Southward bound: How do we sway the evangelicals?Submitted by Milton on Tue, 01/10/2012 - 04:38
I've been trolling around some conservative sites lately (especially Free Republic) and am increasingly surprised at the anti RP comments i am seeing. Now that the primary schedule is southward bound I wonder if there is a strategy to deal with the small but powerful slice of the GOP that is very vocal against Paul.
To begin with, I've spent a lot of time in the south. I have family and friends in Mississippi and SC and most southern folks are just wonderful, very magnanimous and friendly. Yet there are a few whom I would describe as nothing more than the Christian equivalent of jihadists. You know the type, the "kill em all and let God sort em out" crowd. These folks honestly believe that anyone who covers their head is a mortal enemy. They don't even know the difference between a Sikh and a Muslim, and they really couldn't care less, just want to kill them. There is no talking to them and no reasoning with someone like that. I engaged one person from Alabama who told me that Dr. Paul should be thrown in Guantanamo along with the "towelheads that he loves". He said that just after telling me how he is a lifelong Republican conservative and local party rep, and that he carries a picture of GWB in his wallet. Others had even harsher criticism which I do not care to repeat. I can live with them calling Dr Paul a "nutcase" and a "fruit loop" but this goes too far.
While it really makes me sad to know that these ignorants are our fellow Americans and GOP brethren, I am more concerned that they are a major obstacle on our path to the nomination.
Have any of you fellow DPers had any success at dealing with this ignorance and hatred that exists in the GOP? Is there a campaign strategy to turn some of these evangelicals around or do we just ignore them?