If anyone wants to argue with me and tell me that Republicans are already in the information war then they’re going to have an uphill climb.
Those who get their news and information from the right places know the country is in trouble in every area due to the advance of nutty liberalism. The party that advances that failed ideology is the Democratic Party. Despite that, yesterday’s Rasmussen “Generic Congressional Ballot” poll shows that Americans would choose a Democrat over a Republican 41-35.
Here’s a bit of the text from the Rasmussen report:
Democrats have posted their largest lead on the Generic Congressional Ballot since early November, while Republicans have fallen to their lowest level of support in a year.
A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey for the week ending January 19 finds that 41% of Likely U.S. Voters would vote for the Democrat in their district’s congressional race if the election were held today, unchanged from the previous week. Thirty-five percent (35%) would choose the Republican instead, down two points from the previous survey. The Democrats have now led for three weeks in a row.
Few people are thinking at the level they need to — and I’m not talking about high, lofty theories. I’m talking low — street level, in the neighborhoods.
How often have you EVER heard a conversation discussing a) effective and far-reaching ways to get info to people AROUND the media, b) what the best political campaigns actually do to reach voters, c) what it is that the tea partiers do, don’t do, and should do?
On a weekly basis I still hear from people expressing despair, or giving up — especially on Illinois. That’s understandable on a number of levels.
First, they still aren’t seeing the kind of leadership we’re going to need to turn the country around. Second, they don’t know how they can practically make a difference. Third, when they do participate, the activities lead to incredible frustration, often because they’re alone, often because of the low caliber of the people they encounter who populate the Republican Party — especially in Illinois.
Everything is going to be frustrating until our side gets serious about entering the information war. Our researches and thinkers and commentators produce the kind of ammo that should bring victory — unfortunately that ammo isn’t used in anything but a micro capacity. As I’ve written often, even those with a sizable audience mostly just reach the choir.
Meanwhile, the uninformed and misinformed continue on their merry way, answering poll takers like the low information voters they are. Hey, none of this is fun to read or write, but as I recently read on a sign outside a church, “If the truth hurts, that means it’s working.”
Our side can learn macro-communications, but it’ll require creativity, innovation, and the activity of a lot of people at the state and local level. We can’t wait for existing conservative think tanks, conservative news outlets, or our elected officials to figure out that we’re not reaching enough people. Leadership will have to come from lower levels. From the streets. From the neighborhoods. But even those efforts will require leadership. But I repeat myself.
The above was revised slightly from when it first posted on January 21, 2014.
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