Author JASON D. RAINES, 12/27/11
It is suggested that the Tea Party conduct a campaign to “expand” Tea Party votes, possibly doubling them by November– in an effort to help save “America as we have known it”–through the election of conservative candidates.
Tea Party principles, essentially those by which the United States has excelled, hold the key to America’s return to greatness. They worked before; they can work again. “Fundamental change” was not needed. Worse, it has become destructive. It must be reversed.
The method suggested is for members to influence at least one person to vote the conservative ticket. Some may find it awkward. Others may influence many. In fact, some already are doing so. The effects could be large: several million votes “multiplied”.
Such a campaign might be termed something like: “Tea Party Times Two”—with “doubling” and “times two” symbolizing goals–and the potential. Another possible term: “Tea Party multiplied”. While true doubling may be a stretch, something less could have powerful effects.
A large number of Americans don’t know the power of “American (Tea Party} principles”. It’s ok to inform them. It might even be considered a kind of duty. Among them are the uninvolved—not paying attention or drifting in the pop-culture. Others are swayed by the fantasy of self-serving ideology fed by politicians, media, education, academia and the like. Lumped together, they, in their beliefs and apathy—though some are family and friends –present a threat to our way of life.
The possibility of influencing another person to vote conservatively may not have occurred to many members. A campaign of the type suggested might prompt them by simply suggesting the possibility. The full realization of the seriousness of the November elections may compel some members to express their concerns to others.
Influencing others could take several forms: one-on-one conversations, examples set by members, continued rallies, letters to editor and other.
A suggested method for conducting a campaign is for Tea Party groups to have as goals the doubling of the group’s votes. Initial meetings on the subject might include a show of hands of those who have already influenced others. Progress could be measured in meetings building toward the November elections. A chart showing progress would be effective. Initial meetings could also include member examples and suggestions for influencing fellow citizens.
Extending this line of thinking, imagine the effects of a state’s Tea Party membership dramatically “extending” its voting power!
Member conviction is key. Most already have it. A particular reality, though, can bolster conviction: Tea Party principles are proven. People flourish under them. Liberal principles are lacking; people suffer—as now. Including family and friends!
The United States, as most Tea Party people know, is at a critical juncture. Tea Party voices have got to become even more emphatic—their influence expanded. “Tea Party Times Two” or “Tea Party Multiplied” may be one method.
JASON D. RAINES. 12/27/11