Change is something that a great many people resist even if it is called for or necessary. Traditions represent ‘comfortable expectations’. Even if the end results of traditions could be improved by making changes, people generally tend to favor old routines.
First you have to represent a need for change. Most people will seek change amidst hardship. Wait for a crisis or at least create the perception of one. (or perhaps even create one) Unemployment, the recession, poverty, drug abuse, alcohol abuse, crime, education, global warming, ozone depletion, global famine, natural disasters, global threat of terror, etc. etc. etc.
Second, denounce old ways of doing things. Slowly but surely build up disdain and apprehension for traditions and past times. In an information age, media technology is now mightier than either the pen or the sword.
Negatively taint the notions that once inspired pride. Champion and repeat ad nauseum any notions that support the change or that will help demonize the alternative. Infiltrate mechanisms that help facilitate such promotion, and limit access to those mechanisms for opposing views. Even change the meanings of words themselves.
Profit is bad, taxes are good. Selfishness is bad, sacrifice is good. Individual prosperity and freedom (when others are suffering) is bad, prosperity (as defined by the movement) for the masses is good. Being accountable for one’s self is bad, depending on government for everything is good…. Really???
Finally you need to gain support for the suggested change. Demonize people who support opposing ideals or back traditional means. Treason! Traitor. You hope change fails? I hope your kidneys fail. (paraphrased) We’ve all seen the stories. Who are the demons today? Limbaugh? Hannity? Beck? Lavin? O’Rielly? Coulter? Even Joe the Plumber and Miss California, Carrie Prejean got pulled through the ringer for just saying one sentence that didn’t fit the mold.
America is great, not because we all bow down to a flag or kiss up to a leader. America is great because it was founded, guided and has always been based upon certain ‘ideas’ and ‘ideals’. Ideals that work and make sense; personal responsibility, personal accountability, individual liberty, right to expression, right to associate, right to write about all of the above.
And yes, America can remain great if and only if we remember that this list includes and requires the right and responsibility to defend against any and all challenges to any and all of the previous!
America will NOT remain great if ‘change’ represents advocating personal responsibility and accountability (to the government), taking away individual liberty for political expedience or (government-provided) ‘security’, limiting expression to what is ‘politically correct’, preventing association if it is not ‘all inclusive’ (as spelled out by government mandate) or restricting the press to what is deemed ‘fair’.
And no, it will not remain great if we limit the ability to defend it to a chosen few, again, selected and appointed by government.
Don’t buy it, don’t fall for it. Think for yourselves. Learn for yourselves. Choose for yourselves.
Yes we can? NO we shouldn’t!