Repost: One of the best GRASSROOTS ACTIVISM ideas that I've heard.Submitted by William Bradley... on Wed, 08/17/2011 - 20:35
I have believed and voted for the Republican Party line since Reagan. I thought that Ron Paul was crazy...because the establishment TOLD me that he was crazy. Then, by accident, I began to listen...
If I am any indication, it is not billboards nor yard signs nor T-shirts that change people's minds. Rather, it is the EXPOSURE to NEW IDEAS that changes minds.
This is exactly how I was transformed into an ardent supporter of Dr. Paul. A strong, vibrant seed was planted that encouraged study and further exploration...and I've never looked back.
I am planning on doing the following in my city of 7000+. It can best be summarized by the slogan:
"Not signs, but IDEAS, change minds!"
I am initially purchasing ten copies of Dr. Paul's book, 'Liberty Defined'. If you have not read this particular work you should know that it is divided into individual stand-alone chapters. Each of the chapters deals with a different issue and makes a very powerful argument about the nation's direction and the solutions to our current problems.
I am picking out the best, least ideologically offensive TWENTY CHAPTERS from each book, and then I am using a razor blade to cut each of them out.
Then, I am hole-punching and taking each INDIVIDUAL chapter AND TYING IT TOGETHER using a looped ribbon - with a short and urgent HANDWRITTEN note attached.
I am then taking each of these individual chapters and HANGING a DIFFERENT ONE on each of the front doors of the homes in my community. The HANDWRITTEN note says the following:
If you held in your hands the answers that might solve our nation's problems, would you read them?
I ask you - for the continued health and welfare of our country – to read this.
END HANDWRITTEN PORTION
If reading this in any way encourages you, or stimulates your thinking, trade your chapter with a neighbor as they have been given a different chapter.
If what you read makes sense to you, then please seek out a copy of the book 'Liberty Defined'. If what you read changes you - for the sake of our country - please pass the book along to your relatives and friends.
CONTINUE HANDWRITTEN PORTION
If you have any questions - or even complaints, you are always more than welcome to contact me at 417-xxx-xxxx.
Think about it! Just 10 books x 20 chapters = 200 homes = potential access to the minds of HUNDREDS!
Isn't PLANTING IDEAS a better use of our resources than PLANTING SIGNS? I say that we SPREAD IDEAS!
THE MAIN DRAW: People are so INUNDATED with computer printed graphics in the form of mailers, postcards, billboards, signs, etc that they just look right past them. A HANDWRITTEN NOTE on the other hand ALWAYS gets a read.
The reverse of the old world is that in our modern world it is the HANDWRITTEN ITEM that commands the attention! Because it is a rarity.
We should spread the ideas! Plant the seeds! Even if only ONE person out of those two hundred homes becomes a Paul supporter, that person may take action themselves. If so, we've won!
Just follow the math.
Here is an article recently published about the way that ideas spread within a populace, and the tipping point necessary to make those ideas become the mainstream. It's only ten percent, people! Only TEN PERCENT!
We have 15 months! We can do this!
Why buy the WHOLE BOOK for someone when a single chapter may hook them and stir them to purchase it themselves?
I apologize for the religious analogy, but John the Baptist laid the groundwork for Jesus so that the people would be ready to hear his message. I think that this would be a perfect way to lay the groundwork for the debates! It is, after all, EXACTLY what won ME over!
And a final word of encouragement to everyone:
DO NOT LISTEN to those protesting about how Ron Paul is unelectable. That resistance is coming from the VERY SAME PEOPLE who have supported and voted into office the candidates that got us into the dire mess that we are currently trying to get ourselves out of - candidates WHO SHOULD HAVE NEVER BEEN ELECTED because better “unelectable” candidates existed. When you think about it, what do these folks think that THEY know that you and I don't? Obviously, they DO know one thing: The fine art of how to pick a bad candidate! But it's not their fault. Their minds - like mine before - just haven't been opened yet.
THINK FOR YOURSELF!
Ron Paul 2012!