Today Barack Obama gave a speech which was to be delivered to schools across America. Before the text or the speech was even made public, Republicans had already created a brouhaha as if the President were giving drugs to kids. I believe the outcry was worse than that over Obama’s proposed health care plan.
But this is not what I want to address today. This kind of overreaction without bothering to consider the facts is just what the Republicans are doing almost daily to attempt to discredit Barack Obama, and to distract the public from noticing they have no leadership, no policies and no future vision. This barrage is likely to continue.
The real question is how can one survive and overcome this kind of daily ambush? If you find yourself in this position, you could go over every sentence you will say and try to avoid anything controversial — but this won’t prevent the attacks. And doing nothing or ignoring the attacks will not counter the impression that somehow you (or President Obama in this case) have done something wrong.
The last message standing is the one that sticks in people’s minds.
If one is to stop the attacks and change the last message standing, you need to go on a campaign of OUTRAGE!
“How dare they treat the American people like idiots? Has the entire Republican party completely lost their grip on reality or is it just some radical elements? The American people will not stand for such lack of values and respect. Since when do we want to teach our children to lie, not listen and reject a message before they have even heard it? It’s time they remembered the First Amendment.It’s time the Republican party learned some manners. ”
If you do not express outrage, each and every time you are subject to attack, it will appear that, at some level, you agree with what was said, or at the least, you had no adequate response. Instead, reframe the attacks into what they really are – evidence of unreasonable, disrespectful behavior. You will need to do this each and every time — make sure you up the ante to demonstrate you will not be pushed around. Make it difficult to take you on and get angry if you have to.
Outrage is a powerful force. This is not the time to go Zen! To deal with bullies you need to demonstrate that it is too costly to mess with you.