Ron Paul and the "Wacko" Label

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    Do Ron Paul's GOP rivals try to present Ron Paul as a "wacko"? Yes - I believe so. Smirks, eye-rolling send a clear message.

    Does the media try to present Ron Paul as a "wacko"? I believe that sometimes they do - or at least they are buying into that effort by Paul's rivals for the GOP nomination. Or maybe they are picking up on some of the things that Paul and his supporters do that make it all too easy to write him off as a wacko.

    I don't think Ron Paul is a wacko.

    Yes, his positions are significantly different from many "mainstream" politicians. That - in and of itself - doesn't make him a wacko. But it does put the onus squarely on him to explain and educate people in a way that they can understand. His failure to accomplish that makes the "wacko" label that much easier to stick.

    So many of his supporters who engage in poll hacking and absurd delegate total claims are so obviously preposterous that it makes it way too easy to write them off as wacko and that makes it easier to write Paul himself off as a wacko.

    When they hack post debate polls producing absurd results like "87% of debate viewers believe Ron Paul won the debate" it makes them look stupid when he consistently draws 8 to 12% in actual voting.

    Ron Paul is as much a victim of himself and of his own supporters as he is of any media bias or attacks from opponents.
     
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    Well, he's a libertarian, hence most of the eye-rolling.
     
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    So smacking a label on someone is all it takes, huh?
     
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    Ron Paul is consistant. As a result, some of what he says is way out of the mainstream, but much of what he says is basic logic and well within reason.

    So, in a way, his consistancy is his downfall.

    Ironic...a man who is consitant is seen as a whacko, and a man like Obama, who has changed his mind a thousand times is admired.
     
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    I dont think Ron Paul's opponents give him much thought whatsoever.
     
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    It's not his consistancy that puts him outside the mainstream. Trying to claim that is exactly what I was talking about in my original post.

    Thanks for the confirmation
     
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    Not so much a wacko as having too much faith that his ideas will have positive results. The constitution was not perfect and neither are DR Paul's interpretations. I see too much blind faith and too little critical thinking from him and his camp. Wacko? Maybe not, but certainly not reasonable or eager to closely examine the side effects of these untried policies.
     
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    Give Paul credit for NOT wanting to invade any country he is told "has weapons of WMD".
     
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    Perhaps, but his isolationist foreign polices encompasses more than just not blowing up other countries.
     
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    The Constitution is about as perfect a man-made government can get, and Dr. Paul's 'interpretation' of it is that it needs no 'interpretation'. You think you can write something better, please give it a whirl. Many have tried, NONE have succeeded.
     

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