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Selling Ron Paul to America

How do we sell Ron Paul to the Americans who still have never heard of him or have heard he is "extreme"? What sold us? The media is going to hammer on his age and his "crazy" ideas of legalizing pot, abolishing the Fed and sending poor people into the streets. I'm trying to remember exactly what it was that made me sit up and listen. I'm a very average person, and something about "that Ron Paul guy" changed who I am and how I think forever. He just makes sense to me and I'm very frustrated at how closed minded people are about him.
I think his age should be used to his advantage. The young guys have proven to us that they don't have enough experience. Ron Paul is wise, period. He has proven that he can't be bought and his principles are unwavering, period. He will follow the constitution, period. Ron Paul will not blindly cave into the fear tactics used to influence congress and younger Presidents, period.
I don't mean to sound corny, but I can honestly say Ron Paul changed who I am and what I believe, or made me think about what I believe. I now see that being an American is a responsiblity. A responsibility to not only take care of myself, which I always have, but responsiblity to step-up and care for the people around me. It is not the job of the government to help out a neighbor, friend or relative. I never used to give money to charities, and now I realize the importance. If I step-up and give a little once in a while, the government doesn't have to.
When 911 happened, I was one of those people that didn't understand why. The explanations giving by the talking heads didn't make sense either. Then my teacher, Ron Paul, explained why. People don't like bullies and don't like being betrayed, blowback is the term, period. "Not very complicated" as RP would say.
So what do we say this time? I couldn't even convert my own mother in 08', but my mother-in-law is listening, she's hung-up on the pot thing.
Sorry about the long post, just needed to vent after discussing RP at dinner last night. Ron Paul is my hero and I love him no matter what. Remember the moneybomb on the 5th.

"Make love, not war" Ron Paul

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First a quick note: Remember that the goal is to get people to vote for him IN THE GOP PRIMARY. In many states that means they must register Republican.

The way to sell is not to go right into a sales pitch. First ask what the person thinks is most important. Then listen. Nod and say, "Go on." Then paraphrase what they say, and ask if you have it right. Then ask them to elaborate. Let them talk themselves out.

Next, agree with their goals or find shared goals.

Only then say that Obama will not get them there, so the important thing is to nominate the ONLY GOP candidate who will. Leave them with info on how to make up their minds. If you can get them to fill out a GOP registration form on the spot, all the better.

I am going to expand on this later. Got to get out that How To Win Friends and Influence People book again.

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I think the unfortunate

I think the unfortunate reality is, that Ron Paul has some positions that are popular, some that are midway, and some that are unpopuplar.

Most of his support comes from auditing the Fed, and ending the wars. That is what he has to run on.

Other issues like abortion could really alienate people both ways; same with gay marriage. While polling shows that his views on gay marriage would be popular, while his views on abortion would also be popular, history has shown us that when it comes time to vote, people don't like voting for anyone with a hard-line stance on abortion, nor do they really support gay marriage. Heck, it fell in California.

His views on taxes, the drug wars, the gold standard, education, social security, medicare, and medicaid are unpopular. Social Security and Medicare especially are key issues; there are people who will vote him down on those issues alone. Education and the drug wars; those are of enough importance that they could swing some voters.

There are ways around this. Either "we" have to change the minds of the overwhelming majority of people in, oh, two years. Or, Ron Paul has to soften his stance and move from his position. Or, you can hope to downplay the issue and say, "hey, I believe in ending the drug wars. But if you elect me, I promise I won't push for that until my second term. I'll only focus on auditing the fed and ending the wars."

Plan for eliminating the national debt in 10-20 years:

Overview: http://rolexian.wordpress.com/2010/09/12/my-plan-for-reducin...

Specific cuts; defense spending: http://rolexian.wordpress.com/2011/01/03/more-detailed-look-a

Ron Paul will never change his stance on any issue.

Therefore, it is up to us to educate the American people, and make them change their stance, or at least abandon their apathy.

And most people, will vote for those candidates who clearly state their positions, regardless of whether or not they agree with all of the candidates positions on issues.

"Ron Paul will never change

"Ron Paul will never change his stance on any issue"

That would make him a stubborn president. Where have I seen that before?

Fact is, he is a reasonable person who has changed his stance on many issues. He has on Medicare, on the death penalty, on stem cell research, on abortion, on DADA, etc.

I think he even changed his position on the Afghanistan war.

"And most people, will vote for those candidates who clearly state their positions, regardless of whether or not they agree with all of the candidates positions on issues."

You might have a point, but I think this might be true for some issues and not so for some others. Department of Education? Yes. Social Security? No.

Plan for eliminating the national debt in 10-20 years:

Overview: http://rolexian.wordpress.com/2010/09/12/my-plan-for-reducin...

Specific cuts; defense spending: http://rolexian.wordpress.com/2011/01/03/more-detailed-look-a

I realize that you want Dr. Paul to change,

but believe me when I say this, it ain't gonna happen.

You have been a member for almost 14 weeks. Stick around for a few years, and see what happens.

Get people to watch the debates,

The good doctor will sell himself. I was once laughed at for promoting Ron Paul, but now, those who laughed at me said I was right.

I met a guy today, and we started talking politics, and he said, "there was a Republican, Ron Paul, who wants us out of all the wars", he said this is in a tone, to ask if I had heard of Dr. Paul.

I promptly told him that Dr. Paul was my hero, and he has been preaching this message for over 40 years.

We had a great discussion on what is right and wrong with this country.

The point is that this man, had just discovered Dr. Paul, and the times being what they are, are ripe for Ron's message of limited govt, low taxes, and non-interventionism.

Get people to watch the debates, Dr. Paul will shine.

Thanks for posting.