I'm going to have to (regretfully) agree with Frank on this one.
Originally Posted by robertwerden
Angry, hateful, and childish (i.e. "F##K YOU FRANK") RP supporters are a detriment to the cause. They only help RP lose potential voters, by giving his opponents so much ammunition and by associating RP with unstable individuals.
It does not matter how much of a liar or an asshole Luntz is... if your actions cause RP to lose votes, you only have yourself to blame. You should be in this to win it... not in it to angrily shove your inflated opinion in the faces of people who don't agree with you.
It is far too easy to respond in anger when someone attacks your candidate. It is far too easy to send a hateful e-mail or make an angry phone call.
But one thing we must all remember is that these are people. Real people who have feelings and who are influenced by the world around them. They are not the enemy. They may have done something that harmed our efforts to restore our country, intentional or unintentional. But they are still people.
If you want these people to change their ideas about Ron Paul and about the grassroots, be kind. Return good for their evil. Speak to them positively and with kindness and understanding. Give people the benefit of the doubt that it was unintentional. And be willing to forgive those who intentionally did something to harm the campaign.
I remember when I was in sales and I would come across some very angry people who just hated salespeople. But I killed them with kindness and got them sharing their interests and related to them on their level. Then their attitude changed toward me.
A negative e-mail or phone call may feel good. But it hurts the campaign. It hurts our country. Keep in mind that these are people you are dealing with, and treat them with respect and care. So they are sell-outs, who cares? Maybe if you present the grassroots in a positive light, just maybe their conscience will get to them and they will help Ron Paul out.
That's a nice email.
Sent from my blackberry.
From: Jerry Johnson
To: Frank I. Luntz
Sent: Mon Jan 14 16:13:23 2008
This is Jeremiah Johnson and I'm a Ron Paul supporter. First, just
want to say, respect. I know there are some very outspoken supporters who
represent the Ron Paul grassroots in a negative light and I apologize
for that. We do our best to try and discourage any negative behaviour
and actions, yet, like with any box of tomatoes, your bound to have
some rotten ones. And they certainly do cause more problems then they are
worth. However, for every negative supporter, I assure you, there are
thousands who are not negative and who are working hard to bring
forward these ideas to the public eye. The positive ones are far too busy
reaching people and communicating ideas to approach those who have
presented obstacles for this campaign. So that is probably why you haven't
heard as much from those who do respect where you stand.
You've probably heard this before but I just wanted to remind you of
our national debt of 9 trillion dollars and 52 trillion dollars of future
liabilities to social security. That is over 530k per household(not
including state, city, or personal debt). We really do need this trend
changed if America is to be America any longer. I hope you can set
aside the few sour apples you have run into and help us turn this nation
around. We need your help, Frank.
I just want to also say, great job on your book, "Words That Work". As
a business owner and having worked in sales, I understand the
difficulties most have in effectively communicating and how people's words too
often do not effectively communicate the ideas they have.