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September 18, 2009

Do you talk to your TV set?

Quote of the Day: “I have ever deemed it more honorable and more profitable, too, to set a good example than to follow a bad one.” —Thomas Jefferson

Subject: How to get your voice and your ideals heard

Do you talk to your TV set? Do the things you hear from the talking heads on the news shows make you grumble, or even shout? Well . . .

Hopefully you won’t feel that way when you watch my appearance on Fox’s Judge Napolitano show. Here’s a link to the video viewer at 

My appearance on this show is the kind of thing your financial support makes possible. And we’re about to do a lot more of it, in proportion to the funding we receive. You can contribute right now using’s secure contribution form.

Media outreach is the crucial next step in our relentless drive to build an Army so large that Congress can’t ignore it, and to make our proposals seen and heard by everyone, everywhere, every day.

The establishment media seems to think there are, at best, only three positions in every political debate . . .

* Keep government the same size (this is usually called a “budget cut!”)
* Make government larger (usually referred to as “compromise”)
* Make government larger than large

Our position, that we could foster human progress by truly Downsizing DC, is rarely heard.

We look at this situation and ponder how to fix it. As usual, when we think about strategic problems, we start by asking the following question . . .

What’s the easiest step, that can lead to growth that will make possible the next easiest step that will then make possible a slightly harder step, and so on, until we reach our ultimate goal?

In the case of the media our ultimate goal is the same as it is for Congress. Just as you are a constituent to your elected representatives you are also a customer to the media, and the customer is always right. This means . . .

YOU should be able to get the kind of information presented that you want. Your views should be heard. The media companies that work for you should not ignore you, anymore than your Congressional employees should.

In the long run we want to overwhelm the establishment media in the same way that we want to overwhelm Congress. But that’s the end goal, and the goal is not the starting point. Those who believe in the political equivalent of “get rich quick schemes” are never going to get what they want. And, if you think about it . . .

For how many decades have those who believe that small, limited government, fosters human progress, failed to get what they want? We think it’s been going on for about a century, and that this record of defeat owes primarily to a failure to . . .

Always take the next easiest step that leads to growth that makes possible a slightly harder step.

Instead, there’s always been too much haste that makes waste, too much “swinging for the fence,” and too many “random acts” that appear to make a big noise, at first, but that ultimately lead nowhere. As the antidote to this we advocate . . .

* The strategy of the tortoise who beat the hare
* The hitting of many singles, instead of grand slams
* Only actions that foster our ability to do more and better things in constant, relentless, increments

And so, we’ve taken things step by incremental step . . .

* We needed to secure our funding for basic operations for the year, and we did
* We needed to prepare our website for increased traffic, and we did
* Now we need to start telling the media about things like our “Read the Bills Act” and the “One Subject at a Time Act”

Watch me on the Napolitano show.

Did I say things you want to have said? Do you want me to speak for you more often in more places, so your voice can be heard?

The process has begun. The Napolitano show was the first incremental step. Now we need to do more, and more and more and more. You are the key to MORE. Your contribution is our budget.

Please help us expand our media outreach budget by starting a monthly credit card pledge — it can be as low as $5 a month (which is just 17 cents per day). You can start your pledge using our secure online contribution form.

Please let us know if its okay to advertise your support here:

NEW MONTHLY PLEDGERS IN SEPTEMBER: Poul Petersen, Mark Wilczek, Mann Page Ciesemier, Leslie Thomas-Rieser, Jim Lorenz, Chelsea Moller, 3 unlisted — (9 new pledgers total)  PLEDGERS FROM AUGUST: Glen Ihrig, Gary J Leidy, David Bergland, Gary T Gorski, Don J Crites, 8 unlisted — (13 new pledgers total)

Or, you could make a one-time donation. Please let us know on our secure contribution form if its okay to advertise your support here:

NEW ONE TIME DONORS IN SEPTEMBER: Robert C. Jones, Jr., A.J. Stukenborg, Nathan Bailey, 3 unlisted — (5 new donations total)  DONORS FROM AUGUST: Sharon Mears, John Matthews, Patricia Barnum, Brian Travis, Sarah Franke, Dirk Doebereiner, James Wahler, Meredith Weaver, Stephen Moffett, Matthew Whitlock, Dan Litwin, Russell Kominski, Veronica Arnold, Michael Bayback, Ann & Todd Secoy (in memory of Julia Bitner), James Marranca, Kay Samalin, David Hyatt, Douglas Steinschneider, Lily Riker, Nicholas C. Beason, Mr. Marlin, Edward J. Krieger, Lynnette Thompson, 17 unlisted — (41 total)

Thank you for being a part of the growing Downsize DC Army.

Jim Babka
President, Inc.

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