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Strategies to help preserve rights.

Discussion in 'Activism Discussion and Planning' started by Noebb, Oct 31, 2008.

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  1. Noebb

    Noebb Member

    Oct 15, 2008
    This is not intended as a political post, but a look at what was done in a campaign to drum up support. It does appears that “the other guy whom shall not be mentioned” has unfortunately run a fairly successful campaign and has many more supporters than I personally thought possible. (it’s not over yet)

    Much can be learned from that campaigns successes and applied to causes that I/we actually support.

    I’m sharing this article because I believe that:

    If the principals are applied appropriately to some of the activism here it may result in positive results.

    Many tools, methods and principles that the Obama campaign has used may be able to used effectively to defend and protect our rights (2nd amendment and other).

    Some points of interest in the article:

    -Model that was Adopted From Harvard Research and civil rights and framworkers' movements of the past
    -How the internet and tech has been used to organize and use volunteers effectively.
    -the use of Databases to track responses and not waist time where a vote can not be won
    -How the internet was used to generate funds and support.
    -How the campaign is making sure its supporters actually vote.
    -Training for supporters, training manual, “volunteer training system”

    Obama's Secret Weapons: Internet, Databases and Psychology
  2. mljdeckard

    mljdeckard Member

    Jun 5, 2006
    In a part of Utah that resembles Tattooine.
    I believe many of these principles are obviously effective in the case of the 'unnamed' campaign. However, as far as how to use these principles to help OUR cause, I'm not sure how many of them apply. We are two different kinds of people. This election will be won (or lost) by a demographic that seems to change its mind several times in the last six months of an election based on whatever sparkly object is dangled in front of them. We don't WANT fair-weather friends who like us today if we give them a hot dog. Also, I think anyone who tries to copy how the last guy did it is going to find that the populace has moved on, and to do it successfully, it will be necessary to transform the idea so it at least seems like a new one.

    I think that the NRA is by far the best example of targeting, tracking, and mobilizing our cause. I will vote, I will rail, I will invite new people to shoot, I will opine anytime I have the chance, but I think the most effective thing I can do with my resources is add $5 to donate to the NRA every time I purchase something from Brownell's. I think that every time I do this, it's MUCH more effective than my vote in a state whose three electoral votes are going to the republican candidate even if he's caught in a motel room with a goat and a small boy 5 days from the election.
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