We were all greatly saddened by the news of the sudden passing of Jeff Hedgepeth, better known to all of us on Twitter as @AlinskyDefeater. We were not told of the circumstances of his passing, and we chose not to pry into his daughter Jenny’s privacy.
We first met Jeff when we were a still new to Twitter. He was already an established figure whose claim to fame was his outstanding understanding of Saul Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals and how to use them against the left. Intrigued by his dry sense of humor and his knowledge, we decided to follow him. It was one of our best decisions.
Jeff was always friendly with us and quick to offer advice as we developed our own style of tweeting and reaching out to the Twitter world to deliver our message of a return to the original concepts of freedom envisioned by our founders. Through Jeff, we met other great patriots, such as @rdickerhoof (Ron) and @jenevalynne (Lynne), to name but a couple, and leaving a great many out.
It’s hard to remember now, but about three years ago, Jeff, along with Ron, started a new hashtag on Twitter known as #ocra, which stands for Organized Conservative Resistance Alliance. The founding document can be viewed here.
We remember the first night the #ocra tag was used. Jeff, Ron, Lynne, and we, along with maybe a couple of others moved over there for a quiet conversation, away from the noise of other tags. It was kind of fun. The liberals, of course, sniffed it out pretty quickly and did what they do best, moved in to ridicule it and troll it. But we were ready. On Ron and Jeff’s signal, we would mass block/report them, and they were sent packing with their tails between their legs. We were organized for awhile.
Unfortunately, we did not carry the momentum. Ron got sick. Jeff had his own dark issues, which we never understood because he was so intensely private about his personal life, but we did get a taste of what it would be like to be completely organized for one aim, at least for awhile.
Throughout the remaining three years, Jeff continued to mentor us in the ways of Alinsky, and we devoured everything in his blog. Unfortunately, it did not go far enough. We wanted more. We needed more.
Jeff solved that problem for all of us when he wrote “Rules for Radicals Defeated” and published the book both in paperback and kindle form and made his vast knowledge of taking on the left, using their own rules against them to everyone. We were one of the first to buy the book and recommend it to everyone. One can purchase a copy here. If you have not bought this book, we still highly recommend it, and it will help his family. We consider this our battle bible in our war with the left.
We look today at the #ocra hashtag that Jeff started, and it is missing something. Jeff’s voice has been silenced. The familiar LOL avatar is gone. His news links and snarky comments about the usurper in the White House will not be passing our timeline anymore. We won’t be hearing his soft gentle corrections about taking on the left without becoming like the left. There is a huge hole in our movement. We’ve lost a friend and a mentor.
But we will press on. We will press on in his memory. We will press on with the knowledge he left us, hopefully using it to its fullest advantage.
We will press on and make #ocra once again stand for Organized Conservative Resistance Alliance.
Nothing else will suffice to honor the memory of Jeff Hedgepeth.