I have always loved a challenge. It seems to be in my basic make-up to look at systems or organizations to understand how and why they function as they do, and how to improve upon them and/or expand them. Some would call it being a visionary.
It's one of the reasons I have been so fascinated with RedState. I have been here nearly two years and I am still struggling to understand what I need to know to help it grow and have the greatest impact possible.
If you have not yet read Erick's Diary this morning, it comes just in time for all of us to digest and incorporate into our thinking when we write here. Whether as a front-pager, diarist or commentator in the comments section.
Here are some of my favorite highlights:
Conservatives must start telling stories, not just producing white papers and peddling daily outrage. The stories we choose to tell should have all the information we need to be informed of facts and paint a picture of those facts’ impact. RedState has a very simple mission statement: educate conservative activists, motivate them to engage, and provide tools for easy activation and empowerment. Along the way, we try to be a compass to the conservative movement, pointing to the truth north of conservatism and letting policy makers and legislators decide how far from that truth north they must deviate.
Other sites are doing great work uncovering scandals and highlighting outrageous antics. I want RedState’s focus to be the daily news that should direct the focus of the conservative movement and then take the next step of uncovering how both Democrats and squishy Republicans are abusing the trust of the American people. I want to focus on why conservatives view their strategy at superior to Republican leaders when the two conflict and put a spotlight on efforts to either merge or separate conservatives from the establishment.
Perfect timing, Erick. Thanks for helping us find truth north.
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