Every time you hand over $3.47 for a Slurpee to that clerk at Fast Mart while you’re filling up with gas, never forget the person you hand that money to is a Worker, not a Taker. She’s part of the 70%, not 30%.
It doesn’t matter if she’s a Democrat, a trollop or a lounge lizard. Or even a Stupid. Being a worker often can trump all those others holdbacks. She’s one of us because she connected that one extra dot, Job=Money=Stuff. So there is a common sense, moral person in there, just waiting to be found. (Pascal)
Every time you leave a $10 tip for a $30 meal at O’Charley’s, don’t just leave it with a smile. Remind that waitress that it is the Democrat who most often leaves only a dollar and loose change, and rarely a smile. It’s the Democrat who scowls and snarls and sends the food back because it’s too rare, too done, the lettuce not crisp, all the while blaming her for the kitchen’s mistake.
It’s the Democrats who throw pots, pans, vases, and curses, and almost never a compliment…unless there’s something in it for them. And it’s the people you are handing that money to who usually find these facts out first, only they don’t know they are Democrats or “from the government there to help” but rather, thanks to the popular culture, they are told these are greedy capitalists.
Job One is to find a gentle, easy way to remind all those people just who the real impediments in their lives are. Do that and they will come.
The message really is that simple, and it is all about just getting it out there to the right people in the right way.
Toward an effective ground game
In 2010 I did a series of articles about “walking back blue numbers” in even the bluest of districts, and also “walking forward red numbers” everywhere.
You may also recall in 2008 I worked with some small business owners here in central Virginia asking them to push voter registration among their employees. I thought the small business boss (the same “rich” guy Obama believes doesn’t pay enough in taxes) is the best vehicle to reach out to the mostly 18-25, unmarried and unregistered worker. Warn them what might happen to their jobs under Obama.
It did, for by 2010 about 20% of them no longer had jobs, and one of those businesses is no more.
In 2010 I moved that idea into the Rotary Club/civic organizations circuit where small business meets and sell this message directly. From the feedback I received not much was made of that idea, I suppose, so here we are 60 days away from the most fateful election ever to face this “under-God” experiment in government, and things are pretty much the same. We still have several million targets of the Obama administration who still have never been made aware of that bullseye on their back, even as many are now sinking, with no map to find a way out.
What to do, What to do?
Now, if you’re like me, you get 50 emails a week from the tea party-this, or the united against- Obama that, each with a teaser about the outrage of the week, then, sign this petition, oh, and if you get a chance, send us some money.
I knew a Baptist preacher, my brother”s father in-law, and possibly the worst golfer I ever knew, who always carried a second sermon in his coat pocket just in case, just in case, one lost soul might stroll in some Sunday night…car broke down, in need of a loan, maybe even salvation…and sit down on the back pew. Like Rev Ames, I’m always looking for those who haven’t heard the words of liberty and independence, and try to find new ways to bring the subject up without sounding preachy, or like a Hari Krishna at the airport.
I don’t want to belittle what those internet groups do, but the fact is, their model really isn’t directed at 1) finding and 2) communicating with those people. That’s always been the problem with those otherwise fine organizations who have us on their mailing lists; their ground game. They are mostly sermonizing to the saved.
And I’m always a missionary at heart.
You see, in some respects, the whole purpose of this nation’s founding are those who are the hardest to reach, for as we’ve seen with the 23 million unemployed so far, most in fact are of the same income category as that FastMart clerk, or the waitress who works for tips or those kids who tear out old insulation in buildings.
A job in the private sector is the greatest of all threats to Obama and the Democrats, which is why they have worked so hard to get rid of so many. Private sector workers all, high school graduates at best, many Christian, but a lot not so much, the Democrats like them being right where they are now, out of work or on the edge. Democrats strive to ensure that they will not see a bright sky in their future, or in their children’s. It was always their plan to put them just where they are. Once safely tethered to the government welfare train, these people will never be heard from again. They are not the “middle class” Barack Obama speeches about; his middle class sits in a cubicle in a government office building and scribbles notes, plays on-line poker and watches porn.
But neither are they easy for Romney or the GOP to go after, for their campaign money is targeted for traditional media, and all the people who can be reached that way. That’s why I published America’s Epitaph, Death by Skinflint last year (also available in PDF, on request). While I don’t agree with this strategy, and believe some money should be directed at an unconventional ground game to capture as many of these people as possible, I do understand how campaign funds are husbanded in this regard.
But it does require some coordination and planning, even brainstorming, to develop a ground game. Finding and getting these people on the registration roles may yet save the Republic, so I was happy to see that Ralph Reed and the Faith and Freedom Coalition are also going after these unregistered citizens. FFC’s mission is to go out and find, and register, an approximate 6 million unregistered Christians, a major undertaking we all agree.
Why I point this organization out is that they go after a group most Establishment Republicans don’t, and not entirely because they are Christian, mind you, but because they also are likely poorer than most, like that FastMart clerk, or on the Democrat plantation. It’s simply hard to draw a cost-benefit analysis that justifies much expense in going to get them.
But this is also why I am a missionary, not a blogger, for there are many clever ways which allows creativity and street savvy, and little money, to find those
I ask each of you to go to this page at the FFC site, click on your state and email a link or copy of this article to the people who are FFC’s state representatives. A personal note from you would also be nice. Just tell them we we’d like to know about their ground game and share any information they can share.
Those who have Given up looking for work have not given up looking to vote.
We need to send this message loud and strong to Obama. And we need to send signals to the poor Christian folk in the ghettos that help is coming, and a way out is coming for their children. We gotta go find them. It’s our duty.
Never forget that the greatest duty of the citizen that makes it up the hill is to reach around and give a handshake up to someone still climbing. That is what separates us from the Beasts and keeps this Republic moving.
For that waitress, I like the calling card, (tip card) aka business card, containing a simple message of encouragement, hoping someday she too can be a big tipper like me. No words need be exchanged, just a simple note which she will put away in her purse. For store clerks, a simple, “If you’re not registered to vote, your job future is less certain, as will be your children’s.”
Make up your own. It’s non-confrontational, effective and polite.
Just because of who you are, they will know, and they will come.