LS: Karen, a lot of us know you as the founder of Rage Against the Media. Your organization is known for protests and rallies to bring attention to the corruption, dishonesty and depravity of our media. Your activism has put you in touch with many Americans are want to know how they can help. What are some of your observations?
KS: We no longer have free and open discussions of competing ideas, left vs. right, Republican vs. Democrat. Think about it: every single leftist program, agenda item, candidate, has been imposed upon us with the help of the media which is willing to do, in Chris Matthews’ words, “whatever it takes” to ensure their implementation. Did we have open discussion of Obamacare? No, and that’s just one of countless ways this administration has woven its way into our lives. When those to whom we turn for information are complicit with those in power to the extent that they refuse to report, then we’re in real trouble. Rage Against the Media is committed to fighting against this dishonesty, and fighting FOR the objective media that a self-governing nation requires.
As someone active in Republican politics and various efforts to get the country back on track, I go to a lot of Republican club meetings—in fact, as President of Rage Against the Media I speak at a number of them as well, and I’ve noticed three things:
First, there are many, many, many great ideas out of these club—ideas for newsletters, cards for fundraisers and for engaging people into the process.
Second, there is on the one hand, a feeling of despair about the political landscape here in southern California, yet on the other a desire to do something. The most common question I hear asked of me and of other speakers, is “What can I do to make a difference?”
Third, while there are great ideas—and great candidates—out there, and while there are plenty of answers to, “What can I do?” there aren’t enough opportunities to share these among all those here in L.A. who want to help.
LS: I understand you’re doing another exciting event in Southern California. Tell us about it.
KS: Rage Against the Media, in our continued efforts to find ways to counteract the consequences of the deliberate misinformation by the media, is hosting TRUTHFEST 2014 on October 11 in Los Angeles. It will be at the Sportsmen’s Lodge in Studio City, located on Ventura Boulevard just east of Coldwater Canyon from 10:00 a.m.to 3:00 p.m.
LS: Will it be a rally?
KS: TruthFest won’t be a rally, or a protest. Rather, it will provide training in six specific areas, each one a tactic for combatting the disinformation that pervades every aspect of our daily lives. In addition, there will be opportunities to share ideas among various clubs and club members, and to network along common interests. In crafting this event we have listened to the input of many concerned people and many group leaders, and feel that we’ve designed something truly beneficial.
LS: Will you have speakers as you have with your past rallies?
KS: While there will have a few top-notch speakers, the event will be less passive than those with a long roster of speakers, and much more interactive. We will have three ballrooms at the Sportsmen’s Lodge so we can hold workshops, and we’ll also be serving lunch. Nobody should leave TruthFest without a number of specific, concrete actions that they plan to undertake after the event, and before the election.
The thing we have to remember is this: The Left doesn’t leave political issues in the realm of politics; because they imbue every aspect of our culture with their ideology, we are compelled to do the same. To imagine we can make real strides to right the country only through elections is to ignore the reality: the political battlefield is everywhere: our media, our schools and our entertainment industry. If they are fighting on all these fronts, we have to, too.
LS: What’s the main purpose of TruthFest?
KS: TruthFest is designed to empower all concerned citizens with the tools, tactics and techniques we need for each one of us to make a difference. In addition, we are hoping for groups who are engaged in similar efforts to have a presence to showcase their ideas, projects, activities, whatever it is they do. Groups such as Heritage for Action, America Freedom Alliance and a few anti-Common Core groups are just a few of the organizations who are sponsoring or will be represented at TruthFest.
LS: How can people get the word out?
KS: If any of your readers know of any groups whose efforts should be made more visible—those fighting Common Core, for example—please let them know about this event! And if they know people who want to make a difference but just don’t know how, they should tell them about the event.
We also have a website that provides more detail about what we’re doing. If they want information on sponsorships, they can contact me for more information ([email protected]), and we have an indiegogo campaign, but just note that it doesn’t reflect the sponsorships and donations made off-line, which is considerable.
LS: Tell us a surprising and fun fact that most people don’t know about Los Angeles politics.
KS: Los Angeles has the largest concentration of Republicans in the country—believe it or not! And so many of them want to know what THEY can do to make a difference. TruthFest will help them find answers that suit them best.
The more people we have engaged in this, the better. Only with a citizen army can we hope to make the changes that need to be made.
Author’s note: America’s future hangs in the balance—spiritually, economically, politically and socially. Your efforts on behalf of our country will make a difference. Please plan to attend and bring a friend with you—for only $15!
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