One to One Canvassing
I am a firefighter and paramedic, as well as a preacher. In that respect, I have a ton of experience starting conversations with total strangers. So it is in that spirit that I am writing to you now.
I am writing this to encourage you to take this revolution to the streets. I hope to equip you to start a conversation with everyone you come into contact with and to be bold for the sake of our nation.
It is important to remember that many people are blinded by our current system. In their chosen ignorance, they become apathetic. They are deceived into thinking that the way things are going, is the way things are supposed to be. Our purpose is to wake them up. We are giving them truth and the truth is narrow and controversial. It will be painful to some as it peels away the layers of deception that our nation has succumbed to. When you speak to people about the Ron Paul campaign, you are essentially shining a flashlight in the eyes of those who have been in the dark for most of their lives.
Many of us are new to the idea of campaigning. We have never gone out of our way to talk to people about the candidates. You might have had a sign in your yard or a bumper sticker, but the thought of talking to a total stranger is terrifying. Because of that, I think that we tend to come up with excuses not to have a one-to-one conversation with someone. We need to remember what is at stake here. Our Founding Fathers pledged to each other their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honor. This resulted in a revolt against tyranny. It started small, but like a prairie fire with a good wind, it germinated into our Constitution and our Republic. Because of our national lethargy, that Republic is in danger of disappearing into the void…a casualty of self indulgent politicians who would not know sacrifice if it ran up and slapped them in the face.
When we are confronted with doubt about speaking up to friends, family or strangers about our cause, we need to remember the pledges of our founders. We need to be willing to sacrifice for this cause. We need to be the patriots our nation needs us to be. I am grateful that even though we have a multitude of diversities in the Ron Paul Revolution, we are all willing to sacrifice, to the best of our ability and resources, for this great cause.
So with that in mind, let me give you a couple of helpful ideas to encourage you to be bold for the Revolution!
Get yourself a copy of the Constitution and Declaration of Independence (you can order them by the case. Just do a search for them online). This is important for one reason:
Most people do not know what either document actually says…
I know that is hard to believe, but it is true. I was speaking to a coworker once, who is 26 years old. I was trying to explain to him why the Federal Reserve was no more "federal" than Federal Express. I then asked him if he knew why the Fed was anti-Constitutional. He did not know. He did not cover that in his public school. I was shocked! I had a civics class with a teacher that hammered the Constitution into our heads and yet, this coworker of mine had never read it.
Fortunately, I have a couple hundred copies on hand, if I need to refer to them or educate someone on our Constitution and Declaration of Independence (which I did). Once I showed him what the documents said, he was actually angry. He felt he was being deceived (and he is beginning to see how much deception there is, thanks to my willingness to talk to him). As a result, he is an ardent Ron Paul supporter, because he now sees the truth from the lies.
'"I am doing a survey…"'
When it comes to talking to people, especially total strangers, I have found that this is the best ice-breaker. I call it the "Survey Approach."
Find a total stranger. Walk up to stranger. Ask stranger if they could help you with a political survey.
Once you get to this stage, ask them a series of questions that reveal their political affiliation. For example:
You: "Sir, I am doing a survey, do you think you could help me out?"
You: "OK. In the last presidential election, did you vote Democrat, Republican, or independent?"
You: "I am assuming that you are not a fan of George Bush then?"
Stranger: "You assume correctly."
You: "How about in the last election, 2 years ago, did you vote Democrat then?"
You: "Do you feel they have held up to their promises?"
Stranger: "No. We are still in Iraq. We still have all of the problems we had when it was an all Republican House and Senate."
You: "Sir, if there were a candidate that was running on an immediate withdrawal from Iraq, abolish the IRS and abolish the Patriot Act, which is violating your privacy, would you be interested?"
Stranger: "Of course."
You: "There is a candidate who is running on that platform, who has won each televised debate that he has been and is number one for internet searches out of all presidential candidates, Democrat or Republican."
(At this point, pull out a Ron Paul, "officially sanctioned" flyer and make the introduction)
You can vary the content based on the person's political affiliation. I like to ask Republicans if they feel Bush is serving them in the manner they expect of their President. Remember what we have at stake. Remember that we finally have a candidate who has a voting record that backs up his claims. We stand on the threshold of a great revolution. We also stand on the threshold of mediocrity and despair. Let us never forget what is at stake and as we move this campaign forward, let's remember those fateful words of Thomas Jefferson, regarding the Declaration of Independence: "We mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor…"
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