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"Trust me, I'm a Doctor!"

I've been noticing an interesting trend here so far in this young campaign. Every time Ron Paul appears in a debate or important TV interview, I see people trying to tweak everything he does and obsess over everything from his clothing to the way he answers questions. Not all of this is inherently bad, I love that we have people who are so concerned about reaching people that we find ourselves criticizing the small things. But if I could offer up a different perspective for a moment: All of us were reached by Dr. Paul at different points in our lives. All of us, at one point or another, were either disinterested in politics, party loyalists, or just plain clueless. Yet everyone here was able to hear the Paul's message and understand it. We were all converted to the message of liberty!

Now, what makes anyone else out there any different from us before we had heard of Ron Paul? These people are either disinterested, party loyalists, or clueless. They will be reached the same way we were reached. They won't be swayed because he has a nice suit, or good hair, or good posture. Those are things for the plastic politicians who have nothing else to stand on. They will be swayed because they hear Ron Paul talk about freedom enough times that it finally clicks. Next time we find ourselves nit-picking about the small things, let's take a step back and put some trust in the message of liberty. As Ron often says: "Freedom is popular!" People will gravitate towards that message when they are ready to hear it. It will happen!

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thanks for the feedback!

i didn't notice how many comments were made here, so i skimmed through a few and i'll just say, i know there are definitely things we can put focus and attention on that may be considered "small" things. i think delivery and how certain topics are addressed is an important one. he had some sketchy answers in the last debate, but i don't necessarily fault him, the questions themselves were TERRIBLE and it's tough to prepare for those when you are an honest person. but i do think it's relevant to bring up delivery as a criticism or suggestion.

someone also pointed out that they weren't "converted" to freedom by ron paul. fair enough, what i meant was that at some point our mind was made up about freedom. whether that was before or after hearing about ron paul, it doesn't matter. at some point the message of freedom was delivered to us and it made sense. everyone is capable of understanding that, and it takes a different amount of time for each person. (in THAT sense, we are all different)

Freedom needs a few new friends

I have and will continue to be critical when Dr. Paul's responses fall short of compelling, in the same way that I am inspired when he gets it right and straight-up emotional when he articulates the message to perfection.

We all know of his consistent congressional record, philosophy and message, but as his strongest supporters I think it is our obligation to ask objectively if an inconsistent delivery of that message will attract the additional ten percent of voters required to be competitive in the early primaries.

Freedom may be popular, but concise responses that are true to our message will bring our rEVOLution to the masses.

We all support Ron Paul

Ron Paul is, probably, a hero to all of us. Personally, I don’t think he “needs” to do anything. His character and idiosyncrasies are part of his appeal to me. He is a humble man that speaks from the heart and he comes off as completely genuine. He is courageous and stands up to the whole world for the message of Liberty, despite what anyone thinks of him. I had always tended toward the idea’s of Liberty but did not even know about libertarians until I heard about Dr. Paul from a coworker after the 2008 election. I am now moved so much by him that I find myself getting choked up almost every time I hear him talk. I’m sure that for most of us he represents us and our ideals, which finally have a voice, and when he is up there, we want him to do so well that it hurts when we perceive that he stumbles because we think that ‘maybe he lost a few people on that one’. We look at these comments, and some get offended when others provide criticism. I hate to see it too and it can sometimes get you down, but we are all unique, and I’m sure that the criticisms are presented because the individuals providing feedback are trying to point out areas in which they believe improvements can be made. I am all for the voicing of opinions from everyone here. I don’t think that it serves us to get depressed and fight over whether or not someone points out things that they think could be improved on. However, it would be nice if you took into consideration how strongly some of us feel about Dr. Paul and used a little tact when criticizing him. As for the others we should probably get a little thicker skin and realize that we are all rooting for Ron Paul and Liberty.

I prefer this over looks

25 years of fighting for liberty. Volumes of materials and proof to back his positions. A track record of being absolutely correct on the three main issues that affect our lives--war, freedom, and money.

If you focus on those three issues, you will win every argument. Why? Because you are right.

After reading all the comments....

Ron Paul is Ron Paul..He's probably not going to change his look or facial expressions or hand gestures or hair, BUT....

We are his marketing team...We take the product, Ron Paul, and creatively market him, so that those less intellectual folk not thirsty for information, become people that want it. We have to change the way we pitch RP to different people. We don't change the message, we don't change the man, we JUST CHANGE THE pitch!

Polish your signs, emotion-up your videos, focus on different quotes or issues...That's what it's about. Ron Paul has something for everyone, no matter what he looks or talks like.

We deliver.


Let me say this. Dr. Paul

Let me say this. Dr. Paul need not look like Superman or be the most eloquent speaker. But there are times when I believe he does not take the offensive when needed, or else couch an argument in a different light.
For example, when asked about legalizing heroin in his first debate, he could have thrown back in there face that in North Carolina, my home state, the average convicted child molester spends an average of three years in prison, in large part because of overcrowding due to drug offenders.
When sneered at by the neo-cons about a seemingly dovish foreign policy, Dr. Paul need only explain what all of us already know. A deficit crisis is imminent. We cannot afford to continue empire building, even if we wanted to.
When speaking of the federal reserve, why not hammer home the point of inflation and its devastating effects on the middle class and poor? It is outright theft. Leave this talk of bubbles and the business cycle. Godammit a gallon of milk is more than a gallon of gas.
By the end of this campaign, I will have given the maximum amount allowed to the Ron Paul campaign. I will do whatever I can. But Dr. Paul must take it to their ass. We can win.


You asked...
Now, what makes anyone else out there any different from us before we had heard of Ron Paul?

easy... intellectual curiosity. Not everyone has it. We are but a small percentage of people left with such an attribute. Otherwise known as The Remnant.

It's no wonder Paul supports

It's no wonder Paul supports home schooling. I graduated high school a year ago and left without a political opinion. The subjects just aren't touched in public schools. Those without intellectual curiosity vote on feeling, which went a long way toward making Obama and Palin stars.

I Agree!

You don't want people to like Ron because of his chiseled jaw line you want them to understand the philosophy! I would be disgusted if there was a Sarah Palin cult smothering us with personality worship versus appreciation of ideas.

I'm not sure what can be

I'm not sure what can be done to convince others, but I'll tell my story. I 'm a nineteen year old college student who started supporting Paul a month ago. I didn't have much in the way of a cohesive political philosophy, but decided since I'm voting I should form one. I was never taught anything about politics or economics in high school and I suspect the topics are taboo in most high schools.Paul's book The Revolution really spoke to me. I like his opinion on the TSA and the limiting of government. In the NH debate he gave an opinion on gay marriage that was neither conservative or liberal. It shoud be society that defines marriage, not the government. The partisan system makes issues like these very black and white. Ron Paul favors everyone having choices. The reason I was apathetic about politics before is the same reason Paul outlines in The Revolution: both parties focus on little issues while maintaining the status quo. Obama didn't end the war, he entered Libya. The other Republicans in the NH debate favored asking the generals. I like Ron Paul because he's not afraid to address the real issues. Maybe if we can show more young people that politics doesn't have to be so black and white, a choice between two very similar parties, more people will come to the side of freedom.


to the rEVOLution! :)


Disagree - It IS important...

>"what makes anyone else out there any different from us before we had heard of Ron Paul?"

A lot! Starting with the fact that we are on Daily Paul critiquing the critiques of Ron Paul's debate performance. :) We are a small percentage of the electorate. If we want to expand our numbers we have to pay attention to some of these "little things". It might take the "look" or "the sound bite" to get certain people to really listen to the message.

We are entering a new phase in this movement - and we have to start playing to win...

By the way - none of that stuff matters to me at all. I only care about a candidate's philosophy and their record...

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world.

Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has...

John Stevens
Jacksonville Ron Paul 2008 Meetup Organizer

I suggest you check out Jon Stewart's commentary

on the debate. He replays Dr. Paul's answer to the "5-year old at the hospital" question. A mess. I have been listening to RP since 1987. Same great guy but no change in delivery. Same answers. Same

That answer alone is why RP needs polish. Don't change the message. Don't change the messenger. Change the delivery.



Saw it and I cringed, and Jon Stewart likes RP too!! But his point was that people won't get it until we talk to them like they ARE that 5 year-old.


Stewart cut it as he saw fit

Look at the actual clip and Stewart's representation. It's misleading.

Not saying Ron Paul's answer was polished - that was hardly the case. Just saying that Stewart acted classless by showing one part of Ron's answer, then cutting him off before making his point, then showing a different argument Ron made and cutting him again off before he could make his point.

'It is easy in the world to live after the world's opinion; it is easy in solitude to live after our own; but the great man is he who in the midst of the crowd keeps with perfect sweetness the independence of solitude.'

- Ralph Waldo Emerson

You only get one chance to make a first impression....

Running for office is just like a job interview, the people are interviewing people to take the job of representing them. People judge using a wide variety of criteria, to ignore this reality is to not get hired. I'm currently unemployed, and I've been doing alot of interviews. You have to play to the audience, find creative ways to reach them, be polished at all times, maybe even to step a bit out of your comfort zone.
I always used to whine about this as a libertarian activist - I didn't just want to educate people, I wanted to move them! You can get a person to support you without having to change their entire life philosophy! If you can reach them on an emotional level, they don't necessarily even have to completely agree with you. Some people support candidates for the most superficial or emotional reasons - and their are a LARGE percentage of these folks in the electorate. If we ignore this voting block, it will be at our own peril!
If the good doctor only wants to educate people and then he thinks the votes will follow, we have a long row to hoe! We can get large blocks of votes by acknowledging this reality. How about small onfo-mercial type communications like what Ross Perot did, only on a regional scale of course. How about makeing a small effort to improve the doctors speaking skills and image - it is not as though we are asking him to compromise his integrity. On the contrary, looking and speaking like a leader is part of getting the job, like it or not.
I'm afraid that if we think that the vast majority of american voters will read books and learn about economics and blowback, we are in for another embarrassing loss.
Thanks for allowing me to vent.

Remember, freedom isn't free.

Liberty is not free, It must be earned!

What about all the people who

What about all the people who like the Grunge look or Gothic or other.
Personally I don't like the polished perfect look at all, it looks phony to me.

Ron Paul is Ron Paul and we like him for who he is,
I would like him to wear whats comfortable for him at any given time.

The concern, I think, is that

The concern, I think, is that our message may not actually resonate with everyone.

Clearly, every on the Daily Paul is energized by it. Clearly, we passionately believe in all the principles Dr. Paul expounds.

But, as it happens, some people just aren't going to fully understand or fully accept everything Dr. Paul says. For whatever reason, too.

And honestly, that's alright. Our rhetoric alone won't fully win everyone over...and it doesn't even have to! We just need to convince a majority of people to vote for Dr. Paul. If this happens, in time, they'll come to fully believe in the principles of Liberty.

The problem is that, for a large number of people, "appearing presidential" or "appearing strong" is the difference between winning and losing a vote. And who didn't hear it time and time again back in 2008? "Everyone on that stage is a liar, but Ron Paul. Ron Paul is the only one saying what he believes. But I can't vote for him. He doesn't look/act presidental."

Sooner or later, we WILL need to win these people over on vanity issues. Honestly, these are the MAJORITY of the electorate.

I think if he came out wearing a skin tight t-shirt

and some butt-hugging jeans and offered to kick the rest of the candidates's asses for them that might do the trick. From the look of him in that bathing suit, he might just be able to do it, too.


I was not "converted to the message of liberty." For many here, Dr. Paul simply stood up for what we already believed in and that is how he won our support.

Hopes and dreams aren't going to win this election. We need to be pragmatic. Dr. Paul may be our last hope.

NOTE: I am not advocating violence in any way. The content of the post is for intellectual, theoretical, and philosophical discussion. FEDS, please don't come to my house.

What xavean said.

What xavean said.

RP: "My first name is Ron and my last name is Paul"

SP: "Wow, you have two first names. Nobody is going to elect 'Ricky Bobby' for President."

RP: "Do you care about anything important?"

SP:"One time I killed a moose and took a picture with it."

good posts deserve bumps

Well said

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I hear you

If I didn't have the luxury of owning my own business and working from home, I probably wouldn't have been able to spend the time necessary to understand the freedom message and understand how real free markets work.

I think that most people are too busy trying to make ends meet that they don't have the 40+ hours it takes to learn the ins and outs of how freedom would work.

Because of people's busy lifestyles, it's going to take more time for them to finally grasp the message...

Bottom line: It's not something that can be taught overnight... It takes time to rewire the brain

Very good point October

Your comment really needs to be taken to heart. I say this because one of the lessons from the last time that so many new to politics had to learn (some still haven't) is that many of our fellow citizens are not 'sheep' but are merely in the circumstances you speak of.
It is important to know this when campaigning. I have seen frustrated RP volunteers walk away from folks literally calling them sheep, slaves, zombies etc. when the message doesn't seem to sink in right away.
We are trying to win mainstream votes, and the mainstream is reeling from our oppressive government and corrupt media. In many ways they are just like us. Always try to stay positive and leave them with something gentle that they might reflect on. Please do not leave them feeling insulted and demeaned for if you do it is a lost vote and they will be that much further from being open to liberty.

If Paul looked like people want, he would be called Romney.

This post is so correct.

My mother used to say: "Don't judge a book by it's cover". In other words, you can't determine a person's personality, intelligence or morals by their appearance. Please stop being superficial. Is Dr. Paul perfect? He is the first to admit he is not. But is he the best thing to hit politics in this country for the last fifty-years? That question each of us has to answer for ourselves. My personal opinion is "Heck, yes!"

I'll be voting for Ron Paul in every election until the day I die, at least until someone better comes along. Does not matter if he is on the ballot or not, he is hands down the best qualified candidate for the position of President of the United States.

Thanks for posting this and attempting to remind people what is important.

God Bless all here!


for saying it again.

We are not 'smarter' than everyone else.

It's not about the good doctor's suit, his age, his posture, or any other thing but the message. From the suits to the message, he is the same as when I first noticed him 24 years ago. Why does anyone here think that every other person is not capable of the same insight?

Let's not micromanage this thing. Just spread the message.


I've just about reached my "nit picker" limit for the year this week! Dr Paul is who he is and has always been. He intrigued all of us with the same appearance and personality that he always has.

THE MAIN STREAM MEDIA WILL NEVER, EVER BE HAPPY with him. The main stream voter will either get it or not. This is a battle with evil forces that have had control for generations. It was never going to be a "walk in the park". The masses have been brainwashed for generations. They are either going to "get it" or they are not.

In the last 3 years the IDEAS of FREEDOM have gained more momentum than in my entire lifetime..... and it is due to the exposure that Dr. Paul has gained and continues to gain. And MUCH of his popularity comes from his being NON conventional and NON "PC" and different!

Thomas Jefferson: “Indeed, I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just, that His justice cannot sleep forever."

Viva La Revolucion!

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Grimly, I don't believe that these people will be convinced,...

except for Divine intervention. If Ron Paul wore the best suit or even made even the "slickest" comments, many are so entrenched in their wrong beliefs, that they refuse to entertain any other ideas.

Actually, an economic collapse/depression would help these people wake up and to take another look at Ron Paul, IMV. Worse times maybe better for Ron Paul, and miracles by Divine intervention as mentioned above do happen.

Good points, it's a tough

Good points, it's a tough job, to appeal to everyone with different passions, interests, pet issues, ect. That's why the freedom message works, because everyone has that area of their life that they hold sacred, too sacred to allow the gov to mess it up. Many Libs like RP because he preaches freedom, and they enjoy freedoms on social issues, many conservatives like RP because they enjoy economic freedoms. No other candidate preaches the sweetness of freedom like RP. No other politician understands freedom, they understand being a master, and want to make the contest as to who will be the best master. They promise permission to enjoy certian 'priveleges'. Once you hear about freedom, you tend to forget about wanting to ask permission.. and then you spend an obseen amount of time on the DP instead of working. Speaking of, gotta go.