I’ve needed to get this off my chest for a while. As a full disclosure, I don’t work for Dr. Paul’s campaign or represent him in any way. I am simply a passionate supporter of his who feels the need to discuss some concerns.
This election cycle, I truly believe that Ron Paul has a chance to make it to the Presidency if the momentum keeps moving his way. His polling numbers are up, he is being taken more seriously by some in the media, and his campaign is much more organized than last time. There will always be some who will marginalize him because of his philosophy or due to his alleged “un-electability”. This, however is not why I am writing this.
For several years now, I have noticed that while Dr. Paul’s supporters are the most knowledgeable and passionate people I know, they also have a tendency to be some of the most obnoxious. I’m sure this isn’t news to most of you. Most of us know how we are viewed by the establishment and the media.
The problem is that some of this perception is true. I can’t count the amount of times that I’ve read obscenity laced comments on Youtube or Facebook about how stupid people are for not supporting Ron Paul. Let me tell you now that this is one of Dr. Paul’s biggest problems that he will have to face during the campaign. Just because we have a right to be frustrated and angry with the establishment and the media doesn’t mean that we should alienate ourselves from them. No one will have a good impression of Ron Paul if they are being called a communist, fascist, neocon, socialist, or statist by one of his supporters. We are partly responsible for Paul being viewed as a fringe lunatic.
I was finally convinced to write this after an experience I had a week or two ago on Facebook. I posted one of the articles that I had written about Ron Paul on Mark Levin’s fan page. I did it for fun, but also to maybe convince a supporter or two in our direction. A member of the group commented on the article who disagreed with Dr. Paul and we had a civil discussion about it. At the end, he thanked me for the debate and for not being a jerk like most Ron Paul fans. I told him that most of us weren’t jerks and that many of us are just frustrated with the way we are treated by the establishment. To my knowledge, he has not answered my last comment, but it got me thinking. How many potential supporters have we turned away because of the impression we gave them. The number could be large or small, I don’t know. But you can’t deny that we don’t have a very good reputation among mainstream conservatives.
Whenever we post a comment, article, or video and mention Ron Paul in a positive light we are choosing to represent ourselves as one of his supporters. If we want people to listen to us, we need to be civil and polite. Our political enemies will use anything we do or say to use against Dr. Paul, and I for one would feel horrible if something I posted or said hurt the campaign in any way. I don’t care if you’re a birther, 9/11 truther, anarchist, libertarian, constitutionalist, all or anything in between; if you want to say or post anything, ask yourself whether or not it could hurt Ron Paul’s chances at gaining the Presidency. Nothing angers me more than seeing some anti-semetic or racist comment with a Ron Paul 2012! underneath. I don’t see those too often on mainstream sites, but they still creep up now and then.
I’m not here to tell you what to do or to tell you what’s okay or what’s not okay. I’ll leave that up to your judgment. I just want everyone to think before they act. Most of you don’t need reminding, and are very responsible when it comes to posting comments and videos. But if you know someone who might need reminding, I implore you to show them this article. The last thing we want is to be a detriment to Ron Paul’s campaign. Thank you so much for your time.