I want one of these shirts!
“All great change in America begins at the dinner table.”
It’s time for a return to true Conservatism!
It’s time that the vision that Ronald Reagan was so successful in presenting to America is championed again!
It’s not time to “re-invent” the party…it’s time to get back to what the party is really all about!
I have to admit it…I was pretty down November 5th.
Sure, it is historic that a black man has been elected president. For me and much of my generation, a candidate’s race isn’t an issue. Granted for older generations it probably is a bigger deal. Barack Obama is a great idea: a black man, representing change, is elected president. In fact, that is basically how he got elected, as an idea! Since election day, he’s tried lower his messianic expectations and the media is now starting to realize they don’t know this man.
I’d been as vocal as one can be in Utah, bringing up issues I had with Barack Obama and his policies. I even started a blog specifically dedicated to political discussion.
One outlet that I had beyond “the reddest state in the nation” was Twitter. I carried on several debates. I linked to relevant articles. And apparently, I was annoying enough to lose some followers.
Two things that I think the GOP needs to learn from this last election are:
- A compelling vision of hope is more powerful than a negative campaign.
- When @barackobama has +144k followers, it’s clear Twitter can be a powerful tool for political purposes.
Conservatives on Twitter
During the campaign, it was frustrating to see the obvious slant of much of the Twitter population. Every time I caught a conservative comment, I’d follow the author because it was so rare to find someone with common viewpoints. The good news is that won’t be a problem any more! Michael Leahy, a Conservative author and Republican strategist, put together a list of The Top Conservatives on Twitter.
This list was first placed on the web on November 28, 2008. In the short time since then, it has become a bit of a rallying point for conservatives on Twitter. I think all of us who are on the list can conceive of many additional ways to improve the list to strengthen and grow the conservative community on Twitter.
When I first saw the hashtag for Top Conservatives on Twitter (#TCOT), I followed it to the site and shortly added my name to the list. Seeing names added like Michelle Malkin & Bobby Jindal has been exciting. Many of the TCOT’ers are campaigning to get Rush on there too!
My hope with all of this is that Conservatives take control of of their party, that they return to the principles of the Constitution, Lincoln, & Reagan, that they contest every election, and present the real “compelling vision” of liberty, of capitalism, of the American Dream!
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