Comment: It's partly how you're speaking to them

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It's partly how you're speaking to them

Four keys (speaking as someone who has identified as both before):

(1) Do your absolute best to be calm and polite - anger, questioning someone's intelligence, and using "scare words" like "socialist", "fascist" and "communist" turn people off quickly

(2) Do not try to argue with them on things that they strongly believe to be true, focus on what they value but know little about (dollar value, military bases, government corruption) - Everyone is predisposed to strengthening their most closely-held beliefs when challenged

(3) Play up the areas in which Paul would do more for what they value than Obama would, like civil liberties, federal separation of church and state, national defense/bringing troops to their families, eliminating corporate subsidies

(4) When they show that they're afraid of something Paul proposes (e.g. ending Social Security, eliminating the FDA) explain his focus on transition programs and give them links to credible academic studies on his policies. Do not try to inform them on the spot.

A strong Dem/Indep will usually do more investigation on their own when given links instead of information, because they don't form preconceived notions and - according to statistics - are predisposed to being curious about information when they do their own work.

On a side note, the article above is full of half-truths and misinformation, and sometimes doesn't even try to do scientific research. There's no doubt that sociopaths tend to end up in political office at a disproportionate rate, but the article does a disservice to uninformed readers.

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