And I'm totally with you when it comes to friends and family, in our political conversations or online debates. In any of those cases we should be OVERLY patient and forgiving of other people. We should go out of our way to accept other people into the movement regardless of 'where they are' in their understanding (or lack of) liberty and the issues or their prior actions/beliefs.
However, I get the impression that you talking about Beck or other media people. If so, I think you should change your argument. Weather or not "we" forgive those in the media, trust them, or how we judge them is rather irrelevant. If they get it, our forgiveness or trust should have no effect on their future actions and I'm sure that 99% of us would be rather pleased to have these media people prove us wrong by truly endorsing liberty in their future actions. If the media folks NEED our approval or acceptance, then it's safe to assume that they don't really "get it."
That being said, I do think "we" really need to TONE IT DOWN!! There are plenty of people that like people Beck (et al) and when we go online and trash him, we alienate those people. If we simply focus on the ISSUES we will win more people to the cause of liberty. So when Beck is saying things that we agree with we should applaud THAT (not the man). This will help us to build bridges with these audiences and they will be more likely to hear us in the future and maybe even join us completely. In other words, we need to take our personal emotions and opinions out of the media personalities or politicians and instead focus them on the issues at hand (easier said than done, I know.)
"When I say liberty I do not simply mean what is referred to as 'free enterprise.' I mean liberty of the individual to think his own thoughts and live his own life as he desires to think and to live..." - Robert A. Taft
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