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You are not abrasive, but you are long winded and speaking to the choir :-)

I have had similar arugments with many people. You can provide history, pertinent facts, ideology, etc.. very little gets through.

Perhaps a change of strategy is in order. I have had some take a few steps back in disbelief:

Do not get into lectures. When in disagreement, keep it short, chuckle, and accuse them of thinking like a democrat. True conservatives, Republicans, absolutely hate that and causes them to go home and think. Also mention that you have a suspicion that a member of congress or senate may be a democrat that has run on a R ticket just to get elected.

It may take time, but you are under the impression that 2016 is a long way off, so there ya go.

Hit me with a PM, we can talk.

"What if the American people learn the truth" - Ron Paul