Why we lost and how to fix it (part 1)

Yes, Obama won again but you do not need to and should not lose your sanity or belief in the ability to solve our nation’s problems because of that.

When I got up Wednesday morning, as usual, I had a large heap of political email waiting for me on my BlackBerry, but what was unusual was the quantity of negative, defeated and scared remarks from fellow Romney supporters. Yes, everyone has their theory as to why Romney lost. Minorities want Obama period, Romney’s out of touch, America is now a liberal nation, voting machines were hacked, facts were concealed and even multiple people saying that God is cursing America.

With all of this discussion I believe that there is one BIG reason why Romney and quite frankly, conservatives in general (if you can call him one) lose nowadays. That reason is the economy. What, dude? Conservatives are the economic big kahuna! Yes, they are, but votes are easily cast by those who don’t see that anymore.

I heard a radio host say today that we have a lot less center right voters. That’s true, but why? Due to economic distress we are in fight or flight mode as a nation, looking for ways to survive, NOT (unfortunately) grow or do anything else for that matter. This state of mind naturally creates a succeptibility to government dependence which is the antithesis of conservatism.

We need to remember that the center right guy (or gal) is not as ideologically entrenched as most of us in the Tea Party are and form their opinions based upon what they see in their life.  They, at one point, were making a decent income and saw it dissipate quickly due to taxes. They cared about personal freedom and those of them who were in business for themselves experienced the adverse effect of regulation. This experience led them to the right.

Now here comes the storm. Those middle income jobs and local businesses got wiped out. Government came to the rescue with unemployment, food stamps, cash aid welfare, Medicaid and the like. These people desired a way out. They worked hard, pushed and fought for every job. Some went the way of Dick Harper in “Fun with Dick and Jane” and threw 5 gallon water dispenser bottles down the stairs at every other interview, looking to use speed as their edge over others seeking work. Well, maybe not that. They still fight to this day, to no avail. They understand the national debt and the serious losses of personal freedom caused by big government, at least to some degree, but to them all that matters is the need to hold on for dear life.

Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan come to the forefront for Republicans and seeing the big picture know that cuts need to be made to create permanent opportunity for those in need. Those cuts would have to come from things they need right now or in the near future to survive, like welfare, Social Security and Medicare. The thoughts of our voter are depicting someone letting go of the rope they hang on to every day. They think Romney and Ryan don’t care because they are cold, hard people with too much cold, hard cash. Using crisis logic, they opt for Obama who will hold onto their rope for a long time (or so he says). It’s not stupidity, it’s not a permanent change of ideology, it’s a change of circumstance. This is what swayed quite a few votes on Election Day. This issue was the tipping point for key states and demographic groups, but other very significant and perhaps quite correctable contributory factors robbed from our lead as well. Take away some of those and we might be talking a little Romney-Biden today.

The dependence of the electorate is something that was built in by those in power to help themselves stay in power. Unfortunately, there is no amount of rhetoric that can significantly change the internal dialogue of our people. But fortunately there is a way to start building a means of preventing this scenario from ever replaying and there are other problems that can be resolved that more easily to get us started on recovery while we are waiting for the big solutions to be done.

The way we fix the big problem is by showing the people the ability of the free market to perform tasks that government has taken over. We need to show them that citizens and not tyrannical leaders can hold that rope and get them in the chopper and take them home. A man who has been labeled a master of heartless layoffs does not engender that kind of trust, so candidate choice definitely played a very big role, but that’s not the whole problem or the whole solution.

We correct this issue by stopping empowering those who make the free market look like a dud and promoting those who make it look like a champ in the areas of social responsibility and promotion of all around better outcomes for our communities. This is partially done by creating and obtaining analyses of the business practices and ethics of companies we do business with and making rational and responsible decisions based upon that data.  Additionally we need to prove the capacity of a free people to take care of its own sans the government. There are a few simple techniques that can be used to further the common good that promote the free market and liberty without government intervention as well as modifications to traditional approaches that can be strengthened. Just simply helping others in your own community in the best way you can is always a good starting point. Remember, the more the people take care of each other without initiatory force of government the less susceptible we are to tyranny. This is because people whose needs are fulfilled do not need government support and thus have no reason to tolerate the encumberances on freedom created by government. Studies show that people do not turn to the government as a first line of support when in need; it is a move made out of absolute necessity that I believe can be reduced to just that and not an everyday part of life.

No, this is not stuff that can be fixed overnight, or even over a few months. It will take years and the fact that we have to prove the ability of the free market on a playing field made uneven by years of over and improper regulation will make it particularly challenging, but I believe in America enough to know that this will happen if appropriate action is taken.

By showing the people that the free market is a better alternative that can provide for the social needs of the middle class and not just the ego needs of the rich then we can win over more people. It’s like when a sports team is talking about dumping a very expensive player and letting him go into free agency. That player (big government) is sucking money out of the team in excess and has dismal performance but the other players (free market capitalism) are unproven due to minimal playing time (regulations and excessive taxation eat up the free market’s ability to get into the game) and are bashed by the media. If when we get to play we don’t show our best, the expensive, not-that-good player will stay. We are getting less playing time than ever, but let’s not use that as an excuse. Let’s do our best with the time we do have, whatever that may be. If you can’t do anything right now, that’s fine. When you can, refer to the information I will provide in part 3 of this series, but for now, let’s do some of the easier tasks (yes, the propaganda and “ground game” modifications everyone’s been talking about but never really explains) and get around to the big tasks when you are ready.

Part 2 is coming next week and it will show you how to get the key demographics engaged and smiling every time a conservative message is presented and also how to deal with possible election cheating in a non-tin foil hat-worthy way.

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Musical Discord Abounds

When one thinks about music in the context of politics the following things come to mind: artists who are in love with Obama and those that send cease and desist letters to candidates they don’t like (in spite of their payment of royalties through blanket agreements). The differing playlists of Paul Ryan and Mitt Romney may come to mind as well.

Now, who do you think uttered these words “We can rip apart the socialists and all their damn taxes” or these “The reason why every day is not a holiday is because the government they steal your pay. It’s a dream but it’s already over.”? That’s got to be some Tea Party jingle band. No, it’s not. The first one was from Passion Pit’s song Take A Walk and the second was from Slightly Stoopid’s Top of The World, 2 songs that often play on the radio alongside bands that back Occupy.

This alone should show us that the logical concepts of limited government and limited taxation have finally reached the depths of liberal entrenchment. If the one group of people who tend to be the most liberal are now publicly opposing the philosophies of liberalism then I have no doubt that we are winning the war. Now I may be completely wrong. These guys may not really be conservatives, but this is still a sign of good things to come.

But there is an anti-freedom voice from the music industry that can really hurt us. Remember SOPA, the internet kill switch bill? It might be making a comeback with the Trans Pacific Partnership. According to the Electronic Frontier Foundation, the treaty would eliminate the fair use exception to copyright law (which allows educational and critique use of copyrighted material without a license) and forces carriers to shut off internet access for those who allegedly have infringed copyrights. The treaty would also force carriers to block access to websites that may be infringing on copyrights. To the best of my knowledge, there would be no trial of right of appeal prior to the censorship. Furthermore, unlike most laws, treaties are not subject to the constitution and thus are the law of the land upon ratification regardless of content.

Now, don’t get me wrong here, I believe copyright owners should be able to protect their interests, but pre-emptive censorship does not help anybody, the entertainment business included. If I was part of the organization making these rules, this is what I would propose. First off, carriers should not knowingly participate in copyright infringement. Period. Anyone who knowingly infringes copyrights should pay penalties. This being said, they should not be in the copyright policing business. The right solution is to allow for copyright citations that work just like traffic tickets. Here’s how it works: the copyright owner finds the infringement, contacts the carrier, who is obligated to either mail a notice of infringement provided by the owner (the carrier is allowed to charge a nominal fee to recoup costs) or provide the address of their customer or their registered agent (businesses use registered agents so they don’t get embarrassed by being served with legal papers in front of customers, any internet user, business or individual may use a registered agent for their notices as long as it is on file with their internet provider). The notice is a paper filed with the copyright court that would be established in the judicial district where the alleged infringer lives or does business, it has instructions to schedule a trial date or pay a bail amount, just like a traffic fine. The amount is set by the person alleging infringement but if the amount exceeds $10,000 (small claims limit), the case will be transferred to a regular court and the person must be served under standard rules. If one chooses to pay the bail amount, they must sign a form saying that they have ceased infringement and they must either provide evidence of such or a statement (under oath) explaining the method used to stop the infringement (ie. uninstalling software, deleting a file etc.)

The copyright court would be a court that has an expedited process for small copyright claims along with virtual appearance options, making the cost significantly lower than regular court. Just like your driver’s license with traffic tickets, if you keep on infringing on copyrights (as proven by the court or by your own admission), your Internet access may be ordered suspended. But this can only be done by a judge or jury, not just based upon complaints.

But what about offshore sites? We’ve got those handled too. They would receive a notice through their US peering carrier (the one that carries information from overseas to your ISP) and repetitive infringement and/or non-appearances in court mean service suspensions for them. An important thing to note is that a lot of infringement occurs on peer to peer file sharing sites and the people that post the files on these sites may be in the US. By going after the ones posting the content you could essentially get rid of these sites.

Everybody’s happy. Freedom advocates know their rights are protected by due process and the performers get compensated for any damages they encounter. I think that this solution should be put on the table as a middle ground during negotiations about copyright law.

Now if only Tom Morello would realize that the government is the machine he really is looking to rage against.

Copyright 2012 Greyson C. Peltier

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How to REALLY help the little guy

Many people feel compelled to help the little guy for religious reasons or just to be a good person. If you are one of these people, great. We need a LOT more people like you in this world. But with any good thing comes the occasional pitfall. As you go about doing good, you feel bad for the people you are helping and feel like you just need to do anything to help. It sticks in your mind. Again, there is nothing wrong with this.

When something does go wrong is when you enter into the uncaring, unfriendly, dark world called politics. You look around and you see an individual that you think is a lot like you. He or she is saying that they are fighting for the middle class and poor in America. They think it’s unfair that the other folks want to prop up the rich when people are crying and dying. You come to the aid of this person. They get into office and keep saying the same things but no big results come. The results that do come are minimal and short lived. Even some of the expert stats say that it’s getting a little better. The person comes back and says that “the 1%” is giving them trouble.

This sounds perfectly reasonable, but remember that in the political world nothing is what it seems. Dark becomes light and light becomes dark in this surreal place. Something just feels wrong but you don’t want to talk to the other guys because you still think they are evil. Later on, you find out that the person you trusted and gave your time and money to has been working to give the poor people fund to the same 1%. In fact, they put a group of completely unaccountable people in charge of the whole economy. Where do you go? What do you do?

I am going to show you the path no one has shown you much of yet. What happened when you trusted that person? You gave them consent to control the system that was supposed to be used to help people. The power of consent is yours, not theirs. What if you had used the power of consent to give that power to yourself and your fellow community members? What if by keeping the power in your hands, its size will be larger than if the middleman took it into his hands?

Money for doing good does not come from nowhere. It comes from other people (read: You and I) and by degrading our existing money by printing more. And don’t forget, in order to use this money you thought was free from the government, you have to spend on campaigns, lobbyists and spend your time away from the end goal studying the processes that most be followed to attain the capital. All for money that is going to have to be paid back by you but spent in a way you may not necessarily approve of. These deviations from what you are trying to accomplish is what I call the “legislative middleman commission.”

You can reverse this trend and multiply your effort without the commission subtracted. Just go back and look at the other guys’ option. If their option gives you control, does not impose complicated regulations, and most importantly, does not separate you and others around you from their money through inflation or tax increases, that is what you need to roll with.

After this is done, a lot more can be done. The processes of using your regained power and money to oust nefarious interests are far too complicated to be described in this article, but I will be releasing a comprehensive playbook on how to do this and more very soon.

Bottom line is that you need to avoid using legislative middlemen and realize that your power is better the closer is is to you. Then and only then will you attain favorable results in your activism.

Copyright 2012 Greyson C. Peltier

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