At Which Point Does Healthy Optimism Turn Into Propaganda?Submitted by Blueshift on Fri, 06/15/2012 - 02:27
The last few weeks have been mind boggling. No, I am not talking about Benton letters or Rand Endorsements(which are also confusing). I am talking about the conflicting reports about Delegates. Some say we are winning and that its nearly sealed, while others say basically what the official campaign has said: that Ron Paul will get somewhere on the order of 200-500 delegates, which is not enough to win. And there is yet another group of people which are saying that the chances are somewhere in the middle.
When my confusion had reached it's height this week, I reflected on my time here at the daily paul. I had thought back to all the situations where many people proclaimed that Dr. Paul would win specific battles, followed by several individuals going on tirades about how angry they were to find out later that he lost. Don't get me wrong, I know there was a great deal of cheating and manipulation going on. However, what I am here today to talk to you fellow Daily Paulers about is the perception we exude when we write about what we know, and what we don't know.
I feel that there are those in the Ron Paul grassroots effort who take news and information and sensationalize it, making it sound more positive and absolute than it actually is. Now I agree with peoples enthusiasm and positive attitudes, but there is a fine line between playing up new information versus propagating opinions and untruths as facts. I would rather see Paul supporters up in arms by the facts, than see Paul supporters pacified by positive propaganda.
I think the truth of the matter is that no one really knows what the real numbers are for the delegates or what will exactly happen in Tampa. I believe we are at a crossroads; we can decide to kid ourselves with our own propaganda, or we can look at facts and the current political environment and make sound judgements based on truth. I am all for being positive, but when being positive turns into misinformation, I call it a distraction and a pacifier for the Liberty movement. Personally, I will fight for the Ron Paul nomination and Liberty movement till the end of the world without someone having to whisper something sweet in my ear!