Use MINIPROTESTS to differentiate between conservatives and CORPservatives

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One way that true conservatives can be brought into the 99% mindset is to differentiate between their ideals and those of GOP politicians whom I label CORPservatives, as in willing servants of corporations. And since Donny Dittohead will never see that through Fox News, we have to show him on the streets. The most efficient way to do that is to use the miniprotesting model of curbside activism which delivers a developed, supported message from the fewest people possible.

The concept is simple, but powerful if effectively employed. You spread a dozen folks out in groups of four over three consecutive street corners. Each group has in its center a person holding a big 30" x 40" main sign at waist level, while behind him or her the others hold traditional overhead signs to support the theme.

The key, though, is that those three main signs make a running message like the old rural Burma Shave ads. This gives your "protest string" a chance to do more than show support; by wielding the Socratic method you now have the power to convince. You can give evidence, analyze, and deliver slogans that stick. And with groups in small numbers like these, there are no permits required.

Miniprotests can give SATELLITE SUPPORT to OCCUPATIONS and their existing infrastructures regardless of whether they're still camped out. On the streets leading to bridge and freeway onramps during the outbound evening commute, we should have activists holding these main signs along their protest strings:

Corner #1: Conservative or CORPservative? Don't Get PLAYED by Politicians who are Pious With a Corporate Bias

Corner #2: CORPservatives Fight for the Unborn BUT TURN THEIR BACKS on the NEWBORN

Corner #3: Shouldn’t "Family Values" Include VALUING FAMILIES by Fighting for Fare Wages, Healthcare, Education?

These signs, held at eye level to motorists, can be the tip of the iceberg that sinks the Republican Party in its current form. But repetition is crucial to getting through that thick skull...or rather hull. Go to to see how you can use miniprotesting to further your own specific messaging goals in the coming months.

And since most communities have far more than a dozen people ready to be the TRUTH TROOPS on the streets, look at what 120 people could do. Rather than gather in some park, requiring weeks of planning and obtaining permits, we can shift our messaging goals from attracting momentary media coverage to direct display of our unfiltered messages. Those 120 people can man ten distinct miniprotests along different routes out of town. The main signs are reusable; just email new inscriptions to FedEx Office to print out on their 36" roll paper and tape them on. And see how fast this can all happen if you've got people at the ready? Rush throws out a huge lie at lunch time, and by 4 p.m. you can totally discredit it while it's still fresh.

But back to the conservative vs. CORPservative issue. We can blast CORPservatives by their abandonment of integrity, something conservatives have as a foundation. We have mountains of provable lies and hypocrisy to choose from. All we have to do is keep on showing Donny and his brethren all the ways they've been PLAYED by Karl Rove, Grover Norquist, the Koch brothers, ALEC, Wall St., big oil, and so many more puppetmasters.

With seven months to go until the election, we have time to put all the dots so close together that Donny can't help but connect them. Miniprotesting is the best tool we have to achieve that goal.

ImprobableTodd's picture
Jul. 31, 2007 4:01 pm


Doesn't have to be "best" to be worth doing. Being worth doing is the best part.

DRC's picture
Jul. 31, 2007 4:01 pm

GOP Tax Myth & Junk Economics

If there's one thing all Republican politicians are really good at, it's straight-up lying through their teeth about how their tax cuts for the rich are actually tax cuts for the middle-class.

Reagan did it, George W. Bush did it, and now that he's officially unveiled his own so-called tax reform plan, Donald Trump is doing it, too.

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