They’re looking to bait us so they can capture our outrageous outbursts on camera. Don’t give them that pleasure. Instead give them your respect.
Let them shout, let them taunt, let them cry, but just don’t allow them to drown you out or intimidate you. And if they get really, really, really angry, diffuse their bile with a kind word or an offer of a refreshment. Or just ignore them.
Don’t them distract us from getting out our message that we share the sentiments Barack Obama expressed in his successful bid for the White House. We don’t want to see federal spending increased by leaps and bounds. Instead, we want something he proposed “throughout” his campaign: we want “a net spending cut.”
And let us make this message clear in our slogans and in our signs. Criticize the president and other advocates of big government for their policies; don’t attack them for their personalities. Criticize our adversaries, don’t insult them.
Be wary of anyone who approaches you with a petition to sign or who seeks your address. Read that petition first.
Above all, be polite, be friendly, be upbeat. We’re not doing this because we hate anybody, but because we love this great nation and her founding ideals. We want to remind our elected officials of the principles of our founding, how they still guide us, how by returning to smaller government, we will achieve greater freedom and greater prosperity. We will all benefit by these reforms, including, indeed especially, those now faring the worst in the current economic downturn.
Higher taxes and bigger government will only prolong that downturn and delay the recovery.
So, as we protest against bigger government and the coming increases in our tax rates, let us always remember what we are fighting for. And with kind words and a good heart, let us affirm those principles even to those who would publicly contest our ideas and question our integrity.
FROM THE COMMENTS: Derek Moore offers additional advice–and it’s worth your attention:
And if anyone that says they are with the “Press” or a news service, Ask for credentials up front, who their supervisor is and then tell them you will get back to them if they leave a phone number. Unless you know who they are and they are a recognized journalist. Gonna be a few Fake News crews out there.