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This is about building a consensus on items that a large number

of people can agree about.

I would of thought that 80%+ of the population could agree with 80%+ of the items listed.
I call that a majority.

It is not about detailing 100% solutions.
I agree that lots of other things need to be done.
That includes reducing the power and size of the Federal government and giving power back to the several states as per the Bill of Rights.
http://ian56.blogspot.co.uk/2012/10/the-case-against-barack-...

It is about trying to wake people up and get them to listen.
At the moment America is heading in 180 degrees in the wrong direction.
It is about trying to turn the Titanic around from full speed ahead to the iceberg.

If a large number of people can be persuaded to listen and come around more to our point of view, we can then move on to more controversial things that also need to be done.

Dem supporters are attracted to reducing Corporate Welfare, less warmongering and lower levels of military spending.
They are also virulently against the fraudulent behavior of the big banks.
They are supposedly in favor of higher taxes, but when you phrase it as I have done, the vast majority of Dems become supportive of tax cuts for the 99%.
The Dems are also attracted to government taking care of their every whim. So I have steered mostly clear of this more controversial topic for now.
Most of them can see the point made about college education though.
Given time and effort they could actually be persuaded that Student Loans are a bad thing, not a good thing.

GOP supporters are attracted to lower taxes, smaller government and less welfare.
They have been brainwashed into believing the American military is somehow under threat (instead of the government now spending triple what it did during the cold war, inflation adjusted).

GOP supporters can be persuaded with the proposal of massive tax cuts and large scale reductions of government spending.
To a lesser extent they can be persuaded on deficit reduction.

They can be worked on with :-
the numerous examples of Pentagon waste
the horrendous crimes of the big banks
Paul Ryan's budget proposals are just as big government and big deficits as the Dems.

My proposals to deal with the looming demographic timebomb and welfare spending crisis are in a separate link and not in my headlines.
This can be highlighted to GOP supporters - but not Dems.

Independents
90% of Independents will probably agree with 90% of the proposals made.
They are the largest demographic (40% Indies, 33% Dems, 27% GOP).
They are also the most open to suggestions and the easiest to persuade (along with the younger generation).
They are already very fed up with the current 2 party, crony capitalist, duopoly system - witness the current circa 10% approval rating of Congress.

Pick the topics with the largest existing consensus first, to build up the number of people that are willing to listen.
Monsanto and specific examples of corporate corruption are both good ones.
Then move on to more difficult topics and persuade.

"In the end, more than they wanted freedom, they wanted security. They wanted a comfortable life, and they lost it all -- security, comfort, and freedom. When ... the freedom they wished for was freedom from responsibility, then Athens ceased to be free."