Just a couple thoughts...Submitted by PastaRocket848 on Tue, 05/24/2011 - 15:30
Hello. I am new here, though not really new here ;). I've just recently signed up for this forum after many years of supporting Dr. Paul's efforts in the House (and of course his 2008 campaign). After hearing Dr. Paul's candidacy announcement i've felt compelled to do what i can to offer my support once again. In doing so i've been looking around at the various meeting points for supporters on the web, and i must say that i have come away from the experience terrified. Please hear me out on this:
In my opinion, we lost the election in 2008 primarily because of the media's decision to label and portray Dr. Paul as the "crazy old uncle" of the republican party. He was commonly referred to as a kook, a conspiracy theorist, anything but a viable presidential candidate. This was not the result of any specific vote or action Dr. Paul had taken. It was our fault.
it is my belief that to win we absolutely must, and i cannot stress this enough, distance ourselves from the arguments that were made against his candidacy last time around. In reading supporter responses to articles posted on popular supporter forums and websites, i couldnt help but laugh. I've read about everything from fake birth certificates and iced up OBL's to chemtrails and something about tesla taking down the towers on 9/11. From a political perspective, this is absolute insanity.
This is what people see when they google ron paul. thus, this is what people associate with ron paul. it may be right, it may not be, and who knows maybe the birth certificate really is fake, but i can promise you one thing for sure: anything the MSM has to use against us, they will, and we are handing them ammo at an alarming rate.
this absolutely, 100%, has got to stop, or ron paul will not be the republicans nominee in 2012. if you support ron paul you will either a: keep the conspiracy crap to yourself this time or b: distance yourself from the campaign. this problem is working to discredit not only the campaign in 2012 but the entire freedom movement. it simply cannot continue if we want to be able to reasonably expect to be taken seriously.
noone is going to take a presidential candidate seriously when there are advertisements for books about chemtrails and alex jones' radio show on the site their getting their info from.
im sorry if this offended anyone but, frankly, it's just disturbing. that, and it is the nail in the coffin in 2012 if it continues. just my .02.