I'm Calling For A Cease-Fire!Submitted by chadism on Tue, 06/12/2012 - 11:04
I know many of us disagree about Rand's recent actions, and the follow-up actions of other Paul people (Jack Hunter, etc.).
My suggestion is that we all try to stay friendly and stick together even through this disagreement.
By "cease fire" I don't mean "stop arguing." Arguing is great. But here are a few requests I'd like everyone to consider:
1. Please stop accusing each other of being "infiltrators" or trolls. The fact that someone has only been here for three weeks and they disagree with you doesn't mean they're a bad guy. For the record, I've seen people on both sides of the argument doing this. To me it seems lazy and self-destructive. There probably are some agitators on here, but let's all give each other the benefit of the doubt and stick to the merits of the argument in stead of attacking people based on how long they've been members (after all, some people who have supported Ron since the 80s might just be joining the website, and some people who've been on the website for four years could be agitators who joined in 2008 to cause trouble).
2. Respect the fact that people can reasonably disagree about this. I personally think Rand's decision was a smart one, and I agree with most of Jack Hunter's comments (although he's clearly getting defensive and squirmy about it, which is never attractive), but I totally see that people are concerned that this is (a) taking steam out of their efforts, or (b) too much of a compromise for a leader in this movement to make. That's a fair opinion.
3. Please stop predicting the downfall of this movement. It is just silly. Again, people on both sides are doing this. For example, "Rand Paul just stabbed his father in the back and destroyed this movement!!" or "All this attacking of Rand is destroying this movement!" Nonsense. This movement is strong, and I doubt anything can really stop it at this point. People who disagree with the approach Rand is taking will probably put their energies into a different area. People who agree with him will probably stick by him.
4. Take a deep breath. Whether you are worried about what Rand Paul's lackluster Romney endorsement means for the future of the movement, or whether you are worried about the movement's reaction, just try to take a deep breath. My prediction is that this storm will pass if we let it. If my predictions are right, Rand will keep doing a great job and will--through his actions--slowly win back the people he's upset with this recent move. If I'm wrong, and he's really a traitor as some are worried, then that will become abundantly clear in due time. Give Ron Paul a chance to wind this campaign down and pitch his next move. If we disagree with the approach he wants to take going forward, no problem (he's not our boss!). If we agree with him, that's great too.
So in conclusion, I like you people a lot and I think we can keep changing the world and saving our country. But let's try to stick together and be friendly, especially when things get rocky.
Thanks for reading and for all your work.