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    How To Perform a Hostile Takeover

    Over the last several years, some friends introduced me to a strategy for renewing the American nation. Many freedom-loving activists have already begun following The Strategy, and the results are beginning to show. It's a strategy for remaking the way elections are won -- using all the same tactics you can learn at FreePAC, plus one small addition.

    Over the last few decades, the major political parties have drifted away from using their party hierarchies to drive voter turnout, and toward the use of ever more sophisticated database management and statistical analysis.  Along the way the baby has been tossed out with the bathwater, and the party structures have fallen into disuse.

    As a result of the breakdown of the party structure, campaigns and outside groups have taken over the voter turnout function.  Since parties, outside groups, and campaigns often have competing interests, they don't share information.  Details on voter preferences they learn during the campaign are typically lost.

    The Strategy is simple to state, but the implementation will require a lot of work: infiltrate the political parties, voting out their current leadership when necessary, and use those parties to elect Constitutionalist candidates. Use the rebuilt parties as GOTV machines, combining modern voter-tracking software with face-to-face contact. Along the way we will change the culture of the United States, and in time, the world. 

    Sounds ambitious, right? Maybe a little delusional? Spend a few minutes reading, and see what you think then.

    Conservatives are much more disseminated than are liberals. Liberals tend to live in pockets: urban areas, college towns, etc. They tend to be more active politically, since conservatives, by definition, are happier with the way things are.   What we need is a way to reach a small number of people in the places where they live. What we need is the  Neighborhood Precinct Committeeman Strategy.

    You vote in a precinct, the smallest unit of political geography. In each political party, there is supposed to be a person, or sometimes more than one, who is responsible for getting out the vote in that precinct.

    Typically in a political party the precinct workers of a given area form a committee. The workers are sometimes called Precinct Committeemen, Precinct Captains, or Precinct Chairs, so we'll just call them PCs.

    The PCs vote in internal elections to determine the party hierarchy. Every county chairman, state chairman, and national committeeman is also a PC -- and must retain the PC slot in order to remain in the party hierarchy.

    An important tactic in cleaning out the party is to use the mechanism in your state to defeat underperforming party leaders in the all-important precinct election. Whether the election takes place at a caucus or on the ballot, taking away the PC title disqualifies the member for party leadership.

    The process for becoming and remaining a PC is a little different in every state.  Typically you must gain the approval of the existing members. That's not so bad, since a party needs to be able to screen for like-minded people. But it presents some problems for people who want to take the party in a different direction.

    In many states, PCs actually appear on the ballot alongside candidates for public office. In others, the vote takes place in caucus elections. 

    This is a great time to become a PC, because the best way to join a political party is to find a local candidate and ask speak to the chairman in your county. Local candidates always know how to contact their party boss, and there are plenty of local candidates currently trying to make themselves easy to contact.  Tell the county chairman that you want to help the party. 

    You do want to help your party. You want to turn it into the machine for getting out the votes for a constitutionalist platform, instead of being a glorified social club. 

    But you don't know what kind of organization you will find. It may be a stagnant pro-forma social club, or it may be a hardened machine full of dedicated activists. Maybe they share your ideals, and maybe they don't. No two people ever agree on every issue, nor certainly on their relative priority at any point in time. 

    Go to the meetings. Get to know the people. Do not shoot off your mouth about what's wrong with the way things are done, because early criticism will just make them reject you as an outsider. Volunteer for the menial jobs. Do the work. Observe.

    There are people of high ideals and strong work ethic working inside your party. There are others who are just there for the greetings in the marketplace and to drink coffee at meetings. The idealists need you to reinforce them. The others, the placeholders, need to be inspired if they can be, or replaced if they cannot.

    Nationwide, roughly half of all precincts slots in the two major parties do not have PCs. If voters are going to be encouraged to vote, campaigns and outside groups like FreedomWorks for America have no choice but to do GOTV. That's what FreePAC is all about.

    But we do have a choice, for the future. We can choose to rebuild the political parties into the vehicles for political work that they should be.

    The presence of a person or group of people in each precinct in America actively promoting a pro-America, pro-Constitution, pro-freedom ideology cannot help but change our culture. People who live in a neighborhood reaching out through social media and direct, door-to-door contact will have a positive influence.

    It is not enough merely to force electoral outcomes with superior organization. We must also have public opinion behind us -- social media and broad-based public support gained through having a permanent presence in each precinct will allow us to guide public opinion.

    That same effort will naturally result in liberty-oriented local school boards, city councils and other hyper-local positions as well.

    There is no sure thing, of course, and power corrupts. But with explicitly Constitutional conservative activists contacting every voter in every precinct, we have a chance to sway not just the political direction of the country, but the very culture of our society.

    1 comments
    LT1800's picture
    Jeff Reynolds
    10/31/2012

    Thank you Loren. As a FreedomWorks activist and County Party Chairman, this is exactly the type of reinforcement I'm looking for. I'm especially keen on those who "don't shoot their mouth off", but still wish to strengthen the party and take it away from the pro forma social club you describe. If we can turn the party system back into the organization of activists it's supposed to be, we will elect better candidates and stand firm to our principles.