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The Revenge of Ron Paul (Mother Jones)

Today, David Barstow of the Times begins to touch on one of the most underreported aspects of Tea Party populism: Its deep ideological and organizational ties to 2008's Ron Paul Revolution. The press has tended to treat the Tea Party movement as a sui generis outpouring of rage against a black president and an expanding government. But the grassroots network that Barstow examines, Friends of Liberty, has "been shaped by the growing popularity in eastern Washington of Ron Paul, the libertairan congressman from Texas," he writes. There's good reason to believe that Friends of Liberty is less the exception than the rule.

My 2008 Mother Jones piece, The Apostles of Ron Paul, noted that his GOP presidential bid mobilized an outpouring of grassroots support and online activism unlike anything ever seen on the political Right. Paul trumped his competitors in both parties on just about every metric of online organizing, including support on Meetup.com, where his backers outnumbered those of the leading candidates combined. Though his campaign ultimately failed to win a single state primary, I pointed out the parallels between his formidable netroots machine and that built in 2004 by Howard Dean, which ultimately became a major factor in the Democratic victories of 2006 and 2008. "Whichever way the Paulites go, candidates would be smart to study their movement's trajectory," I wrote. "It, not Paul, is the real revolution."


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And smears like that only

And smears like that only work on closed minds. Spend no time on that and focus your energy on recruiting people and spreading the truth. That's all you can do and all you should do.

Eventually, if we reach critical mass, the smears won't work as the movement will be big enough to withstand such marginalization. So, combat that tactic with the truth. It's the best weapon we have, use it liberally.


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It says Ron Paul is tolerant of extremists such as neo-nazis and is a perfect outlet for those who fear black presidents.


~wobbles but doesn't fall down~

Ya know what? Good.

"Neo nazis" are allowed to be neo nazis. They are allowed to think whatever they want. And they are allowed to vote. Why do we keep falling for every divide and conquer tactic they pull?
Ron Paul does NOT control who supports HIM. How does he "tolerate" them? He does not go shoot them for breathing? He lets them register and vote? Does he have the unmitigated gall to think they are American citizens processing all their rights to free thought and WHOA....! He is NOT about letting them SPEAK, is he?
Lordy, lordy, this could get really out of hand... Pretty soon, he might tolerate TRUTHERS!

Truth exists, and it deserves to be cherished.


Then it's just fine for the media to use innuendo and lies to paint Ron Paul as an extremist and welcomer of racists and intolerant people.

Are you seriously contending Ron Paul welcomes racist authoritarians in the party of libertarians and jeffersonian republicans? Ron Paul returned several donations from nazi groups during his campaign for president. He is NOT ok with them because neo-nazis are not for liberty nor libertarian ideals.

Conflating nazis with Truthers is just downright silly and you should be pissed that the article called Truther "extremists".

It is NOT okay for the media to smear Ron Paul with lies and I will not stop complaining about it and pointing it out.

Do you SERIOUSLY think it is just fine and intellectuatlly honest to smear Ron Paul by claiming people who fear black presidents are a natural fit with Ron Paul?

Go drink some coffee and take a pill or something.. or smoke a doob.. or whatever.


~wobbles but doesn't fall down~