Skip to comments.Seven Ways to Be Prepared for Effective Party Activism
Posted on 12/05/2013 8:19:24 AM PST by Drew McKissick
If you really want to have an impact on something you stand a much better chance if you're prepared. The same goes for party activism.
I've written quite a bit about the importance of getting involved in a political party, and about how parties are organized. But how do you go about trying to be effective over the long haul? What should you do? What should you focus on, and why?
The Boy Scout motto "Be prepared" comes to mind in the sense of being prepared ahead of time for the situations they may face. It's a good application for party activism.
2) Volunteer. Offer to help out with party functions and volunteer to help candidates with their campaigns. Offer to serve on committees that interest you.
3) Recruit others. The more people you get involved who think like you do, the more effective you can be in the long run, (its like a pyramid scheme!). Find other conservatives who want to have an impact. Drag them along. The more the merrier. Teach them what youve learned.
4) Cultivate allies. Remember, politics is people, and its all about networking. To be more effective, its important that you develop relationships with others that will work closely with you and support your objectives.
5) Know the rules. As with most things in life, if you know the rules youre more likely to be successful. Party rules (and parliamentary procedure) arent exactly exciting, but theyre important. Get to know them, at least on a basic level.
6) Watch and learn. Imitation, as they say, is the sincerest form of flattery. Keep an eye on what others are doing, (even your opponents), and learn from it. Adopt what works.
7) Stay focused and involved. People generally don't throw rocks at those who aren't having an impact. Success usually breeds opposition. But when it comes, just remember why you got involved in the first place. Dont let opponents distract you or run you off. Double your efforts!
For new activists, these simple tips will help you avoid being overwhelmed by something that may be new to you. For those who already are involved, they're a good guideline to help reorient your mind and your time to the simple things that you can do to be more effective.
Remember, if you really want to have an impact, you need to be prepared.
you forgot to explain turf wars.
Basically, someone who has followed your rules and worked hard for decades is not going to give up their position just because some newcomber has worked really hard for a year or so.
It is why the white population feels entitled to exclude other people from immigrating to the US in spite of the fact that the whites immigrated here and displaced the indians.
The whites have been the incumbent population for two centuries now and they feel entitled to keep that position.
The incumbents in the republican party have been at it for decades and they feel entitle to keep that position over relative newcomers.