For those of you saying they don’t like the GOP as it stands now and that they’ll sit out the next election, you’re not quite on the right track. You have the right idea, which is not to reward politicians who constantly betray you, but by merely sitting out you are denying yourselves the opportunity to send a real message. So take a moment and consider some better ways to register your displeasure.
Side sorting: Not voting is a trivial response. Actively showing up and purge voting a candidate, which is what I’ll be doing to Jeb if he’s the nominee, makes a much louder statement. To purge vote, vote against the nominee and for the person most likely to defeat them. Yes, this may mean a Democrat will win, but this is not a tactic to use unless the R and D are so indistinguishable that you get big government either way. As the name states, it also helps sort all of your elected opposition to the same party. We don’t need two parties of enemies as we have right now.
Conditional support: Sick of the fact politicians do U-turns after they are elected? Quit supporting them if that happens. Some of them may realize that the rabid energy of the left never ends and that they would like defenders. So they can either keep doing what they promised to do, or you can sit back and relax as the liberals shred them in confetti and toss them all over DC. If enough of us do that, this will become clear.
Shill control: Here’s the problem with establishment shills trolling blogs and media. Many of them are likely staffers or PR flaks, which means they’re being paid to use social engineering tactics on you and you can only respond to them in your free time. Since this is vote whipping and not argument in good faith, engaging them is hardly useful. As it’s March 2015 as of this writing and I’m already seeing use of the purity strawman and the ‘whiny baby’ card, we’re all going to have to find ways to deal with this because the grinding has begun early. The answer is to quit tolerating it and engage in shill control.
Someone in a blog or in media can’t stop shilling for more of the same? Write them off. Blog won’t deal with the truly vile trolls? Stop visiting it. I did this with HotAir about a month ago and I couldn’t be happier about it. Why should I give anyone page hits and ad clicks, buy their books, or give them ratings just so they can slap me? Head over to Badblue.com and you might find a replacement you’ll like better.
Sound extreme? Look back at 2014 and answer for yourself if a line was crossed by the Establishment or not. Take a look at the behavior or McConnell and Boehner and decide if any greater goods are being served by their placement into power. Was all the effort to beat you into submission in the service of anything worthwhile? Is Obama being stopped? Anyone who is trying to enforce more of the same after all of this by brutalizing their readers or listeners isn’t part of the solution, so why reward them for it?
Want to answer all the betrayals and defeats your so-called leaders keep inflicting on you? Think a little bigger than ‘stay home’ because you have far more options.