"I've Never Been Afraid to be Bold." Why Ron Paul unites lefties, righties, commies and crazies.Submitted by Chris Cheapjackski on Sun, 07/01/2012 - 19:37
"I'd rather be strongly wrong than weakly right."
These words were famously spoken by Tallulah Bankhead, star of stage and screen, icon of the "liberal left".
"I've Never Been Afraid to be Bold."
-Congressman Ron Paul, June 28 2012
As soon as I read these words from Ron Paul I immediately thought of this famous Bankhead quote. I read her wikipedia page and was surprised that someone so completely different from Ron Paul could share such a fundamental life attitude.
Ms. Bankhead's words were clearly an admission of her own fallibility. She wasn't afraid to make a decision even if it turned out later to be wrong.
Dr. Paul's quote is also an admission of fallibility, as Ron is certainly aware of his own human limitations, and will readily admit that he was, for example, as strongly in favor of the death penalty as he now is opposed to it.
The point is that the overall spirit in which both quotes were said is the same, and it is something that everyone can, or should at least, agree on: be yourself, trust yourself, speak your mind. Be strongly right, be strongly wrong, don't be afraid to be bold.