Romancing The Voters

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Have you ever been honeyfuggled by a politician? Known you were going to a party or political event and knew there might be “stimulating or controversial” discussions on the “Topic of the Day?”
A quick reference guide like this Handbook when I was on the city council. Great “Zingers” for a game of “gotcha,” Letters to the Editor, Tea Party Rallies, debate talking points, or Toastmaster Speeches. More

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About Fred Schnaubelt

Fred Schnaubelt was born in San Diego, California in 1941. He was elected President of Taxpayers Concerned for 1972 and in 1974 was appointed to the San Diego County Board of Public Welfare. From 1977 to 1981 he served on the San Diego City Council casting more "no votes" than all other councilmembers combined. Fulfilling a campaign to serve only one term, he did not run for re-election. He was invited to testify before the U.S. President's Commission on Housing and the U.S. House of Representatives Banking Committee. He has served as a director of San Diego Apartment Association, Board of Realtors, First Centennial Title Insurance Company, and American Thrift & Loan Association. Fred has published over 100 articles on economics, real estate and politics in various newspapers. In 1986 he served as a television panelist for “ON EDGE” a weekly TV Program on Southwestern Cable. In 1987 he married microbiologist Irina Antonova in Moscow, USSR. From 1996-1999 he hosted the radio Talk Shows, The Fred Schnaubelt Show and Schnaubelt’s Editorial Page. His son Chris is a retired Army Colonel living in Washington D.C. and his daughter Leslie Author of Strom Of Emotions on Kindle who lives and works in San Diego. Fred is currently President of Citizens for Private Property Rights and been a commercial real estate broker since 1968.

Reviews

Review by: Kathleen Wesselink on July 12, 2013 : (no rating)
I rate this as a five star work. "'Romancing the Voters, Don't Be Honeyfuggled' by Fred Schnaubelt is one of the clearest, most concise little books I've ever read on the workings of our government. Fred explains each issue we face so well with just a few words. I believe it should be in the hands of every citizen prior to our next election. This would also be a helpful little guide for all college age students as they prepare to cast their first votes."
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Lynette Williams on June 29, 2013 : star star star star star
You who read this book already know many of your liberal leaning friends have become oblivious to the outside world because they are preoccupied with their favorite things. They need to be persuaded how to think for themselves, with these new approaches, instead of being indoctrinated by the main stream media. You can be the one who exposes them to economic fallacies and facts that will help turn around their point of view. Romancing the Voters will give you the skills necessary to peg misinformed people the instant you begin a conversation with them.

Read this book with a pencil in hand. Label sentences that stand out on how to respond to a fallacy, hypocrisy, truth, historical fact, common sense, opinion, horrid or whatever label seems right to you. Write a summary of the most meaningful parts of each chapter. The SECOND time you read the book, develop a color system to highlight statements, such as orange for truths, yellow for exposing fallacies, blue for key facts (such as the last sentence on page 79), green for hypocrisies. Romancing the Voters is going to become one of the most dog-eared books in your library.

The knowledge you gain from this brief handbook will change the way you converse about politics. You will make your case more appealing as you develop Ronald Reagan style anecdotes (page 87). You will learn to redefine words liberals use, such as changing ‘minimum wage’ to ‘learning wage’ (page 55).

Best of all, you can stop being silent when confronted with issues you are hesitant to defend because you don’t want to make a fool of yourself. With this arsenal of talking points you won’t be at a loss for words anymore!

-Lynette Gain Williams, President, Women Volunteers in Politics, San Diego, CA
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Perry Arden on June 26, 2013 : star star star star star
Romancing the Voters has actually filled a gap in today’s busy world. Where can you find an easy to read Reader’s Digest type format, that is both sensible, important and funny. Many things can be funny, without making sense. Fred’s booklet has captured it all, for young and old, in a most pleasant way. Sit down in your easy chair, put your feet up and enjoy it! Perry Arden San Diego Motel Brokers, Realtors.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Priscilla Schreiber on June 24, 2013 : star star star star star
Fred Schnaubelt, has written a gem of a handbook for those of us who consider ourselves liberty-minded "freedom riders". His exhaustive research and personal experience in politics gives us a renewed understanding in the art of using political talking points. "Romancing the Voter..." is an engaging twist for disarming our friends who may think differently. Fred's book is a well chronicled mixture of historical facts and commentaries for such a time as this.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: David Duringer on June 10, 2013 : star star star star star
Author Fred Schnaubelt understands that to be effective, information must also be entertainment. This delightful little book is as enjoyable to read as it is useful in pushing back against the constant barrage of biased bits of brainwashing unleashed to propagate the distorted worldview of the new muckrakers.

America will be free only so long as her families remain powerful, independent, and trained to arms. Those arms can be taken away only through deceit. Chapter 3, on guns, delivers one uppercut after another to the deceiver, Leviathan. Never bring a knife to a gunfight; to fend off a sudden ambush of anti-American ignorance, carry this book as your weapon of choice.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Brian Brady on May 30, 2013 : star star star star star
Fred Schnaubelt cuts through the BS and explains the silly side of politics (campaigning) while revealing how dangerous the serious side of politics (governing) is today. He reveals how politicians have figured out how to play "Santa Claus" and "buy" votes by making ridiculous promises. God help us because some of them actually keep those ridiculous promises.

A champion of the limited government movement, Fred offers a centuries old remedy for that which ails us--- constitutionally constrained government.

This is an easy read. It's entertaining, each topic is relatively short, and Fred's writing style is easy to understand. Buy this book
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Jim Elliott on April 29, 2013 : (no rating)
Dear reader,

I forgot to add a 5 star rating

Jim Elliott
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Jim Elliott on April 29, 2013 : (no rating)
Fred Schnaubelts' book should be read by all concerned citizens. I have created millions of political direct mail pieces for candidates of both parties. We need sensible elected officials. Support your candidate...write a check or walk precincts. Better yet run for office. America needs you.

Jim Elliott
President
Western Graphics Lemon Grove CA
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Colin Flaherty on April 25, 2013 : star star star star star
There are two things you should do with this book: 1) Read it. You will learn something important and something funny. I guarantee it. I got a kick out of this quote: ""If you don't read the newspaper, you're uninformed. If you read the newspaper, you're misinformed." Mark Twain. And 2) Give it as a gift. Even low information voters will get a kick out the in trenches observations that have made Fred Schnaubelt one of the most interesting and distinguished observers and political actors in San Diego. Ever. So get it.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Mike McFee on April 20, 2013 : star star star star
What an excellent compilation and insightful prose on the current direction of American Politics. Mr. Schnaubelt hit this one out of the park. Truly a great historically relevant guidebook, which should be required reading for EVERY congressman today. As an elected official, I appreciate the elevation of these important issues and the historical basis for his writing. Well done! Michael McFee, City Council, Beaufort, SC
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Eric Andersen on April 13, 2013 : star star star star star
Former San Diego City Councilman Fred Schnaubelt continues to make himself invaluable to the common man. Romancing the Voters is designed to equip and protect us from the false ideas we face regularly from our local politicians. I look forward each month to receiving Fred’s thoughtful economic insights and analysis and value having a more comprehensive compilation of his ideas.

- Eric Andersen, co-founder im2moro (www.im2moro.com)
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: David Bogan on April 10, 2013 : star star star star star
Thought provoking, rational discussion points defending the views of the "rest of us" who prefer to think on our own and not regurgitate the slanted interpretation in the mainstream media. He points out the morsels of history conveniently forgotten or buried by todays pundits. Fred intelligently teaches us to look at the actions, not just listen to the words of politicians to understand their true beliefs. He gives us a pleasant, informative guide to navigate the slippery landscapes that are todays headlines.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Tony Krvaric on April 08, 2013 : star star star star star
Fred Schnaubelt has done a lot of research, compiling interesting, entertaining, and insightful arguments for Liberty-minded Americans who are constantly under fire from "progressive" elites. This handy compendium of political issues is something that can easily be reviewed before engaging in a discussion. Great for “Teachable Moments.”

-Tony Krvaric, Chairman, Republican Party of San Diego County
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Lawrence Reed on April 08, 2013 : star star star star star
Didn't see the rating stars the first time, so I am rating the book now--five stars!
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Lawrence Reed on April 07, 2013 : (no rating)
At a time when common sense seems endangered, along comes Fred Schnaubelt with a book of useful information and rhetorical devices that put common sense back into political debate. If you want to influence others for good, or just put the bad guys in their place, get this book and keep it handy.

--Lawrence W. Reed, President, Foundation for Economic Education (www.fee.org).
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: richard wira on April 04, 2013 : star star star star star
Romancing the Voters, don’t get Honeyfuggled is a great handbook for Toastmasters with ideas for at least 15 tested talks. Every week Toastmasters are confronted with, ‘What should I talk about?’ This book will stimulate your thought process regarding many of the questions we are facing today. It will give you ample material to draw from and form your own conclusions. It's a great read because all of the information is out there, we just don't have the time to look it up for ourselves." Richard Wira, Toastmasters International Worldwide Speech Contest Finalist 2006
(review of free book)

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