Ron Paul Campaign Can Take a Joke
According to Technorati, an Internet search designed to measure blog search traffic, Ron Paul became the single most searched term after YouTube starting in June of 2007. As of this Blog, Ron Paul outstrips every other candidate in terms of grassroots organization, with 20,303 members in 464 groups in 418 cities in 10 countries around the world, with a total of 1,144 events held so far. Take a look at how absurd and glorious this looks when mapped:
Critics of Ron Paul often call his web presence illusory, the product of spamming by a few fanatics. This is insane, and simply not the way the Internet works. If it were possible to spam one’s way into the spotlight, can there be any doubt that Hillary Clinton would not already have used such a tactic? Democratic long-shots like Senator Biden would certainly take advantage of the opportunity for some falsified media glorification. No, there’s something very different about Ron Paul’s campaign. It can be seen in the map above, the United States dripping with support for Ron.
In an experiment to gauge how Ron Paul supporters would respond to mocking criticism of their candidate, Extreme Mortman wrote the following:
First, let’s get their attention: Ron Paul Ron Paul Ron Paul Ron Paul Ron Paul. And, for good measure, Ron Pall.
Second, let’s say this: Ron Paul is not a real Republican.
Third, let’s wonder this: Is Ron Paul crazy?
Fourth, let’s make fun of the gold standard: Oh wait, I can’t do that. I used to work for Jack Kemp.
Did the frothing masses go crazy? Some responses were cogent. Others in good humor. Most were graceful and respectful. For example:
Ron Paul is awesome!!! He has consistently fought against executive power, American imperialism, high taxes, habeus corpus abuse, and civil rights abuse. He is an honest man with a pristine record. GO RON!
I had to do my part for lots of comments in response to a Ron Paul post.
I really know almost nothing about Ron Paul. Is he related to Adrian Paul of the TV Highlander series fame? I might vote for him if he could bring that show back. (A smiley face for those that don’t recognize sarcasm.)
Hey, give them a chance to do their own version of a Chuck Norris List.
That’ll show you how big a deal Ron Paul really is.
For example: “Ron Paul is not a tinfoil hat-wearing nutcase. He’s made of tinfoil to begin with”
In a sort of trickle-down ethics, Ron Paul’s grace and honesty when presented with legitimate problems and when asked to take a stand on particularly controversial issues has inspired his
followers fanatics grassroots campaign staff to respond similarly.
A leader leads by example, whether he intends to or not. — Unknown
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