Being "in your face" pro-RPSubmitted by KongVault on Fri, 05/11/2012 - 22:14
There's one thing I constantly see in the comments of all the videos and articles about RP that only hurts our cause. Doug Wead also tried explaining this to listeners the other day, albeit briefly, and it hasn't gotten much attention.
Some RP people read or hear negative comments about RP, or positive comments about other candidates, and they get a knee jerk reaction to slam out emotionally-filled comments that seem to be some attempt at winning an internet fight by dishing out the biggest insult and yelling RP's name loudly enough, bolstering their own ego for being right.
Please realize that this only puts other people on the defensive and allows them to easily characterize us in all kinds of negative ways. It doesn't make them think. It just proves their point that we're nuts.
If you're going to post a comment where there are other candidates' supporters reading, please take a moment to compose a thoughtful and polite comment that won't put others on the defensive. This goes for videos as well. Some youtube videos are so negative towards the competition that the only people willing to watch them are the people who already agree with them.
This is about being effective. The best way to do that is to get people to like RP a little better than Romney or Obama, not to try to get them to do a complete 180 and hate Romney or Obama. And sometimes the most effective way to do that is to not even mention the candidates but to explain an issue in detail. The best things you can say are those that make someone not necessarily agree with your point right away but cause them to remember what you said and rethink it a month down the line. That's how people change their opinions.