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  •  Lenny, really, I'm not joking. I'm enjoying this. (0+ / 0-)
    •  Ray, I am on your side (1+ / 0-)
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      Lots of people here (including some people who I suspect would never be on the same side of a barricade as either me or you) have given you some very very very good advice. Advice that I learned myself through 30 years of organizing.

      You should listen to it.

      As I said before, you have the fire in your belly. You could make a very effective organizer.  But you simply must learn to deal with people from where THEY are, not from where YOU are.  No amount of preaching is EVER gonna move anyone from A to Z in one fell swoop.  The best you can hope for is to nudge them from A to B, then hope someone else later on nudges them from B to C and so on down the line.  That's all we can do. We can't "make" anyone think anything about anything.  People have to do that for themselves. (shrug)

      Once you learn that lesson, you yourself will be saying the exact same things I am saying to you, to others.  And it will help make the entire movement more effective.

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