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FSP -- General Discussion => General FSP Discussion => Topic started by: "Hagrid" on February 13, 2004, 12:34:31 am

Title: Local Public speaking events
Post by: "Hagrid" on February 13, 2004, 12:34:31 am
One area we need more focus on is local public speaking events.

I was invited to speak to a Rotary group during their weekly lunch.

Prep was printing a quantity of the FSP trifold flyer (very nice, looks good), and copies of the World's Smallest Quiz (might as well give them a chance to figure out where they stand... some might discover they are more libertarian then they realize).

After reading a number of the speeches on the FSP site, I ended up printing some material out to follow, which (sadly, more in a bit) I strayed from.  I did try and explain more at the beginning about libertarianism, which I think was important, to break the ice with a group of unknown political beliefs (a mixed of Dem and Rep for sure).

I found some good quotes at libertarianquotes.com, and opened with one from a Democrat (Moynihan, well respected for sure), one from a Republican (Reagan) and then Hugh Downs (of 20/20 fame):

The single most exciting thing you encounter in government is competence, because it's so rare. – Daniel Patrick Moynihan

The Government is like a baby's alimentary canal, with a happy appetite at one end and no responsibility at the other. – Ronald Reagan

This country is a one-party country. Half of it is called Republican and half is called Democrat. It doesn't make any difference. All the really good ideas belong to the Libertarians. – Hugh Downs

This was good to open people's minds I think.  If both Democrats and Republicans think Government is incompetant and irresponsible, what great ideas do the Libertarians have, like this Free State thing?

I touched on the Zero Aggression Principle.  I think it's important for people to understand that THAT is important to many of us.  We're NOT a militia, we're NOT mean people looking to hurt others, but in fact, we resist taxation, unfair laws, and anything else where a majority pushes laws and force on a minority.  I got feedback secondhand that at least one person was forced to realize that "Hey, the Libertarians aren't all nutjobs"

I then went into FSP, what is was, and why, and how Jason started it.
I spent a bit too long on why New Hampshire was picked and how (feedback from a friend later), but I was trying to show that we'd done our research, and that New Hampshire was a educated choice, not just for it's size or location, etc.

Sadly (as I stated before) I strayed a bit.  I wish I'd spent more time on the sort of things that comes up in people's minds, since the Q&A was too short.

1) NH residents are going to resent all of these outsiders?  Do you really think they'll cotton to this?  (Answer - while it's true that some will, far more will side with lower taxes, etc.  NH is already a 'resistive' state to Federal issues, and we'll be working with that energy.

2) What about those on the safety net of society (Food stamps, etc?)
How will you deal with them?  (Answer - I pointed to the fact that lower taxes means more charity, more ways for groups like Rotary, etc to help others, since more income to give away as they feel it should be spent, with less government bureaucracy and expenses).

Overall, I wish I'd touched on more, but time wasn't long enough, and the audience was mixed, and vocally resistant in the (tiny) Q&A.
However, everyone in that group will have heard of the FSP now, and know more about it, and libertarian ideals.

Funny enough, later that evening, at a party, in light conversation, someone else, upon hearing that I was planning on moving to NH, asked 'Hey, have you heard about that.... that group that's moving there... the Free something?'  I smiled to my fiance, and we answered that 'Yes, we are part of that.'  "Cool!".  Word is spreading.  Keep it up.

If everyone went and spoke at ONE function in the next six months, we'd have 20,000 people.