Locally, I introduced what I think is a good plan. Here's the summary. It's a New Strategy that I think can help us win elections. There are four components:
1 DON'T GET DISTRACTED BY ISSUES...
Every day we're alerted to new outrages perpetrated by current politicians. Every day fellow patriots encourage us to help, to organize, to donate, write letters, make phone calls, "contact our representatives", to protest, to help fight the latest atrocity.
And every time we do that, we take our eyes off the ball!
We can't waste any more attention on the "issues" no matter how infuriating. From Amnesty to Øbamacare, from the IRS targeting the Tea Party to the NSA snooping on everyone, all the Bad Things have one source: Bad Government made up of Bad People.
Fighting the outrages without eliminating the bad people is like fighting fires without eliminating the arsonists. People act according to their character, and as long as bad people run the government, it will continue to do bad things.
We need to replace them with Good People who who will create Good Government.
Eliminating the incumbents; electing Good People. That is the Mission.
2 EXPOSE THE TRUTH...
We'll win elections by telling the truth about Big Government, and letting the facts speak for themselves. We won't talk in generalities, but in specifics. We will expose every single bad, stupid, abusive, expensive, wasteful thing that government is doing.
We must create a Research Institute who sole job is to catalog every dollar spent by government, every law passed, every employee salary, pension, benefits; every favor done, every instance of waste, abuse, fraud, corruption, every tax levied, every fee charged, every perk granted, every lie told.
We must research City Government (for City Council elections), County Government for (Board of Supervisor elections), State Government (for Legislature elections), and the Federal Government (for Congressional and Senate elections).
We will become experts in local, County, State and Federal government. Will will be able to advise and help candidates for every office with information collected, cataloged, referenced and footnoted...ready to use in elections against incumbents who will be implicated by it all!
The truth about Big Government is so bad for Big Government, that we don't need to embellish or editorialize. We just need to present the facts. We do, however, have to broadcast them far, wide and loud so that even every Low Information Voter hears the message.
Almost nobody knows what politicians really do. The media never expose it—in fact, they're so malfeasant, they might not know either! It will shock and outrage everyone to learn the extent to which the government owns them, and that the American tradition of the free citizens owning the government has been turned on its head.
3 REACH OUT TO ALL VOTERS...
We need to recognize that everybody in California* is a tax payer. Even if they don't pay income taxes, they pay every other kind of taxes. And the poorer they are, the larger the bite out of their budgets those taxes are.
We need to reach out to people who have traditionally been thought of as "non-tax-payers" and help them see that they pay hundreds if not thousands of dollars a year to the State, County and City in taxes: Sales taxes on everything but food at the grocery store, taxes, fees and surcharges on everything from registering their car, getting a drivers license, phone bills, water bills, gas & electricity bills, bag bans, food & beverage container recycling fees. There's even a "small charge" added to the cost of paint—mandatory to fund government run paint recycling...
And they don't even get a refund!
We need to help them see that they have "skin in the game" and that Big Government taxing and spending is negatively affecting their bottom line and quality of life in a very real and expensive way. Let's encourage them to check their bills and store receipts and add up all the taxes they pay in a month...in a year! They'll begin to think like the taxpayers they are!
We have an advantage here. The Democrats are never going to tell low-income voters or welfare recipients that they are taxpayers. Liberals don't want them to realize that Big Government taxing and spending hurts them too! It's up to us to tell them, and make them partners in our effort to create good, limited, responsible, ethical government by electing good people.
When we elect the right sort of people they'll do the right sort of things. So we need to elect Libertarian-minded people committed to dismantling Leviathan.
*This was originally written for the Tea Party in California. Other states must alter as appropriate.
The basic organization will consist of Research Teams:
Each team to gather information on city government including City Council, Mayor's office, Planning Commission, City Employees', salaries, pensions, benefits & perks, required permits, fees & licenses; ordinances & regulations. Annual BUDGET. City taxes. Income/Outgo. Deficits. Multi-year plans, etc. County Team
For unincorporated areas as well as the County as a whole. All the same information as for Cities, as well as all county wide offices, commissions, committees, appointees, their budgets, how often they meet, what they actually do. If they travel, get expenses, get houses, cars, etc. All County employees' salaries, pensions, benefits, perks, etc.
All the same things as for Counties, as well as information on all the over 500 State Agencies (in California), what they do, how they're run, what they spend, who's running them and how they got the jobs. This includes the University and College systems and all the teachers' & administrators', salaries, benefits, pensions, perks including housing, cars, vacation pay, tenure, union contracts, etc. All State employees' salaries, pensions, benefits, perks, etc. Federal Team
To elect Congressmen from districts in the County, and for Senate races. This will be both hard & easy. Hard because there is just so much information to gather and collate. Easy because there are so many sources. Hard because so much of what they say is not true!
Once gathered, organized and collated, appropriate information should be put in the hands of Conservative/Libertarian-minded candidates we support. Election campaigns are the best time to get this information out, as more people than usual are paying attention to the news, in order to know what candidates are saying, and the media, unwilling to cover our issues in the main, in order not to be rendered entirely irrelevant as news organizations, are more or less forced, during elections, to actually report what candidates are saying. It's our best chance to break though the Liberal noise machine.
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I think this approach will work. I think most people are totally unaware of the outrages"our leaders", commit, and how government today works, and how leviathan-like it really is. I don't think people have any idea how many laws there are, who is making them, and how much they impact and limit their everyday lives.
I believe that once they find out, they will be utterly infuriated and moved to replace those currently in charge with people of character who will actually work to change things for the better.
It's worth a try.
(Personally, I would not take tar, feathers and rope** off the table. But, hey, that's just me. )
"The curse of leftism is that their most useful tools for gaining power,
money, and cultural acceptance destroyed any hopes they had of achieving
their ideological agendas. They try to make the world into Detroit so
it will become Sweden. It's insanity."
This may seem like a distinction without a difference, but I don't think so.
I was just reading this. Indeed, I just finished the first paragraph (so don't hold me to anything said after that) when this suddenly occurred to me.
It's time we stopped saying and acting like, and feeling like we are "Fighting the Tide of Growing Progressivism"...
...and start calling it, and feeling like and acting like we're "Ushering in the New Era of Conservatism" (or "Liberty", or "Libertarianism"...or "Classical Liberalism" or whatever)
Let's start acting like OUR philosophy is inevitable. Let's start acting like OUR policies are inevitable. Let's start acting and talking like OUR rise is inevitable. Let's start acting and talking like history and the future are on OUR side.
It can't hurt, and it'll sure be more fun to be optimistic.
And besides, it will drive the Liberals CRAZY.
Let's start laughing at people who bend over for Big Brother.
In fact, let's come up with a cruel name for them....something that reeks of dependence, weakness, infantilism, pre-pubescence, mental deficiency, hairlessness (!).
Or maybe an appropriate character from literature or movies....?
Checking out at the store, the young cashier suggested to the much older woman, that she should bring her own grocery bags because plastic bags weren't good for the environment.
The woman apologized and explained, "We didn't have this 'green thing' back in my earlier days."
The young clerk responded, "That's our problem today. Your generation did not care enough to save our environment for future generations.
She was right - our generation didn't have the 'green thing' in its day.
Back then, we returned milk bottles, soda bottles and beer bottles to the store. The store sent them back to the plant to be washed and sterilized and refilled, so it could use the same bottles over and over. So they really were recycled.
But we didn't have the 'green thing' back in our day.
Grocery stores bagged our groceries in brown paper bags, that we reused for numerous things, most memorable besides household garbage bags, was the use of brown paper bags as book covers for our schoolbooks. This was to ensure that public property, (the books provided for our use by the school) was not defaced by our scribblings. Then we were able to personalize our books on the brown paper bags.
But too bad we didn't do the 'green thing' back then.
We walked up stairs, because we didn't have an escalator in every store and office building. We walked to the grocery store and didn't climb into a 300-horsepower machine every time we had to go two blocks.
But she was right. We didn't have the 'green thing' in our day.
Back then, we washed the baby's diapers because we didn't have the throwaway kind. We dried clothes on a line, not in an energy-gobbling machine burning up 220 volts -- wind and solar power really did dry our clothes back in our early days. Kids got hand-me-down clothes from their brothers or sisters, not always brand-new clothing.
But that young lady is right; we didn't have the 'green thing' back in our day.
Back then, we had one TV, or radio, in the house -- not a TV in every room. And the TV had a small screen the size of a handkerchief (remember them?), not a screen the size of the state of Montana. In the kitchen, we blended and stirred by hand because we didn't have electric machines to do everything for us. When we packaged a fragile item to send in the mail, we used wadded up old newspapers to cushion it, not Styrofoam or plastic bubble wrap. Back then, we didn't fire up an engine and burn gasoline just to cut the lawn. We used a push mower that ran on human power. We exercised by working so we didn't need to go to a health club to run on treadmills that operate on electricity.
But she's right; we didn't have the 'green thing' back then.
We drank from a fountain when we were thirsty instead of using a cup or a plastic bottle every time we had a drink of water. We refilled writing pens with ink instead of buying a new pen, and we replaced the razor blades in a razor instead of throwing away the whole razor just because the blade got dull.
But we didn't have the 'green thing' back then.
Back then, people took the streetcar or a bus and kids rode their bikes to school or walked instead of turning their moms into a 24-hour taxi service in the family's $45,000 SUV or van, which cost what a whole house did before the 'green thing.' We had one electrical outlet in a room, not an entire bank of sockets to power a dozen appliances. And we didn't need a computerized gadget to receive a signal beamed from satellites 23,000 miles out in space in order to find the nearest burger joint.
But isn't it sad the current generation laments how wasteful we old folks were just because we didn't have the 'green thing' back then?
Please forward this on to another selfish old person who needs a lesson in conservation from a smartass young person...
We don't like being old in the first place, so it doesn't take much to piss us off... especially from a tattooed, multiple pierced smartass who can't make change without the cash register telling them how much.
"If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom,go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or yourarms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you.
May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that you were our countrymen." -Samuel Adams