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    A “social media militia” can preserve our liberties today

    A “social media militia” can preserve our liberties today

    My recent post on “Independence Day” sparked a spirited discussion around poll data showing that only 8% of those questioned identified themselves as members of the “tea party” (hat-tip to gs).

    This, in turn, became a topic of discussion among the a group of citizen activists formed to support our local group, SoCal Tax Revolt Coalition. This team, tagged as the San-Diego Local Order of Bloggers (the SLOBS), has been the cornerstone of our local independent-conservative information networking system.

    During our exchange, three points were agreed upon in full:

    1) The “tea party” is an idea, not a group. So while people may not identify themselves as members, that doesn’t mean they no longer believe in the value of small government, sane budgets, and the “little book“.

    2) The “tea party” is in need of rebranding.

    3) The retooling of the “tea party” must include better use of popular culture and social media.

    As an example, I wanted to share the background on the SLOBs and how it is effectively used. The website was created by Charles Fettinger (aka “Doo Doo Economics”).  He offers some details:

    Our website is technically a blog aggregator with search engine optimization and social networking automation. Each time a blogger adds a new article, the article pops up on the website, Facebook, Twitter and in our Android App. Because the article is automatically available in several places on the internet , the article gains better position in search engines.

    The website is intuitive and promotes our fellow bloggers work. It keeps us reading and commenting on each other’s work to promote the collaboration of ideas. The collaboration is not managed, which maximized innovation by allowing us to pursue stories and ideas. Many great ideas are built on the shoulders of other great ideas. In a battle of ideas, this is a tremendous advantage.  Because the fact that our bloggers hold diverse perspectives, the SLOBs is a rich collaborating team.

    Users find and share our articles on any social networking site from one central location at www.theslobs.org. Ironically, the one social networking site that does not interact directly with our site is FreedomConnector.org, but they are working on it. Each time a user shares an article, it helps everyone gain possible readers and improves the search engine ranking of the post.

    We are integrated with a Facebook, and my personal Twitter account automatically tweets every article based upon blog “labels”. At the bottom of the website is a “wire network” feed based on the top story from the bloggers at the moment. The wire network adds a hard news element.

    The website automatically updates about every four hours, but can be manually updated via a blue refresh button. The site also integrates with an android app that has a few extra features like search and storage of stories. A Windows 8 App is in the works.

    The features of the website are cool, but the power is found in expanding the reach of freedom fighters. The bloggers do not see the app statistics, but since Sept 2011 the android app has added 115,658 reads. The biggest uncommon usage of the our RSS feed is on RebelMouse.com, a social networking aggregator.

    One of the most effective uses of this system has been to share information and analysis of local and state ballot measures. And while we had several set-backs in the California last year, at least one tax-raising measure (Proposition 29) and one regulatory expansion (Proposition 37) went down to defeat, in part because of these efforts.

    Those of you who are interested in developing something locally can contact Charles directly (click HERE). And while you may not have a strong background in the new technologies, lots of unemployed college graduates literally selling themselves to pay off student loans. You can inspire them to conservatism by the direct application of capitalism!

    Just giving money to some national organization or party in hope of change doesn’t work.  We need to form our own “social media militias”.

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    One of the most effective uses of this system has been to share information and analysis of local and state ballot measures.
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    been trying to do this on my site, a database page for every state that people contribute to, just a lot to do alone.


     
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    Browndog | January 12, 2013 at 3:03 pm

    Not sure if rebranding of “tea baggers”–“right wing extremists” is even possible.

    Tea party types are by they very nature of the movement political amatures. They allowed themselves to be ridiculed by the “in” crowd by literally changing their name. Then they allowed the political power, by virtue of being labeled as extremist time and time again on the floor of the House and Senate, with absolutely no push back.

    Then, they allowed their political power to be swept under the rug after achieving what they thought was the goal–elected office via John Boehner.

    I do not know the way forward for the movement, but learning the lessons of the past is always a good start.

    Understanding the enemy, and they are the enemy, and what they’re capable of isn’t a bad idea either.

    I equate it to an elderly woman hearing children curse in public for the first time. Internal shock and horror won’t stop the cursing. Smacking the little heathens upside their heads with her purse surely will.


       
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      BannedbytheGuardian in reply to Browndog. | January 12, 2013 at 6:09 pm

      Smacking the little heathens upside their heads with a purse…..No way .

      She gets done for assault & plea bargained into a dementia program Or they punch her lights out & leave her.


       
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      V10 in reply to Browndog. | January 13, 2013 at 3:56 pm

      There is a virtue to not being an organized and homogenous national party, united in a single voice. Whoever is tapped to be the official head, the media narrative becomes about him/her, not the ideas and policies of the people s/he represents.


     
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    punfundit | January 12, 2013 at 3:08 pm

    Bravo, SLOBs! I think you’re on the right track, most especially point #3. But I challenge you to go further than that point states: Engage in cultural and social warfare. We cannot win big on the political scene any time soon. We are not believed. We are not understood.

    We must go into the communities which believe they must oppose us. We must challenge their managed culture with our own counter-culture, a counter-culture of independent living and healthy skepticism of authority. Be the new community organizers. Rub raw against each other the social woes wrought first by the progressive movement and then by the modern left. Show these communities the way out of the social slave plantations.

    Who are the conservatives these days? What is the status quo in this age, and who seeks to keep and control it? Who are the liberals now? Who wants to change and reform the status quo? Who wants to free the individual, push back against illegitimate authority, and better our society? Rest assured, we are the radicals; they are the establishment. All we have to do is prove it.

    As for point #2, rebranding is not enough. Our movement has lost legitimacy no thanks to the sabotage of “our” party’s establishment, as well as misplaced punditry. We must rebuild our intellectual chops. We have lost so many thinkers to time and age. Remember Friedman, Buckley, and Breitbart. Yes, remember even Rand, though warily.

    Sowell, Williams, Thomas, Scalia, and Gingrich are aging as well. They will not last forever. Who do we have to replace them? We are fortunate to have Jacobson, Althouse, Volokh, and so on, not least because they give us “lay people” a voice in the alternative new media. But they can be drowned out by the likes of Hannity, O’Reilly, Coulter, and Rove.

    To find new new researchers, thinkers, leaders, and firebrands, our movement must reinvest time, capital, and energy in higher education. We must be willing to risk new blood and failure in the jaws of leftist academia. Challenge the left. Outgrow them. Subsume them.

    First win the argument, and then win the vote.

    San Diego is one of my most favorite cities, and it is a gratifying to see liberty lovers alive and well there. Bravo, SLOBs!

    Thanks for the generous mention. I’ve commented before that conservative/GOP refusal to learn from their unnecessary November defeats is more ominous than the defeats themselves. Your realistic attitude is an exception which hopefully will spread.

    Partly due to a personal encounter, partly due to posts here at LI (the situation in RI, or “I like Scott Brown, but I’m voting for the Democrat”), I’ve been thinking about how to create a beachhead in the mind of a straight-ticket D voter. Maybe I’ll come up with something worth posting.


     
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    drdog09 | January 12, 2013 at 3:32 pm

    The Teas have been reasonably successful and continue to be. However from a tactical perspective they erred not in branding but control. Some of the moveers and shakers in the org should have trademarked the `Tea Party`, `Teas` and other symbols/monikers. By not doing so we have had Manchurian Tea wannabees using the brand. A key failing.


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