On occasion Congressman Gerry Connolly is prone to moments of honesty that are instructive for conservatives, and it’s important to pay attention when they happen. If we can ignore for a moment the ridiculous mischaracterization of the issue he was dealing with at the time, this is the absolute blueprint for defending liberty in Virginia - be active, be intense, and scare the bejeezus out of the liberals in doing so. They’ll give up when you do.
As reported on the quite lefty Blue Virginia:
The other calculation is intensity, what mobilizes people? Let me take my district. Poll after poll in my district says we favor reasonable gun control. But is anybody in my district sufficiently intense about that issue that this is dispositive for them, and they’re going to show up and so forth?
I once sponsored a hearing in Fairfax, and it was simply to amend our ordinance so that it would be illegal to drive around in the county with a loaded shotgun on the back of your car. That’s all. We advertised the hearing, it was televised. I show up…and we have 500 seats in the auditorium at the government center, every single seat was filled, and there was a waiting line to get in, every single person seated was wearing camouflage and had their NRA notice. Not a single citizen on our side of the issue, not one, in a county with 1 million people, showed up, not one good guy even strayed into the room.
Now, what was the lesson? We had a majority on the board to vote for this ordinance change until that happened. And they looked and saw it, and they thought, I may do the right thing, and people might in theory agree with it, but they’re never going to vote on this issue. THEY are, but our people aren’t. And we had to withdraw the amendment, and that’s the last we ever talked about it.
Intensity matters, what moves people to vote. I know, on the other side, many of them it’s a single issue and it’s going to move them to vote, and I’d rather not rile them up. And I know I’m not going to rile you people up…We have to change the calculus and the dynamic; if we do, you’re going to see a significant shift in public opinion and in legislative action in America.
My take-away on this is that citizens care more about defending their liberty and freedoms than liberals care about taking it away from them. As long as that continues, we can successfully defend liberty as intensity seems to be the only thing they respect. When we cease to care so much about an issue that involves fundamental liberties, liberals will successfully attack it, and they can only succeed when we don’t care enough to defend those liberties. You, reader, are the bulwark against “progressives” robbing us of our freedoms and nothing stands in their way more than the intensity of your passions.
If you stand up in force to assaults on your freedom, liberals don’t just tuck in their tails and slink away, they do it for a long time. Straight from the mouth of one of the biggest proponents of socialism, here’s your recipe for victory against them.
Don’t forget this.
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