I admire Daniel's optimism greatly. Whether we actually stumble on until 2012 is a matter of some skepticism with me, but it is good to plan for it anyway.
Proposal for election day 2012 RTC's below. A couple of us in Atlanta are on board. Please let me know your level of support for this. If you like it, please pass on.
"Restore the Constitution" Open Carry Rallies, Election Day 2012
Situation: For a variety of reasons, a majority of the electorate supports big-government programs and policies that violate the Constitution, such as minimum wage, federal drug and gun laws, and the use of the IRS as a tool to modify behavior and influence the economy. This majority votes for candidates that will continue these and many other collectivist, unconstitutional policies.
Mission: Target this audience, the electorate itself, with armed RTC rallies held as close to polling locations as possible on election day 2012 as well as preparation rallies in the weeks and months leading up to election day 2012. Remind the voters that there is a small but highly motivated group that is willing to take to the streets with their guns over the fact that the government has gotten too big.
Execution: Organizers will already have some structure in place, having participated in C4L, End the Fed, Tea Party, RTC and other "restorationist" events in their area. The next step is to research local firearms carry laws, find the location as close to the polls as possible in their areas and, if necessary, apply for permits and take steps to notify law enforcement of plans to hold an armed demonstration. For example, in Atlanta, I plan on holding an armed RTC at one or more intersections as close to a major polling location, the Claudia Lawson Dekalb County government complex on Memorial Drive, as possible. "As close as possible" will be determined by researching the law, notifying police by applying for a permit, and holding armed "mini-RTCs" at the planned site in the months leading up to the 2012 elections. How close one can get to the polls with weapons will vary from state to state. To avoid any allegation of brandishing weapons, all pistols should be holstered, and all rifles should be slung on the back. No exceptions. Anyone brandishing weapons is not a part of this.
Some sign suggestions: "Restore the Constitution" "This is NOT a Democracy" "My rights are NOT subject to majority opinion" "My rights are NOT subject to your vote"
The "I-word," intimidation is not a part of our message or what we are doing. Ditto for the word "suppression." This is not intended to be a voter intimidation or suppression effort. This is an effort to educate and remind the voters, not to scare them. The sight of civilian activists with slung rifles, holstered pistols, and restorationist signs ought not scare Americans. Our rights to assemble and bear arms are in the Constitution for a reason.
Admin and logistics: Big "restore" banners and signs from 4-19 already held by RTC organizers could be used. Homemade signs, however, are all that are necessary to convey the message.
Command and Control: Not too much "top down" leadership. Local leaders know who they are, and leaders naturally emerge. Use Muster 4-19 Ning site as well as restoretheconstitution.wordpress.com to find other RTC'ers and coordinate activities.
Thank you for your time,