Technology is Tactics, not Strategy

Ross Douthat makes two crucial points.

#1 - Online success is less about the technology, and more about the ideas and motivation.

[T]here’s no necessary connection between online organizing and liberal politics. The Web is just like every pre-Internet political arena: ideology matters less than the level of anger at the incumbent party, and the level of enthusiasm an insurgent candidate can generate.

#2 - Unfortunately, Republican politicians still have very little in the way of real ideas...

If liberals are feeling disillusioned, though, their right-wing imitators may be ripe for an even greater letdown. The Obama administration has at least gone some distance toward enacting an agenda that the net-roots left supports. The “right roots” activists are rallying around politicians who are promising to shrink government without offering any plausible sketch of how to do it.

#1 is about winning the battles (elections) & #2 is about winning the war (better government).  Achieving #1 without addressing #2 is an establishment-protection racket.   Republicans need to insist on more than the usual tax and spending rhetoric.

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Tea Party participant-observer comments

1st: yes the Tea Party people are getting up to speed with social networking. Good.

2nd:  Your sweeping over-generalization is dangerous. Right wing activists want gov't to shrink, but how?  For starters, they want the government to stop growing. No more entitllements, nor silly expendtitures. Stop it; minimize regulations; then defund the Depts of Education and the other federal agencies that have long outgrown their initial purpose. The REA is one, scope creep to the ends of time.

This is what I have been hearing in the grass.

I like this quote: The

I like this quote:

The “right roots” activists are rallying around politicians who are promising to shrink government without offering any plausible sketch of how to do it.

Look "small government" is a good mantra, but how you get society to operate is where the real leaders are. It sounds good to pull a Grover Norquist and say, "Defund the Dept of Education, Energy, ...... Here's a whole list: http://www.usa.gov/Agencies/Federal/All_Agencies/index.shtml Drown them in the bathtub.

Problem is, we have heard this mantra for years and never seen any action. No Republican or Democrat leader has ever voted themselves less power or control. Maybe we get lower taxes or social cuts here and there, but these same leaders always spend more on some other deeply felt important project. Are things different now with our leaders?

So get government out of schools, dump medicare, end food stamps, enact a flat tax, deregulate agressively, privatize infrastructure, promote self-motivated independence. We will need to deal with the consequences with such sea change will make in US society. This takes real leadership. The leadership to give yourself less power.