The training covered traditional topics and factors in political activism such as coalitions, holding events, the structure of government in Kansas, and holding elected officials accountable. Then the focus shifted to recent developments in activism such as blogs, wikis, and social media like Facebook.
Shari Weber, executive director of American Majority, introduced her organization and set the tone for the day. American Majority is a training institute for liberty-minded individuals, she explained. American Majority chose Kansas and Oklahoma as states to be involved in first (Minnesota and Louisiana are the other states) because they’re the heartland. Colorado was “flipped” in just a few years, and it’s important to resist this in Kansas.
She went on to explain that American Majority believes in freedom for the individual and freedom in the marketplace. She referenced and explained Lawrence Reed’s Seven Principles of Sound Public Policy, which are:
- Free people are not equal, and equal people are not free.
- What belongs to you, you tend to take care of; what belongs to no one or everyone tends to fall into disrepair.
- Sound policy requires that we consider long-run effects and all people, not simply short-run effects and a few people.
- If you encourage something, you get more of it; if you discourage something, you get less of it.
- Nobody spends somebody else’s money as carefully as he spends his own.
- Government has nothing to give anybody except what it first takes from somebody, and a government that’s big enough to give you everything you want is big enough to take away everything you’ve got.
- Liberty makes all the difference in the world.
Activists I talked to said the training was worthwhile and beneficial.