By Douglas V. Gibbs
Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has. -- Margaret Mead
Yesterday, I spoke to the San Gorgonio Pass Republican Women's Federated Club. The response was good. About 30 people were there. At the Unite IE meetings in Norco, we usually have a couple dozen. Around twenty at the Sons of Liberty presentations I present on the second Monday Night of each month. A dozen, or a few less, at each constitution class meeting. Around twenty for the Constitution Association monthly meetings. The Banning-Beaumont-Cherry Valley Tea Party Patriots Tuesday Morning Breakfasts are usually a dozen and a half, and about twice that at their monthly meetings. Corona gets a little under a dozen, and the Redlands Tea Party nails it at over one hundred. Murrieta-Temecula Republican Assembly? About eighty.
Most of the groups I am a part of are small groups. Some are larger. I am a fellow for the American Freedom Alliance, and their big events usually have at least a couple hundred. However, when we compare even the larger numbers to the grand scheme of things, sometimes we can feel overwhelmed, and even defeated. It seems like our numbers are so small. Granted, I am in California, and the rest of the country is not as left-wing nuts as this God-forsaken State. Nonetheless, it still always seems like we are out-numbered. After all, the liberal left has control of the education system, entertainment industry, and much of the mainstream news media.
The truth is, the situation is not as dire as we seem to sometimes believe.
Republicans have trouble, sometimes, winning elections not because we are not getting the moderate vote, or convincing enough Democrats to vote for the GOP, as the experts and consultants say. 60% of this country is conservative (and that includes a lot of people who are registered Democrat). The hard core liberal left Marxists are only about 14% of the population. What remains of the Democrat Party voter base are two remaining groups. Those who have been convinced of the propaganda without fully understanding what they believe, and the low-hanging fruit who vote for the Democrats, well knowing that they are voting against their own conservative interests, because they haven't searched deep enough to know they are being lied to, or they believe the feel-good lies about collectivism and benevolent dictatorship. The last group are usually folks who vote that way because their parents or grandparents did, or because even though they think the Democrats are a bunch of crooks and against their belief system on a number of issues, they believe the argument that all Republicans are racist, sexist and evil. . . even though that is far from the truth.
Why would they believe differently? The news says so. The actors say so. Their music says so. The teachers say so. What they read says so. Their internet destinations say so.
The reality is, while our conservative groups and clubs are small, we are simply spark plugs. It is our job to keep striking sparks, to awaken the rest of the silent majority, until they, too, are willing to stand up for liberty.
Why a large portion of the 60% is quiet, I can't know for sure. Perhaps, they are fed up. Perhaps, they believe there is no hope. Perhaps, they just believe this is a cycle that must be navigated, and are waiting until we come out on the other side. Perhaps, they realize we are in the Tytler Cycle, and believe Bondage is inevitable.
Whatever reason they are dormant, as the spark plugs, it is our duty to continue to fight, continue to engage, and to awaken them so that we can turn this thing around. The election of Donald J. Trump is only the beginning. We must continue to fight to make America Constitutional again. . . even if it means doing it through our small groups.
After all, how do you eat an elephant?
One bite at a time."
-- Political Pistachio Conservative News and Commentary