With the recent passage of fiscal cliff legislation it grows more and more evident that neither side is truly happy with the support of their so-called elected servants. The democrats agreed to tax hikes on the middle class despite many promises that they would not. The republicans agreed to higher taxes without standing firm on the decreased spending that they so adamantly supported and allowed 24 billion dollars in Hollywood pork to be added to the legislation. In the end, American people felt betrayed by a system that just approved higher taxes on 77% of Americans.
Every election comes and goes and I believe that the American people feel like they are voting for “the lesser of two evils.” Some believe that the democrats are less evil and some believe it’s the republicans, but “less evil” is still evil. We pray that it will be different and we continue to get the same results. Politicians know how to lie to us, but they generally lack the backbone to stand up to do what is right. There is definitely a large and growing group of people who are begging for a third-party candidate that is electable. I believe that it is possible because I believe a lot of people, unbeknownst to any of us, proved it over the last several days.
Let me lay out the facts as I see them. Over the last 3-5 days I have seen proof that the internet is more powerful than any other media outlet in the world. I need to give you some background to see if you can agree with my analysis.
I am an independent blogger and I don’t take myself overly serious. Back in mid-November, after the elections, myself and a few of my friends decided to start a blog. We just wanted a place to vent. We wanted to talk about politics but we didn’t really care how politically correct we were, we didn’t want to be censored, and we didn’t have any dreams of making huge money or gaining serious notoriety. We just wanted a place to whine and complain about what is wrong with America. We didn’t buy our own domain or spend money on logos. We literally have not spent a dime because we just wanted to see where things went. We started DCC and had some fun with it.
I tried to promote it all I could. I’d end up sharing some posts 50-70 times myself on Facebook in conservative type groups and tweet a few times to my twitter followers. Out of that I would get a handful of people to share again, and a good article might get 300-500 total hits over a span of a few days. Up until about 5 days ago we were averaging 300 hits a day and I was actually really proud of that. Not bad for about 7 weeks of work. But then something changed.
I wrote an article about the 2nd amendment that was certainly some of my better work but I had no idea what was coming. Four days later 100,000 people have read that article and we may have our second consecutive day with 40,000 hits. Not bad for a free WordPress blog.
I am still knee-deep in all of this. I have pending messages everywhere that I haven’t had time to answer. I may never be able to answer all of them. We may get 100,000 more hits or a million more hits, I have no idea. But think about how it all started. It started with one small independent blogger that would get laughed at in any serious political think tank. I have no track record and it’s doubtful I will ever write something this popular again, but I learned something from this, and now I have hope.
- It doesn’t take money to spread your message if you talk to the heart of people. They will spread it for you (over 10,000 Facebook shares and growing).
- Ordinary people are much more powerful than any web advertising guru (we were receiving hits from 1000+ different websites within 2 days).
- People don’t respond to political correctness. They respond to the truth without a sugar-coating. They are sick of political rhetoric.
When you look at all the small lessons I learned, I am now totally convinced that a third-party or independent can make a huge splash in 2016 if they will speak to the heart of the people. That’s what I tried to do. There are well over 1300 comments on that post now but let me tell you about a few of my favorites.
I heard from a gentleman in Australia, who was begging the American people not to give up their guns.
I heard from a Native American who told me that the government took his people’s freedom once, and he would not let it happen again.
I heard from a Scottish emigrant who told me that this is not the America he swore his allegiance to. He moved here to escape being ruled and he felt like it was happening to him all over again.
I found myself in tears at times. Servicemen and women came out in full force to let everyone know in no uncertain terms that they would defend the constitution and the rights of the American people above all else. We had police officers visit to share the same. We had mothers with young children and veterans of past wars. We had grandmothers chiming in and people from almost every walk of life. The only thing that most shared in common was their Patriotic love of America.
This post is still going and my bet is that it will be getting comments for months or maybe even years. I haven’t even read the last 700 or so comments that have been left. Yet, it all started with one person who chose to speak the truth and didn’t care about what people thought. I had no real intention of making a difference but I did. Now that little blog post on an obscure WordPress hosted site, is one of the most widely circulated stories on the internet. It started with me but it flourished because of the people. The people are the key in this equation.
I didn’t sit around and think about who was with me and who was against me. I put out a plea for Patriotic Americans who were not afraid to stand up and fight for their rights. I am still in awe of what happened.
Do you think we could find a candidate that would be willing to do that for 2016? I don’t think you will find it if you are looking at mainstream democrats or republicans. The recent track record isn’t good. But I know something that some people don’t. These parties are not to be feared anymore because the internet is the great equalizer.
Money doesn’t matter on the internet. Do not believe a damn thing you read online. I have heard, like everyone else, that Obama dominated Romney on the internet, and maybe that’s true, but the numbers you see are lies. I will give you some proof now if you want. Just keep an open mind as you click over to the site I am about to share. It will open in a new window so you can come back here. No worries. When you go to this site I want you to compare my little twitter following of 4700 or so, deandg, to the followings of millions by barackobama and mittromney. I am going to show you something that very few people know but you are about to see proof that many of these huge legions of followers of theirs are and were fake. You do need a twitter account to use it but click here.
- Dean Garrison (The D.C. Clothesline) has 1% fake, 16% inactive, and 83% good followers.
- Barack Obama has 26% fake, 43% inactive, and 31% good followers.
- Mitt Romney has 21% fake, 49% inactive, and 30% good followers
I bet if you ran your own name you found roughly the same results. You probably have 6% or less (about average) fake followers and many more good followers. Everyone will have some inactives because people quit twitter or change usernames, I am not sure what the average number should be, but I am not as focused on inactive followers as I am the fake followers. For those who really paid attention this stuff was coming out over and over in 2012. Both Romney and Obama saw huge spikes in internet popularity for no explainable reason. Obama had over 1 million people like his Facebook page in one day shortly after the first debate, when the consensus was that he had his rear end handed to him. His previous averages were about 30,000 likes a day. Something fishy? There were similar stories about Romney so don’t think it was one-sided.
A lot of people don’t realize this but you can purchase Facebook likes and fake twitter followers. Do a simple internet search for “buy twitter followers” and you will see proof. The truth of the matter is that whether it was the politicians themselves, or their lock-stepping followers, someone wasted a bunch of money to look good. I must assume that they don’t really have a clue on how to use the internet for grass-roots viral marketing. They are politicians and they won’t spend money unless they are cheating. So they tried to cheat for the sake of cheating. That’s how it is done in D.C. It did them no good.
All the people really want is to be engaged and heard. Today’s political figures don’t know how to engage people. They are so far removed from the people that they have no understanding of how American people think and feel.
- Organic traffic that is generated by people who know how to optimize pages for search engines, and
- People who know how to make content go viral through word of mouth advertising.
I am certain that they hired some egg-head internet marketers who acted like they knew how to manage multi-million dollar ad budgets but the bottom line is that the candidates didn’t have a clue what they were doing and it showed. There were too many cases of documented desperation on both sides. The only politician who I have seen using the internet effectively lately is Fred Thompson. Fred is a tweet-producing machine. I’m sure there are others but he is one that I follow.
Prior to the 2012 elections… When I looked at my own Facebook feed (about 1000 friends) I saw about 10-15 people who would share anything and everything they could about their chosen candidate but none of this stuff was really anything personal or engaging. If you do the math it’s easy to see that it was only 1% of my friends or maybe 1.5%. That doesn’t show me proof that a lot of people truly cared who was elected. A few people would hit like or maybe share but it cultivated little in the way of comments or new ideas. They were news stories and pictures and no one cared about that stuff. The candidates were giving people nothing to sink their teeth into. People are looking to see the heart of the leader.
We need a candidate who is willing to speak to the people with plain words and strong ideas. If we find that then we can pull off the greatest coup in the history of American politics. We can take that 2 billion dollars that Obama and Romney raised from special interests and big business, and we can defeat the new faces and new players who try to do the same in 2016, with little to no money.
Give me a candidate with a heart for the people of this country and I will give him or her everything I have. I will share his or her words everywhere I can find. I will gladly compete with billion dollar budgets and it won’t cost me a dime.
Call it a major epiphany but with what happened to me in the last few days I can now, without doubt, guarantee that it can happen. If I were electable I’d probably take the challenge myself, but honestly I have a history that would catch up with me. Plus I like to curse a bit and I don’t think the country is ready to see a presidential candidate dropping “f-bombs.”
But somewhere out there is a man or woman who we can all get behind. They are apprehensive to speak their mind as I was a few days ago. They don’t need to be because that is exactly what America is looking for. I went out on a limb and there were thousands of people holding a net out in case I fell. I had no idea I would run into so many people who cared and supported the same ideas and morals that I did. A leader with similar ideas and qualities is destined to really rock the vote in 2016, if they have the guts to try.
I am convinced that if we find this person, people will carry the cross for them. Give me a person who believes that ideas come before billion dollar campaign war chests and millions of people will rally behind them. People love an underdog. This country was built by underdogs. Show me someone, like Ross Perot, who is not afraid to carry the banner of “Independent” and stand on principle and I will help to get them elected to the highest seat in the land, as long as they support the constitution.
So many forget that Perot was leading in the polls before he dropped out. When he returned the people had simply lost confidence.
We need senatorial and congressional candidates who are willing to accept the same challenge. We could launch the biggest political revolution of all time in 2016 and they would never know what hit them. 8 billion dollars was spent on 2012 campaigns for senate, house and the presidency. I am telling you that we can prove how wasted this money is and create our own campaign reform, whether congress wants to tackle the issue or not.
Imagine if we could defeat the money. I believe it can be done. I believe in the American people and I believe they can do anything they put their mind to. If we defeat 8 billion dollars in advertising then campaigns will reform themselves. They will be forced to adapt to a new playing field. If candidates and political parties continue trying to buy elections the people have the power to turn on them. The viral nature of the internet is powerful enough to elect or reject anyone when you have people who care.
I am talking to anyone reading this now, who strives to make a difference. If you love the constitution and the message of the founders I will support you. I don’t get hung up on details. I am personally looking for a Patriotic American who believes in the people and who has vision for returning to the wisdom of our founders. I think for myself and will never agree 100% with any candidate. Just support the constitution and I will support you.
Republicans and Democrats be warned. There are seeds of revolution brewing and if the candidates step forward I will personally see to it that they control the internet like nothing you have ever seen. With no money and roughly 3 hours work I was able to reach 100,000+ people in four days. I now know how it is done, even though I was clueless last week. LOL
My plan is to build my base and strengthen my relationships with the people who helped me gain my 15 minutes of fame. And in a few years time you will not have a clue how to battle us. A billion dollars can buy TV time and print ads but it can’t buy the hearts of the people. My new goal is to find 1000 people who know what I know and bury both parties in 2016. You have had plenty of chances and failed. This is our time.
That is not a threat. It is a promise. We, the independent bloggers, are your worst nightmare. You can not buy us, we will be heard.
Pay off CNN and Fox News and spend American people’s money on ridiculous advertising that does little or nothing. Our plan is to engage people with real issues that you are too yellow to talk about. You are so scared to lose those votes in the middle that you have forgotten what it takes to win. There will be no more winning by default in this country. You will have to take it and earn it.
You are so conditioned to be politically correct that no one respects you. I doubt that you really even respect yourself. You go to your sheeples again in 2016 and you will find that the flock is following a new shepherd. This is my pledge. Find me a candidate with balls to embrace the constitution and I will fight for them and make sure they take the big prize in 2016.
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This candidate will witness a miracle that I just saw myself. It is not about me, it is about us. When someone embraces the proud American people and their ideas, the people will carry them across the finish line. Your blood money can no longer buy our elections. The door is wide open for candidates who want to share that message.
As an update, I didn’t publish this article yesterday as originally intended. In a span of about 18 hours, another 30,000 people have read my 2nd amendment article because of continued word of mouth advertising. We haven’t spent a dime. You can never underestimate the power of the American people when they believe in something. You just have to give them something to believe in.
When Al Gore invented the internet he created the weapon that had the power to destroy his peers. In a way he created his own tool of mass destruction but accidentally fired it at his own homies. Way to go Al “Jazeera” Gore. You never got to be president but your legacy lives on. 🙂