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by: Tanya Grimsley
Recently throughout my travels in the social networks I have discovered even more discord now then I did before the selection of Mitt Romney as the GOP candidate for 2012. I find myself wondering why some days and can come to only a few conclusions which are strictly my personal views or things that I have actually seen transpire among conversations that I witnessed.
In the world of social networking there are a few things that I have noticed more than others. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion, on their own profiles. To the numerous friends throughout whichever network you are on determines when it becomes another’s right to interject their thoughts and opinion. Herein lies a problem. In a group setting, a group is normally set up with a main topic as the core for the group. I will use for example “Allen West Republic” on Facebook. With its many members and diverse opinions, the structure which is based on the Allen West brand of conservatism can be many things to many people. Albeit the creators intentions were to keep things soundly about the message of Allen West and the things that he talks about. That is not always the case within this, or any group.
Everyone brings something different to the table when you are socializing. There are the strong-willed people, who believe only what they believe. There is no changing their minds. There are the middle ground folks who interact with everything and everyone to get the best circulating opinions. Then they take it to their friend’s and other groups or social networks. Then there is the meek minded, they tend to watch and never comment. They are generally clicking like on everything just to appease everyone because they are not quite sure where they themselves stand. In the end they are looking for the strongest, wisest answer to appear out of the conversation.
There are bloggers who have interests that are different from those who do not blog. Then there are those that aggregate articles from all over the internet. They take and post what is foremost on their minds. The ones that I love are the ones with a strong solid message. They stick to it, everyday, it is their niche’ it is what they do. They know it like the back of their own hand. They can answer any question or have anything you need available at almost a moments notice.
Willingness to help seems to be of short hand lately. Since the GOP lost the election (no matter who or what the reason was – we lost) the divisiveness among people is sad. How do we ever expect to unite under a given umbrella at any point in time if we do nothing? How does passing the message of our own personal opinions and not taking criticism or listening to others views helpful? Why does everything become a battle among who is right and who is wrong? The message of unity is not sound, we do not reach out to one another, we are being selfish, stuck up snobs and its just getting worse.
How do we change it? Better yet………. will you take the time and change it? Do you see yourself as one who needs to change?
1. Conservatism – Conservatives
2. 100% Tea Party – Conservatives
3. GOP – Conservatives (not everyone who claims Republican/GOP is a RINO)
4. Libertarian – Conservatives (yes, I have numerous friends who are)
Look deep my friends. We are not uniting, we are not learning from this past election. If we throw in the towel, whether you are saying it was a million different things, there is no changing them. We have and are certainly accepting defeat for ourselves and the next generations to follow. I ask you to look at your conversations. Especially those lately. How many times have you “given up” or said “he who counts the votes controls the outcome” or this one “my candidate should have been the GOP nominee and we wouldn’t have lost”. There are many more things I could list here. I will refrain for now.
The conservative umbrella is HUGE. The effects that are rolling downhill have picked up a strong and steady pace. We are not only in jeopardy of losing again in 2016, we also will greatly affect the many generations who come after us. I am not saying that standing by your personal opinions is wrong. What I am saying is unless we get to the roots of our problems as a whole. Address how to take this conservative banner forward as one, then we will lose our Republic. We are hanging on a thread right now. The tyranny we see before us daily should have us in masses reaching out to those we don’t see talking about things but are all over the social networks. We should be educating the young ones while there is still the opportunity.
I am a Bible believing, God-fearing, conservative. Daughter, Sister, Mother, Wife, Grandmother, and friend. There is nothing too big for God to fix. There is nothing that we are going through at this stage in our country that we can’t get ourselves out of with His help. Matthew 18:20 “For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.” No matter the circumstances surrounding us now, or how outnumbered, how defeated, how depressed you may feel. The only way we can get through this together is to unite the entire conservative umbrella.
That starts with pointing the fingers at ourselves and saying……… am I just a blogger dumping my messages everywhere and never taking the time to go back and interact in a non confrontational manner?
Am I just a confrontation starter, you don’t see it my way so I will pound you verbally until you go away?
Or am I just the fence straddler, afraid to say how I feel? Do I let the other people affect how I will come to a conclusion on a given subject?
The point being, we must all take time to see the bigger picture. He or she may be “smarter” in certain things than I am. Should that ever prevent someone from asking a question? The fear of being made a fool of is a solid fear, whether by the person who posted or those participating in a comment thread. How do we expect to get our message to the young people before the next voting cycle when we can’t even treat each other as sources of knowledge instead of always being combative?
As always, looking for your comments. Your ideas. Thoughts and opinions. Trying to justify a behavior for the past conversations is not what this is about. It is where do we as a collective go from here. Also, why these other situations and behaviors must end.
I know there will be many people reading who won’t stop and see they are at fault, or even consider themselves in any way a part of the divisiveness. This will continue to tear the cause of conservatism apart. We have less than four years to get this right. Focus people, its the only chance we have. It starts with ourselves
The strongest Tweeter in Congress is Allen West (R-FL) of the House of Representatives, who averages 112 retweets per every tweet he sends. That means that 112 different people find what he says interesting enough to share on their own walls every time he posts something new. West sent only 31 tweets last month, but collected a robust 3,501 retweets from his 43,000 Twitter followers who soak up his 140 characters ravenously.
On the flip side is Billy Long (R-MO), also from the House of Representatives, who averages 0.19 retweets per every tweet he sends. Last month, Long sent out 643 tweets, but those only managed to earned him 126 total retweets.
So what is the difference? Are West’s followers just more dedicated?
Yes and no. Twitter can’t prove whether anyone’s constituents are more loyal, but it can show who is using the social media platform more effectively for political purposes. This understanding of Twitter may result in stronger campaigns because the politician’s message is disseminated more clearly and consistently.
A big factor in attracting engagement, as measured by retweets here, is the size of one’s following. West sports over 43,000 followers compared to Long’s 2,185. In this case, size does matter, as more followers makes it more likely someone will retweet the message to their following, creating the viral flow of information.
One detractor from attracting retweets, however, is tweeting too much, whether they are original posts or a plethora of Retweets from favored politicians or celebrities. Too many posts in a day crowd up the feed, numb followers to yet another Tweet (if it’s 12 in the past hour), and fog up the overall message.
West saves keeps his Twitter feed well manicured, limiting messaging to promote political causes or his own writing for followers to share. Only one or two posts a day means that when he does tweet, followers pay attention to check out the new information he shares. It seems that on Twitter as often it is in life; less is more.
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My heart is aching terribly for my fellow Americans and this great nation. The United States of America. I am an avid social networker and socially active on all levels in supporting the re-election of Congressman Allen West to Florida’s Congressional District 22. I frequent many websites, blogs, social networks and twitter daily. This is why I have sat down tonight to complete the thoughts and feelings running through my mind.
I have friends all over the social networks. Everyone has their own agenda’s, their own candidates, their own priorities and their own style’s. As I watch the twitter feed scroll by at mach two speed I see and read things just like everyone else. What I am looking for is information. The information to make a sound decision as We The People are vetting candidates for the GOP to run up against Barack Hussein Obama.
Despite the best intentions by some people who are actively helping people obtain the information they desire about candidates, there are those who use the opportunity to tear down not only the candidate, but also the person who is trying to educate and inform him or herself. The idea of vetting our candidates before we elect them was established a long time ago and for good reason. It’s a process of examination and evaluation, generally referring to performing a background check on someone before offering him or her employment. Considering this is the highest office of employment to hold, it’s probably a good idea, not to mention our 44th selection was never vetted and thus we have arrived here. I could tell you all the things wrong with our country, but you already know. This could be a bash Obama blog, but nope, not going there either. I just want to say a few things that are important to me as a free citizen of the United States of America.
One, we can all maintain ourselves, most everyone actively involved are adults. Contrary to popular opinion, just because you like TYPE A candidate and your facebook buddy likes TYPE B doesn’t mean you can’t engage in civil conversations and or discussions about them both without losing a friendship. The primaries will be going on for a while, information, debates and histories of each candidate is readily available at the touch of a “google” prompted search. If you don’t feel confident enough to believe what your reading, then ask around, engage in healthy debates.
Two, each candidate currently running to get the glory of running up against Barrack Hussein Obama is one hundred percent more qualified then he is at this stage in his presidency. Yes, we all want to know the voting records (if applicable), the on the job performances, the financial aspects, qualifications and more for each one of the candidates. But, at what point do you cross the line from being helpful, informative and actively having civil conversations to bashing each others candidates in favor of yours? When did the freedom to choose out of free will did your opinion become that of another United States Citizen? Here is my point, if your actively representing the candidate you feel would be the most qualified to run for President (or any office), how in the world are you helping represent that person by being condescending? Is it that difficult to be civil to another person who may not have the same points of view?
Third, there is no such thing as a “perfect” person, none, zip, zilch, zero. Jesus Christ is the only known perfect person and he is not running for office, he truly holds the highest office and to this I am eternally grateful. So, if there is no such thing as a perfect person where is this “throwing them all under the bus” mentality coming from? Is this helping the conservative cause? Is this helping those needing help in smaller, home town type elections to be a rising force in say, US Congress, US Senate, Governor, Mayor, etc..? I ask each and every one of you reading this to stand back, take a deep breath and realize, people make mistakes, people have pasts, people don’t always make the best decision, or cast the perfect vote. People are human beings that make errors, but we must turn the other cheek, stand up, dust them off, find the strongest of the bunch, give them all the support they could ever ask for and place the person at the forefront of whatever election they are a part of.
Finally, take a look at the new up and coming faces for the 2012 Elections, support them, give them grassroots, social network support. The key to helping change things starts one tiny step at a time and it starts right in your own districts. Quit infighting, quit bashing one another, stop digging up all the dirt and skeletons from the past and work towards the common goal. So what if Suzy may not like your candidate choice, but you can remain friends and support your own personal choices up until the election, because, and hear me well, one of them will win, then you must unite to defeat the opposing party. Throwing each others candidates under the bus, mudslinging and the uncivility must stop within our party and we must get actively involved for the common goals we seek. The division of The United States of America is not an option for me, I pray that with all that is in me that you will see the danger and avoid it. If you were doing it, stop it. Unite this party, stand arm in arm with your neighbors and let’s get to 2012 together as friends and fellow American’s.
Thanks for listening,
Actively Supporting All Patriot Candidates in 2012 & Standing by & Supporting the Re-Election of Congressman Allen West of Florida