The Power of Knowledge and PersistenceSubmitted by snickodonnell on Sun, 07/01/2012 - 18:55
I was working today with one of my longtime friends from high school. He has always been very active in GOP politics (did a lot of CR stuff in college), and of course me and him talk about everything from elections to foreign policy on a regular basis. He's known for a while I'm a big-time Paul supporter, and he knows I know my stuff. We debate often, mostly in the realm of foreign policy, with most of the time just respectfully disagreeing and going on with our lives. Today was a different day.
It was 104, and we had no customers in the firework tent we own and have been working since '05. So naturally, the political talks began happening. Of course we agreed on Obamacare. We spoke about Romney (his argument was: he's the best we got, since he's the nominee). The conversation then took a trip to Iran.
This is where we are the harshest towards each other. Since he is one of my best friends, we're very frank with each other. He started with the usual "Ayatollah is irrational and actually believe [insert destroy Israel comment here]" and I continuously either refuted him, or showed him counter-examples. Luckily, he let me take his iPhone and I pulled up all the citations for my evidence I had. You all know the arguments, so I won't delve into them here.
The point of all this is that, by about an hour into our conversation, he had not only conceded one point to me, but every point I had: history, economics, blowback, more history, rationality, perspective, etc. At first he resisted a change in philosophy, eventually saying something akin to "Although you're probably right on everything, I just see myself in the shoes of someone from Jerusalem [blah blah being blown up]," and I calmly pushed it forward, and eventually showed him the "We Don't Hate You" video from Israeli people to Iran on YouTube.
Then it happened. He smiled, leaned back into his chair, and said, "Well, I guess you're right, then." That was the end of the conversation. We sat, without saying a word to each other, for several minutes. He got up, looked at me and said "Ron Paul 2012, then" and went to lunch.
The point is, don't ever give up. We are right, and we know it. Continue to use the truth, be respectful, but be assertive. Most importantly, know your stuff! If I can get a former GOP establishment-type religious "I like Ron Paul, except on foreign policy" guy to admit that Iran poses no threat to us, anyone can be convinced.
Argue, in an effective manner, with everyone--anytime you see liberty and non-intervention attacked. You may come off as "annoying" or whatever, but who cares? The future--our future--is way too important not to.