Posted by Brad @ 3:29 am on November 26th 2007

Free Assembly for Constitutional Thought

I’ve mentioned this obliquely enough times, and obviously it’s on the Liberty Forum page next to my name (though even if you’ve seen it before, it’s been retooled in a few key places in the last few days), but I figured it was time for an official announcement/solicitation.

My main political project over the last six months, outside of the blog, has been the incorporation and getting-off-the-ground of a political 527 (like MoveOn.org, SwiftBoatVeteransForTruth, etc), called the Free Assembly for Constitutional Thought (F.A.C.T.). I’ve mentioned the Ron Paul rallies I’ve gone to lately; most of those are in service of that, and we’ve gone lots of other places as well. We’ve just got the chipin up (six hours old!), and the site overhauled, so we’re more or less ready to go live.

The basic idea behind it is that, whether Ron wins, loses, or draws for the Republican nomination, the message behind his campaign needs to keep being pushed, and there need to be organizations in place to do that. So, this summer, we started F.A.C.T (myself and the girl named Kari) specifically to hone in on the constitutionalist message. We’ve logged a lot of hours connecting with all kinds of constitutionalist-minded groups all across the country, and the goal is to begin connecting them and finding avenues of influence for them, rather than having us all, as we’ve been for too long, be disparate and lonely voices shouting into the night. I describe us primarily as a civic organization. We are not candidate-specific, but we are committed to helping anybody interested in spreading constitutionalism be able to find ways to connect and get their voices heard.

We have a fair few projects in the works for next year, but right now, our primary project just happens to be called The Primary Project. We’re interested in getting constitutionalist voices heard in early state primaries this cycle.

We’re working with all kinds of organizations and candidates, but as might be of most interest to this blog, we’ve become central affiliates to Operation Live Free or Die. Our primary collective purpose is to get 1000 volunteers from all across the country out for Ron Paul. If they can’t afford to do it, we’re buying. If anybody is interested in working for a constitutionalist candidate or cause for the New Hampshire primary, our goal is to see that they can, regardless of cost/logistics.

We’re going to make a concerted push for this soon, but I thought I’d give a first-look to readers of this blog.

To do all this, of course, we need two things: people willing to travel to New Hampshire the week of January 2nd through the 9th, and donations.

If you’re of the former category, please visit Operation Live Free or Die (or any other organization you’d like to work with) and get hooked in there. What F.A.C.T. can offer is, especially if you’re on the East Coast, we can set up buses/vans in a lot of key spots to transport you there for free. Sign up on our page if you’re interested, or email us directly. Spread the word to your Meetup groups, local organizers, etc. If you can get 12+ people in your location willing to spend the week in New Hampshire, we can get you there (and house you, and give you plenty to do).

If you’re in the latter category, please consider donating. Every 143 bucks we get will get another supporter into New Hampshire to work for the a week spreading the liberty message. Literally, we’ll have no problem finding the people willing to go. But we can only afford as much as we get donations for. So, consider sponsoring the people willing to be boots on the ground.

We don’t solicit donations at this site, or have ads, and we don’t (as far as I know) intend to. But, if you’re looking for a way to help spread the word, this would be a creative way of making a difference.

New Hampshire is pivotal. The difference between a Top Five finish and a Top Three finish, for instance, is the difference between viability and obscurity. The campaign has the money, what they also need are boots on the ground. Be there, or be there with us in spirit. Either way, consider signing up and/or donating to the cause.

I’ll probably post something about this every week or so until the primary. I’m a Midwesterner, so I’m not altogether comfortable making money pitches, but quite honestly, with the coalition of organizations we have in place, 150 bucks is going to support a die-hard volunteer spending the week leading up to the primary working their asses off for the liberty message. So, give it a thought.

11 Comments »

  1. I donít comment on posts that solicit donations at this site, or call people ‘chiseling bastards’, and I donít (as far as I know) intend to. But, since I am always looking for a way to help spread the word, this seemed be a creative way of reminding everyone that you are a chiseling bastard.

    Comment by James — 11/26/2007 @ 10:28 am

  2. Chipped! Live free or die!

    Comment by Tex MacRae — 11/26/2007 @ 11:21 pm

  3. And not necessarily in that order.

    Comment by James — 11/27/2007 @ 12:32 am

  4. Brad, I was looking at the chipi9n page at Ron Paul Graphs and there are several chipins and PACS for New Hampshire. Are all these folks on the same page? Also, you should add your PAC and chipin over there.

    http://ronpaulgraphs.com/chipin.html

    There’s a contact email for Dan Bachelder at the bottom of the About page.

    Comment by Tex MacRae — 11/27/2007 @ 12:31 pm

  5. Thanks Tex.

    And yeah, I put in a request to Dan this morning.

    Most of those are sort of independent advertising efforts, so no, we’re not working with any of them.

    Right now, this project is a coalition of us, Operation Live Free or Die (Vijay’s PAC), and New Hampshire HQ (Jim Forsythe and the gang). The breakdown is essentially we get them there, Vijay houses them, and NHHQ puts them to work. Trevor of November 5th and the Tea Party thing may also be working with us in getting the word out (he’s moving to New Hampshire himself). So it’s like a rogue’s gallery of medium fish in a small pond. :)

    At some point, would you be willing to pimp this at Lew if I wrote you up a short something? We’ve been in the process of getting all this together for awhile, but later this week, we’re going to start making a concerted push to get the word out. We already have 300 or so volunteers through Vijay’s site, and our 527 has double that tapped through Meetups and whatnot that would go if we could provide transport for them, so 1000 is not only doable, we can do a lot more if we get the exposure/money.

    Comment by Brad — 11/27/2007 @ 1:16 pm

  6. Sure, it’s pimpable. We’ve already posted about Vijay many times. Let me know how you’d like to do it.

    Comment by Tex MacRae — 11/27/2007 @ 4:06 pm

  7. I’ll email you about it. Cheers.

    Comment by Brad — 11/27/2007 @ 4:09 pm

  8. Where the hell is my thanks, you chiseling bastard? Nearly half that total came out of my booze money.

    Comment by James — 11/27/2007 @ 4:56 pm

  9. Thank you!

    We also send out snail mail thank you notes to all donors. Or at least I think we do.

    Comment by Brad — 11/27/2007 @ 5:11 pm

  10. Al Gore didn’t invent the internet for Brad to be pimped on it.

    Brad should be pimped in the traditional fashion, in seedy bars full of desperate men.

    Comment by Adam — 11/27/2007 @ 5:36 pm

  11. Wait, I thought that’s what this was. What the hell? I want my money back!

    Comment by James — 11/28/2007 @ 3:23 am

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