Few voices are louder than the establishments in the quest to save America. Between Trump and Biden, the stage is set in a contest to see which presidential candidate can outspeak and outmaneuver his opponent. But behind the scenes, overlooked and underappreciated, many smaller movements are dedicated to securing a conservative victory in 2024.
Welcome to the conservative grassroots movement, small but mighty organizations quietly battling for the heart and soul of a nation.
A grassroots movement is a collective effort driven by ordinary people who share common concerns, goals, or values. It typically originates locally, involving individuals or small groups within a community who mobilize and organize to address specific issues, advocate for change, or promote a particular cause.
Grassroots movements are characterized by their decentralized structure, with leadership and support emerging organically from the grassroots level rather than being directed from established institutions or authorities. These movements often rely on community organizing, social networks, and grassroots activism to build momentum and influence social, political, or environmental change.
Instead of politicians dictating their activities or opinions, grassroots movements rely on shared interests and ordinary citizens to achieve a common goal.
Presidential elections have benefitted from grassroots movements, and 2024 is shaping up to be an election whose successes may come down to a few scrappy home-grown supporters. In 2008, there is little doubt that Obama’s election was primarily due to community organizing. His campaign strategy leveraged community-based initiatives, social media, and a vast network of volunteers to engage voters nationwide, especially young and first-time voters.
One of Obama’s rival opponents in the 2008 and 2012 races, libertarian Congressman Ron Paul, found a solid grassroots base and, while he did not win the White House, provided an example of how powerful these movements can be. Bernie Sanders mobilized many supporters, relying on small individual donations and grassroots organizing to challenge establishment candidates. And he might have succeeded had Hillary Clinton not effectively removed him from the race.
While the most notable conservative movement, the Tea Party, was not specific to a presidential election, it greatly influenced the Republican Party in 2010. Grassroots activism, town hall meetings, and a focus on limited government and fiscal responsibility characterized the Tea Party, a movement so successful that it is still demonized by liberals over two decades later.
There are still highly relevant and active conservative grassroots movements working to keep freedom and the Constitution alive in America. Heritage Action for America promotes conservative ideals within the U.S. Congress, focusing on traditional American values, limited government, a robust national defense, and individual freedoms.
Similarly, FreedomWorks advocates for lower taxes, reduced government intervention, and increased economic freedom. Their key areas of focus include education, energy, and education. Meanwhile, Campaign Now represents a conservative grassroots initiative that broadly unites individuals with common concerns.
Conservative grassroots organizations can be created to mirror any group’s concerns. The National Black Republican Association is a grassroots group committed to promoting traditional conservative values within the African American community. Their advocacy centers on individual freedom, personal responsibility, and limited government. Similarly, the Republican National Hispanic Assembly champions conservative principles and values among the Hispanic community, focusing on issues like free enterprise, limited government, and individual liberties.
The Young Republicans seeks to involve young people in the political process and advance conservative values. Their emphasis lies in fiscal responsibility, limited government, and national security.
The Independent Women’s Forum advocates for conservative policies and principles beneficial to women. Their focus encompasses economic freedom, limited government, and individual liberty. And the well-known Moms for Liberty seeks to organize, educate, and empower American parents to defend their parental rights.
A remarkable adaptivity sets smaller movements like these apart from larger organizations. These groups enjoy a flexibility that enables them to respond quickly to changing circumstances, address emerging issues, and tailor their approaches to the specific needs of their communities. Their decentralized structure allows diverse ideas to emerge, and they can experiment with innovative approaches to problem-solving.
Additionally, grassroots organizations operate locally, allowing them to connect directly with communities to foster a deeper understanding of specific needs, concerns, and dynamics, enabling more targeted and relevant initiatives. They empower individuals within communities to actively participate in decision-making processes.
While the major political parties seek to drive their own campaigns, don’t discount the quieter voices of conservative grassroots organizations seeking to protect America. A million small voices in the background can be far louder than any candidate on the stage.