That’s the part many of us have been ignoring.
If you’re a blogger, you want to get a BIG audience. You want the attention, the name recognition, the opportunity to get your ideas out widely.
But, often, that’s not where the real change comes from.
It’s local. Neighbors helping neighbors, and, in the process, building a network of local allies.
Joining those civic groups – Kiwanas, volunteer fire department, neighborhood watch, helping out with food pantries and checking up on vulnerable citizens – all have far more impact than most of us will ever do with our words.
The Left has played a ground game for some time. Think about the reputation of the Black Panthers. It wasn’t Leonard Bernstein’s fundraiser that made them trusted – only the Wealthy Wusses fell into that trap.
No, it was their heavily publicized breakfast programs, their literacy tutoring, and other initiatives that were, at that time, sorely needed in the LOCAL community that gave them some credibility with the Blacks nearby. They provided actual assistance (now, much of it was with government/donated funds, not out of the charity of their hearts, but few realized that part).
Think about the Dem politicians you’re trying to dislodge – those are the guys that funnel a lot of government cash to unions (which allows THEM to look good to their members), to the unemployed, to help keep local projects going. They will forever be associated with being the last person handing the check to those in need (or their local representative, who knows their part is to make the people in their group know that they owe their vote to the pol).
Even when the businessmen donate, the local politician gets the credit – “He MADE those fat cats give him the money!”
It is useless to point out that the politicians and the local bigwigs have siphoned off a hefty part of the money. In the minds of the local citizens, that’s just compensence for squeezing the money out of the ‘bad capitalist’ in the first place.
The Left is the expert in building local alliances. Watch them. Study them. Learn from them.
And, don’t START in the ethnic enclaves filled with people who despise you. Start with those who might already be somewhat willing to work with you.