Why Commenting Matters

The online world has created a new flavor of political conversation. Before the web, we talked politics at work, the barbershop, and bars. Maybe the very bold among us brought up politics at our family reunions. Now, we can talk politics with the world without leaving the couch. But should we?

There are two compelling reasons to make online political comments. In order for our country to work, we need educated and active citizens. Participating in the comments section on a political blog or Facebook posting helps you move forward along both paths.

Knowledgeable citizens make better voters; articulate citizens spread the right ideas to their families and friends. Reading intelligent political commentary can make you knowledgeable, but interacting with other readers will solidify your knowledge and sharpen your ability to articulate your positions. Getting involved in a pointless comment-war on a controversial blog post is probably a waste of time. However, posting a short, thoughtful comment can move the conversation forward, giving everyone a chance to learn from your perspective.

The key to making conservative changes in America is people’s willingness to do the hard work of convincing their elected officials to do the right thing. Ask any productivity expert: doing something big starts with a series of really small steps. Training yourself to take action on your conservative views can start with posting comments. Posting comments takes you out of a passive mode (reading) and puts you into an active mode (writing). Taking this small step can help you foster a bias towards action.

I’m not arguing that online comments will save democracy or that commenting online is your only patriotic duty. But I think this progression can be valuable:

  1. Read political news and commentary online.
  2. Ask questions and talk about what you read online.
  3. Look for ways to take action, spreading your knowledge to others, including decision-makers.

As more of our conservative friends move through this progression, the more impact we will have. Conservatism’s advance depends on you taking action. Online comments are a good place to start.

Please Share Your Thoughts

4 thoughts on “Why Commenting Matters

  1. Online commenting is important. Most of the time the person commenting is like a front line squad leader, and has boots on the ground to know how people are reacting. Example: 60 to 70% of our economy is consumer driven.

    The Mom and Pops,were jolted into
    reality when the housing bust, and market drop lost 30 to 40% of their equity and savings. They started saving and paying debt, and limiting their spending severely. This propelled the unemployment drop .They have been exposed to lieing, corruption, incompetence and the result was first anger then distrust, then disgust.

    They’re not going into their wallets until or unless they restore a government that eans their trust. This recovery won’t really gain speed until this “trust” factor is addressed.

    Republicans must do the things that stop the bleeding for personal and business wealth retention. It is this that will create jobs and restore business confidence.

    • Norbert, I enjoyed your comments and I am so pleased that the rank and file are finally pushing for adherence to the constitution, morals, ethics and so on. Heritage is a keystone in developing these messages of reason. I am also glad that the TEAPARTY is holding candidates’ feet to the fire.
      What concerns me is that we can develop a Ross Perot syndrome if we are not careful.
      Giving support to someone who may be the best qualified when the person doesn’t have the chance of a snowball in hell, can shift elections much as what happened when Ross Perot ran.
      How can we ensure that people do not go off on some crusade in a manner that upsets the purpose of the fever we all share? I wanted to vote for Ross but felt that he did not have a chance. Then I thought, ok, I’ll vote for him anyway to send a message. I ended up voting for Bush-41 because I reasoned that my message would not be significantly felt but losing to Clinton would have a significant impact on the world.
      Clinton won largely because of the votes that Ross sucked away.
      We need to force marginal candidates to adhere to the principals that have made this nation so wonderful. But to vote for someone who has no choice thus allowing a worse candidate to win due to wasted votes is counter productive.
      I am pleased to see the clarity of Heritage For America and the enthusiasm of the TEA PARTY.
      Let’s not throw out the baby with the bath-water!
      Peace, Bob

  2. Online commenting is important. Most of the time the person commenting is like a front line squad leader, and has boots on the ground to know how people are reacting. Example: 60 to 70% of our economy is consumer driven.

    The Mom and Pops,were jolted into
    reality when the housing bust, and market drop lost 30 to 40% of their equity and savings. They started saving and paying debt, and limiting their spending severely. This propelled the unemployment drop .They have been exposed to lieing, corruption, incompetence and the result was first anger then distrust, then disgust.

    They’re not going into their wallets until or unless they restore a government that eans their trust. This recovery won’t really gain speed until this “trust” factor is addressed.

    Republicans must do the things that stop the bleeding for personal and business wealth retention. It is this that will create jobs and restore business confidence.

    • Norbert, I enjoyed your comments and I am so pleased that the rank and file are finally pushing for adherence to the constitution, morals, ethics and so on. Heritage is a keystone in developing these messages of reason. I am also glad that the TEAPARTY is holding candidates’ feet to the fire.
      What concerns me is that we can develop a Ross Perot syndrome if we are not careful.
      Giving support to someone who may be the best qualified when the person doesn’t have the chance of a snowball in hell, can shift elections much as what happened when Ross Perot ran.
      How can we ensure that people do not go off on some crusade in a manner that upsets the purpose of the fever we all share? I wanted to vote for Ross but felt that he did not have a chance. Then I thought, ok, I’ll vote for him anyway to send a message. I ended up voting for Bush-41 because I reasoned that my message would not be significantly felt but losing to Clinton would have a significant impact on the world.
      Clinton won largely because of the votes that Ross sucked away.
      We need to force marginal candidates to adhere to the principals that have made this nation so wonderful. But to vote for someone who has no choice thus allowing a worse candidate to win due to wasted votes is counter productive.
      I am pleased to see the clarity of Heritage For America and the enthusiasm of the TEA PARTY.
      Let’s not throw out the baby with the bath-water!
      Peace, Bob

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