Posted 5 years ago on Oct. 11, 2011, 2:47 p.m. EST by imrational
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Liberals, shape up or you'll ruin the movement!
YOUR DEMANDS This movement isn't about you pushing your ideology and agenda on the rest of America. That won't succeed. Most people are too entrenched in their beliefs and when you attempt to push your agenda onto them, all you end up doing is pushing away people that would otherwise support this movement.
We need to concentrate on a platform/agenda that 99% of Americans will support, this necessitates that it would have to be embraced by conservatives too. There are not many things we can all agree on, so we need to stick to those few things we do. We need to send a clear message that this movement is about eliminating corruption in government and keeping it gone.
Keep the agenda towards cleaning up the corruption. Focus on that. Bring in people rather than pushing them away. If your suggestion would not be immediately embraced by the vast majority of Americans, drop it for now. We have enough on our plate without being sidelined by personal agendas.
DEALING WITH OTHERS Remember, when HBGary was hacked, it was found that the government was developing software to turn social media into weapons. For example, software that would allow people to operate sock puppets and post comments on boards like this one or other ones. How do we know that software is not being used by other groups whose interests go against cleaning up corruption?
When you act out with insults or in ways not currently embraced by the greater society... you define yourself by those actions. People see that and are pushed away.
For example, I've seen hatred towards cops. Just a short time ago, over a hundred people were arrested in Boston or failing to obey police warnings to not go on a stretch of property. Cops are part of the 99%. There are bad cops, but there are good ones too. Cops are friends and relatives. When many Americans see protesters denigrating or disrespecting police, who do you think they side with?
WHAT YOU NEED TO DO! This movement needs to be about something that 99% of Americans would embrace. That is, eliminate corruption in government and close those doors so it doesn't happen again. Any other agenda you want needs to be tabled until we get that one item accomplished.
In order to accomplish that, we need to be as inclusive as we can. We need both liberals and conservatives, because without the other side we will be disregarded and dismissed.
In order to be inclusive, we need to stop insulting those who have different ideologies than us. When people try and pick fights, we need to take the high road and point to the goal 99% of us want to accomplish.
What is more effective? A crowd gettiing into a shouting match with a person, or several people quietly staring them down with not even a word said on their part?
On this board, you need to avoid getting dragged into Troll threads. People/Journalists come to the site and see intelligent threads without any replies, while insult threads are filled with hundreds of responses. It makes us all look like arguing children.
TAKE THE HIGH ROAD. STICK TO THE PRIMARY MESSAGE. DON'T GET SIDE-TRACKED.