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!!!!

IT’S A SCANDAL!!!!! Or maybe just a diversion.

Scandal!There’s something for us to learn from the Chris Christie bridge scandal, but it may not be what you think. John Hayward has done an excellent job over at Breitbart outlining the whole thing. You’ll note in his article he doesn’t really talk about the facts of the case, they’re truly irrelevant. The important part is the speed and intensity of this thing.

The speed and intensity of the media response is what creates the sort of narrative that reaches Low Information Voters, and lingers in their minds for years afterward.

I didn’t pay attention to any news yesterday afternoon or most of this morning. The whole thing happened in that time frame. THAT fast – a story crept up, grabbed everyone’s attention, became massive headlines, and results in a press conference by the “candidate”. That right there tells me it is almost certainly media hype, and partisan media hype at that, rather than any important policy matter that I need to worry about.

I’m effectively a low information voter on this issue,  What I’ve been told to “know” is that Christie is finished. But for the real truth: you don’t need to pay any attention to this thing. If you don’t live in NJ, and don’t drive on whatever bridge they’re talking about, the facts of the story do not matter. Don’t waste your time on it. As Pradheep Shanker has written here scandals distract us from the conservative cause.

The outcome will be – media wants to take Chris Christie down a notch, media wants to make GOP look bad, politicians did stuff that could be interpreted many ways, maybe bad, maybe good, most likely egotistical and self serving – that’s what politicians are. Duh. None of this is news. None of this is worth diverting your attention.

Read Hayward’s article, he really covers it. And then…move on. What matters now, in 2014, is NOT the Presidential race. Not Hilary, not Christie, not anything Presidential. While you are having the easy conversations and posts about this or that national politician…the Democrats are targeting your state.

Obama is creating “Promise Zones” – do you know what those are? Have you considered participating in whatever that stuff is, or do you plan to let the Democrats staff and run those things like they always do?

Focus on your county, your school board, your water district, your state Attorney General.

This nationwide stuff is fun to talk about I suppose, but it can all wait until 2015. We’ve got a lot of hard work to do this year. Quit falling for the stories that the media wants to you care about.