"The MSM has duped the ignorant public."? ...Really?...Ok, I have a Question:Submitted by Treg on Sat, 06/02/2012 - 11:44
"The MSM has duped the ignorant public"??? ... I have a Question:
Is it not funny or ironic that on the one hand we believe in the wisdom of the free market, yet when it comes to politics, we don't? I submit that the public is not UNINFORMED at all.
I have my own personal sample set, perhaps you have yours, but mine comes from door knocking as a PC in 2007-2008. I knocked on perhaps over 500 doors and over 300 front door conversations in 07/08....and again in another Arizona city in 2011-12 as a PC I knocked on over 1,000 and over 600 front door conversations. The bottom-line is that we libertarians have "failed to make the sale".
That is, the fault is all ours. It’s as simple as that, we just can't sell the "Liberty Steak". It smells and taste great to us, but we just can't get the masses to bite.
In my estimation, there are 2 reasons why we fail "make the sale". One (1) is our obsession with the vitamins & protein content inside the Steak of Liberty and two (2) not selling the delicious sizzling smell & taste of the Liberty Steak: what is the enjoyment IN THE FUTURE? What will it get me IN THE FUTURE? How will it make me feel IN THE FUTURE? How will it make me look IN THE FUTURE? and MOST OF ALL how will my eating the freedom steak HELP OTHERS in the FUTURE?
Now you and I may like Ron Paul's speeches, but his speeches fail to "make the sale" because they don't sizzle with the public. Oh the general Public certainly knows Ron's positions, as well as anyone's, they just don't see it in their FUTURE. And why should they? His speeches "seem" to be about going back to the 'past'. That leaves PRACTICAL PEOPLE (i.e. non-ideological political people) with only ONE way to think: "Gee do I want the country’s PAST to be my country’s FUTURE?".
And so, we in the "Liberty-Steak selling movement" need to start painting the "10 years from now..." VISION. As in, "America, 10 years after the Drug War ended....this is how it looks, this is how people feel, and this is how it’s helped OTHER PEOPLE…….(and now close the sale with) And don’t you want that in YOUR future?"
Selling a positive VISION is a thousand times more inspiring and motivating and VOTE GETTING than selling a dystopian vision of the future police-state. Rather than reminding people of what Orwell said in the past about a boot in Man's face, sell them a vision of what peace & liberty really looks like. Show them that when the government shrinks, the Voluntary Community GROWS & GROWS & GROWS all to take its place in wonderful and unique ways.
As your mother used to say about making the sale.... "You will attract more bees with honey...".
Believing that the voting public is stupid is an excuse. Scaring them about the police state and then scaring them about the loss of government services, just confuses the matter. Its time we worked on our sales pitch.
We must know our customer better. The voting public is a "practical lot". That is they are not political, not ideological, and just want the FUTURE vision sold to them. Don't argue with the customer, lets give them what they want. And what they want is a better, freer, healthier, friendlier, safer future. Yes they will bite the Freedom Steak if we sell the future to them.
It is high time we stop "warning", "reminding", "threatening", "scaring" and "scolding" them to get freedom, and start SELLING the FUTURE vision of a FREER world. For example, take a look at your Facebook postings, how many fall into one of the above categories? Is that cartoon scolding, threatening, warning? What link or essay or cartoon is about the FUTURE that ACCEPTED FREEDOM? Here is what the customer asks...
(1) What does MORE FREEDOM look like? That is what they want to know.
(2) How does MORE FREEDOM help me? That is what they want to know.
(3) How will MORE FREEDOM help everybody else? That is what they want to know. For example, you and I would push the button to abolish the 5 departments that Ron Paul said he would. But they want to know the answer to the above 3 questions before THEY push the buttons.
The VISION? What will more freedom look like in 5 to 10 years? Our Liberty Customers are asking us to sell it to them, the question is, will we? Will we sell them a future freedoms that they cannot imagine but long to enjoy?
Will "Freedom be Calling" in the 21st Century?
Hilarious Video but so vital for all of at the same time: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RiVidhEI8XQ&feature=related
Allow me to quote from this: "A New Freedom Strategy:
Liberty & Utopia PART II"
2012: St Louis Missouri
"Raker is a 50 year old detective who is use to dealing with drug crimes and the seedy side of life in year 2012. Suddenly while going through a crack house on the West side of the city, Raker gets hit hard on the back of the head.
Raker wakes up, to his surprise, 10 years later. Turns out his only daughter hung by him all these years and refused to "pull the plug" on him. When the "new drug" came, all it took was a shot to wake him out of his coma. "What year is it? he asks. "2022" she answers, "Its been ten long years dad".
Raker and his daughter leave the hospital and have a nice talk, catching up on things as they ride down the freeway in her car. Then Raker suddenly notices that she is not really steering the car. Why the car and all the cars and even the freeway is "networked" and "drives itself". He looks out and sees that many things have changed, and for the better!
Then he asks what time it is, and the car replies "its 5pm". He now notices there is NO TRAFFIC JAMS. Wow, things are for the better! "How did THAT happen?", he asks.
"They privatized the roads" ...
"What?!!! You've got to be kidding me!" he says.
His loving daughter explains to him, "there are lots of good changes dad, since we freed the country from our old ways". Still curious about what happened to him, he asks to return to the seedy side of town, to the crack building where he got hurt. What does Raker find? Clean new condos.
"What happened?" he asks his daughter in shock. She says "dad, a lot of good things happened, lets get the drugs the doctor suggested." ...Then Raker asks as they enter the drug store, "Where's my prescription?" and the daughter answers "The doctor just um, emailed, yea he emailed it to my T-Phone and I sent it here. Its waiting for us now."
As the two walk in Raker notices and recognizes a well known, yet well dressed, but former crack-head walking out of the store. Raker looks stunned. The daughter says, "Dad, drugs have long been legalized. There are no prescriptions any more too, you just take the doctors advice as to what medicines to get, or not. The medicines I like are FDA stamped recommended, but we can buy cheaper ones too if you like."
Raker replies, "Dam, I guess 10 years has gone by. I am 60 years old now, but I don't feel a day older. Hey my hands look young!"
And the daughter replies, "It will take me a while to explain that one dad. Lets just say 5 years ago I gave you lots of new treatments, ok?" and she hugs him, "Welcome back dad, I love you."
(anyway, you get the idea -- the FUTURE under freedom and deregulation and privatization is BETTER.)
Fictional Libertarian UTOPIA that is 10 years out is SORELY missing. And it is that VISION, that EMOTIONAL vision of YES, THINGS CAN GET BETTER (with freedom) that will supercharge our movement.
Reagan had his "shinning city on a hill". We will should give them the "shining PLANET in the Universe".
PS. If you have not seen this speech by Hans Rosling, you are really missing something special: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6sqnptxlCcw&feature=related