"As I asked this Democrat which came to the booth, 'You want a better Minnesota sir, am I correct?' He nodded his head yes. Then I responded , 'We do also - now let's talk.'"
Interesting experience at the fair today while on booth duty. A couple of men came up to the booth looking like they were interested. I figured they were not too interested, as one had a "Dayton-Smith" tee-shirt on. I am not the sharpest blade in the drawer, but I am not stupid either.
It has been many years since I have been "cowed" by a Lefty. By the same token, I have learned (as I have aged) how to disagree without becoming disagreeable. Often not easy, but important. Why? The battleground is not so much preaching to the converted - the battle ground of ideas lies beyond our borders. In the middle and on the Left. Convincing - not arguing.
Back to the two Democrats which came to the booth. They poked around Jeff's literature, his buttons, and then then unloaded their salvo. I was ready for it - I knew it was coming. Every question asked was responded to with a Jeff type answer. As hard as they tried to trap me, it was not going to happen. Then I said to the man wearing the Dayton tee-shirt, "Sir, I bet if we put down on paper everything we hoped for the future of Minnesota, we would have many more agreements than disagreements." He looked at me and nodded his head.
When I was a negotiator for all those many years, I never argued. When that happens, the day is lost. If you can't convince with facts, then maybe your facts are not what they should be. Coming together as a state, convincing the other side your view is right, does not mean obliterating them. Not at all. It means showing the facts as they are. Showing the vision, and how all can benefit. If you can do that the right way, everyone can walk away feeling good about themselves and what they have done.
Myself? I love talking to the middle. More than that, I love talking to the Left. I have never been a good "preaching to the choir" type of guy. Boring. The way you win elections is to convince your way is the better way. Better than the other side. As I asked this Democrat which came to the booth, "You want a better Minnesota sir, am I correct?" He nodded his head yes. Then I responded , "We do also - now let's talk."