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Organize. Run for office. Identify others to run for office.
You are right. We have to start somewhere to get the scum pond turned over. Just not sure we have enough time.
 
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What to do?
Easy!
Get your friends and neighbors out to vote!

Talk-up why they should vote as conservatives or Libertarians, rather than as Progressives.
Call attention to what the Progressives have, um, accomplished, and all of the harm it has done so far.

Don't waste your time trying to convert hardened Socialists, but rather move quickly on to more receptive minds and the fence-sitters.
With 60% max showing up to vote, that is an excellent strategy. And you may not even need to convince them who to vote for.

I had a conversation with a long standing VA Republican Delegate who was just about to retire. He told me, "Just get more people out to vote. A secret in politics is that higher voter turnouts tend to favor conservatives. People don't think that's true because of all the get-out-the-vote stuff the left does. But that is targeted at just getting out their voters and not voters in general. If you do a random get-out-the-vote effort, it will most often favor conservatives." I can't prove that is true, but he had been around the block.

Also, we know the demographics who are more likely to vote conservative. Despite the paragraph above, I do think it is important to get the right people out to vote. The following, except for the last one, are known conservative voting demographics:
  • White
  • Male
  • Older (Above 45 at least, above 55 even better)
  • (I hate to say this, but research shows it's true) non-college graduates
  • Military veterans (this one is huge)
  • (This one is a guess for 2020, but I will bet I am right) Police and retired police
Getting the right people out to vote may be more important than trying to convince people who to vote for.

Another wild card for this election will be absentee ballots. With the pandemic, some election boards are encouraging absentee voting. My district gives you instructions how to fill out the absentee request form if you have health concerns about the pandemic and goes out of its way to say that is perfectly fine. Even this amount of time before the election you can help older people to sign up for absentee online and even help them fill out the ballot once they get it.
 

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With 60% max showing up to vote, that is an excellent strategy. And you may not even need to convince them who to vote for.

I had a conversation with a long standing VA Republican Delegate who was just about to retire. He told me, "Just get more people out to vote. A secret in politics is that higher voter turnouts tend to favor conservatives. People don't think that's true because of all the get-out-the-vote stuff the left does. But that is targeted at just getting out their voters and not voters in general. If you do a random get-out-the-vote effort, it will most often favor conservatives." I can't prove that is true, but he had been around the block.

Also, we know the demographics who are more likely to vote conservative. Despite the paragraph above, I do think it is important to get the right people out to vote. The following, except for the last one, are known conservative voting demographics:
  • White
  • Male
  • Older (Above 45 at least, above 55 even better)
  • (I hate to say this, but research shows it's true) non-college graduates
  • Military veterans (this one is huge)
  • (This one is a guess for 2020, but I will bet I am right) Police and retired police
Getting the right people out to vote may be more important than trying to convince people who to vote for.

Another wild card for this election will be absentee ballots. With the pandemic, some election boards are encouraging absentee voting. My district gives you instructions how to fill out the absentee request form if you have health concerns about the pandemic and goes out of its way to say that is perfectly fine. Even this amount of time before the election you can help older people to sign up for absentee online and even help them fill out the ballot once they get it.
Right on the money, jmf552, and if you are in an agricultural community, talk to the farmers. Feed store, hardware store, wherever you find them. They'll likely already be voting conservative, but they also have families, friends, and businessmen that may listen to them
 

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Right on the money, jmf552, and if you are in an agricultural community, talk to the farmers. Feed store, hardware store, wherever you find them. They'll likely already be voting conservative, but they also have families, friends, and businessmen that may listen to them
Right on. And even for the likely conservative voters, we have to keep them motivated. Too many people are likely to get depressed and want to say, "Why bother?" Also, a lot of likely conservative voters work and are busy (go figure). As important as elections are, some people mean to vote but either forget it's the day or get busy. If every conservative could just leverage one or two others, it would make a huge difference.

Finally, there are a lot of conservative voters who may not like the conservative candidate and will just leave their choice for that office blank or vote for a third party. We can't afford that this time. We have to recognize the lesser of evils until we can get some stuff sorted out.
 

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For me, a big part of the problem is the lack of clarity about the choice. What exactly is the "conservative or libertarian side" supposed to be? Individual rights? Law and order? Traditional family? Christianity? Military strength? Capitalism? State's rights? Confederate flags? Statues of conquistadors? All of these things seem to be extolled by "conservatives" at various times, but they all come into conflict with each other in various ways.

By contrast the progressive movement has a unifying narrative: all problems stem from the period of European imperialism. Which isn't really that unifying, as evidenced by the fact that they have no real plan for how things should look if they win; but it gives them a common enemy, which is all they need at the moment.

So, to my mind, we who oppose that movement need to unite around something. I don't think a reactionary opposition to the progressive movement is going to cut it. We need to decide what we're for, not define ourselves by what we're against. And that will require better leadership than we have.

As for what an individual can do, I think it starts with being very clear, in their own mind, what they believe and why. If we don't do that, how can we know who to unite with?
 

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An excellent point, Maxwell. Every one of us needs to be able to articulate exactly what we believe and why we believe it. We need to be able to back that up with the facts and be able to refute the claims of the left-leaning statists. Educating oneself to that level isn't easy and requires time. Many of us on this forum have been doing just that but we need to up our game to a higher level of excellence. Pick your favorite conservative pundit who you admire and emulate him. Learn his point of view and his arguments well. Let us emulate our conservative heroes and join the fight!
 

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@maxwell97 : I think we can make your question really complicated, but also think we can make it really simple. There are two questions I ask myself about that and they are sort of the same question, approached slightly differently.

1. I once attended a speech in Norfolk, VA by the late great conservative pundit, William F. Buckley Jr. He said, "The only intelligent vote for a thinking conservative is for the most conservative candidate who has a chance of winning." For any given election, that is pretty easy to figure out. That candidate may not check all of your personal boxes, but if he gets elected, he will be more likely to deliver more of what you want and less of what you don't.

2. As far as a belief system, I just return to COTUS and the BOR. I ask myself which candidate is most likely to follow the original intent of those documents. No candidate will be 100%, but also it will be pretty clear which candidate will be closest to it.
 

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JMF552, you beat me to it. I consider myself a Constitutional Conservative. I will vote the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights 100% of the time.
 

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Who says they don't? Only the media.
I don't see how it's possible. If there are 60 to 70% Constitutional Conservatives, plus whatever percentage there are that are moderates, that don't leave very many liberals. Yet liberals win way too many elections.

That would suggest to me that there are far more conservatives who don't vote than liberals. Maybe that's true, but I'm not convinced of that.
 

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I have grown increasingly concerned about the future of our country. It seems that there is little an individual can do, aside from being politically active and donating funds to conservative candidates (both of which I have done). I do not want to see us lose this country to Marxists. I do not want to see us lose our rights, any of them. I am at a loss of what else I can do as an individual? Any suggestions?
I keep asking the same question?
I guess at some point, jump in and become a politician, run for office. I've toyed with the idea as I tend to jump in feet first, all the way, balls to the wall type things when I get interested. But I'm pretty sure it would be the end of my marriage, I've stressed that line a few too many times (Sports, Clubs, Union). So that idea is on hold.
The problem with it is it seems there is possibly a majority, or at least a plurality, of voters who actually buy the stuff being shoveled. And the Puppeteers are using our own generous system and institutions against this very country.
It doesn't help that the GOP establishment is too preoccupied with hiring the cheapest labor, or shipping our country overseas to it, to be bothered with any serious opposition to the enemy within.
We will see this November. If Trump is not re-elected it isn't because of his actual performance in office as he has accomplished some major things. Turned things around and is battling several existential threats that are not of his making. It will be because the masses are too lazy to filter the propaganda of the left/MSM.
If that happens, well patriots may be asking a different question.
Even if Trump is re-elected I fear what will happen in 2024. I just don't see another Trump on the horizon. This may well be the final test of this grand experiment.
 

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G26 asked the exact thing I have been thinking. It's an uphill battle. With the media feeding the masses lies. Unbelievable that some in office (for years) are still there. And not revealing the achievements Trump has made or the terrible consequences of Marxism. Schools are a big part of the problem also. Also, people who don't have my same beliefs; I don't waste my time being around them. All I know for sure is vote.
 
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