Blogivism vs. Activism

It is a unique little hobby we political bloggers have undertaken.  We spend untold hours a week following the news, poring over political and legal texts, studying history, not to mention checking the other blogs to see what we’ve missed, and ultimately writing it all down — becoming arguably some of the best-informed voters in America — all for the few dozen, few hundred or few thousand people who happen to wander by our web pages to read what we have written.

This is done, ostensibly to inform our fellow voters, thereby helping to create a better America.  For the Conservative blogger, this means an attempt to convince others of going back toward a more Constitutional view of government.  However, if this election season has shown us anything, it’s that the blogosphere is a great deal like Vegas: what happens here tends to stay here.  Just ask a Fred Thompson supporter

Blogging is a great outlet for thought and opinion, and it can satisfy that activist streak — at least on an intellectual level.  As a real-world tool, however, it has its limitations.  Even at the most popular individual sites, like IMAO, or group sites like RedState, where there is a built-in audience, bloggers ultimately find themselves preaching to the choir.  Though there are occasional dissenters, regular readers are often those people who already agree, for the most part, with what you’re saying.

Even new readers, people to whom your blog has given a new way of thinking about an issue, will only rarely let it effect their lives on a level that inspires change.  I liken this to preaching.  From experience, I know that a well-given sermon will inspire people at least in theory.  They listen.  They nod.  They tell you they “enjoyed it” or that it “made them think.”  They may even tell you their favorite part.  But rarely does it inspire anything above a temporary life change — if that.  There are those for whom a sermon or a piece of writing really does create a paradigm shift.  And it is because of those people, I suspect, that we find our practices worthwhile. 

In short, even if you advertise your blog to get a wider readership, the capacity of the blogger to affect real change through just writing, is very limited.  That doesn’t mean blogging isn’t a wothy pursuit — quite to the contrary!  But as informed citizens with a heart for our nation, and to create positive change, we have the ability — and perhaps the responsibility — to do more.  To act.

There is no shortage of opportunity for Conservative activism — much of it right here on the net.  And quite often, it takes no longer than five seconds.  What follows are some links to some of those opportunities.

First, if you’re not a member of RedState, I recommend it.  Not only is it a excellent place to blog, and a great community for discussion of issues, but also for information and activism.  Sign up for RedState Action Alerts: semi-regular emails outlining where action is necessary, and what sort of help is needed.  This is a great starting point for the political activist, providing addresses and numbers for key players in particular issues or pieces of legislation, opportunities to help candidates, and more.

Next is the NRA-ILA: the Institute for Legal Action.  You needn’t be an NRA member to stand up for the Second Amendment.  Sign up for weekly emails (and more as necessary) to learn about potentially threatening events and legislation throughout the country — on both a national and State level.  The emails also link to surveys, petitions and ways to contact representatives.

NumbersUSA is an immigration reform organization.  You may or may not agree with all the group’s goals (I don’t), but they are also the premier clearinghouse for anti-illegal immigration activism.  Regular emails from this group (again, I recommend you sign up) detail immigration legislation and provide means of contacting legislators — including FREE faxes to your local rep’s office with a click of the mouse.

Finally (cue shameless plug), keep checking with the Society for Independent Thinking.  When this site was conceived, it was always meant to be a Conservative activism clearinghouse.  Consider this post inaugural to that goal.  Regular “Get Active” posts will outline ways opportunities for spreading conservatism, upcoming legislation, and how to be heard on it, and more.  There will also be permanent links to the above sites and others so you can be informed of opportunities as they happen.  Stay tuned also for the creation of a SIT mailing list which will regularly discuss such opportunities.

If you know of other conservative sites like those mentioned above, also feel free to leave those in the comments section.  I’ll check them out and link those as well.  Thanks.


One Response to “Blogivism vs. Activism”

  1. Hayhurst Says:

    Great post!!! Thank you.

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