Last night 30-40 of us gathered for what should be the first of many local tea party type meetings. We call ourselves the Sauquoit Valley Patriots. It’s interesting and there is a lot of… urgency, but no one has really ever done anything political, so wh really have no idea what to do. I mean some basics are to pass out flyers in high traffic areas, converse with concerned citizens and try to grow our membership so our voice is louder. Then work on local, county, state and federal candidates, vetting, supporting, denouncing, etc… Anyone involved with a local movement and have any tips or words of wisdom for me and my group?
One of the first things you should do is attend city council meetings. Many city council meetings allow you to speak in front of the council as a concerned citizen about an issue that is relevant to the council. You also will need to start raising money. Hold fundraisers and invite people who are curious or do not necessarily stand for what you stand for.
You need to make aware to those who are skeptical or on the other side of the fence that you guys are serious and that you’re reasonable. Don’t introduce yourselves to the community with some angry protest march or a call to boycott something in town. Be reasonable and stay reasonable. People are becoming more and more alienated by the extreme elements within the GOP and the Democratic Party.
The way to pull these people into your party is to represent sanity and pragmatism, not some equally off-the-wall party that is just different from the whackos currently running the GOP and the Dem Party.