[This "promotion" is, of course, non-official and only meant as a humorous attempt to get visitors to Redstate to read of JSobieski's -- I mean no disrespect to the Redstate editors!)
JSobieski asked a very pertinent question regarding the mission of Redstate: "Is the mission of RS to be some kind of academic debate society or is it to mobilize activists for political combat?"
Great question. Redstate came into being way back in 2004. When Republicans controlled the House. Four years before Obama was elected president.
Here's what the Redstate "About" page says, in part, about Redstate (not even sure if there's a "mission statement" in there):
On July 11, 2004, Josh Trevino, Ben Domenech, and Mike Krempasky turned on the lights at RedState, then RedState.org.
Shortly thereafter, Erick Erickson and Clayton Wagar signed on to help out and the site took off as the singular hub of conservative grassroots collaboration on the right.
Today, RedState is the most widely read right of center blog on Capitol Hill, is the most often cited right of center blog in the media, and is widely considered one of the most influential voices of the grassroots on the right.
RedState was the first national political site to tout and endorse Marco Rubio for his Senate bid in Florida. We put Doug Hoffman on the national conservative radar in New York. Across the country we find grassroots candidates and work hard to get them elected.
At RedState, we are conservatives in primaries and Republican in general elections and we aim to win.
RedState’s day to day efforts are led by its Editor, Erick Erickson, and a talented and largely volunteer team of front page contributors. Anyone, however, can write at RedState. That makes RedState unique among right of center sites. Sign up for an account and you too can engage in the comments and post your own user diaries. The best stuff gets voted on by the community and the best of the best gets put on the front page for the world to see.
Welcome to RedState. We’re happy warriors and we’re glad to have you in the fight.
Maybe Redstate is just a debating society. This isn't meant as a criticism. As a "hub of conservative grassroots collaboration on the right," I do think it has certainly lived up to that claim. And for that I am grateful for Redstate's existence and its excellent staff.
And, it has, most definitely, found "grassroots candidates and work[ed] hard to get them elected."
But I would like to see Redstate turn into a hub to, in JSobieski's words, "mobilize activists for political combat."
I'd like to hear more first-hand accounts by Redstaters describing how they helped get out the vote in their precinct. On behalf of a conservative candidate. How they got involved in local Republican Party politics to help win local elections. How they, perhaps, joined with other conservatives to stop some horrible, wrong-headed spending by their local school board. How they attended their city council meeting. How they ran for an elected position in their local Republican Party organization, or helped another Republican do so. How they took their first step into Republican Party politics by attending their local Republican Party committee meeting, and how they went about finding it and what happened at the meeting. So others might learn from their experience.
I like JSobieski's terminology. I want more Redstaters to become political combatants. Inside the Republican Party itself. As precinct committeemen.
American first, conservative second, Republican precinct committeeman BY NECESSITY!
“The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.”
- Edmund Burke