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A New Strategy For Straw Polls

by Josh Tuttle

[Editor's note: Josh sent me this email, and gave me permission to post it]

I heard about the Iowa straw poll and how RP wasn't even on the ballot. Then there was the Texas straw poll where anyone wearing RP gear or showing support for him was not allowed in the building. Now they are canceling straw polls so that RP cannot win like the one in SF. I really think it is time for us to dress up as Indians... so to speak... referring to the Boston Tea Party. I agree there are dark forces against us. I truly believe that anyone wearing any RP gear will be labeled when it comes to selecting delegates. In other words they find a way not to select them. So I think it is our turn to play their game. I think we should try it for the next straw poll where ever that may be.

Maybe dress in nothing RP related, stay neutral, and show no support to RP but vote for him. The SF thing scared me. This is going to continue to happen unless we do something. I think we should show our lack of support when it is time to vote. I mean we all still vote for him but don't come out and say it. Maybe even go as far as wearing a McCain shirt or something. We need to be the wolves in sheep's clothing now.

It is our turn my friend. Please let me know what you think. I want an opinion before my meetup meeting.

Thanks... Josh Tuttle

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Follow Dr. Paul's example

I totally get where you're coming from on this, but I just wanted to add a cautionary note. I think it's good to be well dressed and courteous, but one should be wary of strategies that open the door to any subterfuge, (such as a McCain shirt) lest it lead us down the proverbial slippery slope.

Besides, the media would be delighted if Ron Paul supporters quieted down. They could "adjust" the polls and prove with video coverage that "Ron Paul didn't win because his support is waning."

True, we have our work cut out exposing the injustices and trickery of the enemy camp, but we've done pretty well so far. We do after all have a lot of talented people in our ranks!

I'll never forget the first time I heard Dr. Paul speak. Like many others I was stunned by his simple down-to-Earth honesty and depth of wisdom. I knew immediately I was listening to no ordinary man and I eagerly searched out everything I could about him. Such is the impact one can achieve with a pure heart and a clear conscience. I think the best strategy is just to follow his example.

Fun, educational projects to inspire young minds...

just an idea

Perhaps we should wear T-shirts that support other candidates in a joking subtly sarcastic manner...

Like Rudy for Pres
"Authority is freedom"
"Cousin-humpers for Rudy"

or perhaps
Tax Hike Mike for President

or just a shirt that says
"I heart Rambozo"

Shirt Idea

and in small text below:
The only candidate endorsed by the Klingon High Council. Worf for VP!

great shirt ideas. i'm going

great shirt ideas. i'm going to make some.

Actually Let me unpack my two brain cells on this one

Ok my "right mind" is telling me that it is better to have NeoCons admit Failure and cancel a straw poll than to be a "wolf in sheeps clothing"

This is just crazy.

These GOP Straw Poll Cancellations are Getting Media.

Take your Video Camera, Be Polite, Support Ron Paul

Should we Do EVIL that good may come? No

Someone already answered this question.
"... (as we be slanderously reported, and as some affirm that we say,) Let us do evil, that good may come? ..."

Romans 3:8b

Just trying to fit in seems like the most successful approach.

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Beat them at their own game.

Beat them at their own game. Wear a Guiliani shirt and unexpectedly vote for RP instead.

I don't think we'd be able to find any Giuliani shirts...

well, I've never seen any anyway :)

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My 2 Cents as an older Ron Paul supporter:

I am amazed and heartened by the energy and commitment of the younger supporters! Ron Paul has the biggest "tent", garnering support from all ages, all parts of the political spectrum.

I agree somewhat with the dress code you suggest, but not entirely, since we ARE a diverse group of people. Suits may be more appropriate in the cities for straw poll attendance (no Ron Paul attire), but the diversity of US is really wonderful, and clean and neat attire is respectable most of the time.

I do think we need to remember to be respectful of other candidates. For instance, when RP supporters made it impossible for Ghuliani to speak, that was impolite behavior seen from the eyes of an elderly person. It is one thing to be visible with signs outside another candidates gathering. Politeness, to my generation, would be to be quiet and let the other candidate have his say---no loud booing etc.

It even bothers me somewhat when presidential candidates are spoken of with various versions of their name. A presidential candidate is a respectable position (even though some of the candidates are less than respectable!)

Name mispellings and "nicknames" are as old as the Republic...

It even bothers me somewhat when presidential candidates are spoken of with various versions of their name. A presidential candidate is a respectable position (even though some of the candidates are less than respectable!)

There *IS* a tech-savvy reason for NOT spelling the other candidates names correctly on a lot of Blog posts, etc. Let me explain -- the Google Ads & such that are on DailyPaul and/or alongside of Blog entries are placed there by Google based on a "computerized analysis" of the text that has been written on the website -- so anytime someone PROPERLY spells any one of the Rudy McRompsonbee candidate's names, Google "catches" that reference and indexes it. As the number of such references increases, Google then determines that the site must be "primarily" or "secondarily" about that person, and selects and shows ads that are paid to be shown WITH that name (or word or phrase).

So, bloggers who use "euphemisms" in place of other candidate's names will probably NOT have many ads "related" to those candidates show up alongside their blog entries. Conversely, say a LOT of DailyPaul threads repeated use the name "Mike Huckabee" properly spelled -- the end result will be that a few days later more ads related to that candidate will be listed in the "Ads by Google" section of the page. Make sense?

As to it being "disrespectful" -- well, as far back as Thomas Jefferson and Thomas Paine, newspaper articles and especially editorials used to call them FAR WORSE names... Thos. Paine's name was often mentioned alongside the phrase "that spawn of the Devil himself" -- and Thos. Jefferson suffered similar diatribes.

In many ways our modern use of terms like "Ghouliani" and "Mittens" are so tame by comparison that the founders would be rolling over with gut-busting laughter at the thought that anyone in America would think that such a thing as being called "Mittens" could be even remotely seen as offensive. They would conclude that the nation had become populated with "wussy little sheep" with very thin skins.

And they would probably be right.

Thanks for the reply

I am over 65 so not too tech-savvy. Your explanation helps. : )

I really like the idea...

Wear suits to all the events! Come on, Ron Paul has shown himself to be 'money', so I think it's time his supporters dress 'money'. You could wear a Ron Paul tie too! :p

I don't look like the $33 payers

and I couldn't even with enough make-up and a white wig. I guess I could get the suit at a thrift store. Most of those suits come from people about their age anyhow.

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The Straw Poll cancellation

is not surprising in the least. We are supporting a candidate who, if elected, will cost some very rich people trillions of dollars. People kill other people for much less money than that. Remember what happened to JFK when he decided to stand up to the Bankers? They already have a plan in place to insure RP won't get elected. rEVOLutions are great, but unless we realize this is a Revolution, we won't be mentally ready for the counterattack.

Your words excpress my main worry, Joseph.

The banksters, big pharma, military industrial complex, etc., all have a huge stake in keeping the trillions of dollars flowing into their pockets. And since they are obviously controlled by people who have no scruples whatsoever, Ron Paul's life is in danger.

May the Spirit protect him.

That's right.

Those people are more addicted to power than a crack head is addicted to cocaine. Separating the two is going to be dangerous. It's not going to happen without a fight. They are not going to let R.P. just walk in and win the nomination. Giuliani has already been picked to win so he can lose against Hillary. It's going to take a revolution to change that.

Be prepared to hang together otherwise you will all hang separately when it's over. President Hillary's first act will be to shut down the internet and talk radio. After that she will set herself up as President for life then go after the rest of you "terrorist". I would not underestimate this chicks vindictivness.

They're all the same.

I don't think it is just Hillary who will "shut down the Internet." Look at the almost unanimous votes in the House, in favor of Bill 1955, the Patriot Act. Did you ever think in America our civil rights would be as threatened as they are today? And now the Senate threatens to pass this bill. We can not blame the erosion of our civil liberties on President Bush alone.

What is wrong with Congress? In Iowa we voted out of office Republican Congressman Jim Leach in 2006 in protest of politics as usual, and the war in Iraq. Everyone agrees Jim Leach was one of our best Congressman. Now his replacement, David Loebsack, voted in favor of this bill. We lost Jim Leach for nothing.

Why can't politicians do the will of the people?

I know! As Nancy Pelosi says, the people are only advocates, we are the leaders...... It is just sad. Help me. I think my apathy is coming back.


President Hillary's first act will be to shut down the internet and talk radio. After that she will set herself up as President for life then go after the rest of you "terrorist".

I'm sorry, but that is ridiculous.


I agree with cybro

I don't want to believe it either but I think he is right. Hillary is the chosen one. It's her turn to be president and once she gets that power it's all over with. They will not give you a second chance. Have we learned nothing since JFK? These people are ruthless.

finishing the pattern

Bush, Clinton, Bush....



Great post, and great information, I am saving it to sending to my meetup group.

Thank you

America is sick, call a doctor! Dr. Ron Paul.

Romney supporters voted

Romney supporters voted multiple times at the San Diego straw poll thus violating the "one man, one vote" principle. The Romney campaign bought a huge block of tickets and individual supporters voted multiple times supposedly on behalf of voters who had been sponsored to vote for Romney but never actually showed up at the straw poll to cast their vote themselves. I and several others witnessed single individual stuffing the ballot box with multiple tickets pre-filled out which cast a vote for Romney. Ron Paul placed second in the overall contest only because of Romney's deception.

The polls and the election results must agree

You need to understand that the election results must agree with the polls to perpetuate the fraud. It has already been testified in congress that the electronic voting machines are easily hacked and little has been done to get back to paper.

"A free people ought not only to be armed and disciplined but they should have sufficient arms and ammunition to maintain a status of independence from any who might attempt to abuse them, which would include their own government." -- George Washington

"In matters of style, swim with the current. In matters of principle, stand like a rock." - Thomas Jefferson

I agree but......

we can hoot and holler when they announce the winner!

This is the same tactic

This is the same tactic necessary to become delegates. "Rah, rah, I love Dubya! Rah rah, I love war!"

Anyone who suggests it is underhanded needs to ask themselves how above-board *they* are, as they marginalize a legitimate candidate who is stomping their guys into the pavement in every fairly conducted poll.

We are under attack by those who hold all the power; we can't fight back on equal ground yet, so we must hide to survive and fight another day.

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ive been thinking about this

ive been thinking about this for a while...for now on im just going to dress really nice for any such event....im going to represent ron paul with dress clothes for now on!


Let's try "fitting in"

Here's what I do...and our meetup has achieved an outwardly neutral relationship with our local Republican party.

We fit in.

We ask our members to dress like Republicans at Republican events. That means business casual at a minimum, with suits and blazers for men not out of place at all. Let's face it, people don't feel comfortable hanging out with folks who don't "fit in".

At all Republican events, especially regional and national events, I walk around in my suit, wearing a single tasteful Ron Paul button (NOT the Revolution button), and I smile cordially at everyone and a slight nod as if I have met them before. When a person with a Ron Paul button nods at them, what do you think they're thinking? Where do I know this Ron Paul supporter from? Hmm.

Our goal is not to shove the Ron Paul Revolution in their face -- election day will be the time for that. Our goal is to show, by our respectful presence, that closet Ron Paul supporters should feel comfortable enough to come out of the closet.

If we're always acting like shouting angry sign waving people, regular less angry people won't feel comfortable joining us. We need these less angry people. We need their votes.

Righteous anger

and speaking out against discrimination is a good thing, such as the Ron Paul supporters objecting to treatment at the SF straw polls. The news media covered it, and I am sure some of those in attendance didn't agree with cancelling the poll.

Just don't punch someone in the nose!