First, I think that Congressman King presented himself well in his speech. Since the average attention span is about 15 minutes, after which the viewer zooms out temporarily it is important to capture and keep the attention of viewers. Steve King allotted time for Congressman John Linder and other Fair Tax co sponsors. Each segmant was short and gave a differing viewpoint. Good Job Congressman!
Second, the Fair Tax was presented in an appealing light to low income and middle class americans. There is alot of focus right now on the upper class and it may very well be possible that the middle class man feels left out. I spoken to co workers, managers, professors and students and they all say the same thing. Middle class workers are the backbone of this country and the regressive taxes that are in place really hurt the individual strive for success. Yet, the majority of the presitation did not feed off of the anger of the american people, but rather on the passion for the American dream. Mike Huckabee stated in his book From Hope to Higher ground "Anger unites us for the moment. After 9/11 americans were angry and because of that we came together, but it soon dissapeared. Why? because anger unites us for the moment, but hope brings an enduring strive for a better outcome." I believe that we will gain more support because of this.
Thirdly, we need to do more in order to support the fairtax. We have posted news paper ads, written letters to our congressmen, educated ourselves on the fair tax and make calls all the time. We talk to friends and family and urge them to support the fair tax, but we can do so much more.
1.) Organize efforts on college campuses
-Talk to your professors and school staff about the fair tax.
-present the idea to student government and political groups
(They need to know why this matters to them and other students)
-work with the leadership at college campuses and fair tax leadership to plan fair tax presentations and debates.
-know the fair tax inside out (We all need to grow in our knowledge every day)
2.) Old fashioned campaigning
-Go door to door (sorry, but if you are going to do this, do not wear fair tax gear when you go door to door...people may not answer or cut you off because they think that you are a tax hounder. Plus, people may feel more comfortable talking with people that they can connect with that look and feel just like themselves) Fair tax gear is good for public events and other uses. Be polite anddon't be pushy. Be ready to answer questions and possible point them in a direction where they can get more information. Remember, the idea is to grow support for the fair tax, not more for ourselves.
-Just give them a no string attached presentation. What I mean by this ask them if they have a moment, tell them who you are and why you are there. Say something like "Mam, my name is Josh Gregg and I am a volenteer going door to door in order to tell people how about an Amazing oppertunity. I am not a volenteer working for a business or a political candidate, but I want to speak with you about the fair tax." I believe that that is a good intruduction, but you can use anything that captures there attention. (Make it short and sweet because you may not get a whole lot of time to finish your sentence or sentences).
3.) Attend fair tax events
-know the opposition, their research, their arguments and how to counter them.
Remember that eveyr individual makes a difference. When I preached a devotion at a private school I illistrated how one person makes a difference. I asked a student to come up to where I was standing. Next I asked them to bring someone up from the audience, then I asked those two to each pick someone from the audience and so on. Eventually I had a nice sized crowd, but it all started with one person. Just as it takes one person to make a difference, it only takes one to make an individual indifferent. I illistrated this by asking a remaining audience member to grab someone from the crown that gathered and take them back to the seats. Likewise those two would return and each of them would grab someone from the crowd that believed that they could make a difference and this process continued. The individuals who took people from the crowd that followed the difference made by one individual represent those who believe that one person does not make a difference and are able to convince the true difference makers that they are just wasting their time. The end result was empty space and only then is a difference never made-when we fall prey to the belief that the individual is unvaluable and indifferent.