Matt Collins: Let the RonPaul.com fiasco be a lesson to the liberty movementSubmitted by jtstella on Thu, 02/14/2013 - 02:39
Let the RonPaul.com fiasco be a lesson to all of us -
I know we're all skeptics, and that is good, healthy skepticism is necessary. However a great deal of, or at least a certain segment, of the movement seems to be apt to eat their own and throw everyone under the bus at the slightest suggestion that there may be some sort of infidelity to principle, even before all of the facts are heard.
Disinformation, misinformation, lies, rumor, and innuendo seems able to easily run rampant throughout our community without as much as any sort of critical thought or discernment. This is very dangerous and in fact detrimental to the movement as a whole.
I've seen it a great deal regarding Rand, I've seen it a great deal during both PCCs, and of course it was very evident this week regarding the owners of RonPaul.com putting forth information that was not fully truthful. But yet somehow nonsense and outright false information seems to go viral instantly around our community. Having worked both on the inside and the outside, behind the scenes and in the crowd, I can say that unwarranted suspicion is not the same as healthy skepticism.
So please, as we move forward, I ask each of you to carefully consider what comes in front of you, think critically, be discerning, don't repeat non-credible rumors, and most importantly, NOT jump to conclusions. Doing otherwise is irresponsible and harmful to the cause.
RP 2012 PCC Event Producer, Political Operative, and New Media Manager
Rand Paul 2010 Political Operative, Fundraiser/Social Media Coordinator, Event Producer
Campaign for Liberty Coordinator, Nashville, TN