By Garry Gross
One of the highlights of RightOnline2012 was the opening breakout session titled “Growing the Ranks in the Free Market Movement.” The featured speakers were Anita Moncrief, Teri Christoph and Mike Mererro.
Of the 3 featured speakers, the most compelling story is Anita Moncrief’s. Ms. Moncrief is a former ACORN employee and a former liberal. These days, she’s a believer in election integrity, free markets and community outreach. In short, she knows more than most about reaching out to minority communities.
She said that the biggest mistake conservatives make is not fighting in every minority district. Part of that, she said, is understandable, acknowledging the fact that “people won’t trust us at first.” Ms. Moncrief said that it’s important to continue the efforts so that people find out that they’re since, not just out for their votes.
Another major point in Ms. Moncrief’s presentation was saying that “If we want to take America back, it has to be block-by-block. She said there’s no substitute for being there, staying committed and building relationships.
Ms. Moncrief said that listening is essential. That means starting conversations rather than talking to people. Ms. Moncrief said that she enjoyed “talking to the people in their neighborhoods.” She said it doesn’t take a big budget to do that. It just takes effort.
That’s why she isn’t happy with the RNC and the NRCC. She said they aren’t doing enough to challenge Democrats nationwide. She said that the results won’t be immediate but they would be longlasting if the effort is sustained, sincere and people-, not party-centered.
The GOP, especially the RNC, would be wise to fire the professional experts on winning campaigns. Then they should start listening to Ms. Moncrief because she gets it in terms of outreach and getting out the vote.
That’s how free market conservatives can win the hearts and minds of apolitical people and disinterested bystanders and turn them into people who are worried about improving their communities.
In the end, that’s the only way to build strong cities.