Saturday, August 15, 2009

Protests No Waste of Time

Jeff Wartman attended an anti-Obamacare rally in Joliet just outside Debbie Halvorson’s office.
He concludes that "Two groups, standing on opposite sides of the street, screaming at the top of their lungs, have never in the history of mankind actually changed anyone’s mind." I disagree.

Standing on the street corner and shouting at each other is not a waste of time, Jeff. It awakes a sleepy public to the fact that the subject being shouted about is important. And they start to tune in. The minds of the awoken can very well be changed -- or decided in the first place.

If your argument is better reasoned (as the anti-Obamacare argument is) and your numbers are greater than the opposition (as ours are increasing weekly) you can actually convert a certain percentage of the other side. Most people, when they find themselves in an overwhelmed minority, really do reconsider their views. You can't convert them all -- the partisan zealots and the mindless robots of the unions -- but you can convert some that live examined lives.

Decisions are made by those that show up. Keep showing up, Jeff.

As for me, I'm off to attend Danny Davis' town hall today. Might be interesting.

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