A simple plea to think twice before speaking/postingSubmitted by feliznavdavid on Fri, 12/14/2012 - 15:43
The first time I heard the name Ron Paul was in 2008. Ever since then, I have loved learning about individual liberty, sound money, a peaceful and "Golden Rule" foreign policy, and many other things. My number one source of information has been the great folks here on the DailyPaul. But it's not enough for just us to know or understand these things. We have a responsibility to live our lives as examples of these solid principles, and encourage others to listen and learn as well.
So how do we break through and get more people to listen? As I currently look over to the active forum topics, I see three topics which I wish to highlight. One post is entitled "I don't support the troops". Another is a video detailing why 9/11 was an inside operation. The third is a post about a tragic school shooting that happened less than a few hours ago, and many of the comments state that is probably an inside job by our government.
If you have not always been a member of the liberty movement, try to remember what it was that convinced you. Or at least try to imagine what a person who is not familiar with Ron Paul is thinking when they visit the DailyPaul for the first time. If someone has been conditioned to believe that Ron Paul and his followers are nuts, does seeing a conspiracy theory video first thing upon entering this site help change that perception and make them willing to learn more? If their neo-con friends tell them Ron Paul has a "blame America" foreign policy and doesn't support our troops, does seeing "I don't support the troops" as a topic with a lot of upvotes help change their minds?
It is my view that libertarianism, the liberty movement, whatever you want to call it, has to be seen as a movement of common sense. Understatement and deliberate thought are our allies.
What I'm proposing is that we think twice about how we appear to those we are tyring to convince. They may have already unfair preconceived notions about us. Do we label them "sheep", call them names, or do we try to engage them with the respect that we want shown to us? I'm simply asking that before we post or say something, we ask oursevles, "is this going to bring more people to understand the principles of liberty, or will it drive them from those principles?"
I appreciate all that my fellow brothers and sisters have done to advance the cause of liberty. May you have an excellent week.