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ACTIVISM 101 Review: We learned a lot! Read and discover how to take your activism to a new level!
My notes | 04/27/2003 | David H Dennis

Posted on 04/27/2003 12:09:56 PM PDT by daviddennis

The Activism 101 seminar held yesterday was a big success, with an enthusiastic group of freepers in attendance. And boy did we learn a lot!

Ted Hayes opened for the workshop with one of his rousing speeches. He pointed out that his group, with little save audacity and a flair for publicity, was able to get in the headlines without spending money or having big crowds. The answer, he said, was in outsmarting the opposition.

For example, he led a March on Beverly Hills -- not to try and shame residents into giving money, but to salute them for having accomplished the American dream. We can learn from Beverly Hills, he said, because here is a group of people who set out to accomplish something ... and did it!

The Beverly Hills police were notified of the rally and welcomed him with open arms for a day, as long as he obeyed all Beverly Hills laws, other than the one against sleeping in the park, which was suspended temporarily. Ted promised to leave on the next day, and he did, having made his point.

There are simple, good lessons from this example:

Wisely, the people of the Leadership Institute decided against trying to out-drama Ted. Nobody can do that. So they went straight into the nuts and bolts.

You are unusual

You are unusual, we were told. Here we were, on a gorgeous Saturday morning, spending time learning about politics instead of going out there in the gorgeous sun and enjoying life. And because of that, we probably don't understand how to formulate a message in a way which could resonate with the public.

A few sobering facts:

The effectiveness of your message is the product of your CREDIBILITY,

How to increase your credibility:

How to prepare for an interview

You want to know what your best points are, and what your opposition's points are, so you prepare a grid, like this:

(We're using examples from the 2000 election, but of course this can apply to any candidate or group).

What you want your audience to think about you

George W Bush represents the common man
George W Bush is a man of integrity
George W Bush will cut your taxes.

What you want the audience to think about your opponent

Gore is stiff
Gore has extreme views about the environment

What your opponent wants the audience to think about you

Bush is dumb
Bush doesn't have the experience to tackle tough issues

What your opponent wants the audience to think about your opponent

Gore is intelligent, competent
Gore will help save the planet

How to deal with nasty attacks

The art of not answering questions is one of the most important skills in politics. It's not that difficult to understand, but it can take a long time to truly master - and if you want to be a good spokesperson, you must master it indeed.

You should train yourself until you can do this without even thinking. Once you've done that, it becomes second nature and you no longer need to think about it. Only then can you be a truly natural-sounding, masterful, PR person.

So how does it work? Let's say you're candidate George W Bush in 2000, and a reporter asks you why you're even running since you're so much less experienced than Gore. Or let's say he tells you that you're dumb, so how can you run?

GO ON THE ATTACK:

Well, Dan, let me tell you what this election is about. The moms and dads I talk to in this district say the most important issue is restoring honour and integrity to the office of the White House.

The important thing is that if you're asked questions from the bottom of the grid (pro-Gore), respond with answers from the top (pro-Bush). That way, you are always seen as on message.

A transcript of conversations made in this way, with reporters desperately trying to get their subjects to answer questions, and the subjects smoothly deflecting them, can look very trite to someone who reads it carefully. But that's not the important thing, since the person who reads it carefully is not the real audience. The real audience needs the repetition of the main points, because only after that will the information get into their heads.

One example of this was a debate done between a candidate and his opponent. The candidate's big point is that the state now had a $1.7 billion deficit crisis. The dialogue went something like this:

Moderator: What are your views on education?

Candidate: Well, education is a very important subject, and it's in crisis because of the $1.7 billion dollar deficit we have ... my priority is to clean that up.

Moderator: What are your views on health care?

Candidate: Well, health care is a very important subject, and it's in crisis because of the $1.7 billion dollar deficit we have ... my priority is to clean that up.

By the end of the debate, the audience was bored and the moderator was fuming - but the real audience, the people reading the newspaper or checking a snippet of the debate on TV, gained one quote from it, exactly the message that he wanted to put across: We have a $1.7 billion deficit, and it's not going away without my help.

Don't point. If you're pointing, you are lecturing somebody and you're mean.

Don't close your hands or make a fist.

What does an audience remember?


Networking

Networking is organizing your personal contacts and their contacts.

The ultimate goal is to foster friendships and create a mutual help network. For instance, I produce video reports of Free Republic events, so I have good contacts such as RonDog and Ted Hayes. So if I need a good deal on a new car, or if I need to meet the Mayor, I know where to go to meet those needs.

It is best done with a spirit of helping people. If you try to find out "What can I get out of this?" you won't get much of anywhere. You have to give in order to get.

When you recieve help that can save your life - a new job, introduction to a new girlfriend, etc., it will come from a single, identifiable person. The problem is that you won't know who that person is until the help is given. So you have to spread your own favours around in hopes that you are remembered.

You can find people to network with at work, but you will want to go with them to the bar after work, where people let their hair down and socialize informally. A lot of business is done in these informal settings, and it will be easier to get the information you need to network successfully.

For example, if your boss is an avid videographer, talking to him about video instead of your company's business will create a rapport that will significantly improve his view of you. This will help when you need a favour from him, such as an introduction to other important contacts.

You can generally find out about these outside interests in informal conversation, as in the bar, or (for someone you don't know yet) by asking his secretary or personal assistant.

You need to get in touch with your networking contacts at least once every three months. A database program that allows you to sort by contact date is mandatory. You also need a bunch of networking fields, such as birthday (sending a card can deliver handsome dividends), contact information, connections (what people they know), family (always ask about the wife and kids), educaiton, affiliations, special interests, career history, accomplishments, and anything particularly impressive.

All politics is personal; that's why door to door canvassing is the best way to campaign. One day of canvassing is the equivalent of a $1,000 contribution, because it's very hard to turn someone down with his foot in the door.

Often people are afraid to ask people things necessary for networking, like your favourite foods or interests. Rest assured that most people like to be asked. And there is an old saying: If you don't ask, you don't get. If you want a political contribution, you gotta ask. If you want a political favour, you gotta ask. Get used to asking.

An easy, cheap way to stay in touch with your contacts: Read the newspaper (or articles on FR), and if an article comes up that looks like it would be of interest to your contact, send it to them.


PR and Earned Media

Want free promotion or coverage of your rally, event or candidate? You need earned media, the PR world's name for placement in newspaper and magazine articles.

If you want the media to come to your event, you give them a Press Advisory. When your event is over and you want it covered, a Press Release will ensure that your version of events is considered.

A press advisory has a very simple, formal structure:

PRESS ADVISORY

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
date
Contact David H Dennis
(800) 555-1212

Freepers to hold rally
in support of our troops

WHO: Freepers

WHAT: Free Republic rally

WHEN: Saturday, 26 April 2003 1:00pm

WHERE: Corner of Hollywood Blvd & Highland Avenue

-30-

The "-30-" is press release jargon signaling the end of the release. You can also say "# # #". You might want to give more details in the release than in this sample, but unfortunately we weren't given guidance as to what to say.

You should call the publication about 24 hours after sending the Advisory. The odds are pretty good that they've lost it, since they are flooded with them. If they have, don't get upset, just send them another copy.

A Press Release looks the same as a Press Advisory except that there is no "PRESS ADVISORY" notice on the top, and there is a news story instead of the who/what/where format for the Advisory.

The Press Release story needs to be written in the inverted pyramid style, similar to a news article. This means all vital facts in the first paragraph, and less and less important facts as you go down.

Your press release should always sound objective, not opinionated. Write as though you'd like it to be copied verbatim and published in the paper. (This sometimes happens, especially with overworked (and lazy) smaller media outlets).

A press release should never be over a page in length. It should be double-spaced, and end with (again) -30- or # # #.

So how do you find out who to send this to? You need to develop a list of press contacts. And remember, send the release to anyone who might have even the slightest interest in covering your event.

To get your list of contacts, find all the newspapers serving your neighborhood and ask to talk to the newsroom. Then ask who the editorial contact and news story contact would be. The editorial contact is for op-eds (articles on the editorial page written by people outside of the newspaper) and letters to the editor. The news story contact is for press advisories and releases.

You should talk to each contact, introduce yourself as being from your organization, and ask what format they want press information in (email, fax, etc).

Never thank a reporter for a story. He is just doing his job. Thanks might make him feel that you think he's in your pocket. You can thank him for his "objective article" instead.

Op-eds are difficult to get published unless they are on a topical subject - something that's coming up now. For instance, you might get your op-ed accepted on a bill being considered by Congress, or a public policy newly introduced by the President. Always end with information on the author, "David H Dennis is a small businessman residing in Woodland Hills, CA".

A letter to the editor should be between 100 and 250 words - the shorter the better. Letters on the long end of that continuum will be edited and you may be surprised to see whole sentences, paragraphs and ideas bite the dust. Best to do your own editing.

Always refer to the article inspring the letter ("Regarding your article on 21 September about Cockroach Politics ..."). Talk about your issue in the first sentence.


There's actually quite a bit more than this, including segments on Leadership and other topics, but this should provide enough for some


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I had a great time at this Seminar and would recommend it to anyone curious about how the world really works, and how to work within the system to create change.

Please note that this article is not an official Free Republic Network release and should not be construed as official views of the Free Republic Network.

1 posted on 04/27/2003 12:09:57 PM PDT by daviddennis
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To: daviddennis; RonDog; Bob J; Jessamine; Lady Jenn
As usual, I forgot the names of almost everyone there; I daresay I have not yet learned proper networking skills :-). Please ping the rest of the gang.

Hope you enjoy my account!

D

2 posted on 04/27/2003 12:12:23 PM PDT by daviddennis (Visit amazing.com for protest accounts, video & more!)
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To: daviddennis
Re Ted Hayes: "...as long as he obeyed all Beverly Hills laws, other than the one against sleeping in the park, which was suspended temporarily.

With regard to credibility, why should anyone sleeping overnight in the park not be considered a bum?

3 posted on 04/27/2003 12:31:39 PM PDT by onedoug
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To: onedoug
With regard to credibility, why should anyone sleeping overnight in the park not be considered a bum?
Thank you for establishing a very important point about this 8+ hour seminar:
You really have to BE THERE - LIVE - to truly appreciate the information transfer which occurs. :o)
The events to which you refer were one SMALL part of an almost hour-long seminar by L.A. homeless activist Ted Hayes - about how to do "guerilla" protesting when you do not have large numbers - of either PEOPLE, or MONEY - or both.
The lesson which he was attempting to communicate here was that while many of US would not want to engage in such "civil disodedience," we COULD profit from his professional relationship with the local authorities in general, and the LAPD in particular.
Where do YOU live, and when would you like to schedule an "Activism 101" seminar near YOU - so that you can see the BIG PICTURE - live - for yourself?
Also, FWIW, the segment with Ted Hayes was NOT part of the official Leadership Institute course.
Their instructors were gracious enough to allow us to invite Ted to talk about WHY and HOW has has been so successful as an activist for the past decade in Los Angeles.
4 posted on 04/27/2003 1:26:58 PM PDT by RonDog
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To: daviddennis
bump 'til I get the printer working.
5 posted on 04/27/2003 1:27:54 PM PDT by knarf (A place where anyone can study anything.)
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To: daviddennis
Wow! This report is fantastic. I was there at the seminar and you have done a terrific job, more than anyone could possibly expect, of detailing the relevant information.

I wish all the readers of this website could attend a seminar like this.

Matt Lewis of the Leadership Institute and the Leadership Institute itself, are tops. THANK YOU FREE REPUBLIC NETWORK! I had a great time and learned a lot.

And special thanks to Ted Hayes, activist extraordinaire.
6 posted on 04/27/2003 1:42:16 PM PDT by Auntie Mame (Why not go out on a limb, isn't that where the fruit is?)
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To: daviddennis
Many thanks to both of you for your energy and commitment.

I only wish I could remember half of what I learned at the last LI session I attended. The recap you have so generously provided was a welcome review.
7 posted on 04/27/2003 1:51:57 PM PDT by Carry_Okie (California! See how low WE can go!)
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To: RonDog
Thanks, RD. I appreciate the gravity and the over-arching purpose of the thing, but find it a little difficult to view as serious activism sleeping in the park with one who bears a little too close a resemblance to the wild-man of Borneo.
8 posted on 04/27/2003 2:37:33 PM PDT by onedoug
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To: Carry_Okie
chicagoland ping
9 posted on 04/27/2003 2:37:53 PM PDT by chicagolady
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To: daviddennis
bookmark bump\
10 posted on 04/27/2003 3:00:25 PM PDT by RobFromGa (WE NEED A TAX CUT NOW !!!)
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To: onedoug
Thanks, RD. I appreciate the gravity and the over-arching purpose of the thing, but find it a little difficult to view as serious activism sleeping in the park with one who bears a little too close a resemblance to the wild-man of Borneo.
My current plans do not include sleeping outside in a park... :o)
...but I will join Ted Hayes in almost any OTHER endeavor, such as THIS one, from the FIT-AIM-ACT photo gallery, where Ted joined the Reverend Jesse Lee Peterson at the fourth annual Repudiation of Jesse Jackson, on Martin Luther King's birthday:


Ted Hayes speaking to the crowd about the need to support FIT-AIM-ACT
and the upcoming L.A. March Against Terrorism at the Los Angeles Marathon.
Ted Hayes is certainly not perfect, but on MOST issues, he is on OUR side - and that REALLY messes with the heads of the RATs. :o)

11 posted on 04/27/2003 3:10:32 PM PDT by RonDog
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To: RonDog
I was most impressed with Ted Hayes. At first I wasn't sure what he was going to bring to the party - homelessness is one of my least favorite institutions because it embodies all that I don't believe in - victimology, lack of personal responsibility, etc. (yes, I know there are people that do need extra help). But Ted is more than just a homeless activist - he is a guy that is always thinking outside the norm - which is what we conservatives need to start doing. Because thinking inside the norm has cost us plenty.

He is actually conservative in many of his beliefs and seemed to have his head screwed on straight on how the Democrats have screwed the black community for the last 50 or more years. He has a clear idea of what the Republicans have done wrong and what they need to do in order to get the minority vote. He had many excellent ideas on how to get our message out - and I think we need all the help we can get!!!

At the beginning of his presentation I was a big Ted Hayes doubter - now I am a big believer. He is a man that is willing to take risks to get his message out. He has a clear vision of what he is doing and is able to execute his plans. Sounds like a perfect formula for effective conservative activism.
12 posted on 04/27/2003 3:40:00 PM PDT by Rabid Dog
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To: daviddennis
Great report! I hope it goes into a readily accessible Free Republic Network permanent post.
13 posted on 04/27/2003 3:41:51 PM PDT by Rabid Dog
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To: Rabid Republican
Great report! I hope it goes into a readily accessible Free Republic Network permanent post.

I concur. But it'll soon be linked from my profile page.

14 posted on 04/27/2003 4:41:02 PM PDT by Eala (irrelevant (-rle-vent) 1: The UN 2: France 3: CNN 4: Tim Robbins 5: Chretien)
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To: firebrand; Clemenza; Cacique; rmlew; Yehuda; Oschisms
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15 posted on 04/27/2003 5:48:12 PM PDT by Coleus (RU-486 Kills Babies)
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To: daviddennis; Bob J; DoughtyOne; Auntie Mame; CyberAnt; HighRoadToChina; Lady Jenn; texxie; ...
EXCELLENT report, David!
THANK YOU for posting it!
Perhaps some of the other "Activism 101" attendees will also post THEIR thoughts and comments here. (hint, hint)
I will, too - soon.
Until then, see also my OTHER "Activism 101"-related thread:

Memorial Day 2003 = "Mother of All B...?" - creative FReeper help needed, please!
It is NOT (yet) too late! THIS SATURDAY (4/26) in L.A. - "Activism 101" seminar [walk-ins allowed] ^ | April 27, 2003 | RonDog, Ted Hayes and the California FReepers
Posted on 04/27/2003 7:48 AM PDT by RonDog

One of the results of our "Activism 101" seminar (sponsored by the newly reinvigorated Los Angeles Chapter of the Free Republic Network, and taught by instructors from the well-respected Leadership Institute) was our decison to adopt as a "class project" a Memorial Day rally - to immediately implement the activism skills which have have just learned.

(To follow is a ROUGH DRAFT of the proposed rally.)
We need YOUR help to define and sharpen our message, starting with the NAME of this event, which Ted has suggested should incorporate "M.O.A.B." = the "Mother Of All Bombs."
While I greatly respect Ted's political instincts, and I truly believe that we can use this upcoming holiday to expand our message beyond "Support Our Troops" to some sort of "Welcome Home and THANK YOU!" - the "M.O.A.B." concept needs some work, IMHO.
I understand the reference to the bunker-busting "Mother Of All Bombs" which was a major part of the VERY successful "shock and awe" tactics which helped us win the war with minimal civilian and Coalition casualties, and I appreciate Ted's blending THAT image with the definition of a successful CELEBRATION as being "the bomb" - but I am not certain that the average American to which we are addressing our message will make that connection, at least initially.
What say YOU, FReepers from across the USA?
"Mother Of All BARBEQUES" has a nice "family picnic in the park" sound to it, but it perhaps does not carry sufficient gravtitas.
And "Mother Of All 'Welcome Home Troops' Rallies" is a little wordy...
Please post YOUR ideas here.
THANK YOU!
CLICK HERE for the rest of the thread

16 posted on 04/27/2003 6:00:16 PM PDT by RonDog
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To: daviddennis
BOOKMARKED, AND THANKS.
17 posted on 04/27/2003 6:02:23 PM PDT by kitkat
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To: daviddennis
DD, thanks for the great post! There is so much information to absorb in an Activism 101 seminar, it's hard to decide what to emphasis.

We had a great training session and a an excellent day! Thanks to Rondog from the LA Chapter, Matt at the Leadership Institute and all the attendees for making it a memorable occasion!

Pics coming soon...
18 posted on 04/27/2003 9:05:33 PM PDT by Bob J (Freerepublic.net...where it's always a happening....)
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To: daviddennis
Very nice detailed report Dennis. Excellent job. The Activisim 101 seminar was a rousing success. I would advise other regions to invite the Leadership Institute to their area. The LI presentation was great. The networking with other conservative groups within our own region was excellent too.
19 posted on 04/27/2003 9:28:02 PM PDT by DoughtyOne
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I would like to extend a special thanks to our out of town attendees at Activism 101 in Los Angeles. HighRoadtoChina and his wife attended from up near San Francisco. CyberAnt attended from San Diego. Rabid Republican attended from Ventura.

These folks are clearly dedicated to learning how to be more effective as leaders in their area. Kudos to each of you.

20 posted on 04/27/2003 9:35:33 PM PDT by DoughtyOne
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To: *Eagle_Works
Reference for later.
21 posted on 04/27/2003 10:35:20 PM PDT by anymouse
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To: MeeknMing; Gracey; Flyer
Texas FReepers could benefit from reading this report on how to be more effective activists and deal with the media.
22 posted on 04/27/2003 11:04:10 PM PDT by anymouse
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To: daviddennis; RonDog; ALOHA RONNIE
Wow! Great stuff!

(And Hillary Rodham's been taking
classes as well! You've listed her entire
political strategy in a nutshell!)

So...taking this into consideration,
were there any pointers on defeating
the opposition who practices the Art
of making the impossible possible??


23 posted on 04/27/2003 11:21:16 PM PDT by Joy Angela
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To: Quix
Here's a ping to a great topic!

24 posted on 04/27/2003 11:28:30 PM PDT by Joy Angela
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To: RonDog
RonDog, maybe you can enlighten me about Mr. Hayes' "National Homeless Plan." I've found his and others' websites that link to it but what I've read is weak on specifics and big on federal government intervention. There are two things I know about federal government intervention -- it is wasteful and it almost always fails to achieve the objective. Do you have a link to more specifics on Hayes' plan? Thanks.
25 posted on 04/28/2003 2:25:53 AM PDT by Bonaparte
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To: daviddennis; RonDog
Now I'm really disappointed that I couldn't make it. It sounds like the kind of information that can be helpful in other areas.

Due to the fact that my oldest daughter's fiancee got hit with the mother of all state tax bills, they've had to change their wedding plans. They're getting married by a justice of the peace, then we're having the reception at the neighbor across the street. They can always renew their vows in Hawaii. Guess who's doing all the cooking for the bridal shower and reception. It'll be nice, and we'll have a good time. Wish I had time to pass out those recall Gray Davis petitions, that sob...


26 posted on 04/28/2003 3:56:39 AM PDT by TheSpottedOwl (America...love it or leave it. Canada is due north-Mexico is directly south...start walking.)
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To: RonDog
How did the CATWASH go?

I am going to save this thread and re-read it a few times. I was at a Brazosport Republican Women's Club party/meeting yesterday. We had State Senator Mike Jackson as our speaker, (man, he got grilled about home owner insurance, it is a HOT TOPIC here, with all the toxic mold cases and Farmer's insurance dropping policies and raising prices!) I noticed that there were many people there that I only see a few times a year and if not for name tags I would not know their names. There is no excuse for this. I am starting TODAY with THIS thread to do a better job for our conservative cause!

Thank you for all of your hard work!

Barb Back In Texas Again............
27 posted on 04/28/2003 6:27:04 AM PDT by buffyt (Anni Clark RULES. Ditsie Chicks drool.....Anni has the voice of an angel!!!!!!!!!!)
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To: TheSpottedOwl
From the thread:

What your opponent wants the audience to think about you

Bush is dumb
Bush doesn't have the experience to tackle tough issues

Bush is dumb like a Fox, like a Desert Fox!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
28 posted on 04/28/2003 6:28:18 AM PDT by buffyt (Anni Clark RULES. Ditsie Chicks drool.....Anni has the voice of an angel!!!!!!!!!!)
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Bump for later...
29 posted on 04/28/2003 7:41:39 AM PDT by Constitution Day
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To: daviddennis; RonDog
Good post.

On doing the unexpected: FreeTheHostages was an anonymous CNN viewer at the White House Correspondence Association dinner on Saturday.

Your humble correspondent went as Helen Thomas.

30 posted on 04/28/2003 8:19:29 AM PDT by sauropod (Beware the Nazgul. Beware the Uruk-Hai...)
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To: daviddennis

A few sobering facts:

Only half would vote for Constitution

ED : Administration Cites Recent Surveys Showing Lack Of Basic Knowledge Of U.S. History

A Republic, If You Can Keep It

31 posted on 04/28/2003 8:39:41 AM PDT by Remedy
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To: daviddennis

Voters want to know what's in it for them

Circus and bread….pro-wrestling and a happy meal.

32 posted on 04/28/2003 8:43:19 AM PDT by Remedy
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To: daviddennis
Awesome job, DD!

A big Thank You RonDog and Bob J for making this thing happen.

I already have plans to get LI to Santa Rosa to do a 2-day training to jump start the conservatives and the Republicans for 2004!

When I get my pics developed (old technology), I'll post the them--the conspirators!

Great pleasure meeting all the wonderful FReepers!!!

Let Freedom Reign!

HRTC
33 posted on 04/28/2003 8:55:09 AM PDT by HighRoadToChina (Never Again!)
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To: Rabid Republican
"I was most impressed with Ted Hayes. At first I wasn't sure what he was going to bring to the party"


I agree. The media originally portrayed him as a liberal, but after having heard him speak several times I am convinced that he does what he does to try and undo the harm caused by liberals especially jesse jackson et. al.
34 posted on 04/28/2003 9:12:01 AM PDT by gc4nra
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To: gc4nra
The Republican Ladies' Club meeting/party I was at yesterday, at the home of Doris W. (which is where Tom DeLay's FIRST fund raiser was held!!!! MANY years ago, at my neighbor Dorris's house, we are PROUD of him!) it was so good to mix and mingle with other conservatives who KNOW that is going on, who THINK instead of FEEL. Glad you had a great turn out! I am going to use all of your tips you list in this thread.

Barb in Lake Jackson Texas
35 posted on 04/28/2003 9:47:37 AM PDT by buffyt (Anni Clark RULES. Ditsie Chicks drool.....Anni has the voice of an angel!!!!!!!!!!)
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To: Free the USA; B4Ranch; FITZ; Reaganwuzthebest; hsmomx3; Tancredo Fan; Joe Hadenuf; 4Freedom; ...
fyi
36 posted on 04/28/2003 10:52:34 AM PDT by madfly (AdultChildrenOfLegalImmigrants.org)
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To: daviddennis
bookmarked, thanks
37 posted on 04/28/2003 11:05:34 AM PDT by apackof2 (If posted my comment would look like this)
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To: daviddennis
bookmarked, thanks
38 posted on 04/28/2003 11:05:35 AM PDT by apackof2 (If posted my comment would look like this)
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To: Slip18
Ping
39 posted on 04/28/2003 11:15:11 AM PDT by Cyber Liberty ( 2003, Ravin' Lunatic since 4/98)
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To: daviddennis; HumanaeVitae
Interesting post. Thank you for all the hard work in getting it uploaded.

Unfortunately, what you posted is also some of the most depressing stuff I have read in a long time. Truly, a better argument against democracy I cannot imagine...

40 posted on 04/28/2003 11:15:58 AM PDT by Under the Radar (Just another cranky, irrelevant social conservative...)
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To: Bernard Marx; pacpam; hoppity; MayflowerMadam; capitan_refugio; Kviteseid; Val E. Girl; jeni; ...
Ventura County Freepers, friends and lurkers

There was some excellent material presented in this seminar and ideas I think will be very effective in getting the attention of our local newspaper and to the general community at large that a conservative voice does exist in the county. DD did a great job of distilling the important information presented on Saturday. I'm going to try to come up with some practical applications to use locally.

41 posted on 04/28/2003 11:16:59 AM PDT by Rabid Dog
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To: daviddennis
Bump for later, detailed reading.
Thanks to all for setting up and attending this very important event.

I was't able to attend, and regret missing it.
42 posted on 04/28/2003 11:18:08 AM PDT by ibbryn (this tag intentionally left blank)
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To: Cyber Liberty
Thanks for the ping, Cyber.

Not only was the FRiva informative, but it was fun. We still have our certificates of completion suitable for framing!

43 posted on 04/28/2003 11:40:21 AM PDT by Slip18 (I don't have a tag tag.)
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To: daviddennis
Absolutely awesome report, David, but then I knew it would be, I sat next to you watching your thorough note-taking with envy and appreciation!

A little tiny bit to add about the Interview preparation grid, they called it a Leesburg Grid, and each ''square'' would likely in reality be an entire page. When it was done you would want to see which items in your strengths would easily contrast items that you can expect to be ''accused'' of. These strengths are likely to become key parts of your message. Also... Message = Emotion + Contrast (what's good about you & bad about opponent) + Connection (I'm the candidate whose most like you, opponent is on the fringe) + Credibility.

The parts about message struck me very strongly because I know at this point I am nothing but a bundle of undirected conservative energy and I need a little bit of focus, myself!

It was a great day, I wish all LA area freepers could have come. Great seeing Freepers I've met before and meeting new people like Rabid Republican, CyberAnt and HighRoadtoChina and Heartfelt thanks to RonDog, DoughtyOne, BobJ, DavidDennis, Leadership Institue, Matt Lewis, Jennifer Jacobs and Ted Hayes!

What a day! Don't miss Leadership Institute next chance you get.
44 posted on 04/28/2003 3:22:23 PM PDT by Jessamine (Liberals are almost always guilty of what they are accusing others of!)
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To: Jessamine
"I am nothing but a bundle of undirected
conservative energy and I need a little bit of focus, myself!"


A very funny bundle of conservative energy when dressed as Monica Lewdinski and FReeping der Slickmeister!
45 posted on 04/28/2003 5:44:13 PM PDT by gc4nra
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To: daviddennis
Bumpmark for future use (maybe)...
46 posted on 04/28/2003 7:22:20 PM PDT by 69ConvertibleFirebird (Never argue with an idiot. They drag you down to their level, then beat you with experience.)
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To: Jessamine
Thanks for your kind words about my note taking! I had exactly 1000 lines of information and it was a real challenge culling it down to something vaguely readable.

I'm amazed at how many organizations you're involved with, and I was impressed by your way of dealing with conflicts within them :-).

D
47 posted on 04/28/2003 7:43:15 PM PDT by daviddennis (Visit amazing.com for protest accounts, video & more!)
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To: madfly
Thanks for the very interesting article.

The effectiveness of your message is the product of your CREDIBILITY,

Agreed.

48 posted on 04/28/2003 8:20:56 PM PDT by Victoria Delsoul
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To: daviddennis
Really helpful advice, David. Printed it out, for careful study. Thank you, B
49 posted on 04/29/2003 1:50:39 AM PDT by Byron_the_Aussie (http://www.theinterviewwithgod.com/popup2.html)
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To: daviddennis
Bttt for an excellent post
50 posted on 04/29/2003 4:29:19 AM PDT by Jael (The WE? It's "WE the people". You know, of "In order to form a more perfect union" fame)
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