I was listening to Fox News yesterday and today. There was a late breaking story about liberal actor Matt Damon which aired yesterday and was expanded on in today’s broadcast. In essence, the clips which had been put together showed Mr. Damon at a public school teacher’s rally in Los Angeles in which he told the assembled throng that, “We’re behind you all the way.”
Of course, the point of the story was that Mr. Damon had decided that he did not want his children educated by the public school system and was enrolling his kids in a private school. Shocking. The hypocrisy of at least one member of the liberal left exposed on national cable television.
So as we all sat there in our self-satisfied way and said to ourselves, “See, see,” our fingers pointed at yet another blatant example of the “do as I say mentality,” I thought to myself, “All this lip beating and finger waving is such an unfortunate waste of time.” Other than it may make us feel a bit more self-righteous.
Let me be frank. Pointing out the peccadillos of a Matt Damon or the rest of the Hollywood gang may be an amusing way to pass some time. But it accomplishes exactly nothing.
Having seen that snippet I am not any less inclined to my conservative views – and if those who consider themselves liberals had seen it, I assure you that in no way would it have affected their political view. Other than occupying several minutes of broadcast time, airing the story was pointless.
In this conservative/liberal battle, both sides have identified their opponent. We know who we are fighting. But we conservatives need to develop an effective strategy moving forward if we are to attempt to restore our Constitutional form of government.
That means one thing and one thing only. Electing people to office who believe in the same principles which we espouse. And electing people in today’s world requires raising a great deal of money and spending it effectively.
I read an interesting survey this morning. It was prepared by the Kaiser Family Foundation. To be honest, I was so shocked at the survey’s results that I questioned that it could possibly be accurate. The survey dealt with the ACA (Obamacare) – and stated that 42% of the adult population surveyed did not know that this had been enacted into law. Have these people been hiding under a rock for the last four years – or longer?
Now someone who is now an uninformed voter is someone who, to my mind, is a potential conservative voter. It is easy to dismiss them, as did Romney, by saying that there is “no way we are ever going to convince them to vote for us”. If we take that attitude, we are going to create a self-fulfilling prophecy.
And the only way to convince them is through the effective implementation of targeted, well-written ads which are widely disseminated on television and through the social media. And the time to start that educational process is now.
Are we going to “convert” hordes of the uninformed? Probably not. But in elections where slim margins make the difference between winning and losing, we don’t need mass defections from the liberal camp – just a small percentage of what they consider their sacrosanct power base.
Not only do conservatives need to make an exceptional effort at fund raising and intelligent spending of those funds, there is something else in which we can engage which will hurt the other side’s ability to do the same. That something is boycott.
Since the 2008 presidential campaign, Mr. Damon has made fifteen pictures. Those and his previous films are undoubtedly the reason that he is able to send his daughters to a private school. And to donate to the “Obama for America” campaign.
My question to my conservative friends is how much have you indirectly contributed to liberal causes by spending your money to go see Mr. Damon and his like-minded acting colleagues? And are you planning on continuing contributing to them so that they can help fund candidates for public office whose mission is to undermine the American democracy and bring about a socialist state?
If only ten people who read this post were to contact ten friends and pledge not to attend any movies, concerts or any other events which star liberal-thinking and liberal-contributing performers, and those ten similarly contacted ten, etc., by the time the seventh mailing went out, we would have reached ten million people. And if you don’t think the absence of that many moviegoers as picture after picture was released would not be noticed by Hollywood, I think you are extremely mistaken.
Of course, this concept could (and should) be extended to other purchasing decisions as well. But the reason I reference this particular example – as a starting point – is that choosing to purchase a movie ticket is a strictly voluntary and totally discretionary choice.
For those of us who are (or were) movie junkies, making this decision will involve some amount of sacrifice. But it’s only a small sacrifice when compared with the likely chaos which will ensue if we continue down the path on which our liberal friends have taken the country.