Jim Geraghty has an idea about how all the fired-up people who went to the Tea Parties can follow through:
If 100-1,000 people show up at a rally, the event may or may not get media coverage, and that coverage may or may not be snarky or dismissive. Congressmen may or may not notice, and the President’s spokesman will announce he’s not aware of them.
But if 100-1,000 people show up at a town council, city council, etc. meeting, in most places, that’s an earthquake. It varies widely, but most local government budget meetings are sleepy affairs, and many local lawmakers are used to settling their spending with minimal scrutiny. They’ve never seen anything like several hundred people showing up with the same message of “don’t waste my money.”
In other words, if conservatives want to make sure stimulus funds don’t get spent on crap, applying pressure at the local level is a way to leverage the tea party energy into something with real impact on the ground. Who knows? It might even get some conservatives involved in government on a more regular basis. Back in 1996, an obscure Chicago lawyer and law school lecturer was motivated to get involved in state legislature, and within a decade, he was running for president.
Indeed. There are few things more grassroots than your own city council meeting, and I am sure that nearly everyone that’s able to read this on the web can use the same web to find out when the next meeting is, or at least use it to find the phone number to call to find out.
Tea Partiers can also get involved in the Republican Party at the grassroots level. So get in touch with your county, district, or even state Republican Party, and start putting your principles into action to change the parts of the party you don’t like.
So get out there and make your voices heard again, and again, and again!