Originally posted by empireoflizards
I'll respect your views,
Let me first say, thankyou for your post and the way you responded to me.
however, I'd like to add as a Ron Paul supporter that any opportunity to get the word out on his successes can still amount to
something...even something as miniscule as a straw poll.
This is true I guess. Straw polls and other polls do by the least get the word out, but I don't believe that attention is self sustaining over the
long term, as demonstrated over the last two elections. Straw polls provide temporary and for the most part minimal momentum in the elections, and it
is very hard to maintain it over a certain period.
One thing I noticed about Ron Paul, more so often, and maybe I'm alone, is that he hardly comes across a skeptical voter, and yet he fails to get the
vote in other presidential and primary elections. Why? Well people ca translate this as some conspiracy where he has the vote but the dark men in
suits are preventing him from winning.... this is the easy explanation for a loyal Paul supporter. In reality it could just be because he isn't
viewed as significant and relevant enough to be skeptical about for the general public. This is what I see, and this is why, when I see threads like
these, I just see an attempt by his loyal supporters to ignore the reality of the large issues and hurdles with him gaining the presidency and the
idea of him having a administration.
While the media or other powers-that-be are constantly marginalizing him as fringe or whatever, these little speeches and polls can show others
that he is someone serious to contend with.
Ron Paul is and has always been a marginal figure in the public eye, and has been such atleast since 88' when he decided to run. He has this stigma
stuck to him, and yet he refuses to change in order to reach out the bigger vote. This is possibly a good thing as in some ways he's sticking to his
guns (Although I've spotted him slipping), but this has never done good for him. These ideas of going back to the gold standard, self reliance, the
ability of the "free market", "end the fed", they sound like wonderful Rand utopian ideals, but it is far from reality to most folks. Obama is
probably not that much different with his "hope and change" but by the least his policies were closer to reality. But hey, yet again it comes down
to individual perception.
The internet is still becoming more and more significant as a means to get the word out for favorite candidates. Threads like this are a great
means to "get the word out" to a significant audience and maybe continue to get people to reconsider what this man is really about.
This right here is very true. This thread is a campaign piece for Ron Paul, and his other loyal supporters do a good job spamming other forums and
comment sections advocating his word. Although the internet, while very significant, is a very casual world. Anybody can start a website, an online
journal, a forum. You can create multiple accounts in most places, you can pretend to be somebody, there is so much, almost unlimited opportunities
the the virtual world to push and be something. In the end though, once you're off the computer, it's back to reality.