Grassroots is a political term referring to people organizing at the local level who personally support a particular point of view and are willing to vote and volunteer in personal activism (such as marches) to support a cause. It may catch on and spread across the Nation.
The grassroots is contrasted with national organizations that control local chapters across the country that have no input on policy, such as the DSA; or hired interest groups (astroturf), the Establishment, and people who take political positions based on personal gain. Grassroots is a spontaneous bottom-up movement of people with common interests rather than a top-down movement of professional organizers.
Genuine grassroots participation in politics exemplifies the civic duties promoted by republicanism.
The grassroots are overwhelmingly conservative.
Suggested further reading
- Jensen, Richard J. Grass Roots Politics: Parties, Issues, and Voters, 1854-1983 (1983) online edition, by a Conservapedia editor