Rallies. What good are they? Do they really accomplish anything? Is it just a “little party” for people with nothing better to do? What difference can they really make?
This is the kind of question I hear all the time when I tell people that Rage Against the Media is holding a rally. “Oh, we definitely need to do something about the media! But a Rally? They never accomplish anything.”
Here are questions I have in response. “Would you know anything about the Tea Party if no rally had ever been held? What if all the Tea Party ever did was create a website?” Did the rallies actually accomplish anything? YES – they WOKE PEOPLE UP to the fact that no matter where they lived, they were not alone in their anger at a government which blew past all the normal boundaries of American governance in every way. This administration has been a poster-child for every major goal in the progressive agenda: increasing taxes (gotta make things FAIR), government intrusion into every aspect of our lives (Obamacare being administered by the IRS) and turning its back on the Constitution (countless instances of Federal meddling into states’ business, Executive Branch overreach and skirting of checks and balances, innumerable Czars, and on and on.)
Without rallies, the Tea Party would never have become the force that it is. Rallies increase visibility for a cause- they are not an end in themselves, but are part of a strategy of achieving an end. In our case, that end is achieving media that is honest and objective.
As RATM activist Angi Bryan says “One of the best outcomes of a rally or a protest is that people are informed – the more we rally, the more who get informed; the more who are informed, the less that the media can get away with. We may never get them to do their duty, but if we inform the public the less their tactics are effective.”
In addition, though, we must be honest: On their own, rallies don’t, in fact, achieve anything. If people leave our rally saying “well, that was fun!” and go back to their daily lives, then indeed, the rally will have accomplished nothing. We want people to leave the event FURIOUS at what’s being done by the corrupt media, but INSPIRED AND MOTIVATED to combat it! The key to the effectiveness of a rally is what people do next.
That’s why one of our goals is to create an army of citizen activists! If each of us, every day, finds a way to get the truth out there, we can make a difference. Every day, when you see some lie that the media’s telling, comment on it, email the journalist, set the record straight. When they lie and we say nothing, we’re letting them get away with it, and look where that gets us.