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Can low-information voters be reached?
WND ^ | December 26, 2012 | Robert Ringer

Posted on 12/28/2012 9:11:25 AM PST by Perseverando

Exclusive: Robert Ringer seeks ways to get through to the redistribution-minded

While driving into D.C. last week, I was listening to Rush Limbaugh expound on an important issue that I don’t believe many pro-liberty people give much thought to. He said that “low-information” voters present a serious problem because there is no way to reach people who are uninformed. Worse, most of these people don’t like conservatives or libertarians.

No doubt about it, Rush has zeroed in on the crux of the problem when it comes to the decline and fall of the American Empire. How in the world do you reach people who not only are devoid of knowledge, but, in addition, don’t like the very people who have the information they so desperately need?

Worse, low-information voters are attracted to slogans, catchwords and fact-free propaganda – the more outrageous, the better. They are drawn to gobbledygook like “pay your fair share,” “social justice” and “shared prosperity” because such nonsense requires no thinking and thus is easily digested by the brain.

We’ve all seen the random street interviews with people who have no clue about the national debt, Benghazi-gate, Obamacare, or even the difference between the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. These hollowheads know nothing about Barack Obama’s radical socialist past or that he has never been vetted by the media. They know only that he has a great smile, tells them he will make the rich pony up a still larger share of their ill-gotten gains and promises to give them evermore free stuff.

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TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: benghazigate; limbaugh; lowinformation; obamacare; obamaphone; rush; scam; uninformed; voters; voting
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1 posted on 12/28/2012 9:11:35 AM PST by Perseverando
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To: Perseverando

I’d much rather take away their vote, myself.


2 posted on 12/28/2012 9:13:15 AM PST by Gaffer
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To: Perseverando

They’ve already been “reached”. They don’t want to be “reached” again. Too busy buying shiny objects, eating loads of fast food and staring at X-box..


3 posted on 12/28/2012 9:15:02 AM PST by albie
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To: Perseverando

zombie voters.

they wander the streets killing and taking, they moan “freebieeeees”, and only vote for the politician who gives them freebies.

Politicians sell ups a “decrease in the increase” as a cut.


4 posted on 12/28/2012 9:16:10 AM PST by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: Perseverando

An Iranian or North Korean based ICBM might do it.


5 posted on 12/28/2012 9:18:54 AM PST by Catmom
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To: Perseverando

Sure their is. Open your mouth and tell them what you want them to hear.

Plenty of places like oh...I dunno....THE INTERNET that the MSM can’t completely filter and that most of the LIVs spend all their time on anyway.

But not a one, Palin excepted, does it with any intent or consistency.


6 posted on 12/28/2012 9:19:26 AM PST by Norm Lenhart
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To: Perseverando

I had a part-time job as a Gallup pollster back in the late 1980’s in rural Kansas. About 5% of the people I interviewed DID NOT KNOW WHO THE PRESIDENT WAS! This was in Reagan’s 7th year in office.


7 posted on 12/28/2012 9:19:55 AM PST by conservaterian (NOW can we have a conservative candidate?????)
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To: conservaterian

Neither do we. Personally I think it’s Jarret.


8 posted on 12/28/2012 9:21:26 AM PST by Norm Lenhart
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To: Perseverando

Not if they vote according to the color chart.


9 posted on 12/28/2012 9:21:47 AM PST by jersey117
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To: Perseverando

Rather than calling them Low Information Voters, I prefer Low Information Electors. The acronym—LIE—better explains how they can, and have been reached.


10 posted on 12/28/2012 9:23:20 AM PST by TruthShallSetYouFree (July 4, 1776: Declaration of Independence. Nov 6, 2012: Declaration of Dependence. R.I.P. America.)
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To: Perseverando

While a certain percent of these “low information” voters are unreachable, e.g. the Obama phone lady, others will take notice when their taxes go up significantly, they can’t see the doctor they want, EPA regulators ban their SUV’s, BBQ grills and wood burning fireplaces and the cost of electricity and gasoline become almost unaffordable. At that point maybe a Ronald Reagan like GOP candidate can convincingly ask are you better off? However no squishy RINO candidate will be able to pull that off.


11 posted on 12/28/2012 9:24:32 AM PST by The Great RJ
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To: Perseverando

Low-information voters and craven politicians - a match made in Hades.


12 posted on 12/28/2012 9:25:43 AM PST by COBOL2Java (kak-is-toc-ra-cy: Government by the least qualified or most unprincipled citizens. See: GOP-e)
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To: COBOL2Java

We are in the bread(EBT) and circuses(NFL) phase of the downfall.


13 posted on 12/28/2012 9:26:45 AM PST by central_va ( I won't be reconstructed and I do not give a damn.)
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To: Perseverando

Yes. Have them pay taxes too.

Hello fiscal cliff and hello to all wanting to lower the cost of government.


14 posted on 12/28/2012 9:26:51 AM PST by Principled
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To: central_va

Totally agree.


15 posted on 12/28/2012 9:28:02 AM PST by Norm Lenhart
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To: Perseverando
Can low-information voters be reached?

Yes, but only after spending at least four years in the Gulag or collective farm.

16 posted on 12/28/2012 9:28:33 AM PST by Navy Patriot (Join the Democrats, it's not Fascism when WE do it, and the Constitution and law mean what WE say.)
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To: Perseverando

Only through Obamaphone.


17 posted on 12/28/2012 9:30:09 AM PST by Hardraade (http://junipersec.wordpress.com (Vendetta))
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To: Norm Lenhart

The bread and circuses phase of the decline and fall of the Romans was a long time. I doubt with fiat currency and nuclear weapons we will have that long to “party” like it’s 99 AD.


18 posted on 12/28/2012 9:31:50 AM PST by central_va ( I won't be reconstructed and I do not give a damn.)
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To: The Great RJ

This is a pipe dream... these people will riot like the people in Greece when things do not go their way...they are not interested in financial or personal discipline no matter the cost

we all crave happiness..but many people have forgotten the way to get there. hard work...charity and love of neighbor ( and yes even the low information voter) and fear and love of the Lord...live by example

before we can reach the low information voter we must first make sure all is right with our house


19 posted on 12/28/2012 9:35:38 AM PST by longfellowsmuse (last of the living nomads)
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To: central_va

True.

I’ve said it before but I wish I could come back in 500 years just to read the history books on this era. Just to be proven right.

This assumes there are actual literal humans surviving to write them.. And that is far from certain.


20 posted on 12/28/2012 9:41:02 AM PST by Norm Lenhart
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To: Perseverando

my mother is one of them.... she thinks she’s a liberal, except when you question her on individual issues and don’t mention party affiliation or beliefs... she swings right.
Unfortunately she has been ingrained to think she hates republicans, and viscerally can’t stand any of our spokespeople.

That’s the kicker... for the most part I can’t stand our legislative spokespeople either, but I don’t vote on personality.


21 posted on 12/28/2012 9:45:48 AM PST by Katya (Homo Nosce Te Ipsum)
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To: Norm Lenhart
I’ve said it before but I wish I could come back in 500 years just to read the history books on this era. Just to be proven right..

The Caliphate won't allow it. Space etc. and Anglo Christian history will be purged.

22 posted on 12/28/2012 9:46:48 AM PST by central_va ( I won't be reconstructed and I do not give a damn.)
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To: Perseverando

“American Empires”?

We don’t WANT an American Empire!

We want a Republic!


23 posted on 12/28/2012 9:49:44 AM PST by Arthur McGowan (If you're FOR sticking scissors in a baby girl's neck and sucking out her brains, you are PRO-WOMAN!)
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To: central_va

Tocqueville predicted this in DEMOCRACY IN AMERICA back in the 1830s. Every great nation has a rise and fall...we are on the downside unless a way can be found to reach these people.

I’m not hopeful. I have talked to some Obama voters who hold college degrees...who have never heard of “Fast and Furious”, nor Bengahzi. When I bring these topics up...their answer is...”it can’t be important or it would have been covered in the “news”...meaning ABCBSNBCNNPRPBS.

When I explain that only Fox covers news that doesn’t fit the liberal agenda they look at me like I’m crazy.

We are up against a media that’s mostly in the tank for Obama. That’s just the way it is.


24 posted on 12/28/2012 9:50:33 AM PST by kjo (+)
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To: Catmom
they wander the streets killing and taking, they moan “freebieeeees”

because they definitely aren't interested in "braaaains".

25 posted on 12/28/2012 9:52:24 AM PST by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: Perseverando
"Can low-information voters be reached?"

NO!

Most of the democrat votes are from people long dead. I would almost bet money that teddie kennedy voted last November.

Until we start to secure the voting rolls, no real conservative or Christian will ever again get elected.

26 posted on 12/28/2012 9:58:35 AM PST by Matthew10
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To: Perseverando

Yes. Absolutely. The left hasn’t the slightest problem reaching them.


27 posted on 12/28/2012 10:10:05 AM PST by null and void (Going Galt: The won't of the people)
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To: Perseverando

Only if Conservatives can come up with a candidate whom they would regard as “cool” and “hip” (which is why the Dems are on a constant Search And Destroy mission for guys like Marco Rubio)


28 posted on 12/28/2012 10:12:15 AM PST by Buckeye McFrog
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To: Perseverando

I was a pretty low information voter at one point (never a liberal, but still low information) because I was clueless on the issues in a lot of instances. I started betting politicized after 9/11 and started getting on the Internet. It really doesn’t take that great an effort to upgrade your information capacity. One will not become a wizard over night, but bit by bit, if you read etc. you will have the knowledge to make better informed decisions. I would consider myself a libertarian conservative.


29 posted on 12/28/2012 10:22:24 AM PST by brooklyn dave (1st commandment THOU SHALT NOT BELIEVE THY GOVERNMENT)
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To: Perseverando

I was a pretty low information voter at one point (never a liberal, but still low information) because I was clueless on the issues in a lot of instances. I started betting politicized after 9/11 and started getting on the Internet. It really doesn’t take that great an effort to upgrade your information capacity. One will not become a wizard over night, but bit by bit, if you read etc. you will have the knowledge to make better informed decisions. I would consider myself a libertarian conservative.


30 posted on 12/28/2012 10:22:28 AM PST by brooklyn dave (1st commandment THOU SHALT NOT BELIEVE THY GOVERNMENT)
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To: Perseverando

I was a pretty low information voter at one point (never a liberal, but still low information) because I was clueless on the issues in a lot of instances. I started betting politicized after 9/11 and started getting on the Internet. It really doesn’t take that great an effort to upgrade your information capacity. One will not become a wizard over night, but bit by bit, if you read etc. you will have the knowledge to make better informed decisions. I would consider myself a libertarian conservative.


31 posted on 12/28/2012 10:22:35 AM PST by brooklyn dave (1st commandment THOU SHALT NOT BELIEVE THY GOVERNMENT)
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To: Buckeye McFrog

bologna... obama is only “cool and hip” because he tells people what he thinks they want to hear

the problem with the republican party and conservatives in general ( of which I am one) is that instead of becoming great ourselves and positively influencing those around us we are looking for a knight on a white horse to save the day

get over it and get to work. changing attitudes is going to take each and every one of us in the trenches talking to those whom we rather not talk to about things we may be uncomfortable talking about..and honestly looking in the mirror and asking if we have truly done our part


32 posted on 12/28/2012 10:23:01 AM PST by longfellowsmuse (last of the living nomads)
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To: Perseverando
Worse, most of these people don’t like conservatives or libertarians.

More evidence of how Romney became the nominee, as conservatives are more and more isolated from the GOP, pro-abortion-pro-homosexual, anti-social conservative, libertarians are being given equal status. It is relabeling the Rockefeller branch of the GOP which is republican on economics and democratic on social issues.

33 posted on 12/28/2012 10:27:00 AM PST by ansel12 (Romney--guns not for recreation or self-defense"sole purpose of hunting down and killing people".)
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To: longfellowsmuse

So, why then did Obama win? Why did the Low Information Voter pull the lever for him?

-He was “cool”.
-He was “hip”
-He was not the dorky rich white guy who belonged to the wacky cult, exported jobs to China and gave people cancer.
-He will give us free stuff.

Unless we plan to outdo them in giving away free stuff we had better figure out points 1, 2 and 3.


34 posted on 12/28/2012 10:28:18 AM PST by Buckeye McFrog
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To: Perseverando

The Republicans listen to Political Scientists who tell them that they can win a precinct in Florida by getting seven more old ladies to the polls. The Democrats listen to Behavioral Scientists who tell them to use fear and scare millions of people into voting Democrat. I have never been on welfare, so I can’t speak from experience, but I don’t think you can get rich on welfare. I suppose you could if you collected for a dozen people, but I don’t think people stay on welfare to get rich. I think the Democrats scare people into believing that the Republicans are going to take away their means of meeting their most basic needs. Look at Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs. The Republicans are talking about the top end of the hierarchy, Self-Actualization. The Democrats scare the voters at the bottom end of the hierarchy, Physiological Needs. Maslow taught that the lower needs must be met before a person can advance up the Hierarchy. Well, the Democrats have figured out, using their Nazi Behavioral Scientists, that they can keep people voting for them by convincing the voters that they should FEAR the Republicans taking away their ability to meet their lower, Physiological Needs. It is one of the most heinous frauds ever perpetrated on a group of people, and those caring Democrats are doing it every day. Why do you think the Democrats are so big on gun control? The Democrats use gun control arguments to scare people into voting for them. “The Republicans want you to die!”


35 posted on 12/28/2012 10:36:51 AM PST by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: Perseverando

The RNC needs to have informational commercials on tv shows like Celebrity Ghost Stories etc.


36 posted on 12/28/2012 10:44:55 AM PST by willk
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To: Katya
she thinks she’s a liberal, except when you question her on individual issues and don’t mention party affiliation or beliefs... she swings right.

That is my experience with almost all honest "liberals." They are really conservative, but just don't know it.

37 posted on 12/28/2012 10:47:44 AM PST by T. P. Pole
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To: Perseverando

Lets get a little more practical here. Can’t the Tea Party or other groups do public service type announcements on Ellen Degeneris, Jerry Springer, Judge Judy etc?

You have to talk to people where they live, even though we don’t like the place.

How about something like :: “yeah, these relationships on Judge Judy are pretty gross. You know if you make the right choices you could form a great family and avoid these situations,,, without government help.” Brought to you by The Tea Party, Family Values Coalition, etc.


38 posted on 12/28/2012 10:48:49 AM PST by sgtyork (The secret of happiness is freedom, and the secret of freedom, courage. Thucydides)
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To: Buckeye McFrog

“cool “ and “hip” are code for he will give us free stuff

If you listen to Obama’s speeches they are crafted to be intensely personal without saying anything. The low information voter fills in the blanks to hear what they want to hear regarding their own lives.

the “dorky white guy” argument is less about the candidate and more about the philosophy of conservatism. conservative principles are “old fashioned” “out of date”

there is no white knight (or hispanic for that matter) riding in with the cavalry to save the day. defeating the cultural rot is going to take each and every conservative in America getting into the trenches with their low information neighbor and showing them by example why discipline, hard work and fear and love of the Lord is the only way to happiness. It will be long, slow and painful, but it is the only way.


39 posted on 12/28/2012 10:49:02 AM PST by longfellowsmuse (last of the living nomads)
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To: Perseverando

Lets get a little more practical here. Can’t the Tea Party or other groups do public service type announcements on Ellen Degeneris, Jerry Springer, Judge Judy etc?

You have to talk to people where they live, even though we don’t like the place.

How about something like :: “yeah, these relationships on Judge Judy are pretty gross. You know if you make the right choices you could form a great family and avoid these situations,,, without government help.” Brought to you by The Tea Party, Family Values Coalition, etc.


40 posted on 12/28/2012 10:49:02 AM PST by sgtyork (The secret of happiness is freedom, and the secret of freedom, courage. Thucydides)
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To: Perseverando

No.


41 posted on 12/28/2012 10:51:11 AM PST by sport
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To: blueunicorn6

So, how do you reach the low information voters? How do you get them to vote Republican? Well, you could spend billions of dollars over the next ten years to try to educate them to reach Self-Actualization. All the while the Democrats will play upon their fear. If fear is what motivates them, then use fear. Turnabout is fair play. Make them fear the Democrats. The Democrat voters, contrary to popular belief, aren’t stupid. They aren’t a bunch of geniuses, but they aren’t stupid. They vote for their PERCEIVED ECONOMIC SELF INTEREST. I didn’t say ACTUAL ECONOMIC SELF INTEREST, I wrote PERCEIVED ECONOMIC SELF INTEREST. They may not understand economics, but they understand money. How do you get a Democrat voter’s attention when the Democrats keep telling him/her that the Republicans want to starve and kill them. You tell them to vote Republican or there won’t be any government money to give them. You tell them the Democrats are like their Crazy Uncle Harry who gave all his money to cats and is now homeless. You show them the Democrats like to hand out government money, they just wind up screwing it up so bad that there won’t be any government money for them to hand out. Fear....there won’t be any more government money. Look at the rich Democrats. Will Pelosi or Harry Reid wind up out on the street? No way! Fear....they will screw it up so bad that you will wind up out on the street.


42 posted on 12/28/2012 10:51:43 AM PST by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: Perseverando
"Low Information Voters"?

Does that mean

"IGNORANT

ig·no·rant

/ˈignərənt/ Adjective

Lacking knowledge or awareness in general; uneducated or unsophisticated.

Lacking knowledge, information, or awareness about something in particular: "ignorant of astronomy"

Sometimes I get so sick & tired of euphemisms.

43 posted on 12/28/2012 10:52:10 AM PST by BwanaNdege ("To learn who rules over you simply find out who you are not allowed to criticize"- Voltaire)
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To: Perseverando

...and why the NEA Teachers’ (Marxist) Union is so critical to ensure the continued dumbing down of these idiots.


44 posted on 12/28/2012 10:52:53 AM PST by newfreep (Breitbart sent me...)
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To: BwanaNdege

Hosea 4:6

‘...my people are destroyed from lack of knowledge. “Because you have rejected knowledge, I also reject you as my priests; because you have ignored the law of your God, I also will ignore your children.’ NIV

“My people are being destroyed because they don’t know me. Since you priests refuse to know me, I refuse to recognize you as my priests. Since you have forgotten the laws of your God, I will forget to bless your children.” New Living Translation


45 posted on 12/28/2012 10:56:07 AM PST by BwanaNdege ("To learn who rules over you simply find out who you are not allowed to criticize"- Voltaire)
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To: Perseverando
Of *course* they can be reached.Look at all the ObamaPhones that were being waved around at numerous union-organized-and-paid-for rallies during the campaign.
46 posted on 12/28/2012 10:57:59 AM PST by Gay State Conservative (When Robbing Peter To Pay Paul,One Can Always Count On Paul's Cooperation)
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To: BwanaNdege
Sometimes I get so sick & tired of euphemisms.

Rush recently coined the term "low information voter" as sort of a joke. He uses that term instead of "moron." It's the kinder, gentler, non-threatening Rush--his joke.

47 posted on 12/28/2012 11:02:24 AM PST by WXRGina (Further up and further in!)
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To: The Great RJ
At that point maybe a Ronald Reagan like GOP candidate can convincingly ask are you better off? However no squishy RINO candidate will be able to pull that off.

I agree. It's a matter of image and personna. These low info voters don't want a slick used car salesman like Romney. Reagan could bypass the MSM with his personality. We need a strong conservative with a strong personality and appealing image to reach these low information voters

48 posted on 12/28/2012 11:03:40 AM PST by plain talk
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To: blueunicorn6

Isn’t it cruel and beneath us to use fear to motivate Democrat voters to vote for the Republicans? Isn’t it cruel for the Democrats to use fear to get people to vote for them? Turnabout is fair play. Reach the Democrat voters at the lowest end of the Hierarchy of Needs. The Democrats and their policies will end up with you out in the street or dead. Is it wrong to tell the Democrat voters the truth? Should we not allow them to know the danger of Democrat policies? Tell the Democrat voters that the Democrat leaders are greedy fools whose policies will put Democrats out on the street to starve. The road to hell is paved with good intentions and the road to hunger is paved with Democrat policies. As long as we tell the truth, I don’t have any problem using fear to get Democrat voters to vote Republican.


49 posted on 12/28/2012 11:10:33 AM PST by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: TruthShallSetYouFree

How about Information Deprived Individuals Of Tainted Sanity or IDIOTS for short.

Well, I guess that is just shorthand for democrat.

The Idiocracy is upon us.

FUBO & FAD


50 posted on 12/28/2012 11:17:33 AM PST by RJS1950 (The democrats are the "enemies foreign and domestic" cited in the federal oath)
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