My personal strategy for promoting Dr. Paul.Submitted by equipollence on Sat, 05/21/2011 - 06:29
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.