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The Trials and Tribulations of the Grassroots Activist

The sheer amount of emotional fortitude required to be a conservative, constitutional, or libertarian grassroots activists is broader and deeper than anyone could imagine. Faced with the most frustrating realities, activists are forced to soldier on against impossible odds. Groups of average Americans come together to take on impossible enemies like the Mainstream Media, Wall Street, K Street, the Chamber of Commerce, the National Republican Party, the National Democrat Party, the House of Representatives, and the United States Senate. These grassroots activists are fighting the wealthiest and most powerful people, organizations, and institutions in the world, pouring all of their time, money, energy, and hope into these ambitious endeavors.

And that’s just national politics.

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State and local politics are no less difficult and infuriating. National Special Interests pour money into local and statewide campaigns, in order to deprive the constituents of their own unfunded agendas. This outside money wouldn’t be so impregnable if it were not for the fact that most of our local Republican Parties are controlled by one or two powerful families. These families rule over the plebes in their towns, cities, and counties with an iron fist. They dictate to the school boards and the boards of supervisors and the town councils. If representatives cross them, these wealthy families launch primary campaigns, stirring up division and discord. There is no part of our Constitutional Republic that has not been corrupted.

You see, the average American lives in the real world, with real consequences, and real causes. We don’t wake up in the morning and think to ourselves whether or not the troubles of the day relate to reality itself or to the perceptions of something called political reality. Bribery is illegal, so we can’t skirt the consequences of our actions by buying off those intended to hold us responsible. We can’t print more money when we run out. We aren’t given unlimited amounts of credit. We can’t take some money from some people to give it to other people so that the other people will take care of our bills. The realities of politics are dark, corrupt, and cruel. Our governments are never held responsible for the unintended consequences of their actions.

But we are.

And despite all this, the duty to go on, to continue fighting, to search for small victories while fighting for big ones, remains. We can never stop, never surrender the real world to those who live in a political one. People who live in a political world, who think in terms of politics and political agendas, will never succeed in the real world. This is why our government can’t win wars, can’t balance budgets, can’t achieve greater prosperity for their people. The reality they perceive is different from the reality that actually exists. Their world is a world of contradiction, compromise, and paradox. Our world is an objective world, without contradiction or paradox, where A=A and 1=1. Success or failure in their world is measured by the arbitrary powers they hold at the end of the day, and not by the objective consequences their actions have had on those they govern.

Our politicians don’t really believe that their lies are lies, since in their world, if you have to say X to achieve Y, then X is a categorical imperative, and one cannot be held guilty for doing what is necessary. These people we are fighting in Washington D.C. and here at home are truly lost. They do not live in reality. They are incapable of reasoning or taking responsibility for what they do. We must understand this, because we must understand that our failures have not come at the hands of our inability to reason or communicate. People living in a make-believe political reality cannot understand the words and motivations of those who live in the real world. They are lost. They cannot be reasoned with. All you can do is replace them and then desperately try to hold whomever you send through the black gates of our nations’ capital accountable. That is what it means to be a grassroots activist. Thankless, hopeless, and utterly necessary! And who knows, a day may come when those living in reality are in the majority, and our government will conform to reality, instead of trying to make reality conform to it.

About Steven Brodie Tucker

Graduated with a degree in Philosophy from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. Also studied economics and political science at George Mason.

2 Responses to “The Trials and Tribulations of the Grassroots Activist”

  1. LIBERTY!
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    “The People Are The Only Sure Reliance For The Preservation of our Liberty.”
    Thomas Jefferson, 1787

    “It does not take a majority to prevail… but rather an irate, tireless minority, keen on setting brushfires of freedom in the minds of men.” Samuel Adams

    • David Jackson
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      I can not agree more. However, there is one additional remedy that no one is talking about because it is frieghting. Only a handful of true patriots along with George Washington were brave enough to undertake what was necessary in the creation of this nation. Are we willing to live under this lawless tyranny? Will we be forever enslaved to this type of governance? One choice or the other, what will it be?
      David Jackson

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    Tom White Says:

    Nothing is more conservative than a republican wanting to get their majority back. And nothing is more liberal than a republican WITH a majority.

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