Our Most Captive Audience, Left Untapped!Submitted by pmpowell001 on Thu, 07/12/2012 - 14:45
One of the hardest parts of spreading the message of liberty is getting people to listen. It can take a good amount of time to change peoples deeply seeded political beliefs. But what if you could send out any information you want, knowing it will be read from top to bottom and probably shared multiple times? Sounds like a good deal, but most people will never take the time to read a large amount of information you send them. Except...... INMATES
Now hear me out. A couple years ago I spent a little over a month in jail (seemed like 5 years) on a possesion of marijuana charge. (we all make mistakes)... but anyways, i was one of very few people to receive a newspaper. Everyday, before i even had a chance to read it, 5 or 6 people would ask if they could get it next. So many people would hound me about borrowing my newspaper I almost didn't want to keep getting it. But the point is... these are people with nothing but time on their hands. Reading material is valuable and passed around. And yes, several are criminals but many are locked up for non-violent offenses or petty things. In either case, its not our place to judge and once they've served their time, they're vote/opinions matter as much as everyone elses. many people in a county jail get out in a relatively short time (unless their headed to prison). And when they're out, their votes are just as valuable as anybody elses. So at a time when political parties spend millions and over analyze everything, why has no one bothered to reach out to these people?
So my idea is... printing off Liberty/Ron Paul material, relevant news articles, whatever you want to write and sending it off. Almost every county has a list of inmates at their jails online, including peoples charges, release dates, and rules for sending mail. Not only will it help grow the movement, you could even send information on local canidates and encourage them to vote in the fall! These people know what its like to have lost their freedom, usually as consequence of their actions... but I don't think once they have it back they'll want to hand it over and no longer have to commit an offense to be incarcirated(ndaa). And they like getting mail. For those that served time on minor offenses, it would give them a way to constructively change the system rather than just blaming it. Several of these people have repeatedly witnessed the erosion of their constitutional rights, LETS SEND THEM THE SOLUTION.
****** on the can they vote issue. People in county jail are either a) awaiting trial (misdemeanor or felony) or b) serving a sentence for a misdemeanor. If your convicted of a felony you will most likely be transferred to prison. So the large majority defintely can vote after they served their sentence (that could include house arrest or probation) ... And im not saying we should try and convince violent criminals to join our ranks... but soo many people will have dui's, pot possesions,public intox and either cant afford to bail out or violate probation and do time). So the majority in a county jail will be getting out, will be able to vote, and will be extremly receptive.