Help the RNC help you

One of the things that became very clear during this past election is that, while the Dems had an essentially meaningless political message (since “change” and “hope” don’t describe either ideology or policy), they were superb at getting that message to resonate amongst the electorate.  The RNC has now had the smart idea of asking the conservative electorate to give it ideas about which messages will resonante.  It’s a good idea to talk to the voters and find out what matters to them and the way in which the message can best be shaped to reach them.  Accordingly, the RNC has set up a special website called RNC Grassroots, aimed at helping you, the voter, shape this grassroots appeal.

And if you want to help me, you can contribute your ideas using the form in this blog, which will give the RNC the idea that I’m something of a player:

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  1. says

    I get a lot of political direct mail, and 95% of it is incompetent and even offensive. The typical envelope looks like something sent by a sleazy financial organization back when such organizations had money for marketing–”Your Serial Number is 33532143432–Urgent That You Reply Within 5 Days.”

    I was not impressed with the survey. It starts with the question “what is the biggest problem facing the RNC”..not the Republican party, or the conservative movement…this is a bureaucratic, inward-looking view. The categorization of responses provided was also very bureaucratic and inward-looking.

  2. says

    Plus, the categories are completely wrong! There is no category for content of the message! Do these people not understand at all that the problem is that they are selling something Americans are not buying? They have to fix the product, the message, before they worry about delivery systems. Until the Republicans have a coherent, inspiring, message, one that moves the average American more than the Democrat message that government will take care of everything (change, hope, etc.), it doesn’t matter how they sell it.

    From the list of categories, it’s clear that the RNC still doesn’t realize it’s got an Edsel on it’s hands and no amount of marketing sophistication will sell that product. The RNC needs to get serious about developing a better product.

    Also, I’m reminded of the “surveys” i often get from my liberal democrat congressman (Pete Stark). He doesn’t care in the slightest how you fill them out; he’s using them for fundraising. Now that I’ve filled out their useless survey I suspect I’ll get even more mail and email fundraisers from them than usual.

    Bookworm, do you have any reason to believe that anything anybody says in their 200 words or less is going to be taken seriously by anyone at RNC? What are they going to do with the answers they receive?

  3. suek says

    >>Do these people not understand at all that the problem is that they are selling something Americans are not buying?>>

    I don’t see that as the problem – I see it more as a problem with “bait and switch”. Their current problem is that people have recognized the bait and switch tactic, and aren’t biting. What they need to do is firm up the same old message, and then select political leaders who are willing to stand firm and _not_ compromise. The Dems talk about bipartisan bill passing all the time, but the fact is that if the parties have a different basic outlook, there will _not_ be a means of compromising, really. That means that somebody wins and somebody loses. If Republicans lose because we have insufficient numbers, then so be it. We live in a country with the majority rules. We’ll just have to try to convince more people that they should come over to our side. If, on the other hand, we just say…yeah…you’re going to win, so how about you give me a bit of this and a bit of that…then we lose the sense of principle and the basic principles get lost. It really doesn’t matter who we vote for, so why bother? Stand firm on principles and lose because of those principles – not because of being wimps.

  4. says

    I know that the RNC is really trying, DQ, and that the powers that be know that they need this grassroots info. Their inability even to ask the right questions is symptomatic of their larger problems. I have gotten word to someone who is closely involved with this project and who can, I think, make a difference.

  5. says

    I’m going to fill out the survey later, but right now here are a couple of ideas.

    The RNC has a fundamental purpose that will benefit most Americans, dare I say even the super majority of Americans. However, they, like the Marines in Fallujah, Tikrit, and Mosul suffer from what is known as the “foreign invader problem”. The Foreign Invader is seen as somebody alien, the “Man” in ghetto thug speech, that is out to “exploit” and “rape” the economies of the “local volks” (blacks, hispanics, minorities, women, Sunni terrorists and insurgents, etc.). The Marines and the US Army figured out the solution to this problem through many deaths. In both cases, the solution was to win the allegiance of local hierarchies through supplanting their strategic interests with our strategic interests or simply convincing them that our interests, in reality, were always the same. Sunnis sided with AQ thinking that would benefit them and that the US would detriment them, that’s why the Sunnis boycotted the election. This is the same reason why blacks vote Democrat, jews vote Democrat, by more than a Super Majority. THis is not the “rule of the majority”, this is the rule of dictatorship and one party monopoly. The American system is built upon the Jacksonian tradition of Winner Takes All Pluralism, not majority or super majority rules. The party or leader that represents the most people gets to win and it doesn’t matter whether he has a majority or not. This forces people to compromise instead of going their own radical and extremist ways with 5 different platforms, leaders, and parties.

    In the case of the Dems, they were naturally for compromise, since they have no rock hard principles in the first place. This means that Dems have a coalition of organizations in the same fashion as the AQ plus Sunni alliance. Large and bothersome, yes, but also very fragile depending upon conditions. The Republicans, because of their solid pack of principles, had to choose with more precision and thus could easily be made to look “discriminatory” and “mean” and “hateful” and “regressive” just because principles called for rational decisions rather than decisions made via demagoguery.

    The Democrats will be defeated when their loose coalition members are taken away from them. This is very simple. Since Democrats hate apostasy, if you even give a hint, an indication, that blacks or minorities were thinking of siding with a Republican endorsed issue, the Democrats would go apeshat on the potential apostates. This, in turn, is so extreme a reaction that more converts will start flocking to us, if we are stalwart in the defense of such people. The more the Dems squeeze their iron fists on controlling minorities, the more minorities will start rethinking things. Just as AQ squeezed the Sunni tribes with murders, bombs, and Sharia child/women sex trade demands, the more the Sunnis started rethinking things.

    This is the grand strategic vision. But the tactics, the logistical implementations, start at a different point.

    First, you need a wedge issue. But you won’t get that wedge issue until you get grassroots feedback. The US when we decided to listen to the Iraqi parliament for how to do things, thought we were listening to the “people’s voice of Iraq”. That was, of course, untrue. We were listening to politicians and the powerful, not the voice of the people. The RNC has the same problem, in that they listened to the anti-Sarah Palin retarded Rhinos and this is where they arrived as a result. McCain’s platform won him Senate support and seniority. It doesn’t win elections against Democrats, however. On the other hand, Bush won 2 national elections, but presided over grave image damage to the Republican party vis a vis the Dems.

    Neither should be the future course set out for us. It is neither compassionate conservatism we need nor is it McCain’s “get along to go along” Democrat compromise beliefs that we need. What we need is counter-insurgency and military/community/political infiltration and dominance of neighborhoods, mostly urban ones. To that extent, fundraising and calls and mails are important, but they are mostly useless.

    What you need, what won Bush two Presidential elections, is self-survival. That’s what motivates people.

    So here is my plan. Get initiatives, funding, lawyers, and organizations ready to go into those urban neighborhoods with the highest crime rates, usually Democrat dominated, and start cleaning it up by talking to community leaders, patriarchs, churches, tribes, social workers, etc. Tell them that we are offering free programs on self-defense, firearms, and H2H training, with full legal provisions and protections in case they are prosecuted for defending themselves against thugs and criminals or if their family members are harmed as a result of theft or assault.

    Tell them this, fund this, and get people, military, civilian, or government, to work on it. You don’t need to be the President to get a squad of Marines or National Guard into such neighborhoods. Get them there, without weapons. Get them there and they will set up recruiting stations. This is the military side of things. Offering people free programs to get themselves being more safe, not just feeling more safe, is the political side. The government side will be in the form of counter-lawfare and/or state government support. In the case of LA or Chicago, there will be no state or federal support, but that just means we will have to be more competitive there than in more independent and self-sufficient areas.

    Defense has recently been the Republican party’s strength and the Democrat party’s weakness. But it is only conservative lack of vision that makes them think this is only a foreign policy strength rather than a domestic strength.

    What you will see happen if you try this Book, and you should tell the people writing up the summary for Steele this directly, is that the Democrats will over-react. Their black bigots and their race mongers and their Black Panther thugs and terrorists will set out to prosecute and create death squads, eventually, to get the slaves back in line where they belong. This is where the tipping point comes. When regular black and poor folks see their beloved Democrat party doing everything they can to prevent them from being helped by the Republican party, they will question their allegiance. Enough pain, enough stabbings, enough shootings, enough terrorist intimidation tactics and bombs, and people will inevitably go for the strong horse that truly has their best interests at heart. And that, ladies and gentlemen, would be us, not the fake liberal mass murder supporting Dems.

    This is no theory. Petraeus and Bush’s stubborness and will have proven that. It only remains to Steele and his supporters to make use of such knowledge gained through so much sacrifice.

  6. suek says

    >>When regular black and poor folks see their beloved Democrat party doing everything they can to prevent them from being helped by the Republican party, they will question their allegiance.>>

    Easy to say…but if Dems are the ones passing out the jobs? If Dems control who gets prosecuted and lets the urban terrorists out through a swinging door? Those are the threats in the black and mexican communities – no money coming in, and nobody to protect them in their own communities. So…the question is – can you demonstrate that the Dems are responsible, or does it just look like terrorism that has no connection to the party?

    Look at the OJ trial…he was freed (imo) as a result of ignorance (the jury had no background to understand the dna evidence) and the perception that the police were crooked. Unless you can convince people that the police are actually there to protect them – not just throw them in jail for being who they are – you’re not likely to get cooperation.

  7. says

    Dems can pass out jobs by redistributing wealth but they can’t do so fairly nor can they provide people pride.

    If Dems control who gets prosecuted and lets the urban terrorists out through a swinging door?

    Such things build popular resentment and rebellion. They are only ever kept in control by a lack of options and a centralization of control. The black community and the Democrat party are the foremost leaders in using intimidation and social pressure to make blacks vote Democrat. That has been sustained, so far, by a light touch. Subtle threats of social opprobrium and being an “Uncle Tom”.

    When you re-direct this resentment and anger against the Dems, as the leaders of the Al Anbar Awakening successfully did against AQ, then you will get real improvement. With real improvement in security and economic conditions, comes ever increasing popular support.

    Those are the threats in the black and mexican communities – no money coming in, and nobody to protect them in their own communities.

    If Republicans are going to be true to principle, then people should protect themselves, not wait around for somebody else to do. But the corollary is that the conditions for such don’t spring up automatically. They need cultivation to become self-perpetuating, just like in Iraq.

    So…the question is – can you demonstrate that the Dems are responsible, or does it just look like terrorism that has no connection to the party?

    When Dems back corporations that blacks believe are gauging and exploiting them, how can the Dems not be held responsible? It was their propaganda apparatus that set the stage for “corporate greed” so to speak. The fact that it can be used against them, I am sure they never considered a probability.

    When we, on the other hand, hold corporate executives like Enron’s and Fannie Mae accountable for using government regulation for the benefit of business and the detriment of the people, via bribes to Democrats, what are the Democrats going to do? Deny that it is false, that Dems aren’t in collusion with Big Business? Hah, the more you deny something like that, the more people will believe it because the more people will associate greed, you, and the corporations together in their mind’s eye.

    But this has to be public, meaning it has to come out the mouth of Steele or other Republican officials, not just grassroots. But the grassroots has to “repeat it” in order to make it permeate the public consciousness. If every conservative repeated the same points of interest, and the Republican leadership held a consistent tone and background on the subject, it will pass via word of mouth, bypassing media and advertisement.

    Republicans, because they don’t prioritize propaganda or mob manipulation tactics, don’t have a coherent policy on this score with their leadership or grassroots members. Every Republican or conservative or classical liberal or neo-con has their own interpretation of things and of how to say it. This is beneficial to debate and the creation of solutions, but it is not beneficial to convincing people on the other side. It is not marketable, one might say, to have 500,000 different ways of saying a brand name. Geico knew the trick. One slogan, one symbol, period. Well, maybe two symbols, with the cavemen.

    The numerous different positions Repubs hold, will inevitably create a situation that Don here decries. But the alternative, mass lock step, is not a solution Don considers even feasible. So we have deadlock. The Republicans tried a couple of “one shot slogans” like country first, but it was too general, not powerful enough, and only appealed to the sentiments of loyalists and patriots. They now want something more powerful. Something that can reach minorities and white rich useful idiots like Democrat Jews and suburbanites in places like Berkley or Marin. But they don’t have the basis in propaganda and psychological warfare to figure out what that “something” is. The concept of manipulating your fellow man into making him do, feel, and think the way you want to is antithetical to open debate, democracy, and what not. But, that is the requirement in a democracy. If you don’t do it, demagogues will do it for you.

    Look at the OJ trial…he was freed (imo) as a result of ignorance (the jury had no background to understand the dna evidence) and the perception that the police were crooked. Unless you can convince people that the police are actually there to protect them – not just throw them in jail for being who they are – you’re not likely to get cooperation.

    Like what, the distrust Sunnis had in the Shia government police and army? What hurdles you see in the black ghetto community can never reach the obstacles the United States military has already successfully navigated.

    You see problems, but the solutions has already been crafted and implemented.

  8. suek says

    Found this comment on AT in the San Francisco Hate Speech Post
    ( http://www.americanthinker.com/2009/02/hate_speech_at_san_francisco_s.html ) and thought it fit into this thread.

    Posted by: Mundus
    Feb 24, 03:06 AM

    Why are we taking this? Why aren’t we fighting back and being aggressive in the Courts , the TV, the Internet, radio, and everywhere else we can? There are millions more of us. Isn’t it about time, we Freedom-loving, and Respecting Americans, especially, the Jews and Christians, turn the tables on these enemies, and call a halt?
    Let us teach them they cannot trample on our Freedoms, our cultures, our Constitution, our streets, our Rights.
    We are being victimized and ,now, it is time to pursue that line . It is time to alert the world WE are the victims. We are attacked, bombed,sued for illegitimate purposes. Our practice of religion and celebrating our country is disrupted and forbidden by many whose citizen status is questionable. We are being physically and verbally maligned in our own country. Why?
    It is past time for us to use the media to call attention to what is occurring. In exercising our Freedoms,
    we are being restrained and attacked. At one time, the Jews thought the ADL was an organization that countered and insured anti-Semitism was not a threat, or virulently intimidating. Since it has been sorely negligent in its raison d’etre, a group of advocacy lawyers have to be enlisted to sue when ever and where ever any infraction and attack in any area ensues.We have to hire, if necessary, security for these rallies that make sure we can protest
    peacefully without harassment and physical injury. We have to have a PR and marketing entity that is aggressive and presents the Truth about the Jews, Israel, and these United States and the Jihadists goals- again and again and again.
    There is no excuse for having to go through with these vicious assaults.Why must the Jews endure this Hate?
    The students at San Francisco have every right to an expectation of safety in their experience at the University
    and at the UC Irvine. Where are the lawsuits? Where is the outrage of the parents? Why are these administrators not protecting these students and from where are these Arab/Muslim agitators? Are they students? Outsiders?
    From where is their funding? Are they even citizens? The administration and the board, or regents, have to be held to account. To refuse to uphold the safety and rights of every student, means they are negligent and endangering the students ‘ lives. They should, therefore, be confronted and made to resign and stripped of any and all compensation. They should understand there are penalties for not carrying out their responsibilities to protect all of the students and for permitting an atmosphere counter to learning, indeed, threatening ,while these students are paying for an education with ordinary expectations of a safe and secure surrounding in which to pursue an education. The penalties should be established to include their resignation
    and an understanding they will be liable as an individual and as an administrator. They must understand they cannot be in charge of a campus promoting Hate , rhetorically and/or physically.
    Words can break your bones. Words kill. There is not one reason why we -any of us- has to keep taking this.

  9. suek says

    Yes, Y. The US Military has already successfully navigated these problems and apparently overcome them.

    Are you suggesting that we replace the local police with the US Military? If not, then what?

  10. says

    Are you suggesting that we replace the local police with the US Military? If not, then what?

    I suggest you learn from the US military’s mistakes and apply their solutions, however adapted to domestic American politics.

    Since the US military did not solve the Sunni vs Shia problem by replacing the Shia police with US forces, why is the suggestion that we replace the local and rotten police of Chicago with the US military even an option on the table? It is not.

  11. suek says

    >>Since the US military did not solve the Sunni vs Shia problem by replacing the Shia police with US forces, why is the suggestion that we replace the local and rotten police of Chicago with the US military even an option on the table? It is not.>>

    But that’s not true, Y. They _did_ replace the Shia police for a period of time. Then they vetted the Shia that returned to their places, and even then they had some bad apples that had to be removed.
    The idea is that you have someone watching the watchers – how would you do that?

    >>I suggest you learn from the US military’s mistakes and apply their solutions, however adapted to domestic American politics.>>

    With the Dems in power – especially in the cities that have the worst problems – just exactly would you go about that?

  12. says

    But that’s not true, Y. They _did_ replace the Shia police for a period of time.

    It’s not true that the US military did NOT solve the Sunni vs Shia problem in the fashion I described? Interesting. If that is NOT true, then why are you saying there were some “bad apples that had to be removed”. It wasn’t the bad apples, that once removed, made the Sunnis reconciliation with the central government.

    With the Dems in power – especially in the cities that have the worst problems – just exactly would you go about that?

    Counter-insurgency and insurgencies are not practiced from the top down. There are no grand templates that you can paste across every city and community and then say “that is exactly how to do things”. That is not how things are done. If you have something specific to bring up, then you should do so.

    But there is no exactness in your general description.

  13. Mike Devx says

    My thoughts

    - We won’t win purely on Porkulus Spendulus. We did much the same under George Bush with no complaint! no complaint at all! – so we have lost all moral gravitas on the issue. If all of our conservative leaders issued powerful mea culpas, repudiating 2002-2008, and lashing their backs bloody, it might be enough to make a difference. But I doubt it.

    - We might win on “Generational Theft”

    - We might make inroads on Democrat Corruption, and on how the Porkulus Spendulus is really not a stimulus package, but just a way to pay off a bunch of Democrat Special Interest groups, to steal 2010 and 2012. (Acorn, anyone?)

    - Because we murdered ourselves on fiscal conservatism under George Bush, and have not yet begun to make enough mea culpas, we probably need to also focus on social conservative messages. Promote core, decent American values that the Democrats are abandoning.

  14. 1Lulu says

    “The students at San Francisco have every right to an expectation of safety in their experience at the University
    and at the UC Irvine. Where are the lawsuits? Where is the outrage of the parents? Why are these administrators not protecting these students and from where are these Arab/Muslim agitators? Are they students? Outsiders?
    From where is their funding? Are they even citizens? The administration and the board, or regents, have to be held to account. To refuse to uphold the safety and rights of every student, means they are negligent and endangering the students ‘ lives.”

    Hear hear suek. I guess we need to get mad enough. You may want to look up http://www.standwithus.org They are doing a lot to combat campus ignorance and hostility to Israel. But you are right, a good lawsuit by a parent of an intimidated student might help a lot. Also. these are the questions you need to pose to journalists and editors with a reminder that they are not doing their job by failing to cover these stories or answer these questions. (Problem is- lots of journalists are also hostile to Israel. This is why we desperately need more Conservatives in the media and on college faculty NOW!)

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