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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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    Mr. Galt | January 12, 2013 at 6:34 pm

    Social Media Militia?

    Oh great. Now we’re going to get “Waco’ed”


     
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    brotherStefan | January 12, 2013 at 10:36 pm

    I suspect the “Tea Party” movement will eventually need to do something to effectively counter (or otherwise marginalize) the minority megaphone that is our current liberal media.


     
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    TeaPartyPatriot4ever | January 12, 2013 at 11:38 pm

    When you stand for the Truth, Individual Freedom, Liberty, the US Constitution, u don’t need to change a thing, the message speaks for itself.

    The vitriolic hatred of the left and their alinsky-ite marxist tactics is what Conservatives need to properly counter more effectively.

    Never be consumed with being emotionally angered, always be calm about whatever it is they are doing, with clarity of mind, and steadfast resolute, you will never fall into their endless perpetual tail chasing denigrating demonizing tactics.

    Goodness and Truth are our weapons and cause with which to engage the radical hatred of the left. They are the enemy within our Nation.. And like the Israel’s, they do not take their defense for granted against those who seek their destruction, thus makes their offense strong enough to repel any attacker.

    This is always they attitude and method we Tea Party Conservatives should take and maintain. Our reactions to their vitriol should never take on the form of another hatred, but one of Righteousness and guardians of Truth.

    Ronald Reagan was our mentor and leader in this fight, for he knew best how to counter the left’s arguments, with knowing all there is to know about the left, and how to communicate against them effectively. He wasn’t called “the Great Communicator” for nothing.

    I personally love it when they strike with anger hatred and animosity, then try to use their tactics of projection and mockery and ridicule and intimidation, for only then do I know how effective we are, that we are on target. I wear their disdain and hatred with pride and as a badge of honor.

    If you use logic reason, common sense, factual evidence of record, aka the truth, you will never go wrong. But never try to reason with the unreasonable, the indoctrinated useful idiot drones. That’s a useless endeavor. O the political, even physical battle field, our attitude is and should always be always to defeat them, period, not to reason and appease them, let alone convert them.

    And never get caught up in a strict sense that you must always obey rules of engagement for yourselves. That only hand cuffs you, and allows their tactics to work against you.

    Like Pamela Geller, like Andrew Breitbart, like Ben Shapiro, like the State of Israel, the best defense of a strong offense. You take their hatred and attacks and counter them back twice as hard.

    When you allow the enemy to take you on the offensive without counter attacking with the truth, they only seem stronger than you, and perception is reality in the public eye.. but when you massively counter attack immediately, and take no prisoners, it with you will ensure the public sees this as a sign that you are right, and not backing down from the truth, and you will win in the end.

    This is all about the fight and battle for public acceptance, which is what and how is required to attain actual authority of seats of power, via the ballot box, that is needed to rectify the current political catastrophe that is occurring in govt. today.

    Social Media is our conduit to communicate and assemble the troops to wage this battle against evil in America. The Tea Party is a unifying entity of that Truth which we fight for.

    Make the Tea Party stand for the People in the eyes of the People, away from the anti-American liberal Obamacrats, that way we can rebrand our image in the eye of the public.

    […] at Legal Insurrection there is an idea of “social media militia.” I find the idea intriguing because it is not threatening in a way that typically gets bad […]


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