The Forces of Change in the ANC should mobilize beyond Mangaung!

2012-12-02 17:34

The Forces of Change movement that is actively operating within the ANC might need to think innovatively and proactively: adjust their strategy and focus beyond Mangaung to the wider ANC base. The vision of the Forces of Change with its huge transformative agenda should gear up beyond Mangaung to the broader ANC base far and wide across the country.

The world has changed profoundly since the ANC was formed in 1912. The ANC's Forces of Change by its very nature of being young creative and colorful has the opportunity to give the ANC a much needed positive reset very much the same the Tea Party Movement did for the Republican Party in the United States did.

Based on some assessments by some it is now believed that President Jacob Zuma will win Manguang. But should the Forces of Change quit from their noble transformative agenda of seeking change and innovation within the ANC – of seeking to renew and modernize the ANC? By all means South Africa being in democracy it is better that they should continue as a movement of change and innovation within the ANC – remain firmly within the ANC but field their own presidential candidate and list of possible parliamentarians under the name of Forces of Change. The move is not strange it is going well with the old saying of the ANC that the ANC is bigger than individuals who leads it. Individuals who it seems that they have left the ANC base frustrated and heart broken. A positive radical rest of the ANC within is necessary to energize the ANC base.

It is important and paramount that as Forces of Change within the ANC campaign far and wide across the country they should tell the people that they have not abandon the ANC. They are still the ANC.

This is a thought provoking political vision and action but it is highly possible and can successfully workable if you consider how the Tea Party Movement in the United States of America operated within the Republican Party.

The Tea Party movement in America was or is still a movement of rebellion against stagnating Republican Party. It is a movement operating within the Republican Party. It is part of the Republican Party. It genesis and evolution is the result of  the Republican Party they love  turning more and more "moderate" fielding candidtates for political office who do not adhere to the strict values and ethos of the age old Republican Party – that is famously called simply called the GOP (Grand Old Party).

A strict hardcore Republican Party members considers themselves as the custodians of the traditions of the founding fathers of America who were essentially strictly conservative and purely and wholly Christian. But during the process of time over the years the GOP has become increasingly “soft” or moderate. Today’s candidates from the GOP are not so much hardcore strict conservatives. The reason is that the political landscape of America is increasingly changing to such an extent that for one to win at the ballot box you have to address your message not only to your base (Republican) but also to the so called independent voters. Independent voters are voters or neither identifies with the Democrats or the GOP.

The independents are voters who swing the votes. They are voters who vote not on the basis of long held ideology or dogma but they tend to listen to the candidates in both side of the spectrum and make their decision based on impression. And this emerging dynamic of independent voters has meant that GOP candidates for political office has gradually lost sight of the primary ideology of the party's strict conservatism based on Christian values.

The Tea Party movement’s rise was meant to correct this. Even Mitt Romney after he lost the presidential elections to Barack Obama was castigated by many Republicans that he lost because he is a moderate. Even the most influential Mark Levin went on air very angry blasting Mitt Romney that he made them (the Republicans) loose the elections because  "Mitt Romney is not conservative! We did the best we could to support him to defeat Barack Obama because Barack Obama is destructive of this nation and of its very fiber but he is not conservative! " Mark Levin is a lawyer and conservative host of syndicated top rated radio talk show The Mark Levin Show: The Unfurnished Truth.  In the 80's Levin has served as principal adviser to several members of Ronald Reagan's Cabinet - including as Chief of Staff to the Attorney General of the United States.

Back in 20120 the Tea Party fielded their own candidates who are hardcore Republicans for the Senate ignoring and sometimes running head-on with the Republican establishment. They did not start a new political party but just simply worked within the Republican Party because really they are Republican. And their strategy was successful as of now the US Senate is now firmly under the Tea Party Republican senators. And there are Tea Party Caucuses within the Senate.

The Forces of Change is the movement of the ANC within the ANC. Perhaps the Forces of Change should do the same thing the Tea Party successfully did during the 2010 Senate elections, albeit somewhat differently. The Forces of Change within the ANC could go to the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) and register as political party. Their registration is simply out of convenience as they are still ANC operating within the ANC, and their campaign messaging should be constructed to tell the people across the country that they have not abandoned the ANC they are still the ANC – they are here to save the ANC from slipping away from its long years of hardcore mass based grassroots traditions and identity as that has been their key message.

The Tea Party movement was very successful and compelling to the Republican base. The Forces of Change narrative – the idea of change within the ANC is also compelling it will just needs sober guidance. Put candidates on the ballot boxes that will defend the ANC!

This will be a greater effort to bring real democracy within the ANC – where bigger wider and broad bases of people who support the ANC have the opportunity to exercise their rights instead of the very few thousand delegates in an obscure Mangaung hall.


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