I have nothing against Dr. Ron Paul. He does have some good ideas. I like his smaller government lower taxes ideas. I personally don’t like his anti-Iraq stance. But this is not about him personally. He is standing up and saying what he thinks needs said. We are in America and he is running for president. Good for him. It’s a dream to run for the highest office of our land.
I think the reason he is being marginalized is not his message, it’s his over zealous followers that try to inject him into any discussion that is hurting him. The other day LGF, one of the largest conservative Blogs that I know of, had a poll about who won the GOP debate. Now a site that gets 80 to 90K visits a day is going to have a lot of responses. But alas, we find out that the “Paulians” are rallying their troops to stack the vote in his favor. The two sites I have become aware of are here and here.
Actions like this are the problem. The “Astroturf” you are trying to pass off as a grass roots ground swell are hurting your candidate’s message. No one will take him seriously when they think his supporters are desperate to make him relevant. Do what the other candidates supporters do. You can post your comments, write a blog supporting him, wear buttons and pass out pamphlets. Don’t make your self’s look like idiots, by stuffing the ballot boxes. What do you think he could accomplish with the majority of the conservative blogasphere laughing at him because of the likes of you?
Let him win or lose in the arena of ideas. That is the fight worth fighting. That is what makes America great.
Update Dr. Paul got fifth place in the straw poll good job. Thats doing good in the arena of ideas.
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