Explaining "rude" supportersSubmitted by apPAULogist on Tue, 12/27/2011 - 16:01
Apart from Ron's foreign policy, the one thing that people object to is the way many of Ron's supporters behave. I'd like to explain one reason why these supporters are so intolerant.
There's a human tendency, when learning something new that immediately becomes obvious, to feel and act as though they knew it all along. They treat others, who are now in the same position THEY were in only a short time ago, as being stupid or unwilling to see the light.
That psychological phenomenon is magnified greatly when one's new perspective elicits a fierce loyalty and conviction. The frustration of having people just not get it can be so great that it's hard to avoid resorting to yelling and such.
On top of all that, so many of Ron's new supporters are young, idealistic, and maybe not very well disciplined where social behavior is concerned.
It's like a "triple whammy" conspiring to make Ron look bad by association with supporters who can hardly force themselves to be polite.
Of course, an important response to this is that Ron doesn't pick and choose his supporters, and he's not at all responsible for their behavior. There's also (as I saw somewhere here just minutes ago) the important point that other candidates have the same problem -- probably to a lesser degree since there's not much passion behind the rudeness.
Anyway, I think that explaining the amount of rudeness among Ron's supporters as largely an effect of their passion and frustration is something people can understand and sympathize with.