In part 2 of this series I want to begin to lay out a strategic plan of action for all the conservative groups out there that have risen up over the last year. As we talked about in Part 1 of this series, becoming less visible to the media and public eye is one key consideration. That will reduce opportunity for infiltration from the opposition.
Most of the groups out there know about each other. The first thing they should do is to reach out to each other and hold a joint meeting to share ideas and concerns, exchange contact information, and establish a secure communication system with each other. Facebook and other social sites are too visible and too easy to penetrate. This will allow pertinent information to be shared covertly. They should be very protective over who they allow to have access into the inner sanctum.
Secondly, they should map out geographical areas that each group’s members can effectively cover in canvassing operations. Any successful campaign involves some door to door neighborhood interaction. Besides, we all need to get to know our neighbors; this is a good way to do it. The least intrusive way to begin an open dialogue about politics with someone you don’t know is by doing a non-partisan survey or voter registration drive in your neighborhood. It will not only give you the opportunity to share information about local candidates and issues, but will help you gauge the demographic makeup of your neighborhood. This can help in targeting areas that need additional effort to pull in the vote.
Next, do similar activities in the local business community and visit local churches, fraternal organizations and chambers. I will give you more specific information concerning churches in the next segment of this series. One of the primary concerns of the people in this year’s election is, of course, the economy and jobs. Survey the local business leaders about what their concerns are. They are the backbone of every community and provide the majority of jobs in this country. Ask how they are doing. Are they growing, downsizing, or sitting in a holding pattern? Sharing and centralizing all of this gathered data will help the leaders of each group as they develop their game plan for the remainder of this election cycle.
The next topic is to find out about current legislation being proposed at the state and local level that may affect your community. Are there going to be any referendums on this year’s ballot on Election Day? If so, what are they? Gather information about the pros and cons so you can not only inform your community but also find out where your local candidates stand on the issues. This will be important in the vetting process and help differentiate the candidates. It is not enough to just get rid of the bad apples currently in power; you have to also choose the right candidates to replace them with. Otherwise you just replace rotten fruit with more rotten fruit.
Most political analysts are predicting a major shift this year from Democrat to Republican. Trust me, they may act like they aren’t paying attention to what the “movement” is doing, but they are. There may be candidates who have entered the race just to be a spoiler. There will be some who have conveniently switched parties recently to take advantage of the momentum on the right. This is where vetting is critical, especially in the primaries. Make sure that the “Right” candidates emerge from the pack.
The struggle for power is big business and the money influencers will play a major role in determining who becomes the “most visible” candidates. That person may not be the right choice. Again, this is where communication between the groups and the leaders is important. What almost happened in New York with an independent candidate and later did happen in Massachusetts, New Jersey and Virginia in recent elections was largely because of people getting informed about who the candidates were, and who were behind them. “The People” spoke loudly. Although the mainstream media and the Democrats downplayed it or misconstrued it, they got the message loud and clear. You can be sure they are developing their own strategies for the upcoming elections and they have the advantage. Their network is already established from the last election and they have the advantage of media bias.
The momentum and public sentiment is clearly on the side of Republicans this year. However, this election is far from decided and is not an automatic conclusion. It is going to require the same kind of concentrated effort to overcome this current hierarchy of power as it did to create it. Stay tuned for further instruction in Part 3 of this series.