Open Thread - Please Help: Why is Ron Paul THE Internet Candidate??Submitted by Michael Nystrom on Fri, 06/22/2007 - 14:21
I just got off the phone with a reporter who is doing a story on Ron Paul's amazing popularity on the internet. "How is it," he asked me, "that Ron Paul has become THE internet candidate?" Where does all this support come from?
It is an excellent question, one that he is trying to answer for an article he's writing on the subject. I could only speak from my own experience, which I have written about elsewhere but, in short is:
I had never heard of Ron Paul until February 2002, when I saw him one morning on CNBC as I was getting ready to go to work. He was on live TV, challenging Alan Greenspan and the role of the Federal Reserve - how it simply prints money, and the government uses Enron-style accounting. He was saying things I knew to be true, but things I never expected to hear on TV. (As I said in my blog post about it at the time, I was so happy I cried.) Indeed CNBC hastily cut away for a 'commercial break' - but I had heard everything I needed to know. I made a note of his name and later began researching this Ron Paul character on the internet. The more I read, the more I liked, and the rest is history. When I heard he was running for president, I set up this website. It was not something I really felt I had a choice about - I had the skills, the passion and the ability, so ... I guess there was no reason not to.
The weekend I set up the site, I heard Dr. Paul in an interview talking about how this election would really test the new powers of the internet. I knew that was true, and I wanted to be a part of spreading that message.
So why is Ron Paul so popular? I imagine that a lot of people have had an experience similar to mine - they know about Ron Paul somehow from before. His message makes complete sense, and so the internet is the natural place for us to gather and discuss & support it.
So I'd like to ask for your help. Like I said, I could only speak from my own experience. I'm interested in 1) How did you first hear about Ron Paul? 2) Why do you think he has become THE internet candidate, and 3) any other relevant info.
The reporter I spoke with noted that there has NEVER been anything like what is going on now with this campaign.
Please let me know, and I'll pass the responses along to the reporter. This is well respected news agency, especially among young people. I don't know if he'll use any of the information or not, but it is nonetheless something I am very interested in, and certainly other readers are as well. And it may in fact be useful for gaining new supporters. Please post your responses below. Thank you!!!