Conservative Bloggers Are Having Fun – Seriously!

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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.”

This post can be seen in its entirety at WatchDog Arena.

 

Tom Balek – Rockin’ On the Right Side

Rockin' On the Right SideBut 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

 

 

 

 

 

I Had A Blast on the405Radio at RightOnline

image courtesy of MetalInsider.netI just returned from the 2013 RightOnline blogger’s and social media conference in Orlando.  What a blast!

An early highlight for me was doing a one-hour radio show with host John Grant on the405Radio.  It was a wide-open talk-show format with John, myself, and Jordan Bosstick, the young conservative founder of Volkalize.com, a new political-social networking site.  Topics ran the gamut from “twerking” to illegal immigration.  The collision between pop culture and politics was probed from every angle.  We even had some fun with my Obama phone.

Jordan and I come from very different cultures and perspectives – young vs. older, female vs. male, California vs. Montana.  It made for some cool dynamics but it was also interesting to see how closely we aligned on important conservative concepts and issues.

I enjoyed the show tremendously and think you will find it really fun, fast-moving, and entertaining.  This is a one-hour program, but worth listening to on your computer as you are doing something else. Enjoy!

VIP Bloggers Tom Balek & Jordan Bosstick with host John Grant on theRadio405



Tom Balek – Rockin’ On the Right Side

Rockin' On the Right Side

All we hear is Radio Ga Ga!
Radio goo goo, Radio Ga Ga!
All we hear is Radio Ga Ga!
Radio blah blah!
Radio what’s new?
Radio, someone still loves you!

Radio Ga Ga – Queen

Maybe this is where Lady Gaga got her name . . . cool and artsy video by Queen:

Right OnLine – Let’s Get This Party Started!

ROL2013This weekend I am headed to Orlando for the big conservative media event of the year, the RightOnline bloggers and social media conference and the ‘Defending the American Dream Summit‘.

AmericanDreamSummit2013Last year Americans for Prosperity made it possible for me to attend RightOnLine, and I came home energized and motivated to get involved.  It was the genesis of Rockin’ On the Right Side.  Over the course of the year, I learned a lot, worked on my writing and persuasion skills, connected with many great patriots, and most importantly won a few converts over to the Right Side.  It has been great fun and I consider it important work, as I am truly motivated to help stop our nation’s headlong rush toward a bleak future for our kids and grandkids.

At this year’s conference I will get to meet many of my new conservative friends and some of the brightest stars in media and politics, like Michelle Malkin, Ted Cruz, Greg Gutfeld, Rick Perry, and Marco Rubio.   A rich slate of technical, political, and journalism training sessions are also on tap.

RightOnline and Defending the American Dream is an enriching and exhilarating event.  Let’s Get This Party Started!

Tom Balek – Rockin’ On the Right Side

Rockin' On the Right Side

I’m comin’ up so you better get this party started!
I’m comin’ up so you better get this party started!
Get this party started on a Saturday night,
Everybody’s waitin’ for me to arrive.
Sendin’ out the message to all of my friends,
We’ll be lookin’ flashy in my Mercedes-Benz.

Get the Party Started – P!nk

RightOnLine ROCKS!

Oh yeah!  Sarah Palin, Michelle Malkin, Scott Rasmussen, Jonah Goldberg, James O’Keefe, me . . . all of us conservative superstars (well, some of us are wannabes!) were beaming last weekend at the beautiful Venetian in Las Vegas.

It was educational, inspirational, motivational and a hell of a lot of fun.

Tears were shed and glasses raised in memory of Andrew Breitbart.  New citizen journalists were given swords and marching orders.  Veteran conservative bloggers shared war stories and compared beards.  Except the blog-ettes, of course.

Michelle brought down the house, coyly recalling her smackdown of Juan “I’m a reporter, not a BLOGGER!” Williams.  Sarah cut the competition’s knees off with her incisive, on-the-button analysis of failed policies and missed opportunities.  And James O’Keefe – if you have seen any of his expose’ videos, you know the only thing worse than his pimp costume is his Scottish / Irish accent.  Hilarious and devastating in equal measure.

The Montana contingent included AFP/Tea Party/talk radio raconteur Henry Kriegel, Voices of Montana star Aaron Flint, Bozeman radio ace Mark Allen, legislator and new AFP-Montana chief Joe Balyeat, and yours truly – the newbie blogger and trouble-maker Rockin’ On The Right Side.

Everything good was there in abundance – the rooms were huge and beautiful, the food was magnificent, all of the speakers and presenters were top-notch.  But best of all was the abundance of Optimism.  We learned that the conservative new media is winning on all fronts. And it is driving the effete liberals and the inside-the-beltway good-ole-boys and the dead-tree-writers and the I’m-not-a-blogger pundits CRAZY!

Everyone left the conference energized and motivated.  Hell, I’m so motivated I started a new blog, and you’re the first one to read it!

TOM BALEK – Rockin’ On The Right Side

THE HEAT IS ON!  – Glenn Frey