No matter how much the elite media and establishment politicos want to kill-off Tea Party, it seems that we citizen activists refuse to roll over and die.
If anything, we are pushing back smarter as well as harder.
Case-in-point: Some excellent news about the Tea Party forcing a state GOP to reclaim small government principles that shockingly comes from California!
It’s major good news, both politically and on the tech front as the Tea Party California Caucus (TPCC), a collection of Tea Party organizations from up and down California, announces its intent to be present at the California Republican Party (CRP) Convention in October as a formal caucus.
…There are four major tranches of good news in this story: the formation of a Tea Party caucus at the CRP convention, the technology that the TPCC is employing, TPCC help in becoming a voting delegate to the CRP Convention (this means you!), and TPCC help in becoming a voting member of your district/county party central committee (again, this means you!); in short: learning to actually help govern the GOP effectively toward more conservative Tea Party principles. Then exercising that governing power effectively at the state party and subordinate conventions (other states outside CA have subordinate conventions, CA does not).
One of the caucus co-founders, Randall Jordan, said he was inspired to create a Tea Party specific caucus after attending a session to elect David Miller as chairman of the state Republican party. “The other two co-founders, Lydia and Norm Thompson, and I would introduce ourselves as being from the San Luis County Republican committee and also as Tea Party members. Many, many people were either also Tea Party or shook our hands and said keep up the good work. Finally by Sunday morning we felt empowered. I approached a California Republican Party Board of Director member and flat asked him…What would it take to bring the Tea Party to the next convention.”
So the Tea Party California Caucus was born. Caucus media coordinator Ermias Alemayehu is looking forward to organizing members at the state GOP convention in Anaheim Oct. 4-6, using new technology that promises to be the centerpiece of their organization efforts.
“One of the major advantages we hope to make the most of is the availability of digital technology to help coordinate volunteers,” explained Alemayehu. “But this will be unlike other GOP tech-fails: websites that try and look like Obama’s, trite forays into social media, or even attempts at updating the decrepid voter database. We are making that the key focus of our digital efforts.”
The group is using a platform called NationBuilder, a system built specifically as an activism platform that has many features not even Organizing for America utilizes fully. Alemayhu notes that perhaps the important tool to be unveiled at the convention is a text-messaging service. Through this, the caucus hopes to keep convention goers up-to-date with events all weekend long, targeting specific meetings and votes.
“The Tea Party has already shown that it is superior in its ability to organize the grassroots,” said Alemayehu. “Using the California Republican Party convention as a demonstration and test, we hope to show what we are capable of, and that we are a great asset that the state party needs to take advantage of and emulate.”
Hopefully, the caucus’ October experience will aslo be a template for conservative activists during the 2014 election cycle. I will report back on the success of the caucus efforts after the Anaheim events conclude. Those interested in helping out real citizen activism can donate HERE.
After-all, if we can make it here, we can make it anywhere!