Re-Focusing on Getting Ron Paul the Nomination
Submitted by allan_stevo on Thu, 02/23/2012 – 11:31
Santorum is a train wreck waiting to happen; Romney is melting down. Whether or not the GOP insiders likes it, Ron Paul will be the last man standing in August. His plan to collect delegates and show up at the convention strong is coming together. Now is the time to re-focus and dedicate even more effort to getting the nomination.
3 Effective Groups
The first and only thing we must focus on is getting Ron Paul nominated. That means we shouldn’t trouble ourselves with the discussion of third party runs, or beating other candidates’ supporters in online debates, or in any activity that doesn’t work towards getting Ron Paul the nomination.
There are three important steps to achieving victory in the 2012 GOP primaries. Together those three steps allow each of us to leverage our personal influence to be as effective as possible.
#1. Ask pro-peace Democrats that you personally know to vote Republican in the primaries for Ron Paul and make sure that those who agree to vote for Ron Paul actually show up on election day.
#2. Work the rest of your “social precinct.”
#3. Activate your own network of Ron Paul supporters.
With these three techniques successfully implemented, Ron Paul will end up the Republican presidential nominee in 2012. There is nothing further that any of us should worry about until we have completed these three tasks.
#1 focuses on pro-peace Democrats because those who are truly pro-peace are open to voting for Ron Paul seeing that he’s the only pro-peace candidate running from either major party. They are likely swing voters that are easily reachable and open to a Paul vote. Even if they are not interested in voting for Paul in the general election, they are still voters who want to see Paul hold Obama’s feet to the fire on the wars and civil liberties and who are therefore willing to support Ron Paul in the primaries.
In #2, “social precinct” is a term I use to describe what was once called a “Christmas card list.” Ron Paul supporters tend to have extensive online connections. Your Facebook friend-list is one component of your social precinct. Before you reach out to strangers, every friend of yours should be contacted asking for a vote for Ron Paul. Celebrities with 4,996 friends will probably have a harder time doing this than people who actually know all of their Facebook friends. This is where you and I have an advantage over any celebrity – we can actually have short personal discussions with each of our friends.
In #3, activating Ron Paul supporters means motivating Ron Paul supporters around you, keeping up their morale, and getting after them when they don’t follow through. Call the Ron Paul supporters you know in order to invite them along when you make phone calls, or knock on doors, make sure you personally invite and encourage them to give money during money bombs. If you think Ron Paul supporters around you are starting to feel down, then send lots of good news to them in order to keep up their spirits, since so many other news sources have exclusively dismal things to say about our movement. Keeping a fellow supporter active and motivated in implementing this plan will magnify your effect many times over. We do these three things and we win in 2012 for Ron Paul.
What About Strangers?
Each one of us can spend time approaching strangers to talk about Ron Paul, but it’s almost guaranteed to be less effective than talking to our friends, family, and others with whom we already have developed a rapport outside of politics.
Additionally, all of us know that there are knuckleheaded people across the political spectrum. Some of whom are in our social precincts as friends, family, or acquaintances. Those knuckleheaded people are generally a waste of our time.
The people who are not a waste of time are the members of the anti-war movement who coalesced around Obama and are still scratching their heads trying to figure out what happened to that anti-war movement. It’s time to reach out to them in a more concerted fashion to let them know that the anti-war movement is coalescing around Ron Paul. The anti-war issue is but one example. You have likely also had experience with folks who hold other core views that make them very receptive to Ron Paul.
Within two minutes of communicating with a person in your social precinct, you should be able to identify who is going to be open to this idea of voting for Ron Paul and who is going to be a waste of time. In this way, an open minded pro-peace friend who voted Obama in 2008 is probably going to be more helpful than a neo-con hawk. Until you have gone through your entire list, please spend no more than 10 minutes convincing anyone to vote for Ron Paul. If your goal is to win the nomination for Ron Paul, then that person would simply be a waste of your time.
Three More Steps
I’m going to add three more important details about getting votes for Ron Paul. Discussions aren’t enough.
Step I. Communicate with your friend or family member.
Step II. Get a promise from him to vote for Ron Paul.
Step III. Make sure he gets out to vote for Ron Paul.*
*The third step is twofold:
A. See to it that your friend or family member is registered properly in his state to vote for Ron Paul.
B. See to it that your friend or family member gets out to the polling place or caucusing location to vote for Ron Paul on election day.
Our movement has been fantastic at the first part, but the more Ron Paul supporters I’ve encountered over the past two elections, the more I see how bad we are at the later two. We need to get a promise from our friends to vote for Ron Paul and to get them out to vote for Ron Paul.
To point to just one example – this post on the Daily Paul shows a situation where Ron Paul supporters sadly did not get out to vote. Imagine the possibilities had more supporters in Nevada just gotten out there and voted. The campaign chair says in that link the supporters existed; they just weren’t voting. Getting Ron Paul’s supporters to the polling place is necessary to win this.
Ron Paul’s getting a lot of support at rallies, but we, the members of the grassroots can do a better job getting our social precincts out to vote for Ron Paul – supporters included. I can’t stress the importance of this enough – identify supporters (Steps I + II); get them out to vote (Step III).
Many of the readers of the Daily Paul are already doing exactly that. They are reaching out to every member of their social precinct, getting promises to vote, and making sure people get out to vote. If all of us were doing that, no amount of voter fraud would be able to stop us from winning.
I understand that it’s hard work and it’s easier to focus on issues tangential to winning. However, following through with those people you speak to is vital to victory. That means making sure they are properly registered and out to vote for Ron Paul. Heck, pick them up in your car to vote on election day if you have to.
If we turn it up a notch and make ourselves more effective, we can win the nomination for Ron Paul August 27 in Tampa at the RNC, after which he will beat Obama on Novmeber 6. We just need to amplify our efforts.
We don’t do that, we lose. We do that, we win.
Allan Stevo is a writer from Chicago who is currently pounding the pavement for Ron Paul. He is the author of How to Win America for Ron Paul and the Cause of Freedom in 2012.
Know the Ropes
Submitted by DanInPhilly on Thu, 02/23/2012 – 12:34.
I would encourage Allan to refine his advice to include something along the lines of making sure each of the people he’s targeting with his essay (Ron Paul organizers or activists or cadre, etc) “know the ropes” for their state.
For example, in Penna the primary vote is merely a beauty contest that has no legal bearing on delegates. So as well meaning as the advice is to RP supporters to get their social precinct (nice turn of phrase BTW!) out to Vote for RP in the Primary, this in reality accomplishes nothing. OTOH, an RP activist who knew the ropes would get their friends to the polls AND s/he would say, “Vote for Ron Paul AND vote for these three names, they are our Ron Paul delegates.” If those three get elected they go to the Tampa convention and cast their delegate vote for Ron Paul.
Otherwise, great essay….you can never have enough emphasis on VOTES VOTES VOTES