Conservatives, Social Media, And Returning The GOP To Its Base
Posted by John Hitchcock on 2012/05/14
Legal Insurrection has a recent article mainly concerning how the grass-roots Conservative re-awakening is beginning to show dominance on Twitter to reformulate the Republican Party back to its former ideals, to the dismay of Democrats and Ruling Class inside-the-beltway Republicans alike. (Hello, Dick Lugar.)
After watching the Democrats’ sheer dominance over social media forums during the 2008 Presidential election, it is doubtful that anyone could have predicted the conservative base would supplant them so quickly.
But beginning with the midterm elections of 2010, conservatives have been on a path to claim outright dominance over the medium altogether in a way comparable to that of the Talk Radio industry. This effort is taking its toll not just on the Democrats, but also on entrenched Republicans who, in the eyes of the GOP base, have lost their way.
Conservatives have long been upset with the direction their party was headed. One need look no further than the last 5 Presidential candidates the party has put forward, each one more typical and predictable than the last. It tends to share more in common with a Royal line of succession, than a series of democratically elected candidates.
Social Media was used very effectively by Liberals during the 2008 election cycle. Social Media was instrumental in bringing down the Egyptian government, and very useful in helping to bring down the Libyan government. Social Media bypasses the Ruling Class filtration systems. And the grass-roots Conservative movement has begun working very hard, using Social Media to clean up the Republican Party from the inside out.
It’s not just Twitter. It’s FaceBook. It’s micro-blogs like Truth Before Dishonor, with its couple thousand views a month (17 percent of which are represented by over 150 countries outside the US). And it’s bringing down Ruling Class Republicans and replacing them with actual Conservatives. And it’s doing it on shoe-string budgets, or with no money at all, all the while the Ruling Class Republicans are grossly outspending (many times still losing to) their underfunded grass-roots-supported Conservative opponents.
Dick Lugar, whose 1976 entry into the US Senate finally expires in January, heavily outspent Richard Mourdock but lost to the grass-roots Conservative, mostly due to Social Media involvement. Mia Love, a virtual unknown, is now the GOP nominee for Utah’s 4th District. Texas Lt Governor David Dewhurst is heavily outspending Ted Cruz for the Senate seat held by the rather statist Kay Bailey Hutchison, but could not get over the hump. Now that Sarah Palin has endorsed Cruz, and did it through Social Media, it looks like Dewhurst may have spent his Establishment money in vain. Allen West got major support from Social Media. Charlie Crist’s campaign for Senate out of Florida got incinerated by the grass-roots Conservatives using Social Media.
Times, they are a-chagin’, and there’s not thing one the Ruling Class can do about it. As the dead tree media continues to crumble and the Voters continue to spread the real news (not what the MSM puts out), the GOP is being refashioned into what it was meant to be and once was 100 years ago. And so long as we keep plugging away, we will get the job done and save our Nation.
I leave you with two quotes, one a fact and the other an exhortation.
“All that is needed for evil to succeed is for good people to do nothing.”
“If not you, then who?”
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