H/T Jared Law
The daunting task we face is more challenging than we realize. And the forces of darkness and oppression are not just well-financed, they’re extremely well-organized. Consider this segment from another discussion I posted yesterday, which few had a chance to see:
People have a knee-jerk reaction to defend so-called ‘Public Education,’ despite the fact that it is DESTROYING AMERICA! Even here in Utah it’s amazingly bad; you would think the state that is widely considered the most conservative state in America would have no problem taking out Teachers’ Unions and restoring our education system to something that resembles sanity, but people have been trained for DECADES to blindly support ‘public education,’ and we have some of the most slick, ‘progressive’ local news media in the nation.
But this isn’t a Utah problem; it’s all over America. At least we have universities like BYU (which has its problems, but is far better than most public schools) and George Wyeth University in Southern Utah
South Central Michigan has Hillsdale College, Central Virginia has Liberty University, and there are a few others that are overly conservative. But there are over 4,300 radical leftist colleges nationwide, and it’s getting worse with every passing year. And there are over 8,800 TV stations nationwide; not all of them have news desks, of course, but there are probably thousands of news channels, when we include local news media, nationwide. There are TENS OF THOUSANDS of High Schools and Junior High Schools in America, and about a HUNDRED THOUSAND grade schools in America. Our task is monumental. It is unimaginably difficult. It will take time to get rid of the cancer of ‘progressivism’ here in America.
But with God, anything is possible. We CAN, and we eventually WILL, win. The question is how soon, and after how much damage is done. We MUST REDOUBLE OUR EFFORTS to IDENTIFY, RECRUIT, and EDUCATE our peers; WE MUST GROW OUR NUMBERS!
Our challenge isn’t simply that our Marxist Government Indoctrination System…er…Public Education system is indoctrinating our children to love tolerance of wickedness, but to be intolerant of virtue and righteousness. This corrupt system is indoctrinating our children to live off of taxpayer-funded dole, to expect everything without working for it, and to hate those who dare to work hard and prosper. They are taught to feel entitled to other peoples’ money. They are indoctrinated in principles of mediocrity and enslavement…
This isn’t the challenge we face in 2012, although when combined with the media advantage, those who alone are daunting enough. But George Soros, and presumably Maurice Strong and other anti-American, anti-Freedom $billionaires and multi-millionaires are donating to Organizing for America, so that they won’t NEED the union cash that is fleeing federal races to stop the bleeding at the state level. And the money is being spent wisely; they are organizing and preparing to out-tea party our movement.
Our situation is indeed precarious, and it is ESSENTIAL that we IDENTIFY, RECRUIT, and EDUCATE every single American we have contact with, who is willing to learn, and who believes in the principles of freedom in the Constitution. Obviously, we won’t get everybody. But we can help direct those who are awakening now, and get them ready to help win the future, and to defeat tyranny and enslavement!
Please INVITE all potential 9.12’ers who you think will be helpful in the fight to restore America, including current Tea Partiers/9.12’ers for whom you have email addresses, to JOIN US today! And if you’re a Tea Party or 9.12 Project group leader, and/or you have access to an email list of such a group, please consider inviting them to join us.
Whatever you do, PLEASE make sure you have contacted everybody in your neighborhood, and among your friends, relatives, co-workers, church congregation members, and other peer groups; please identify, recruit, and help educate those who prefer freedom to tyranny, and don’t waste your time on those who are willfully blind to our awful situation, just identify those who will join us in restoring America!
And remember, if we TURN TO GOD, we can expect His Providential Aid, and win against the virtually impossible odds we face, just as George Washington and the American Revolution achieved victory against the Superpower of the 18th Century. With greater numbers, organization, and trust in God (and good works proving our faith), we shall prevail!
Please also continue to pray for those in the American south who have lost loved ones, property, or their workplace to tornado, wildfire, or other natural disaster!
By BEN SMITH | 4/30/11 7:07 AM EDT
President Obama’s aides have quietly turned the key in the engine of the massive campaign-in-waiting that’s been operating under the name Organizing for America for the past two years, and will begin his reelection with the sort of online and field organizations most presidential campaigns would be glad to have 16 months from now.
The leadership of the field organization — with hundreds of employees, tens of thousands of volunteers and massive online assets (primarily, a giant email list) — is shifting from the Democratic National Committee to the new campaign in Chicago. And in mass emails and in a quiet series of one-on-one meetings with volunteer leaders, the group is resetting its relationship with its supporters.
And while many Democrats have complained that Organizing for America’s vaunted abilities began to sputter once Obama became president, people watching the organization closely say it has succeeded in what may have been its central mission all along: building an unparalleled reelection organization while staying under the political world’s radar.
“Nothing like this has ever happened this early or this big,” said Natalie Foster, a former DNC new media director.
Obama’s reelection campaign may lack the novelty, and the purity, of his first campaign. Aides hope, though, that any enthusiasm gap — which they believe will close as the race begins to take shape — will be made up for by the sheer scale and capacity of the newly re-tuned organization.
Obama’s campaign will “give a little on the enthusiasm, but they gain a lot on the fact that they’re starting with this huge set of resources they didn’t have in 2008 ,” said a Democrat closely watching the ramp-up.
That Organizing for America remains very much a political powerhouse to be feared may come as a surprise to some who have bought into the popular narrative that group has floundered since the 2008 campaign. And early in Obama’s presidency, OFA did suffer from being wildly over-hyped: it was to be a juggernaut that would transform legislative politics, sending members of Congress of both parties running headlong in fear.
The group, to the dismay of some of Obama’s key supporters, never attempted to bring the “movement” feel of the campaign to a truly independent new organization. Its website remained BarackObama.com, and – after an early foray drew complaints from Capitol Hill – it shied away from doing anything that could get the president in trouble with his less trail-blazing allies in Congress.
But despite the fact that OFA did not live up to admittedly unrealistic expectations, it did play a role in keeping Democrats on board during the protracted health care fight, mobilizing on a large scale despite a sour national mood and skepticism of the bill, even among Democrats. The group’s 2008 breakthrough had been linking the online organization with offline action, and the organization’s leaders last month detailed some of their results in a Huffington Post article, writing that in August of 2009, more than 34,000 OFA members attended 410 town hall events to back the bill, and that 65,000 supporters paid in-person visits to members of Congress.
Now Organizing for America begins where many presidential campaigns would be glad to finish. Leading Democrats say the group has more than 400 staffers around the country — many with two or more years of experience in the organization — thousands of local volunteer leaders, a list of a million people willing to volunteer, and an email list insiders say has grown since the campaign ended, and stands at more than 10 million names. (An Obama campaign spokeswoman, Katie Hogan, said the campaign will not be giving out the exact numbers of staffers, though they become public in occasional filings.)
The central question, of course, is whether those millions still care, and whether the tens of thousands of active 2008 volunteers are ready to engage. In interviews, some volunteer leaders said they’d begun to see signs that supporters, who had dipped in and out of engagement on specific issues, were returning to the organization.
“I see people coming back. It’s very thrilling actually,” said Cathy Johns, a secretary and volunteer in the suburbs of Toledo, Ohio, whose number was provided by a campaign aide. “I’m really looking forward to it, to seeing some of the old gang.”
A Philadelphia volunteer, Jim Walton, acknowledged that governing had been hard on the organization.
“Every time President Obama made a compromise, you lose people who feel very strongly about these issues,” he said. “I think it’ll come back — people are now being faced with the real choice, and you’ll be able to see the contrast between what the president is offering and what the other side is offering.”
The online operation, intrinsic to both field and fund-raising operations of the reelection campaign, has also been quietly gearing up. An email message and no-frills video from campaign manager Jim Messina earlier this week returned the messaging to its successful roots in wonky, direct, gimmick-free, and openly political discussions with core supporters.
The structure and leadership of the online side of the campaign have yet to be announced, but two people involved said Joe Rospars, a consultant who headed the 2008 campaign’s wildly successful internet fundraising and communications, will likely occupy a similar post this cycle.
Other crucial details, though, remain unsettled. The 2008 campaign was marked by occasional scuffles between Rospars’ team and the campaign’s finance side, over the share of email that would be devoted to asking for money, versus building a movement and driving supporters to take other action. Julianna Smoot, who ran fundraising in 2008, is now a deputy campaign manager, and two Democrats who work in online politics said they worry the new organization will be tempted to overuse the list for fundraising.
People involved in setting it up, though, dismissed that concern, and said Rospars will likely report directly to Messina. What’s more, the campaign so far has been heavily devoted to expanding its field operation, and raising money to pay for that expansion, quelling some of those concerns.
And the online organization will operate with new tools. Facebook integration, for instance, will offer the campaign “a much sharper scalpel” for slicing its email list – still its key online asset — into segments based on all sorts of personal details.
Leaders of Organizing for America seemed to have learned the lessons of the past and have spent less time in recent years hyping the group’s scale and accomplishments. That’s a pattern, insiders say, that’s likely to continue.
But Obama is relying heavily on the unparalleled organization in what’s likely to be a very different 2012 campaign, and his supporters would like nothing more than to take the GOP by surprise with its scale and ferocity.
“If you’re the other side I would not be sitting hoping and praying they can’t get it moving again. That’s a big mistake,” said Democratic consultant Joe Trippi. “It’s going to be moving.”