Locally Organized and Awesome

What are Day of Resistance rallies on 2/23

If you’ve never rallied before you may not know what to expect. I can’t tell you what every rally/meeting/flash mob/ or parade is going to look like. I’ve been to a lot of events like this and this is what I expect.

The kind of people who have the temerity to pull off these rallies deserve to decide for themselves who they want to highlight. No one at the national level has vetted every speaker and organizer. If people turn out they will have the freedom to accept or reject what they hear but they are expected to keep it civil and keep their conversations focused on solutions.

You should do more than just listen to the speakers. If the crowd is large take the time to introduce yourself to the people around you and ask them their opinions. Listen respectfully and instead of criticizing something they say, use your opportunity to explain the idea you believe the most firmly or choose to keep it to yourself. Start with the 2nd Amendment and you’ll find yourself on common ground.

So one of the coolest parts of this whole process is getting to meet people, in person, and when they are on their best behavior. Something about a large gathering has a way of keeping people in line and these are not the Occupy Protests so the less savory elements of our society tend to avoid them. Everyone is welcome and everyone is expected to behave themselves and you want to know what the best part is?

I’ve been to a lot of these kinds of rallies and the people who will show up are INCREDIBLE. Veterans, parents, politicians, and even some folks with unbelievable stories and attitudes that will just make you shake your head.

Here is the key. Enjoy yourself.

My attitude has always been to find do something positive with every person I encounter.

If someone says something I don’t like, I stop listening to them, whether they are standing next to me or speaking to you from the stage. Go in with the goal that you are going to be alerted to something that you will research further.

When people get together and focus on something with a truce on negativity amazing things happen.

Don’t over think it, remember school? Most people aren’t like the idiots who too often fill comment sections on the internet with vile things. You are the majority, awesome, hardworking, patriotic, and my experience has been nearly 100% polite.

If you aren’t polite, you aren’t welcome.

Polite does not mean politically correct, say what you feel and be prepared to deal with people who don’t feel the exact same way you do. Defend your ideas but be willing to look for ways to improve them or communicate them.

Good luck, I have the incredible blessing of having a job that pays me to find what I believe are the best answers and share them with people. I’m looking forward to learning a lot from you!

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One Response to Locally Organized and Awesome

  1. Jill-Ellen Mauser says:

    Thank you Dustin. I have had the same experience here in Oceanside ca with the Stop Taxing Us Tea Party Rallies. The people were educated,successful, polite, articulate and friendly! The police had absolutely nothing to do but enjoy the ocean view. I was proud to be there and those were my first and only political demonstrations or events. I am so excited for Saturday here in Poway. I will take some pictures and send you some. Thank you so much for giving us this opportunity to express our political frustration in a powerful and positive way!

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