10 Ways To Change the World In One Hour or Less

May 8, 2009 by Lisa Krempasky  
Filed under Action Steps

Everyone thinks it takes so much time and effort to change the world. Well it does. AND it doesn’t.

Here are some simple things you can do right now, today, this weekend to change the world. Doing your part keeps the momentum rolling in the right direction. We WILL provide hope and change this nation can believe in.

1. Write a blog post. The more conservative points out there the better. If you don’t want to start a blog, be a guest commentator on another blog.

2. Encourage a conservative blogger with a comment. Obama has caused a conservative blog explosion, but many don’t have a lot of followers. It’s nice to have readers, but even nicer to have comments and props. We don’t want people falling by the wayside. Support them…and click their links. Income always helps.

3. Attack a liberal blogger’s premise with a comment. Liberal blogs are almost like listening into the seventh grade lunch room. You will get a lot of response if you address their arguments with facts and logic. Some of the more intelligent ones will even thank you for pointing out the log in their own eye. Really. I’ve had it happen. Use their tactics against them. One of my favorites is to criticize them for attacking conservatives. It is utterly inconsistent with their worldview that everyone is allowed to express their own opinion except for us. Hold them to their own standards.

4. Write a letter to Congress. Emails are great. Letters are better. Faxes are best.

5. Visit your Congressman’s local office to discuss an issue that is important to you. You will be amazed at what an in person visit will accomplish.

6. Talk with your child’s teacher about something in the classroom that concerns you. Most teachers like feedback and you can swing what is taught not only to your child, but to the others in the class as well. Many teachers will seriously consider your input. Liberals are doing this. We should be too.

7. Take voter registration cards with you to soceer and baseball games. And don’t play so nice. If you know someone is a liberal don’t register them. They would not register you. We want to win! But many of your friends are not registered. You can usually download the form to carry with you. Google your state + voter registration to get a state specific form.

8. Protest and/or pray at an abortion clinic. It is not scary and will be very significant and meaningful to you and the mother and hopefully the baby. Saturday mornings are best for this but other days may be good in your area. Just being there makes a difference. You don’t need to talk with the mothers. As little as an hour can make a world of difference. I routinely hear reports of mother’s who decided to keep their baby just because someone cared enough to stand out front of the abortion clinic. You can be polite and non-offensive and very significant at the same time.

9. Help your neighbor. We’ve gotten so busy in life that many of us don’t even know our neighbors anymore. I live in a very liberal part of town and have had more opportunity to speak intelligently with the “enemy” just by talking with them as humans while we were working on a project. They will learn you are caring and compassionate. You will learn they are good intended, if misguided. And both you and they will be surprised at how close you actually are politically. This is part of changing the conversation. People are much more conservative than they think they are when you start talking about actual issues.

10. Buy a soldier a cup of coffee. My brother is in the Air Force. He sometimes tells stories of someone paying for his coffee or whatever when he is in uniform. These guys carry a huge load, really it’s the weight of the world, on their shoulders. It is unbelievable how the little kindness of buying their donut or their kids pack of gum or whatever makes such a huge difference to them. Thanks soldiers for all you do.

If you sit down and think about it you will see that there are hundreds of little ways you can be part of the change you want to see in this nation. We already are because we are good, decent, honest people but little actions make all the difference.

Go Team! Go! We are right! We WILL win! This nation does not belong to them. It belongs to US!

Conservative Rules For Radicals: Identifying the Problem and the Players (Part 2)

April 18, 2009 by Lisa Krempasky  
Filed under Politics

The most significant thing we can do in our attempts to change the world is to recognize the world for what it actually is in the here and now and not for what we want it to be. In the model of Alcoholics Anonymous we must first realize there is a problem. If you don’t know how things are, if you haven’t taken that cold hard look at yourself, then there is not way to know who you can be or how you can get there.

Alinsky puts it this way. “It is a world not of angels, but of angles, where men speak of moral principles but act on power principles; a world where we are always moral and our enemies always immoral; a world where “reconciliation” means one side gets the power and the other side gets reconciled to it.

To change the world we must first understand the players in this change. The are basically three group of people participating in the process. The Haves are the ones in power. They are the status quo and the ones who benefit from how things are now. They are the hardest to motivate for change because change produces little positive for them. To motivate them you much touch on ancilliary needs or senses of guilt for being Haves. Former Haves can become powerful allies when they are removed from power. Alinsky’s view on motivating this group is to show them how the change will benefit them rather than hurt them. “The most practical life is the moral life and that the moral life is the only road to survival.”

The second group is the Have Nots. These people are at the bottom of the rung and make up the bulk of the world. They are always motivated for change because they have nothing to lose. Things as they are do not benefit them. They are willing to take great risk to have a better life because many feel like nothing could be worse than where they are right now. They tend toward the radical and are outside of the realm of power. They want to get and often will do so by any means necessary. To many attempting to change the world these people are expendable in the goal and purpose. Thus it is important for effective long term change to not just motivate the Have Nots but to connect to their real and felt needs.

The final broad group in attempts to change are the Have A Little, Want Mores. These people are generally referred to as the middle class. They are more risk adverse than the Have Nots because they perceive the risk of being worse off after a change. This group is caught in the middle. With one hand they are grasping for more, but with the other they are clenching on to what they already have, afraid to let go until they can firmly hold that which they are reaching for. This is the group most likely to agree with your end goal but be critical of your means. Means is important and conservative steady means is highly sought. This is the most significant group in change, especially in America where they are our largest group. When this group reaches critical mass you know you are onto something and change is inevitable.

In part 1 we looked at 6 basic rules for changing the world. In part 3 we will explore issues how to choose the means to your end.