Due to their shrinking numbers, and the inherent difficulties of trying to reproduce while delusional, Birthers are actively trying to recruit new members into their lifestyle. Some have been spotted hanging around comic book stores and Sci Fi conventions with big bags of candy and tin foil. Others have been taking cold-calling lessons from Jehovah Witnesses. Still others are experimenting with a more annoying approach to close their sale.
The new technique is based on the old one-foot-in-the-door-tactic. If you can just get one foot in the door, then the polite and meek housewife will hesitate to slam the door on your foot. Which gives the salesman a chance to run his mouth and push the product. Cheeky, but it worked. Wiki says this about foot-in-the-door:
Foot-in-the-door (FITD) technique is a compliance tactic that involves getting a person to agree to a large request by first setting them up by having that person agree to a modest request. The foot-in-the-door technique succeeds owing to a basic human reality that social scientists call “successive approximations”. Essentially, the more a subject goes along with small requests or commitments, the more likely that subject is to continue in a desired direction of attitude or behavioral change and feel obligated to go along with larger requests. FITD works by first getting a small ‘yes’ and then getting an even bigger ‘yes.’
The principle involved is that a small agreement creates a bond between the requester and the requestee. Even though the requestee may only have agreed to a trivial request out of politeness, this forms a bond which – when the requestee attempts to justify the decision to themselves – may be mistaken for a genuine affinity with the requester, or an interest in the subject of the request. When a future request is made, the requestee will feel obliged to act consistently with the earlier one.
The reversed approach – making a deliberately outlandish opening demand so that a subsequent, milder request will be accepted – is known as the door-in-the-face technique.
I call the Birther variation on this the mouth-in-the-radio-show approach. Rick Wiles tried it the other day with Congressman Jeff Duncan of South Carolina. (See Note 3 below.) Now Mr. Chris Farrell, whose personal motto should be Ammo Dimini, tried this Friday, June 28, 2013 with Congressman Louis Gohmert (TX). Farrell, supposedly an ex-French Foreign Legionnaire, called in with an innocuous request. Here are some transcribed excerpts from Obama Ballot Challenge:
On Friday, June 28th 2013 Representative Louie Gohmert (R-TX) was questioned in a phone call by Chris Farrell, citizen journalist, while the congressman hosted‘Washington Watch with Tony Perkins,’ a daily internet radio program. . .
Congressman Gohmert: “Let’s take a call from—we got a call from Louisiana. Chris, Let’s hear what’s on your mind Chris.”
Chris Farrell: “Hello Representative Gohmert.”
Gohmert: “Just call me Louie Chris.”
Farrell: “Yes Sir, Thank you. Louie. Chris Farrell. I too served in the Army, [Which Army, the French one???] and I want to ask you to consider that former Lieutenant Colonel Terry Lee Lakin, a surgeon in the US Army, was court martialed, dishonorably discharged, and imprisoned in military prison for requesting, consistent with the officer’s oath he had taken to defend the Constitution, authentication that his purported commander-in-chief did in fact legally occupy that position.
Then, sometime later, Mr. Obama presented the American people with documents supposedly authenticating his constitutional eligibility which have now been proven beyond any shadow of a doubt (to be fraudulent) by Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s volunteer Cold Case Posse…I was there at the Preliminary Release of the Findings of the Cold Case Posse as a student journalist, and let me tell you, nobody else from the mainstream media was there.
Ah, this mockery of our Constitution has to be brought to an end, and I’d like to ask you to read the petition that I wrote, the Petition to Abrogate—to actually retroactively abrogate the illegal elections of the constitutionally ineligible fraud who illegally represented himself as constitutionally eligible to be president and so was in the commission of crimes when he was illegally elected, and I claim to you that he is not now and never has been the president.”
Gohmert: “Well, let me comment on that, thank you Chris—ah—for your call.
I was not—I didn’t remember the prosecution for Colonel Lakin. We’ll look into that, but uh, I’ll tell you how bad it is: I had not ever said the president was not born in America, but I’m titled a “Birther” because I signed on as a co-sponsor of a Bill Posey Bill in the last Congress . . .
There is more at the link. As you can see, Farrell tried a simple “please read my petition” request. The problem is, he did too much selling on the front end. He made it clear he was a Birther with the hard sell line, ” his constitutional eligibility which have now been proven beyond any shadow of a doubt (to be fraudulent) . . .” No Chrissy, it isn’t clear beyond a shadow of a doubt. Mike Zullo himself recently said, “There is not enough evidence to convict him [Obama] on jaywalking … let alone anything else.”
Then, to compound that mistake, Farrell over talks himself. Before Gohmert has a chance to respond to the innocuous request, Farrell continues the same sentence with, “to actually retroactively abrogate the illegal elections of the constitutionally ineligible fraud who illegally represented himself as constitutionally eligible to be president and so was in the commission of crimes when he was illegally elected, and I claim to you that he is not now and never has been the president.”
Yes, the innocuous request and all that bile was crammed into a single run on sentence! Image a cult member trying to recruit a new patsy who says, “We are all so happy, won’t you hold hands and smile with us . . . because after the Mother Ship annihilates the God-forsaken putrescent sinners who inhabit this living Hell Hole with its cleansing Atomic Ray of Miserable Screaming Death we all will have drunk the cyanide-laced Kool-Aid and be happy on the Eden Asteroid in our new non-physical body forms.” No! First you get them to hold hands and smile. Then, to come a dinner meeting. Then, the drugs and wild sex orgy. . . etc.
That is the kind of rookie mistake Birther Farrell made. Normally there is time for a salesman to get some on-the-job-training. The problem here is that the Birther product really sucks, and people who buy it just end up looking stupid to everybody else. Plus, the market is shrinking faster and faster.
Note 1. The Image. This is Marty Feldman playing Digby Geste from the 1977 film, The Last Remake of Beau Gest. Wiki says:
It starred and was also directed and co-written by Marty Feldman. It is a satire loosely based on the novel Beau Geste, a frequently-filmed story of brothers and their adventures in the French Foreign Legion. The humor is based heavily upon wordplay and absurdity. Feldman plays Digby Geste, the awkward and clumsy “identical twin” brother of Michael York’s Beau, the dignified, aristocratic swashbuckler.
Spoofing the classic Beau Geste and a number of other desert motion pictures, the film’s plotline revolves around the heroic Beau Geste and his brother Digby’s misadventures in the French Foreign legion out in the Sahara, and the disappearance of the family sapphire, sought after by their money-hungry stepmother
Note 2 Foot In The Door Technique. Wiki has a good article on this. Here is another excerpt:
When someone expresses support for an idea or concept, that person is more likely to then remain consistent with their prior expression of support by committing to it in a more concrete fashion. A common example undertaken in research studies used this foot-in-the-door technique: Two groups are asked to place a large, very unsightly sign in their front yard reading “Drive Carefully”. The members of one group had previously been approached to put a small sign in their front window reading “Be a Safe Driver”, almost all agreed. In response to the “Drive Carefully” request 76 percent of those who were initially asked to display the small sign complied, in comparison with only 17 percent of those in the other group not exposed to the earlier, less onerous, request.
Having already shown ‘community spirit’ by taking part in the campaign to reduce the nation’s road carnage – ‘stepping forward’ as a “good citizen” by giving prominence to the “Be a Safe Driver” sign, a statement to the world – there is social pressure to also agree to a grander, if more inconvenient, version of the same exercise and in order to appear consistent in one’s beliefs and behaviour. There may well be other contributors, but it is likely that commitment and consistency play a significant role.
Note 3. Did Duncan Do Nuts??? For a similiar Birther effort, see this, where Host Rick Giles tries to make a sale:
Note 4. Word Plays. Farrell likes to plop Anno Domini on his scribblings. Ammo Dimini has an entirely different meaning. . . Invariably Diminished. For ESLs, a bugle is a horn, and a member of the brass family of instruments. Brassy also means impudent or brazen. The idiomatic phrase horn in on means:
horn in (on something)Fig. to attempt to participate in something without invitation or consent. Are you trying to horn in on my conversation with Sally? I hope you are not trying to horn in on our party.
The image Easter Egg is a word play first on Deguello, a Mexican bugle call signifying “No Quarter.” Most Texans know the word from The Alamo story. But, the French word “Debile” means moronic and stupid, and is an extra word play on “the bile”, or venom. The Boogie-Woogie Birther Boy is based on: