You can read the how-to specifics below this update. First, let me tell you online trolls will do everything they can think of to keep you from doing what I am very strongly suggesting here (many of them know this group's political grassroots successes by now)- they will say, "Don't let HIM tell you what to say!" "Banners are for parties!" "Balloons?! Yeah, right, THAT'S really going to do something! LOL!"
Ignore the trolls.
So you are a trucker about to take your rig to DC to protest. Great. but what do you expect to happen? The 1 million Bikers media fiasco is detailed below. Do you think so many truckers MUST get the world's attention? Wrong. Once again, detailed below, but first I want to say I WANT you to go to DC. but I want you to be successful! So let's go through this quickly, and I will give you a very fast primer in making your own media, because the mainstream media will absolutely ignore you, the way they did the bikers and everyone else.
Now without the media telling the world 5,000 truckers are going to DC, what will this look like to anyone? Will it look to the world like like a huge anti-Obama protest...
... or just a bunch of trucks?
Does this look like a group of America-saving patriots...
... or a bunch of people you don't know eating food?
Does this look like an anti-Obama rally...
... or a political event of some sort the message of which is unknown to the world? (remember, only you and your friends know what "Don't tread on me" means politically in 2013)
So unless you want to eat away at America by participating in yet another event which is highly anticipated and goes absolutely no-where, let me speak the way real people speak and tell you that you need to get your shit together and you need to get your shit together right now.
I hate to say this publicly but we have tried to get Zeeda to recognize these needs (remember we have gotten quite a bit of mainstream media-attacks-because this group IS successful - I think we may know a bit more about media than Zeeda does) but to no avail. Do not assume you have to do it "Zeeda's way". YOU NEED TO TALK TO AMERICA USING YOUR TRUCKS.
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Keep your message simple! You will be tempted to put every scandal known to man on that banner. If you have more than 7 words no one will be able to read it. 25 years of NYC media experience is talking to you now. Keep the banners bold and eye-catching, but NOT CONFUSING.
Good message are
OBAMA - FREE THE BENGHAZI WITNESSES!
OBAMA'S BIRTH CERTIFICATE IS FAKE!
DEMAND OBAMA'S RECORDS!
I do NOT think "Impeach Obama" is great because an incendiary, conclusive message like that only works for protesters on the street. It's great for Overpasses because America is used to intensity from hand-held signs, but not on the side of trucks. "Obama's birth certificate is fake" is plenty controversial enough, trust me.
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All I can say to you truckers further is, "Don't let this opportunity be in vain, because if you are just driving 700 miles for an expensive cookout, just don't go - it will do more harm than good." That, and this:
A nice big professional sign on the BACK of your truck might even be ideal, so people see your message for miles and are inclined to discuss it in their cars. You can keep that sign there forever, too, not just to and from the rally. Why not?
Below will can see how you can release 100's of messages from the back of your truck and have them float harmlessly and legally 10 feet or so off the ground and hang around DC for WEEKS, driving politicians absolutely, 100% crazy. It may just be what they need to frighten them into taking action lest they decide the people really will take back their country. This ends the update. Please read below:
"WOW! The media can't ignore us this time!"
How often have you heard or read that? How many times did it come true and how many times were you left angry, disappointed and perhaps just a little more diminished? Oh, you'll say your resolve is strengthened by the anger, but what did you actually do to follow it up except complain bitterly to the converted until the promise of the next "big event"?
Media is my business and has been in NYC for a long time. Please learn something: the media hates us. They hate conservatives. They hate the Tea Party. I don't mean they disagree with us, or think we are unimportant. I mean they hate us. The unconscionable remarks I have heard in meetings behind closed doors while all else laughed, nodded or demonstrated disgust at us by the mere mention we exist (forcing me to play-pretend the whole time)would truly shock you. I mean it would shock you. They drip venom, these sophisticates surrounded by chrome and glass and neutral grey color schemes, and talk wantingly of the day we are all gone - even dead - while people nod as though responding to an inevitable truth of the world. These are our "unbiased media people".
The latest example of the hopelessness of "Huge Rallies the Media Cannot Ignore" was the 2 Million Biker rally yesterday for, among other things, justice for the slain in Benghazi.
So what happened? Fox News had a discussion about the fact that they had no permit to rally while the Muslims did. A local TV station discussed it for 1 minute, focusing mostly on anticipated traffic delays. And that was about it, more or less.
In this day and age everyone thinks they are a media specialist because the internet has leveled the playing field compared to what the world once was. Some equate the 1st Amendment to knowing what they're talking about. I'm doing something to the doubters I have never thought of doing before: I am pulling rank. I would not tell a soldier under fire how to hold his rifle, or a fireman how to rescue children from a burning building, or an astrophysicist the proper trajectory to sent a satellite to another planet. But media is what I do and most of you don't, so please listen for a change. The 1st Amendment does not make you an expert on what you happen feel passionate about and we're burning ourselves out and fracturing our collective opportunities to pieces because no one is following any plan except pretending to be Rush Limbaugh on the internet. I want you to listen because you haven't been listening. And I will be more blunt here than I have ever been, but am reduced to speaking the way we do to each other in the media business: We are running out of time to fuck around.
I have warned you for years about this problem, most recently about the Biker rally:
And I was right. Were you right? Yes? Why didn't you speak up? No? Okay, then I repeat, now is the time to listen about something you don't know about professionally, because I do.
Now before I go any further, I will be right about something else unless this statement stops them: the trolls will argue all of this and play to your frustration and attempt to redirect it into indignation toward me: "He can't tell us what to say!" "LOL! The "expert"! Well James Madison said (fill in non sequitor here)" "He's on a rant now telling us what we can SAY! This is a free country!" "Don't listen! OUR Rally will work because bla bla bla." They say those things because the ACORN trolls have long known that big rallies don't work for us because we don't have the media behind us to translate those rallies into national awareness Naturally I've heard it all before. The problem was I was right then, too. This is my business. Not theirs & not yours, so tell the trolls to go to hell before they confuse you right into a communist country - and no, we're not there yet, which is another statement made to confuse your thinking and diminish your resolve, but Obama is doing his best and he might succeed. This is very serious business, now, so I need you to understand how this does work, does not work, and what you must do if you really care.
This is what they ignored yesterday:
But that is nothing new. The 9-12 march looked like this and no one to speak of in America knew it happened. I want to repeat that: the media movers and shakers in control are so Goddamn nasty to the core that they locked this out from the eyes and ears of America just because they hate us, and succeeded in blinding all of America to this:
No one knows it even happened except your friends on the internet. That's not enough. That rally was specifically to protest Obamcare. Today we find ourselves anxiously convincing our lawmakers to defund ObamaCare which goes into effect in weeks, ruing the economy and killing human beings - literally this time - through bureaucratic mismanagement.
By contrast, the media can take a single, IMO dull-witted, drab-faced, whining extremist protester with no money behind her, like Cindy Sheehan, and make that person such a superstar that that person can run for congress and win.
That's what we're up against. You didn't realize it was quite that bad, did you? I know you didn't, or otherwise most of you would be taking greater real action.
This situation is why we led the TPFA to boycott FOX with surprisingly effective results. Effective, in this instance, because the media did cover it - to mock it - which was a huge mistake (taking Newsweek's lead) because all they did was advertise us to other conservatives - it isn't like liberals would tune in to FOX by the score because of it. Result? FOX down 33% (you have seen and read all about that).
So what's wrong with these rallies and people expressing themselves in that way? It wastes time, energy and hope we do not have. It gives people a little more sense that everything will be okay without their participation, partially lulling them to whatever degree into a false sense of security we can ill afford.
The additional problem is a one-day rally is one day. The dems and RINOs just sit it out for one day knowing all will be back to normal tomorrow as though it never happened, and for all the good it does, it never did.
TPFA tried to take advantage of the biker rally by giving all of DC something to remember - and deal with - for weeks, forcing the issue. We tried to convince organizers to get their riders to do this by the many 1,000s, and screw up DC in every possible way physically and hard-core, and do it legally:
"Oh, no", people said. "Balloons are silly!" The mere presence of all these bikers, all were told, would strike fear into DC and wake up America! They were vets! They were patriots! And all of America would hear their thunder roll across the hills and valleys, plains and cities, and would suddenly jump to attention and do whatever we wanted. And what happens? Fox discusses the permits for 2 minutes, a few stations mention traffic delays and that's it, while patriots and trolls alike post millions of pictures and videos and try to convince us we did a great thing - and stupidly waste our time and resources doing it again.
I'm am not attacking the riders, by the way. I love Rolling Thunder and have on several years been in DC for Memorial Day and walked, talked and BS's among them, shook hands, thanked for service and bought a few things from their stands I personally thought were way too cool to pass up. But I could pull the organizer's ears off for being such Goddamn, unrealistic,
daydreaming idiots who apparently think having the right to speak makes a person a media specialist.
THE MEDIA WILL NOT HELP US. NOT EVER.
Does that mean all rallies are bad? NO! the Tea Party rallies of 2010 were gigantically successful not because they were big, but because they were everywhere,and in being thus needed no mainstream media - because they became their own mainstream media. America needs to do that again soon.
Overpass sign protests we very strongly support because it's a terrific way to reach even as much as a million or more commuters in just a few hours and you need not even go to them. If you go to the overpass, they come to you - by the millions. Perfect. I would venture that more people got the message loud and clear from Overpasses than even heard of the 2-million-rider biker rally.
On the very much at-home front, everyone, even the very elderly and disabled, can do this as a way of protest and spreading awareness outside of the internet:
And most of all, you can tweet Congress to put public pressure on the lawmakers to do what you want them to do. Every time you are about to type a comment on a tweet, ask yourself "Shouldn't I be doing this, instead?"
Unlike Biker Rallies and "Huge events" that come and go before the echo of the engines vanishes into space, this technique truly works. Big-time.
People, we're seriously running out of time. You need to focus on what works and only what works now, or never complain about Obama again, because you will have had your chance and blew it. Tomorrow is too late. It always is. You need to get active now.
See you on Twitter.