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    Real Politics Campaign SchoolAugust 31, 2008

    Earle Brown Heritage Center

    Minneapolis, MN 55430

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    Table of Contents

    Real Nature of Politics and Politicians 4

    Leadership 4What is politics? 5Paths to Power 5Two Theories of Indirect Path to Power 6Force Vectors 8Segmenting Voters

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    2003 battle over stem cell research 9Politicians 9Politics 9Why people cant handle politics 10Pain vs Pleasure 10Status Quo and Inertia 11Overcoming the Status Quo 11How they will try to stop you 11

    Choosing When, Where, How to Fight: Types of Battles 13

    Lobbying 13Red Fox 4 approach to picking a fight 13Battle Categories 14Access Based Lobbying 14Keys to Victory 17What it takes to Raise Money 21

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    Economics of Direct Mail 23Attitude 23

    Choosing When, Where, How to Fight: Legislative Season,

    Principles and Tactics 25

    Legislative season 25The Executive 26

    Choosing when, where, how to fight: Election Season, being

    respected, and feared, Guts 29

    Election Season 30Guts

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    Real Nature of Politics and Politicians

    Leadership

    There are three levels of leadership Planning Preparing Action

    The planning group are eggheads who analyze, for example professors

    The preparing group gets stuff ready, for example: printers, copiers,websites. These people are bureaucrats

    The action group does things that make a difference. These people arepoliticians.

    Leadership is a combination of all three Plan what needs to be done Prepare by getting resources together

    In wisdom, lead people to act

    If you want to be a leader, you mustmasterall three parts.

    Mike Rothfelds belief in man

    I believe that men are a danger to themselves and others. I believe that men incombination are especially dangerous. I believe that free speaking and free acting must

    go together. I believe that private property and private enterprise are the foundation ofwealth. I believe in government control and redistribution of wealth guarantees povertyin the state. I believe a baby in the womb is a precious life in the moment its conceived.I believe the rule of law rather than the rule of passion of men must be fought for overand over and over and over and over again.

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    What is politics?

    Politics is the adjudication of power: Who rules whom?

    What politics is not Common good of man Making a better life for you, family, community, country Serving your lord

    Today, in many places, politics is determined at the barrel of a gun. Winnersshoot losers and rape their women. In the United States, through checks and balancesand competition, we rule ourselves. The United States political system does work, but

    not the way we think.

    Paths to Power

    There are two paths to power Direct personal path - Your hand is on the lever that makes things go (dictators,

    despots, politicians). This is the only path people understand. Be them, or servethem say the public.

    Indirect path to power - Controlling the environment in which those on the directpath exists. You control them.

    I dont want a seat at the table. I dont want to negotiate with those at the table. I want totake the table. I want to fill the table with my friends.

    Power is to make people at the table do what you want, regardless of whatthey want.

    Access is knowing important people, having important people take yourcalls, listen to what you think, and read what you write. This is what 95% ofactivists who are good end up settling for.

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    Two Theories of Indirect Path to Power

    1. Education Theory - We must educate population x and we will get result z. Thesilliest form of this theory is that we must educate the politicians. The other form ofthis theory is that we must educate the people and the people will rise.

    Problem 1: How will you do it? If you look at real life, politics doesnt exist inthe ideas and thoughts. For example if you send a letter to every resident inVirginia on why the 2nd Amendment is not about hunting and rather is theultimate protection against government tyranny, people will not listen. Mostpeople are prone to the education theory

    Problem 2: It is not very confrontational. Problem3: There is just too much of it Problem4: If this theory were true, certain laws would never pass.

    2. Mobilization and Confrontation Theory

    What percentage of the population do you need to win: 3% + 1

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    Assumptions Kids cant vote Felons cant vote Aliens cant vote

    People arent registered Voter Turnout will be low Some people are bound to their party (AKA baseline vote) Two people running

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    100% of the population

    60% are eligible

    60% turnout expected

    8% Baseline Republica2% Baseline Democrats

    3% IN PLAY

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    Force Vectors

    People on the outside trying to expand the realm of possible politicalaction. Expand your realm.

    People on the direct path to power

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    Total Possible Political Action

    Political RealityThe Opportunity

    Force Vectors

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    Segmenting Voters

    Homosexuals statistically are single minded voters, non felons, above 18, andwill vote. While evangelical christians usually stick to party lines as republicansregardless.

    2003 battle over stem cell research

    Karl Rove knew scientists at schools are historically Democrats and did not worryabout changing their minds. He also knew the evangelical right was on the Republicanside so did not worry about changing their minds. What he did was focus on changingthe minds of the elderly through advertisements stating that stem cell research isnecessary to prevent diseases, especially Alzheimers.

    Until and unless you are feared politically, you will not be respected politically

    When someone in politics tells you how politics works and how you should behave, askyourself, how do the politicians benefit if i believe this? You will find the truth.

    Politicians

    Politicians are Pavlovian Dogs that respond to 2 types of stimuli: Pain and Pleasure Politicians are ruled by their ambition and will put their personal ambition above

    humanity. This reduces this behavior to the mechanical.

    Politics

    Politics is understandable because politicians are understandable. Politics are predictable because politicians are predictable

    Politics are manipulatable by you because politicians are manipulatable by you.

    Strip away the smoke and mirrors of politics, media, blogs, internet, the people, theinterest groups, the staff, the legislators, the mess, frankly underneath it, are predictableformulas

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    Understand this, you can move them and get the policy you want, remove them, andmakes them fear you.

    Why people cant handle politics

    People cant handle concrete action in real time and dont want to think inconcrete terms. People can handle that you need money and you need information.Some people cant handle losing. Get ready to lose in front of your friends and family.

    Winning an election is life. Losing and election is death

    Pain vs Pleasure

    Pleasure for a politician is Money Volunteers Good press Public praise Endorsements Public awards

    Spending other peoples money Having others attack their oppenents being able to manipulate the rules No competition

    Pain for a politician is No money Bad press No volunteers No press

    No one at the rally Public humiliation Being held accountable Not getting to spend others money Loss of party support Being challenged in the primaries

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    Status Quo and Inertia

    What is a politicians stance on pain? Avoid it. On almost any issue

    you care about, if a politician does anything, someone gets mad, thats whythey do nothing. Status Quo, inertia. They aim to not do anything oncontroversial issues.

    Overcoming the Status Quo

    This cannot be done through the existing political reality. One will

    overcome this by increasing the size of the reality box. You will overcomethe size of the reality box by organizing people and confronting the system.The more you mobilize and confront them on controversial issues, the morethey have to deal with you.

    Political success is determined by the number and effectiveness by the

    activists on either side.

    Mobilize in your state to stop things like REAL ID

    How they will try to stop you

    They will threaten you, break your windows, bring you to court They will explain it to you (Im with you, but you dont understand the political

    reality..., if we did what you want, wed get something worse, but well lose) Theyll buy you off - put you on committees, advisory panels, etc..

    These messages will be