if they’re any good at that.

We’re not asking the standard questions about policy. We’re going around the talking points, to some deeper questions. We’re trying to find out if they can be the guy to sell Conservatism to a larger audience, to elevate our brand

The kinds of questions we will be asking:

  • How do you differentiate yourself from your primary competitor, and how will you, after fighting against him in a primary, change gears to pull the party together to defeat the Democrat?
  • How do you plan to carry that “winning GOP” strategy forward into the office?
  • How would you grow the GOP once in office?
  • What is your online presence and strategy for communicating with your constituents – talking and listening – once in office?

We’ve done two already, and the results are great – I feel like I have a feel for who these NJ Senate candidates are, MUCH more so than from a formal TV interview or an advertisement. It’s a real conversation.

New Jersey Senate Candidate Brian Goldberg  – Goldberg For Senate

New Jersey Senate Candidate  – Rich Pezzullo- Conservative Republican for US Senate

This is good for the campaigns too -they can choose to direct people to them, they can take bits and pieces and use them as marketing info, we can share them with friends and family who are wondering – who are these guys, what are they like?

We can even get some good excerpts ourselves to use whether we are pushing a candidate or just pushing the conservative message

[This is where I would’ve linked an excerpt video, if video editing were part of my skillset]

To make this successful, we need your help.

  1. Point us in the direction of candidates or even party chairs who would be good to interview
  2. Help us get to the candidates we’re targeting and get them to agree to an interview
  3. Watch the interviews we’ve done so far, and promote THEM, so that the concept itself gets a bit more known – beyond just G+, it’s a YouTube thing!
  4. Sit down and interview some folks yourself, and send us the video
  5. Create excerpt videos from the ones we already have and share them with your friends – show that there ARE GOP candidates with good things to say
  6. Other ideas – give me your ideas, I’ll steal them and claim them for my own!!!

*I use “he” and “him” instead of “he or she” and “him or her” because it’s easier, faster, and clearer. Also I find that the people who do that, or worse sometimes use “he” and sometimes use “she” are more interested in impressing you with their gender inclusiveness than they are in communicating clearly. I don’t suffer from that pretension. You think I’m a woman hater? Come at me.

As a Movement Conservative – which Muppet are you?

Felicia Cravens discusses a few of her favorite muppets over at Free Radical Network in her article The Muppet Movement. She loves Statler and Waldorf, they’re snarky and grumpy and funny. I agree.

You remember Statler and Waldorf, don’t you?  The two grumpy old guys who watched from the balcony, and heckled throughout the show, no matter how good it was?  I loved those guys.  There wasn’t one bit of the show that didn’t receive an insult from them.  Rather than be amused by the show, they amused themselves with their own ability to mock the performances.

However, Statler and Waldorf aren’t really helping to put on the show.

Are you part of the production or theater crew?
Are you part of the production or theater crew?

Every production has a whole lot of “parts” that people can play – actors, set decorations, writers, choreographers, supportive audience, electrician, theater manager –  it just goes on and on. Figure out which one of those parts you play, and play it.

Are you part of the audience supporting the success of the show and theater?
Are you part of the audience supporting the success of the show and theater?

So…which Muppet are you going to be? Which role are you going to play in bringing the Conservative show to the theater?

Are you part of the production in some way? Are you part of the theater management or construction? Are you a member of the audience – if so, are you supportive or are you a heckler? Are you part of the promotion for the show? Just as you can easily think of hundreds of ways to make a positive contribution to putting on a show, so too can you find hundreds of ways to be a positive contributor to the conservative movement. Surely there is one that can fit into your daily life. So give it some thought, choose your part.

Each of us gets to choose not only what part we play, but to whom we pay attention.

I want you to start thinking about the voices you hear, the articles you read, the people you see on television or hear on the radio.  Ask yourself whether they are really helping the cause, or whether they’re merely sitting in the balcony, hurling insults and tomatoes at the people on the stage.

I would say that too much focus on the Statler’s and Waldorf’s of the world not only doesn’t advance the cause, it can make YOU into an unhappy warrior. Yes, of course, all perspectives are needed, the criticism is absolutely necessary – but it is not sufficient, nor is it particularly helpful all by itself. So yes, criticize and heckle and have fun, that’s a fine first step. But remember…we all need you to take that second step as well.

Go, read Felicia’s article, she gets more detailed about it.

Great Products HAVE to Have Great Packaging

An excellent product with terrible packaging will lose in the marketplace to a mediocre (or bad) product with great packaging. It is of no use to complain about this fact, or even to protest that the excellent product is better.

If you’ve got terrible packaging, you won’t get new customers, you’ll lose current customers, and you’ll go out of business. You all know these things to be true, you see it when you go to the store, you see it in your own lives. This is absolutely the case with the Conservative movement.

Our product is terrific, demonstrably so. Our packaging, our marketing, our messaging – all pretty well shy of mediocre.

I recently saw a terrific visual example. An attempt at an image+text message, to get people to come to a rally. I don’t know who made it, I’m nut sure what the event is, that’s not the point. The point is that there is a MUCH better way to communicate the message. They’re trying to publicize an event and drive particpation.

This is the original:

before

I posted the image to a private group, asking the other members to provide their input as to what specific elements of the poster were off-target. A smattering of the answers:

  • Too much text
  • Excessive punctuation
  • Colonial outfits communicate crazy to the general voting populace
  • Too much bold, angry, shouting imagery – makes one think the event will just be a bunch of shouting angry people – that’s not enticing
  • American Spring calls to mind the Arab Spring which was a colossal failure resulting in death, destruction, and dictatorships
  • Too many logos, extraneous information, just too busy
  • Where do I get more information? No idea.
  • All white people
  • Hyperbole – a million people? most-important?
  • “force a tyrant out” – reinforces stereotype of violent dangerous Tea Party

Then, one of our members, Lynn Seborn posted an alternative:

after

Lynn’s guidelines in making the alternative:

  • Reframe negatives to positives
  • Move emphasis from looking to the past to looking our future
  • Simplify
  • Emphasize self sacrifice for others
  • Ask question to provoke response
  • Provide a place for viewers to go for more info

All of this transpired in less than an hour, on a workday, with ideas tossed in by 11 people, and the alternative was put together on a smartphone in 10 minutes.

My goal in posting these two images is not to advertise for or criticize any event, individual, or group but to show that we can do better, and it’s actually just as easy to market and publiicize well as it is to do it poorly.

We just have to change our perspective, focus on what the audience wants, what will persuade them, what will appeal to them.

So, what do you think of this transformation? Is this the kind of change in thinking that we can get behind? Is there some unacceptable compromise involved in trying to modify our messaging to appeal to people on a different level?

I think that for a quick illustration of a before and after, this little exercise was quite helpful. We need to do this sort of thing more often. The orignal image was a terrific learning tool for us – it got my little group talking about these things, and it was nice to see how quickly we really got into the idea.

We do have great ideas for how to sell the conservative product, we just need to share those ideas with each other, and implement them.

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Conservatives should be more like Liberals and Progressives

Did THAT headline get your attention? I hope so, There are actually quite a few ways we conservatives should be more like the liberals and progressives. Why? They are successful. How? Lots of ways, actually, today’s post will be about evangelism.

Liberals are successful. As you know, all too well, they control the culture, they control the media, they successfully claim the moral high ground. They win elections, and even when they lose elections, they stil advance their cause. They move forward without mercy when in the majority and extract significant concessions when they are in the minority. That’s success no matter how you look at it.

We must decide to be like these successful liberal / progressive folks.

Calm down.

I know, you’ve heard it a lot:

We need to be more like them, so we need to elect moderate (i.e.: liberal) politicians, adopt moderate (i.e.: liberal) policies, change our platform, and everybody get in line behind the Moderate Establishment.”

Um no. That’s the kind of lazy, shallow, toughtless response and “plan” we get from lazy, shallow, thoughtless people (like our media, a lot of our politicans, and a lot of the political class).

I’m not lazy, I’m not shallow, and I’m not afraid to think. I’m going to assume the same from you.

I don’t want to become a successful liberal. I want to become a successful conservative. So I want to adopt and adapt the successful techniques of the liberals and use them to further my own philosophy of conservatism.

First I have to figure out why they are successful.

They’re successful because they give out free stuff, so we have to give out free stuff! Otherwise we’ll stay the losers we always have been.

Typcial answer, you’ve exerted little effort, little introspection, and very little thought to come up with it. That’s a REACTION not an analysis.

  • If you’re on the “we have to do the same” bandwagon, I’m sure you’ll be a successful political consultant or lobbyist, and you’ll be very wealthy, and the conservative movement will not advance one bit. You are totally self-motivated, you care not for the nation as a whole or your fellow man. Stop reading this now, go away. I wish you well, but see no need for you to be part of my world.
  • If you are on the “we’ll stay the losers we are” bandwagon, I’m asking you to give it a little more thought, analyze things a bit differently, and see if maybe there’s some hope. If I can change your perspective a bit, perhaps we can all work together to make things better. Please hang in there with me.

They’re successful because they are the Evangelicals, the Jehovah’s Witnesses, and the Mormons of the political world.

What? Hmmm. This seems right. They’re always working to gain converts, to preach the good news. They are confident that their belief system is correct, it is the best for everyone, and the path to political salvation for all. By trying to convert you, they are trying to help you. They want you to be saved. What does an Evangelical-type DO that is different from other religious folk?

  • They will postpone their careers and spend a few years on mission.
  • They will form mega-churches with massive outreach communities
  • They will go into the neighborhoods of the poor to try to reach large numbers
  • They will speak the good news to anyone who will listen, and a lot who won’t.
  • Their every phrase is tinged with their belief system – they wish you a blessed day rather than just a good day.

There is a certain percentage of any population who simply want to be evangelical outreach missionary type people. Some do it with their churches, others do it with their politics. there’s also a certain amount of everyone’s day/week/year that we are willing and able to spend evangelizing about our passion.

Conservatives  tend to do their evangelizing and mission work for God and their Church. Liberals tend to do their evangelizing about politics..

Thus, there is a certain number of “default” people and a certain amount of “default” time from others that the liberals can count on, and DO count on, to perform the necessary work. To do the activism. You see it, I know you do. The activism and outreach of the liberal side of the aisle absolutely kicks the butt of the conservative side.

The people with evangelizing tendencies who are conservative, devote their efforts to evangelizing for their church. The people with evangelizing tendencies who are liberal, devote their efforts to evangelizing for their political causes. There’s a massive labor imbalance, massive. Liberals simply have more man-hours devoted to activism.

That’s the imablance. It’s simply an effect of human nature. I don’t expect it to change, and I certainly wouldn’t want people to stop evangelizing for their church.

No, think about this differently, and more deeply.

Accept that we will never match their political outreach, it’s simply not who we are. Our mission-oriented evangelizers (activists) are working for their churches (temples, synagogues, etc).

Understand that the basic comparison, using Christianity, is that Democrats are the evangelicals with the massive churches and the TV stations and the incredible growth. Republicans are the Episcopalians – we go to church on Easter and Christmas (we vote regularly) but the rest of the time we’re busy working and raising our families and stuff. Most of our friends have no idea what we think of God, or if we go to church at all,

Membership in the Episcopal church is declining, rapidly and badly. The influence of the Episcopal Church on Chritendom is waning. The evangelicals have all the juice right now. (Also the Cathloics are resurgent, and many Episcopalians talk about converting to Catholicism, but that’s not part of the point of this post, though it’s kind of related)

As regards our political lives, we can’t keep being like the Episcopalians, we have to be more like the Evangelicals.

  • You know Evangelicals, you know THAT they are evangelical. They have tried to get you to go to their church.
  • Evangelicals wish you a blessed day, not just a good day.
  • Evangelicals are confident, they know they have the right answers, and they want to share them with you.
  • They want to you to JOIN THEM.

Why can’t we do that with our political beliefs? The other side certainly does.

You know what else the successful churches do?

  • They spend very little time talking about the other faiths
  • They don’t focus on how bad the other faiths are
  • They spend ZERO time talking about how bad the other churches are
  • Their message is one of joy, success, happiness, togetherness, friendship, and love
  • They spend their time explaining why someone should join them

So…you have very little time to add “political activism” to your schedule. Make better use of the time you DO allocate.

Be a conservative evangelist. Focus on how great conservatism is, and talk about how great conservatism is, and carry the happy conservative warrior message everywhere you go. Everyone should know that you are a loving, happy person and that your conservative philosophy (not just politics, your life philosophy) is part of what makes you such a loving happy person. Everyone should know that you would be happy to help them to become a loving happy conservative as well.

So, though we may have fewer hours, nationally, dedicated to conservative activism, and that might not change drastically, we can, and must, be more effective with the hours that we do spend. You can’t change anyone else, change yourself. Are your own political activism hours spend like an evangelical? Could you perhaps retune your focus and be a bit more like the evangelicals?

Food for thought. Do with it what you will.

Old Media is Losing its Influence, What Can You Do To Help

Old Media – ABC, CBS, NBC, Reuters, UPI, NY Times – is  losing its influence, and that makes me happy. Let us turn that observation into a CALL TO ACTION – become a Broadcaster. [Hint: you already are one]

Ed Pluck shared a post in the Consevative Union referencing this article in the Federalist about how the Right is fiinding its way around the Leftists in Old Media. In that article at the Federalist, Mark Tapscott provides a couple of recent examples of terrific investigative reporting by right-leaning journalists, displacing the (non)work done by the lefties in old media.

Mark’s premise is an important one for we conservatives to understand. Liberal media is conquered NOT by changing them in any way. It is done by diluting their influence, providing better alternatives, rendering them irrelevant. We are largely successful in doing so, and have been greatly aided by the internet.

This contemporary transformation parallels momentous changes in what was once America’s dominant news source, the liberal mainstream media. That dominance is diluted now, thanks to newsroom insularity and market entry and business model changes sparked mainly by the Internet.

The break with Old Media started in the rise of Talk Radio, continued with the explosion of blogging. The repeal of the Fairness Doctrine in 1987 lowered the barrier to entry for conservative talk radio – and we got Rush. Then the internet lowered the barrier to entry for publishing. We can compete, and are doing so, and the success of conservative websites speaks to the success of the free market.

We got great conservative opinion sites first, and now, we’re getting the conservative news sites. We’ve solved a problem not by changing the other guy, but by figuring a way around it.

Hurrah, and SO WHAT?

The internet and smartphones have lowered to barriers to entry for news gathering, reporting, and publishing. But what about broadcasting? Getting the news to the eyeballs of those who need the information? Gosh darn it, the networks are still just too strong – one episode of network nightly news is seen by millions, we just can’t compete.

WRONG.

In the old days, the “broadcasting” of news to millions of people so as to inform and shape opinions was done by CBS, NBC and ABC. The formula was one person to millions of people. And there were about 20 people broadcasting.

Now the job of broadcasting is done by your friends, acquaintances, and the people you follow on social media. It’s done by YOU. You are a broadcaster. Did you realize that? It’s just different math.

Instead of ONE (or a few) outlets choosing the stories and sharing with millions each, we have millions of outlets choosing the stories and sharing with tens, hundreds, or…I suppose thousands each.

But truly it’s not that – I may have thousands of followers, but a story I share is really only going to reach maybe a hundred or so. Because regardless the numbers on the social media, humans are human and our ACTUAL sphere of real INFLUENCE is only ever a couple hundred in any meaningful way. And really only a couple dozen on a regular basis. But that’s ok, that’s enough.

Once I recognize that I am a broadcaster, my actions change a bit.

I take a bit more care with what I share, because I’m doing so with a different purpose. It’s not just to make friends or shoot the bull around the water cooler. I’m asking others to give up some of their time to read and think about what I shared with them. They deserve a bit more consideration from me than just “Wow! Thoughts?” I can excerpt a paragraph or two, I can add a sentence or two of my own impressions.

Most folks won’t click the link and read the article. If all I share IS the link, that they won’t click, I have just spammed them. If all I did was add some silly comment or snarky hashtag that doesn’t add meaning, I’ve spammed them with a colorful envelope. Maybe it makes me feel good about myself because I’m sharing and “doing something” but I could do better.

Most folks don’t devote much of their day to news of the world. If they are following you on social media – you have an opportunity to BE part of that time, but you have to respect them and use your power responsibly. That means be aware of what you are.

You’re a broadcaster – realize it, take advantage of it. BE PART OF THE SOLUTION to the Liberal Dominance of Old Media and the minimal amount of time that people have to devote to news of the world.

Now….get out there and CHANGE THE WORLD!

Texas Primary – Early Voting Starts Today! Here’s a Bit of Assistance

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The Texas Primary – it happens early, election day is March 4, early voting starts today. Get out there and vote! In SO many of the races, the district is so heavily one party or another that the Primary IS the election. If you wait until November to let your voice be heard, and think that just voting straight GOP ticket is enough – you’ve let someone else make your decision for you. Don’t like the current state of the GOP? It’s the PRIMARY where you can have some say in the matter.early-voting

It’s the Primary where you choose your party officials, the guys or gals who will REALLY pull the levers of power for the next few years. It’s the PRIMARY where you can upgrade from a moderate to a conservative GOP candidate. If your district is run by a moderate who

has been in office forever and who seems to go his own way, go vote for the guy running against him. That incumbent will probably still win, but if he sees his margin of victory is narrower, and that there’s a groundswell of opposition, he might change his behavior. Don’t ever stop fighting, don’t ever stop letting your voice be heard. Make sure you are speaking in a language they understand – VOTES.

Here are a few sources to help you out with the voting:
Vote Texas – the official site of the TX Secretary of State
Republican Party of Texas – find out who is running
Michael Berry’s Commentary and recommendations – I believe you can trust this guy to shoot straight with you. You may disagree with him, sure, but I think you can trust his integrity.
Empower Texans warns about some of the conservative slate mailers you’ve received
Bryan Preston of the PJ Tatler has interviews with the 4 Lt.Gov candidates, and a bunch of VERY useful links

vote-2012_11If you’ve got some other good resources, I’d love to know, and I’ll update this post. It’s RIDICULOUSLY hard to figure out who to vote for in the primaries. SO many races!

And I took to G+ to remind you to take your photo ID, and let you know that Eric Holder still thinks you’re a racist. Mostly because you’re Texan and have the audacity to think you don’t need him and his dumb Washington control freaks. Go vote, it’s like poking your finger in Eric Holder’s eye!

You’ll notice that the Comptroller race doesn’t have a recommendation on the HRBC slate mentioned by Michael Berry. I admit to not having researched this one myself, either. However, and it’s a BIG however, my friend Felicia Cravens is working for the Debra Medina campaign. Felicia founded the Houston Tea Party, substitute hosts on Houston AM Radio sometimes, is Editor-in-Chief at Free Radical Network, and if SHE supprorts Debra Medina for Comptroller, that’s really good enough for me!