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.

Action in 2014: Priorities and Partnerships

hands[1]Every election is touted as important, no hyperbole here – there’s an election in November, it’s as important as all the others have been and will be. It’s an obvious “calendar point target” for those of us dedicated to growing the conservative movement. Everyone has limited time and limited attention to dedicate to politics – so we focus on elections, and we focus on the national ones. Why? Because it’s easier, it’s what we all have in common, and there’s so much info out there about the big elections we can just Like and Reshare, sometimes commenting, and consider ourselves to have done something.

That’s definitely important, but it’s not enough, not for me. We need to do more for state races, general public education about conservatism, party involvement at the local level (if the GOP can be saved, it can only be saved from the ground up).

This blog supports the activities of The Conservative Union, a community of Google Plus users dedicated to growing the conservative movement. That’s a group of thousands of people all across the nation and around the world. We have brilliant friends outside of Google Plus who want the same things we do, and have their own audiences which overlap and extends our own. They have skills and specific objectives that are complementary to ours. How about we work together? So, we’re gonna.

Felicia Cravens explains what we’re doing in her post at Free Radical Network (for the record – I also HATE meetings, HATE them, but they, like politicians, are a necessary evil)

There are three main priorities that came out of the discussion: the 2014 Senate races, learning how to better communicate our ideas to apolitical people, and helping activists in their local areas learn to vet candidates.  Between us, we had quite a few resources and ideas about how to proceed.

 

A couple of things we definitely agreed on unanimously: it’s going to take all of us, working together, to achieve some victories in 2014; and 2014 and 2016 are just the START of the effort we’ll ultimately need to make.  I’ve been saying for a long while now that we need a win, and a big one, to keep the momentum going.  But that doesn’t happen if we merely sit back and watch events and rant and complain about them.  There’s a place in the Freedom Army for everyone, a task for each soldier.  And no matter how high- or low-profile the job is, each one is vital to the overall effort if we’re going to turn things around in this country and take control back from the progressives who have worked so long to achieve their goals.

Go read Felicia’s article, see what we have planned, make suggestions, join the team, come along for the ride!!!!