Speaking to the OWS crowd about Ron PaulSubmitted by ThePerturbedPatriot on Sun, 10/09/2011 - 23:39
Yesterday at the Honolulu version of Occupy Wall Street I had some success in converting potential voters, and a lot of success making the protestors think about the people running for office (about a 5% voter conversion of the crowd, but the rest certainly had food for thought). I thought I would share it with you. I'm sure many or most of you are already doing something similar, but... just in case...
When I started talking, I summarized the chief complaint of all the protestors there: they are tired of big money influence in Washington DC, and of the "greedy" banks and corporations not sharing the wealth. Some wanted government to step in and do something, and others already knew that change was going to largely come from our dollar vote; where and how we spent our money.
Then I moved into discussing President Obama's devotion and allegiance to Wall Street, and tied in the beau coup sums of money he received in 2008 and will receive in 2012 from Wall Street interests. I told them that Mitt Romney is also a Wall Street sweetheart and gets tons of money from special interests. Finally, I moved to discussing Rick Perry's $17 million haul over 2 months from 20,000 donors, and juxtaposed that with Ron Paul's $8 million haul... from 100,000 donors.
I asked them what they thought that meant, and most realized that Perry was also a sweetheart of corporate interests. I told them Ron Paul doesn't get a dime from the corporations or lobbyists and I asked them if they knew why.
Before I answered, I reminded them why they were there... what they were protesting; corporate money influence in our government. I told them Ron Paul is a threat to the corporate welfare gravy train, and he is the last guy the corporations and banks want in the Oval Office because he would actually work for us instead of them. Isn't that what they wanted? If so, what other choice do they even have?
With 4 people in particular, I swear that seeing them realize this was like (or must have been like) the scales falling off of Paul's eyes after his conversion to Christ.
The wording, the tone of voice and your respectful nature to the person are of key importance. And we also handled conflict in such a way as to bring people to US...
This older lady came over to our table, picked up one of our Ron Paul bumper stickers, glared at us and said, "This guy is a freakin' joke." With that, she slammed the sticker back on the table and stared at me. I smiled at her and asked her, "Why is he a joke?" She looked away and started to leave, so I told her, "I'm sorry you feel that way." She just looked disgusted and kept going, but... 3 people who observed the incident came over to us to ask us about Ron Paul as a result of the scene.
Turn bads into goods and be models of the man and the message.
WE CAN DO IT.