Grassroots Conservatives: Turning Up the Volume

Turn Up the VolumeIt looks like it’s time for me to get back into the fray here concerning local, state and federal politics. There is just too much at stake to stay quiet and passive any longer.

If you are pleased as punch at the way the Obama/Pelosi/Reid Political Machine is continuing to steer our country into a Socialist state…at an alarming rate, then this blog is not for you.

If you are thrilled to your toes with the RINOs (Republicans in Name Only) bashing the Conservative Base in the Republican Party or the Liberal Media casting Christians as criminals, then hit the back button at the top of your screen. You’re not going to like it here.

And if you are tickled pink over the trillions of dollars being spent and closed-door decisions being made without giving ear to the public outcry, then you’ll have to find your kicks & giggles elsewhere. Because…

I’m not playing “Mrs. Passive Polly” any longer. I refuse to play the political game; I stand on principles, and I have a spine. I don’t claim to be perfect, but I claim to be genuine. I care about this country. I care about this state and this community. I care about my family. And believe it or not, I care about you…personally.

So be forewarned…it’s going to get a little uncomfortable for the squishy conservatives, the liberal left and the professional politicians. The lukewarm are going to be challenged and the Enemy is going to get mad. For those Grassroots Conservatives who are like-minded…pull up a keyboard, join the conversation and let’s get loud. We’ve got a country to save, and too many folks are going to hell in a hand-basket.

I’m determined to do my part, how about you?

3 thoughts on “Grassroots Conservatives: Turning Up the Volume

  1. Ford O'Connell

    Organizing — The need to embrace a new approach

    The old way is not the right way.

    We have received several emails asking us why Virginia, long considered a Republican strong-hold, turned blue during the 2008 Presidential Election. Ever since the election ended last November, bloggers, talk show hosts, newspaper columnists, political commentators and other reputable pundits (including my mother and the guy building a house down the street from Steve) have waxed on at length as to why Virginia fell. Some assert that Sen. McCain was not the right candidate or that Gov. Palin was a poor choice as a Vice President. Others argue that Virginia fell because Republicans have abandoned the core principles and, therefore, they don’t have a consistent message. Are all of these valid reasons? Maybe, but they still don’t fully explain the inroads that the Obama machine made in the Commonwealth during the last election cycle.

    So what does? Campaign Organization! For more than a decade Republican candidates, including Sen. McCain, have been utilizing a “top-down” approach to run their campaigns. If we continue down this path, forget 2009, because we are going to become extinct as a party in the very near future.

    To be successful in 2009, Virginia’s Republican candidates need to embrace a “bottom-up” approach to campaign organizing and they need to enhance this effort by actively utilizing available technologies.

    Before we continue, we would like to say that there are several groups burning up the Internet and personally yammering in Chairman Steele’s ear that we need to immediately upgrade our use of technologies because they are the “magic bullet” that is required in order to beat back the Democrats. Well, we are going to let you in on two little secrets. First, there exists no magic bullet solution. Second, the technologies available to us are the same technologies available to the Democrats; the problem is that Republican candidates have been resistant to using them. They were available during the McCain campaign; we just did not employ them.

    Supporters, activists and citizens are not motivated by new technologies; they are motivated by recognition, participation and an expectation that their voice will be heard. A campaign’s prized resources are in the people, not the technologies. The truly tech-savvy campaigns realize that technologies are necessary components, but only if employed to better connect and energize the people that will drive the campaigns to victory.

    If you don’t want to take our word for it, just ask President Obama and David Axelrod.

    Ford & Steve

  2. Carrie Wigal Post author

    Thanks Ford & Steve for your comment.

    “Supporters, activists and citizens are not motivated by new technologies; they are motivated by recognition, participation and an expectation that their voice will be heard. A campaign’s prized resources are in the people, not the technologies.”

    I agree. But I would add one more thing…the message matters.

    Huckabee burst onto the scene last year because he had a message that resonated with the people…it resonated so well, that folks who had never been involved in politics in their life, got out and waved signs at busy intersections, wrote campaign slogans on the windows and windshields of their cars, donated dozens of dollars to his campaign, and made phone calls to remote parts of the country to get out the vote. These folks weren’t as technologically savvy as the Obama campaign, but they rallied around a message and hit the streets running for their candidate.

    It’s funny how some politicians throw the term “grassroots” around like they know what they’re talking about. I say, check out the Huckabee and Ron Paul supporters…to see what grassroots looks like. And now there’s a new movement sweeping the nation…”We Surround Them”/”The 912 Project” launched by Glenn Beck. Americans advancing a message they believe in as opposed to Talking Heads telling us what to think and how to act. Ahh, you gotta love it!

    Don’t underestimate the power of the people.

    Now if we can just bundle it all up together…energize the people with a message that resonates extraordinarily well with them, give them the tools to spread their message, and let ’em loose.

  3. Doug Johnson

    Moses was 80 years old when he started to lead the Israelites out of Egypt. When are you too old to start something new? We all have history of what we have done over our lifetimes. When do we say that it is time to die; time to sit around and wait for the Grim Reaper?

    I thought coming to Fluvanna was my getting ready for days of retirement, rest and relaxation. But the conditions changed.


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