Boycott the State of the Union: An Absence of Followers is an Absence of Leadership

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Picture this: Barack Obama walks down the aisle of the US Capitol building chamber of the House of Representatives on Tuesday January 20, 2015 and nearly half the seats are empty while the other half are populated by Democrats. Remember everything that was said last year:

“We’re not just going to be waiting for legislation, or plans, or any logical idea of what will actually result  in order to make sure that we’re providing Americans the kind of help I’ve decided they need,” Obama said Jan. 14, “I’ve got a pen, I’ve got paper, scotch tape, a fax machine, a copier, a  phone, and a whole box of those binder clips.”

What would happen if the Republican’s canceled the State of the Union address in January?

No [mc_name name=’Rep. John Boehner (R-OH)’ chamber=’house’ mcid=’B000589′ ] shaking Obama’s Hand, from 2013:

“By ignoring the will of the American people, President Obama has cemented his legacy of lawlessness and squandered what little credibility he had left,” House Speaker [mc_name name=’Rep. John Boehner (R-OH)’ chamber=’house’ mcid=’B000589′ ] said in a statement after the speech. “His ‘my way or the highway’ approach makes it harder to build the trust with the American people that is necessary to get things done on behalf of the country. Republicans are left with the serious responsibility of upholding our oath of office.”

No Republican’s sitting on their hands, 2013 again:

Kentucky [mc_name name=’Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY)’ chamber=’senate’ mcid=’P000603′ ] said he “will not sit idly by and let the President bypass Congress and our Constitution.”

“President Obama has once again put divisive and manipulative politics before the sober leadership and sound laws required of an exceptional nation,” Jeb Bush said in a statement. “It is time for Republican leaders in Congress to act. We must demonstrate to Americans we are the party that will tackle serious challenges and build broad-based consensus to achieve meaningful reforms for our citizens and our future.”

“We need immigration reform. But the right way to do it is to first bring illegal immigration under control by securing the borders and enforcing the laws, then modernizing our legal immigration system,” [mc_name name=’Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL)’ chamber=’senate’ mcid=’R000595′ ] said in a statement. “After we do these things, we will eventually have to deal with those here illegally in a reasonable but responsible way. The President’s actions now make all of this harder and are unfair to people in our immigration system who are doing things the right way.”

“I will try to defund the effort for him to go at it alone,” [mc_name name=’Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC)’ chamber=’senate’ mcid=’G000359′ ] said in a video post Thursday night. “We will challenge him in court.”

Others said they’ll look to government funding bills. Louisiana [mc_name name=’Sen. David Vitter (R-LA)’ chamber=’senate’ mcid=’V000127′ ] pledged on Twitter that he will do “everything I can” to stop Obama’s move, “starting with removing any funding for amnesty.” He said in a statement that Obama’s executive action “not only lacks legal justification, but will set back important bipartisan efforts to reform our broken immigration system and secure our nation’s borders — causes I have long supported.”

If John McCain wants to show up for the party, then we all know where he stands (as if we didn’t already, but this event matters), also 2013, but this could be McCain in any vintage:

Arizona [mc_name name=’Sen. John McCain (R-AZ)’ chamber=’senate’ mcid=’M000303′ ] said Obama’s “executive fiat” hurts chances of working with a Republican-dominated Congress on an immigration reform bill.

He can stand up this coming January and say “I will not disrespect the office of the President of the United States.” When the man who holds this office has disrespected it time and time again. Again, play out this scenario and you have an idiot acting the fool defending the man and institution that has been shredded before his very eyes. He’s opposed to showing up the president but he’s not opposed to the President showing up this country?

The media would have a tizzy fit. They would scream and cry, bicker and bleat. They would be as mad at the Republicans disrespecting the president as we are mad about the President disrespecting the constitution and our country.

Republicans should not project this action to the point where the Democrats could fill the seats with more fawning fans. They would try to cover this up if they could. Instead this is a coordinated effort by Republicans that secures the required reservations for the seats and then intentionally leaves them empty. It is a visual image of the absence of leadership in the white house.

A leader without followers is just taking a walk.

Barack Obama has disrespected this country time and time again he’s continuing to slap the American people in the face. It’s time for him to get a taste of his own medicine. If he’s going to act like an emperor then we will act like a people who have no king.

Again and again, in our new-media age we look for men and women of substance to do something that will actually stem the tide of this liberal tyranny of the administrative state. However in combination with procedural tactics electoral victories and political machinations we may need to use the style that’s available to us through old media. These are not mutually exclusive, we can use all media to drive a wedge between the viewer and the propagandist. This may turn more eyeballs to our platforms like Redstate.

Events can be crafted to portray an image that drives at the emotional core of the audience.

This is not packaging for packaging sake this is taking advantage of the moment. Until we realize and appreciate the value of those moments, and begin to develop a PR marketing communication strategy that crafts a message consistent with our principles we will miss the opportunity to drive our point home. We must hit the proper tone time and time again in order to achieve victory in the minds of the American people.

We want more and more people to say, “Yes, I agree with conservatives! And I’m standing up with my friends and neighbors!”

Therefore the effectiveness of our actions will be coupled with the perceptions of our principled actions. Barack Obama understands the value of theater. Many liberals understand the same fact that persuasion often comes through compelling emotional content and visuals. We need to begin to influence the political process through OUR media.

In cases where we can affect a change of mindset through broad coverage in events that are filtered like the State of the Union we can do so. In other instances we reject the role that the mainstream media plays and instead go to new media outlets to get our message across.

In essence the strategy is this, where cameras are available and we can educate and inform the public about our position through our presence or absence we should do so. But, we don’t play by their rules anymore. To the extent that we promote our agenda we do so by subverting and sidestepping the channels controlled by the liberal establishment.

This is a more piece-meal approach to boycott the media. Time and time again we need to find ways to communicate the need to boycott the mainstream media. People need to have more reasons to turn off the CNNBSMSNBCABC cabal.

There is already a limited and diminishing number of people will get their news through these new sources right now. We need to find ways to promote websites and other Internet media sources for news and information through other channels to drive viewers here. In the mean time we should use every opportunity for visuals and optics to force liberals to confront their own undoing.

An empty House Chamber in the Capitol Building this January would be a nice start.  But of course, that will never happen.

Update: two days before this diary entry and without my knowledge this article appeared in Breitbart (we were channeling the same spirit of rebellion), November 20, 2014:


Salon chimed in Tuesday, November 25:


And MSNBC jumped in on Wednesday, November 26:


Then Crooks and Liars went nuts on Friday, November 28:


Let’s see what’s next… if this sets the liberal hair on fire then it has accomplished the intended purpose.