You’re Fighting For Survival
There’s a common libertarian trope, a common conservative trope, a common Christian trope that voting does not matter.
It was a trope of a different era. It was a trope from the era that brought about our present era.
It was a trope created by a free people who thought freedom was their birthright that they would have to put no work into preserving. Freedom was their birthright. Like any other thing of value, you have people who will seize it from you when given the opportunity.
You either must stand on guard or else you come to a time like the time we now know.
Virtually every institution in society now operates for your demise.
I am not just talking about voting. I am talking about an attitude. I am talking about doing everything you can. I am talking about fighting to advance freedom on all fronts and with as much power as you can muster. That is what is needed of you.
At such a moment you can pretend that your participation matters not at all.
You are on social media, which is exactly where they want you. You are watching internet broadcasts that get you well-informed enough to watch more, which is exactly what they want of you. You are outraged, which is exactly how they want you. Listen to me — it does not matter a lick how outraged you are unless you do something about it.
Action is all that matters.
I know you may have some objections to voting.
•Perhaps you are unable to get beyond the math of elections. I get it. Most elections aren’t decided by one vote.
•Perhaps you hate the collectivism of it. Your single vote probably doesn’t mean much. I get it.
•Perhaps you know the elections are not accurate. I hear that. I have been around elections since childhood, I have worked elections in most American states, and I have been an international election monitor in a number of countries. I can tell you plenty of stories about how inaccurate the results are.
All of those complaints you are right about. You probably have other good complaints too. And if I wanted you to only vote, those would be good complaints to shut me up with, but that’s not what I want.
My complaint is with your participation in your demise.
I don’t just want you to vote. I want you to vote for the better person in each race.
I don’t just want you to vote for the better person, I want you to also find candidates you believe in.
I do not just want you to do this haphazardly. I want you to vote in every election, every single race, and I want you to do your homework to find the very best candidates. I want you to actively pursue the best candidate.
There are hundreds of candidates up for election each year where you live. Out of those hundreds, if you can’t find three or four who really represent you, then there’s probably something wrong with you and your ability to cooperate rather than the system.
I don’t just want you to find those few good candidates, I want you to support them bigly. I don’t just want you to support them bigly to win this election, I want you to support them bigly through their time in office — I want you reading agendas, showing up for important votes, rallying others for those same votes, and having a regular line of communication with that person you helped elect, one that lets you pickup the phone and talk to him any time you want.
And I don’t just want you to stop there. I want you to help him build an organization, I want you to help him recruit others, I want you to help him build a movement.
Let’s apply that experience to a specific candidate.
Some man or woman out there gets so fed up that he decides to go through the sheer misery of running for office as a grassroots candidate. He ties his name publicly to ideas that the powers that be hate, becomes the object of ridicule, and a handful of people over the course of a campaign step forward and make a difference in his campaign. A handful of people make such an impact. They reach out to that candidate and h
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