Comment: To the new lurkers: Welcome to the Daily Paul :-)

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To the new lurkers: Welcome to the Daily Paul :-)

I was lost in 2007. I called myself an "independent", but I had no idea what that meant. My political leanings were all over the map and had no depth, but I knew one thing, and that was that the Iraq War was wrong. In December of that year, my brother told me about Ron Paul, about how he was against the Iraq War, he wanted small, restrained, constitutional, fiscally responsible government, and his foreign policy involved national defense instead of military adventurism and growing the American empire.

I had never heard anything like that about a presidential candidate. It was refreshing, and I immediately began looking for every bit of information I could find about Ron Paul. I have never looked back, and I still believe wholeheartedly in Ron Paul's message.

That first Google search led me directly to the Daily Paul. I spent many years lurking, primarily because I was clueless. There was so much that I didn't know that I didn't know where to start. Passively consuming news is easy but ineffective if you are actually looking for the truth. All news is biased, no matter where you go, and the bulk of it is specifically created for your and my blind, lazy passive consumption to be regurgitated to naysayers at a later time. They call that "talking points".

What you will find here at the DP is aerobic exercise for your brain. At the DP, you will learn how to think with a healthy skepticism and question sourcing and authenticity. You will see things on the DP that seem outlandish. I know I did. I still do. Sometimes I laugh out loud and say, "You're kidding me. Really?" And then I check it out to satisfy my curiosity. If I'm interested, I follow links and do searches to see what other information I can find on the subject. I almost always read the comments before I read the article or watch the video listed in the post, because there I will see if it is worth the time.

Sometimes I see a subject on a post and say, "Ok, here we go," followed by an eye roll. This is one of those posts. The poster just lumped the whole website together - posts, comments, ideas, activism, education, collaboration, and the hard work of Michael Nystrom, the owner and moderator of the site - and described it with one word - fringe.

Here's a clue. Everything looks like fringe when you just realize how little you know about what's been going on right under your nose for years. Just because it looks like fringe, doesn't mean it isn't documented fact. But it doesn't mean that it is, either. You won't know until you do the research. That's how it works.

That is the number one best thing about this site. It gives you all kinds of new information to research and figure out what you think about it for yourself, instead of being told what to think about it, which is probably what you are used to if you have never been here before and your normal media has been cable news and talk radio.

If you are looking to have the truth spoon fed to you, it does not work that way. Spoon fed truth does not exist. Getting to the truth is hard work.

Some of these comments on this thread say that the people here aren't very smart. That is not true. I routinely read debates between people who are clearly highly educated and thoroughly informed. Those are my favorites, but sometimes they are so involved that I can't keep up. Most of the time, the comments are fun to read. And most of the time, after almost 6 years, I still learn something.

As long as I have been a Ron Paul supporter, I have always heard and read that it makes me "fringe". If that is the case, then I'm ok with that. I have a pretty good idea what is going on around me and why. I know what questions to ask and how to tell if I'm being fed a line of bs. And I know where to go to find out what's really going on in the world while we are being told by mainstream media, "Hey, look over here at this."

When it's time for news, I always, every time, every day, start right here at the DP. Thank you, Michael.

Today, it's cool to be fringe. :-)