Romancing The Voters


Hi, I’m Fred,
At my age, I’m thinking ahead and want to go peacefully in my sleep like my grandfather and not screaming like the passengers in his car.
I was born in San Diego and for 50 years (since age 21) struggled to find the best answers to recurring political issues.

So, I’m sharing, while still able, these political nuggets gleaned from researching over 500 books on the most persuasive responses to political issues that never seem to go away.

I would have loved to have a short reference guide like this when I was on the San Diego City Council to respond quickly to these issues when they repeatedly pop up every couple of years; some of which I never heard of before being elected.

I grew up in Casa de Oro (East San Diego County). My family moved and I graduated from Pt. Loma High in 1958. I joined a family cleaning business and in 1968 became a commercial real estate broker. I got ticked off at the government, ran and was elected to the San Diego City Council in 1977 where I served only one term as promised. I have two adult children and have been married 3 times, most recently in 1987 in Moscow, Russia (USSR) to Dr. Irina Antonova.

I need your help in forwarding your comments about the book to your friends or putting them on Facebook in order to reach politicians, Tea Party members and political junkies across the country (and BTW reach my publisher’s goal of 10,000 sales). Please note these issues are intended to be the more controversial ones and this Handbook is for providing you with more than “Bumper Sticker” responses to important topics of the day. (Look for 15 more issues in 2014).

About The Author



Have you ever been in a discussion and after departing said, “I wish I would have thought of that?” Have you ever been honeyfuggled by a politician? Have you 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?”

I would have loved to have 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.

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Review by: Tony Krvaric
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

Conservatives and free market thinkers often struggle with how best to communicate our message.  It’s easy to preach to the choir.  But reaching those who rarely hear our side – especially the politically disengaged – is critical if we are serious about preserving the Union.  Fred’s book, Romancing the Voters, is an extraordinarily helpful resource in crafting the kinds of messages that we know are based in truth in a manner designed to reach beyond our traditional audiences.  Jon Coupal, President Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association: PROTECTING TAXPAYERS ... Legal and political watchdog organization that follows state legislation and initiatives. News, membership information, and contacts.

Review by: Lawrence Reed
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 (


BOOK REVIEWS Review by: Tony Krvaric : 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 Review by Darrell Beck: Every Tea Party member should have a copy of “Romancing the Voters” written by Fred Schnaubelt as reference to historic facts and to avoid being “honeyfuggled” within the world of extreme political chicanery. It answers many questions posed by “progressives” to humiliate and demean patriots who are merely trying to restore our constitutional republic.  - Darrell Beck, Ramona Tea’d, member steering committee Review by: Richard Wira : 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 World Champions of Public Speaking, 2006 Finalist Review by: Lawrence Reed : 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 ( Review by: Mike McFee, City Council: 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, Beaufort, SC Review by: Jim Elliott: Fred Schnaubelt's 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 Review by: Lynette Williams: 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!  - Lynette Gain Williams, President, Women Volunteers in Politics, San Diego, CA Review by: Priscilla Schreiber: 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  -Priscilla Schreiber, Republican Women, El Cajon, CA Review by: Colin Flaherty : 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. - Colin Flaherty, author, White Girl Bleed A Lot Review by: Eric Andersen : 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 ( Review by: David Bogan : 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 today’s 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 today’s headlines,   - David Bogan, El Cajon, CA Review by: Brian Brady:   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, entertaining. Each topic relatively short, and Fred's writing style is easy to understand. Buy It! - Brian Brady, Solana Beach, CA Review by: Perry Arden: 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. Review by: Art Schmitz: This is a great book and should be required reading by every high school student before graduating. It’s simple enough that even elementary school students would be able to enjoy it.  - Art Schmitz, Citizens For Private Property Rights Review by: Kathleen Wesselink: "Romancing the Voters, Don't Be Honeyfuggled." I can't thank you enough for the opportunity to read your fine little book!  My comments are as follows: "'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."  The only bit I might add to your book is in Chapter 4.  In this chapter you discuss capital punishment and base it largely on your own personal experiences, which is good.  However, I felt it might be helpful to also include a story or two of other's experiences to back up your own.  All in all I found this most informative and enlightening! --Kathleen Wesselink, DTM/PDG, Past District Governor,  District 35 Toastmasters, River Falls, WI   Sample of 12,410+- Blog Comments Hello, I check your blog regularly. 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