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Tom DeWeese: Five Tactics for Winning Local Activism

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Our friend Tom DeWeese, President of the American Policy Center, recently sent around an email telling friends and supporters he is sensing a growing fear among mainstream Americans that, as the violence and the tyranny grows across the nation, we are losing our country.

Mr. DeWeese reminded us he could spend a lot of time talking about the massive forces of NGO’s and corrupt politicians, armed with massive funds that we are facing. But he (and we) have done that many times in the past. So, we certainly understand why many Americans are starting to feel that way. There is a feeling of helplessness. You’re just one person. How do you stand up?

The Left is counting on that fear and feeling of helplessness to help defeat us. So, what most liberty-loving Americans want to know now is what can we do to fight back?

Fortunately, Tom DeWeese has spent years on the front lines battling the same forces that are now burning down our cities and trying to erase our history. So, let’s skip right to some direct points of action he has developed that you and a few friends can do right now:

First, focus on the local level. This is where you have the best possible chance to effect policy. It’s the only place where you can get right into the face of your elected representatives and apply direct pressure.

Second, stop being polite. Go on the attack and be relentless about it. Saving America is not a 9–5 job. Go back to city council again and again. When you start making them nervous with your presence then you will begin to have an impact.

Third, bring some emotion into your argument. One major mistake our side makes is to be too intellectual in our approach. We are usually educated in economics, philosophy, and history. It comes natural to us to start pointing out the fallacy of the Left’s arguments. But while you are taking a long time detailing why their policies simply work, they respond by crying “Someone’s got to DO something!” and the crowd cheers.

As Dr. Thomas Sowell said, “It is usually futile to try to talk facts and analysis to people who are enjoying a sense of moral superiority in their ignorance.”

Instead, try using some emotion yourself. How about the victims of those polices? For example, when they plan to use eminent domain to take property and send in the bulldozers to inner city minority neighborhoods, they are most likely destroying homes and small businesses. What happens to those people who have now lost everything? You can recruit those folks to your cause.

Fourth, make it personal. Openly attack and make those councilmen, and their planners, own their own schemes of destruction. This is how you lay the groundwork for campaigns to throw them out of office.  And THAT must be your main goal for all of your efforts if you intend to change things in your community.

Fifth, Change the debate!  Establish a grading system for how your local government is protecting freedom. Review new laws and regulations and rate them on how they protect or diminish freedom. Using a scale of one to ten, review and report on the actions of your city council or county commission. Be sure to name the sponsors of such legislation, and list how each member of the council voted.

Make them own their actions. If it’s bad law, make sure everyone in town knows who is responsible. One suggestion would be to produce a copy of the legislation and place a picture of the sponsor/sponsors at the top. It’s their bill!  And include a detailed review, emphasizing why it is a danger to freedom…

Do this on a regular basis and you will get their attention. With strong impact, they may just start coming to you with their legislative ideas first, before introducing them, to make sure they aren’t going to suffer public embarrassment from your efforts. That’s what victory looks like!

These are some very simple tactics that you can begin to employ right there in your own community to begin to restore liberty.

If you are successful in your community in defending private property rights, restoring free enterprise to allow local businesses to open and prosper, and removing regulations that have restricted freedom of choice for your citizens to follow their own life’s dreams and goals, then you have succeeded in establishing your community as a FREEDOM POD said Mr. DeWeese.

That seed will then spread to the next community – and the next. And then begin to move to the state level, and eventually to the federal level as the Republic is restored!

Please, share these very simple winning ideas and begin to pull together with your friends and neighbors. Don’t be intimidated. The Leftist mob is terrified that you will learn these basic organizing tactics because they know then their game is up!

Tom DeWeese, President of the American Policy Center, has traveled to nearly every state speaking out on the threat of UN Agenda 21/Sustainable Development Policy. He has testified before local and state elected officials, while appearing on countless national and local radio and television programs. He has written three books on the subject including the best-selling book Sustainable: The WAR on Free Enterprise, Private Property and Individuals, ERASE, a fictionalized political thriller that is being considered as a movie project, and his first book titled Now Tell Me I was Wrong, which details a wide variety of related issues including property rights, radical environmentalism, public education and personal privacy issues. In addition, DeWeese has written hundreds of articles that have been published in national and local publications reaching millions of readers. The American Policy Center is supported by individual donations from approximately 100,000 citizens from across the nation providing small, personal donations. APC’s website,, is a treasure-trove of information on grassroots activism and how individual citizens, standing up for individual liberty, can defeat the radical Left.

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