I attended a GOP Meeting last night; this is what was said...Submitted by Jaktober on Sun, 02/19/2012 - 12:17
First off, there were a few Ron Paul supporters there.
However, what is important is what I talked to non-supporters about. If we are going to win we need to win votes, I think that is very important to acknowledge, because what was said was that people perceive Ron Paul supporters as not caring about turning people off, in reality, this show that you don't really care about the movement, about our candidate, and about changing the direction of the country.
If you care about changing the country, most likely it will take changing yourself. Not your positions, not your voting record, maybe not even your habits, but you need to change the way you communicate with people that don't agree with you.
The girl who organized the event said she had previously been open to voting Ron Paul in the Primary out here (March 6th). She was invited to attend a debate watching party hosted by the local Ron Paul group. She said that she couldn't even hear the debate because people were booing and yelling at the other candidates on the TV. First of all, seriously? You all know they can't hear you right? And all you are doing is offending people that might actually want to listen to the debate and the other candidates.
Second, she said she has read a lot of threads by Ron Paul supporters, and the way "we" talk about voters turned her off. Namely the phone calling. The reality is that the obsessive phone calling is turning off voters. When a supporter said, "If they won't vote for him because of phone calls they are stupid," well, that made us look stupid to her. Don't we care about winning votes? If not, do we not care about winning?
If you are going to represent Ron Paul act like you care about it. Everywhere I've gone there has been at least one "bad apple" in the bunch that is turning off voters and the community around them from our cause.
Be civil. Show people the respect you want them to show you (the Golden Rule anyone?).
This leads to the other conversations I had, which were on Foreign Policy. There are people that are legitimately concerned with the non-interventionist Foreign Policy. I even met a couple guys from the DoD the other night that said the same thing, "I like Ron Paul except for his Foreign Policy."
We need to be able to engage in this conversation, again, with respect. Don't get into fights. Seriously, don't down talk people, don't insult them. Use civil language, listen to them and respect their opinion. Try to give them information that will help them.
I was able to make sense by going over the rule of law, and how the President must be restrained in order to protect us from tyrannical rule. That sometimes it can be scary, but that life is scary, and it is more dangerous to have a President unrestrained by the Constitution, then to have some delays in response.
Three things to refer to; Declaration of War, Treaties, and Marque and Reprisal. The Treaty is key when talking about having troops stationed in other countries during global tensions. Tell them how Paul wants Congress to make these decisions so that they are accountable to us, the People. If Congress declares War Paul will fight it. If they approve a Treaty to have troops stationed somewhere to help protect someone that Congress feels is within our national interest, he will do it. It is our and his belief that we don't need to be involved as much as we are, but that any involvement must be done through the Rule of Law.
Additionally, as much as possible, clarify between your belief and Ron Paul's position. People want to associate people together, and say, well that's the problem with Ron Paul, when really, it is only the belief or action of one of his supporters.
Someone brought up Bazookas...should people be able to own a Bazooka. We talked about where we draw lines, because it is reasonable that lines need to be drawn somewhere.
My main point was that these were the conversations we need to be having. We need to be able to have these conversations without either side feeling put down. Otherwise we lose the debate and end up with an argument.
My conclusion of this; the Revolution is an individual Revolution. The thing we must learn is how to talk to people we don't agree with without it turning into an argument. We need to learn to communicate, to have reverse, and treat people with respect. If we can do that, then we open the door for everything else. If we can't, then we lose.
Make up your mind, are you in this to better the country, or are you in this to get into fights and boost your ego. Is this about you or Ron Paul? If it's about Ron Paul, then you will better yourself.
We don't have time to screw around and be stubborn.