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A group of patriots from all over the USA will converge on Washington, DC this weekend. We believe in personal and property rights, smaller and more effective government, the power of the free market, and the sanctity of our unique and brilliant Constitution. We care about the future of the country and generations to come. We work every day to defend the values, virtues and policies that made America strong and to expose and oppose the actions of those who would do her harm, either through malevolence or ignorance.
We are the bloggers. And this is our weekend: RightOnline 2015, the annual conference for liberty-minded writers and online activists, sponsored by Americans for Prosperity, Townhall.com, the Franklin Center, and others.
Some of us are paid professionals, working for organizations that are funded by concerned benefactors. Most of us are citizens who consider the condition and direction of our country at this point in history so grave that we volunteer our time and money to try to make a difference.
The mainstream media and political elites are only now beginning to understand the power of a citizen-driven information stream propelled by digital technology. It seems like ancient history, but it was only three years ago when firebrand Michelle Malkin verbally smacked down Juan Williams for his condescending remark, “I am a real reporter, I’m not a blogger, out there in the blogosphere . . .”
It was a pivotal moment for those of us who now feel empowered to punch and counter-punch against liberal media bias. We take our role seriously, and as our numbers and outreach continue to grow, we are having a profound impact on political and social discourse and national policy.
Melissa Clouthier, despite her relative youth, was one of the pioneers of conservative digital media. “We write because without us the media would be even more biased and unbalanced than it already is,” she says. “And we learn so that we are empowered.” Melissa still has a full plate of activism, not the least of which is over 47,000 Twitter followers.
When real estate professional Laura Rambeau Lee saw the government bailing out big banks, she knew a financial disaster was brewing, and she was right – and angry. Laura started reading and commenting on other writers’ blogsites, and soon was publishing her own posts on her site “Right Reason” and many others . “Now, here I am being read on six continents and have friends/bloggers all over the world. Apparently I have a lot to say!” Laura says she is proud to be one of Andrew Breitbart’s “Happy Warriors” and has a huge Facebook following.
As Happy Warriors, we bloggers mean business but we also allow ourselves to have a little fun.
“Pundit” Pete Boddie has an extensive staff of employee specialists, each coincidentally named Pete. There’s political analyst Prognosticator Pete, Middle East correspondent Palestinian Pete, diversity director Pigment-Challenged Pete, and director of social media #PoundSign Pete, to name a few. “I write to make people smile,” he says. “Or to make them act.” Pete was energized by the Tea Party movement and that led him to political blogging. “I didn’t know exactly why, I just knew my country was in trouble.” Pete has been known to throw monkey wrenches into White House press briefings.
My own story is similar, as my political activism grew out of the Tea Party movement. Then a state Americans for Prosperity director invited me to a RightOnline conference in Las Vegas. At that time I didn’t know what a blog was, but after that whirlwind weekend, I was hooked. Feeling the need to “gently educate” as many misguided or under-informed citizens as possible, I decided to blend my passion for rock music with political common sense, and the result was “Rockin’ On the Right Side.”
RightOnline 2015 is a time for learning the latest strategies and technologies , a time for meeting new and old friends, and a time for planning to make our activism more effective than ever. Not to mention a great time to celebrate being “Just A Blogger.”
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Tom Balek – Rockin’ On the Right Side
But you can come along with me
‘Cause we gotta a lot of things to do now
And we’ll have fun, fun, fun now that daddy took the t-bird away!
Fun, Fun, Fun – The Beach Boys