Thursday, September 22, 2005

Libertarians Should All Observe a Barry Manilow Concert

My wife and I are taking a short break and are in Las Vegas. She's a fan of Barry Manilow, so we went to his show tonight.

The show was great - full of emotion, entertainment, video graphics, confetti, glow sticks, videos on large screens, etc. He had a message in his music. Everyone felt good and was happy by the end of the show.

Emotion and visuals are what most voters respond to - in my opinion. They don't respond to learned treatises, no wonder how well they are written. They don't respond to 5,000 word letters to the editor. They don't respond to brochures that are all words and no graphics.

I have a feeling if we conveyed the Libertarian message in ways that Manilow conveys his messages in his music, we'd get a lot of people elected - and without sacrificing principle - only sacrificing ineffective ways of communication.


Rex Bell said...

I'll do my best to get Libertarians elected, but I draw the line at attending hockey games and Manilow concerts. There are limits, even for Libertarians.

Mike Kole said...

Well, so much for "What happens in Vegas stays is Vegas". ;-)

Where Rex won't attend the hockey game, I will. In fact, I'll be glad to do the John Kerry-esque photo-op, suiting up with an Indiana minor league team for skating and shooting drills.

For my money, I think we have already reached the core group of supporters and voters who respond to long manifestos. The other parties take bad ideas and package them in ways that voters respond to. Let's take good libertarian ideas and package them in ways that get us elected instead.

Kenn Gividen said...

A famous atheist apologist once summarized his thesis for non-belief:

If there were a God,
Elvis would be alive
and the impersonators
would all be dead.

(Has nothing to do with the post.)

Debbie said...

Rex, I bet I know how to get you to attend a hockey game.

Make Manilow the puck.

And for fundraising efforts, you could sell raffles for the right to drop the ceremonial first puck.

Oh, the money you could raise!