Which Liberty Movement branch?Submitted by tony m on Fri, 09/21/2012 - 15:21
This pertains to those who are involved in the political process.
Here is an initial attempt to accept the reality of our situation and employ strategy in at least one area.
It is clearer that we have distinctions - branches, in the Liberty Movement concerning political process involvement. They are listed below from majority to minority.
Branches and volume
The overwhelming majority are those RP supporters who do not want to be involved in the political process. In my local area, WNY, I would say that is around 97%. (There could be some RP folks in the committee that I do not know. If so, they have been stealth. But since I cannot verify, I have to use numbers I have witnessed).
Nationally? I bet it is around the same. (Area's that this figure scales from are covered later.)
I presently call this the Open (O) branch.
Second, is those who would consider getting involved with a 3rd or new party and not the Republican party. For now, the 3rd Party (3P) branch.
Third, are the Liberty Republicans Flexible (LRF). They activate the strategy of 'working the Republican party' (wtp) and will also be willing to parallel their activation towards 3P. I have myself positioned here since I like options.
Fourth, is the Liberty Republicans Staunch (LRS). They also activate working the party strategy with no consideration to 3P.
Limits of wtp - nationally, and the C4L
The nine or so states that have established Ron Paul wtp beachheads (the campaign delegate states) is the nucleus and core of the wtp strategy. Growth will most likely have to come from these states and spread out.
I cannot speak for all the other states but will use New York as my example. The wtp strategy by becoming a committeeman will not presently work here. Why? Because there is no beachhead established. Remember those nine states were party "participation". The people had a voice. NY is a primary state where the people do not have a voice. So there is no unity "voice" (caucus) participation to form that initial stronghold. (However, inroads can possibly be made in rural areas.)
(Any other states that are as closed as NY will most likely have the same issue. The belief that, well, we get a few committeemen this year, and then more the next, and so on, is not turning out well. It is not happening and it has been tried here for the last six years. I will go over why it is not working further below.)
From it's inception, the C4L has instituted training on becoming precinct leader/committeeman in your election district. This is great.
However, understandably, its training does not have the depth and array needed for all party environment conditions, in all neighborhoods, in all states.
In the county next to mine, in 2010, a couple activists (1 RP person) was able to, talk into, seven people to become committeemen. Now these folks were somewhat excited due to the TeaGOP hype at the time. But, they still needed to be nudged. Two years later, with petitioning ready to start to become committeemen again for another two years, I think only one was still going to do it. What happened to the others? The activists conclusions are, those people expected action/change but they didn't get it. They considered it a waste of time since they affected no change. Why could they not get change? Because they didn't have any strategy to implement that can "move the box" in their town committee. Remember, these people are followers.
The strategy I use to get some type of movement where there is results, is integrity leveraging.
What do I mean by integrity leveraging? We are seeing it in how RP folks worked some of the conventions during the 2012 RP campaign.
Without going into details, how I go about it, it is by questioning various party officers concerning certain things with a distinct pattern to unveil discrepancies. I use their responses against each other to move what I want, forward.
I do this as professional aggressiveness. Yes, I am pushing the party.
Now when I met one of the activists from the next county in that above example, and showed him what I have done, and the results. He has climbed aboard. Why? Because the strategy is executed professionally.
With performing integrity leveraging, I believe people will have a reason to believe that joining the committee is actually going to have results. Joining the committee is not enough for the "having to talk into joining" followers. If your hard work pays off and you get some, they will probably quit if no meaningful attempts are made to get some type of action happening.
Unfortunately, it seems obvious that these branches will be going their own ways. I think there will be times when some will work together.