When Retired Secretary of State made headlines for endorsing Senator Barack Obama for President, I thought of two things. One, it’s wonderful that a person who’s on the Republican side and a well respected black man (I respect him even while he was in office during Bush’s first term) finally endorsed Obama because Obama is fighting with integrity and honor. However, the second thing is… now that this happened, there’s going to be a backlash from the Republican’s side of the Media for the rest of this campaign. It’s going to take a lot more than Powell’s endorsement.
Now, we need a plan and hold steady until after the final vote is counted. Here are some suggestions on how you can help.
Talking to “Third Party” Voters and Undecided Voters About Barack Obama
This is probably going to be on the worse advice I’m going to give here, but hear me out. These are the most difficult people. They will try to vote for someone other than Barack or even McCain. While I’m not saying they shouldn’t vote for a candidate of their choosing, I’m also convinced that by voting for these people are wasted votes. Instead, vote for Obama and then get on his ass to for voting reform and supporting third parties. I do agree with you that there should be more choices, but right now, a clear candidate needs to be a winner.
Talk to McCain Voters about Obama… in a mature fashion.
If you are going to talk to a McCain supporter, you’ll have to do it in a logical way. I say do it this way: Ask them what McCain brings to the table. It’s best you are familiar with Obama policies and plans before hand.
How to hold racist’s statements accountable
It’s best to know how to call someone for saying something racist. So, maybe you ought to look at the following videos to help you battle this one:
Steel Worker Union Endorse Obama
Travel to a “Battleground State” or Make Calls From Your Home
Being passionate is one thing. Telling someone is another. If you really want to make a change, sometimes technology isn’t the way. Visit a battleground state and volunteer. Or make calls to these states from your own home. Barack Obama’s own official site will tell you how to do just that. Even if you can only spare 30-60 minutes of your time, you can make a difference.
Making a Small Video
Hill Harper is creating a viral video. Here’s how you can help him spread the Obama message.
Stop Highlighting McCain’s Bad News
McCain supporters are using fear tactics and a lot of them. If you go to their level, it will only make it worse. Stay cool, calm and collected when dealing with the issues. Turn off the television and turn a “blind eye” to McCain’s camp. There’s a reason why I’m not blogging anymore about the election. There’s lots of things I could have informed you about, but choose to be a place of solutions, not more problems. You should resolve to be that as well.
Write/Blog/Show Colors/Whatever for Obama
You’re not the political type. Fine. But just for a while, if you can change your MySpace or show a little “support button” for Obama, then you might at least change the mind of a McCain or an undecided supporter. Get into a conversation with your visitors of your profiles.
Get people out of the country to show some “Obama Love”.
They may not have an influence, but they may talk to someone who does have an influence in the election. So, if you are not in the United States (or can’t vote because you are not a citizen), say who you would vote for anyway! You can be passionate or just throw a hint. Help an undecided American is the best way!
Lastly, Above All, Keep Your Cool.
This is probably one of the hardest things, but focusing on your stress due to politics will cause unhealthy. Relax and focus on your day-to-day life. If you can’t do any of the above, then maybe it’s best to turn a blind eye to the news. Remember, life is though and the last thing you want to do is to get into something you can’t control. However, do find support from family, friends and so on.
Alternatively, you can leave a message here. I’m a great listener. I don’t mind talking at all.
But I’m not the only one with great advice…
I’m pretty sure you got some advice as well. And if you do, share it!