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My personal strategy for promoting Dr. Paul.

I've been toying around with this idea for a while and I thought I would share it with you all here in case any of you guys like the idea and want to make use of it.

I've believed for the longest time that Ron Paul is the only candidate that you like more the more you learn about him. With all other candidates, if you look deeply into their past and critically analyze their positions they lose their attractiveness. With Dr. Paul you find a stupendously long political career that's spotless and you find very illuminating and interesting positions that he advocates. For this reason I think we all need to be getting people to think critically about Dr. Paul.

Last campaign it was enough to post lots of signs and drop his name on a lot of people because nobody knew who he was. Now he's well known enough, the issue is going to be getting people to understand him. So instead of donating money to his campaign I've decided to set aside the money I would otherwise be donating and use it instead for taking people out to dinner. These dinners are had with an understanding that we talk politics, and that I will be advocating for Dr. Paul.

I think that making phone calls, putting up signs, and passing out literature is an excellent way to rapidly and broadly spread word of Dr. Paul, but it does very little to penetrate a normal person's prejudices. It also does very little to protect a person's opinion of him from the smearing that we see by the MSM. A sit down dinner however allows for a lot of the deep views to be explored and allows us a greater opportunity to convert those who would otherwise be ardently resistant. If we look at it as a cost to vote ratio, 10 bucks for a dinner might buy you a vote where 10 bucks worth of pamphlets might not have netted anything at all.

Further, I find that I'm better suited to campaigning for Dr. Paul in this way. I'm a little timid around strangers and I'm a poor salesman. However, I have a large and diverse pool of friends that I'm very comfortable talking to. I have spent a great deal of time researching Dr. Paul's positions and I think that I can defend them effectively with a great deal of patience and respect for the other person's viewpoint. I can tailor my approach for convincing a friend better than a stranger because I have a better sense of my friends values and concerns politically. I also just really enjoy a deep friendly debate, and I think I find it more enjoyable than interacting with strangers.

So I have pledged 200 dollars to Ron Paul and I will be using it to treat people to dinner discussions until it runs out. My goal is to get 10 or more pledged votes from people I know using this money. So far I'm 1 for 1 with 7 dollars spent and I'll be updating as I go. Let me know if you've got suggestions for how I might better go about this.

6-15-2011: Now 2-0 with $23 spent.

6-16-2011: I've now got 3 yes, 1 maybe, and 0 no with a total of $38 spent.

6-17-2011: I've now got 4 yes, 2 maybe, and 0 no with a total of 38$ spent.

6-24-2011: Now 4 yes, 2 maybe, 2 no, and still at $38. The over-50 crowd is going to be very hard to persuade.

6-30-2011: Now 4 yes, 4 maybe, 2 no with $53 spent.

7-08-2011: Upon careful consideration, 2 of the maybe's decided to become yes'. That means its now 6 yes, 2 maybe, 2 no with $53 spent.

7-19-2011: Now 6 yes, 3 maybe, 2 no with $61 spent. Averaging about $10 a vote. Anybody know what the average cost per vote is?

8-1-2011: Now 7 yes, 3 maybe, 3 no with 67$ spent.

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Good Idea

During the last election with the yard signs, banners etc. we really got his name recognition out there, now we can focus on the message. With my job I come into contact and discussions all the time with many people every day. I don't push, but usually I can turn the discussion to a political nature by bring up a current event, a current disaster, financial markets, whatever is in the news. I then ask a question or two regarding their opinion, and listen carefully. Being fairly well versed on whats happening I can usually spark some interest. As an example I was talking to a couple of commercial plumbers the other day and the scrap value of copper pipe came up. That was my in. I went on to ask, "have you seen the price of cotton, corn, the other commodities". I had their interest. Then it was easy to turn the discussion to the Federal Reserve and the Austrian school of economics, gold, silver and Ron Paul. I was to them an expert resource, please, I'm not bragging, just trying to educate. Then they were asking me my opinion about bonds, farm land, gold, the dollar. No doubt when they left they knew who Ron Paul is and whats happening in the economy.

That's practical

I think that is practical. I don't know if it would work for me as I tend to keep to myself, but I find it encouraging. It seems that the truth will speak for itself if people will only listen. I'm still thinking about what I can do beyond yard signs. I don't know.

posting on Twitter

for my 603 followers there...hope many others join your activism.

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good idea

bump for activism.

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Love won! Deliverance from Tyranny is on the way! Col. 2:13-15

Your name: Equipollance

intersting name, where did you get the idea? what do you mean by it?


PS. if you are a math-guy, check out Bitcoins, and do tell what you think!

Just plain 'Happy'about the direction the world is taking! Especially if we live to reach LEV [Longevity Escape Velocity]

About equipollence

Equipollence was introduced to me as a philosophy concept. It was a modern word being applied to an idea some ancient Greeks had that perhaps if you analyzed any idea deep enough you could find it to contradict itself. So, all ideas have equal argumentative force because with enough talent you can find them all to be self-contradictory. This inclines one to be a skeptic. I thought it fitting for DP because its through my skepticism that I've come to find a love for liberty.

I love food, love Ron Paul... LOVE YOUR IDEA!

Hey! To add a TWIST, you could make it speed-date like, and somehow make sure that it doesn't get too dry and political, promising to switch tables/ideas every 5 minutes.

...or whatever!

Great idea anyway. I think saving about 10% aside for actual donations may still be a good idea. So use 90% for food, and 10% for the campaign... just so that the "number of donors" still remains super high. It is becoming almost more important than the actual amount! :)


Just plain 'Happy'about the direction the world is taking! Especially if we live to reach LEV [Longevity Escape Velocity]