Why I Write About Ron Paul

As those who have been following my articles about Ron Paul and the role his campaign is playing in the election may already be aware, I’ve been receiving a significant number of threats of physical violence in email and now even in direct public response to my articles. These are in addition to a variety of half-literate and repetitious personal attacks and various incoherent racist and ignorant ramblings from fanatics who are attracted to the Ron Paul campaign.

I want to make clear here that I understand that these people are not typical of the mainstream of Paul’s supporters and although they are very vocal on the internet they are also very small in number. It’s a waste of effort, but I suppose I ought to mention that they are the single largest force working to harm and discredit the pro-liberty movement within the Republican Party. They alienate potential supporters and their behavior works to discredit the movement they so revere.

What these fanatics seem not to get is that I’m about as close to a supporter as Ron Paul – or at least his more positive ideas – is likely to get within the more mainstream elements of the Republican party.

I’m a libertarian Republican. I believe in eliminating as much government as possible and running our country on a firm financial basis. I believe in restoring our basic liberties which have been whittled away over the years. I’ve been working for years to try to implement some of the same changes they seek in the GOP.

I write these articles to try to help bridge the gap between Ron Paul’s supporters and the mainstream of the Republican Party so that they might be able to become a positive force for change within the party. I desperately want them to succeed, because I think that they are the best lever we have to break the hold of the religious right on the party and move it back towards its basic, positive principles. Fanaticism and bigotry stand in the way of accomplishing those goals.

I also realize that the people we see responding to these articles and who send me threatening emails, who I am now calling ‘Paulistas’ are not the main core of Paul’s supporters. They are not the campaign workers and they are not the delegates to state conventions who are working to accomplish something positive. People inside the Paul campaign have read my articles. They’ve contacted me about them. Hell, one of them was distributed on their mailing lists and essentially endorsed as good advice. They are feeding me up to date information from the campaign so that I can write news articles and get them more positive exposure.

Writing these articles and getting the kind of responses I have been getting also helps expose the problem which the responses to these articles represent. That has raised awareness of the problems within the campaign’s following which the serious activists are working to address. It has made them accutely conscious of the need to distance themselves from these extremists and of the need ultimately to separate the movement from Dr. Paul, despite the reverence many of them still hold for him.

I may be getting threatened by bullies and having to deal with comments from idiots, but I believe that the evidence supports my belief that these articles are working and that they will help to contribute to a stronger and more positive movement for liberty within the GOP.

Dave

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Dave Nalle has worked as a magazine editor, a freelance writer, a capitol hill staffer, a game designer and taught college history for many years. He now designs fonts for a living and lives with his family in a small town just outside Austin where he is ex-president of the local Lions Club. He is on the board of the Republican Liberty Caucus and Politics Editor of Blogcritics Magazine. You can find his writings about fonts, art and graphic design at The Scriptorium. He also runs a conspiracy debunking site at IdiotWars.com.

3 Comments

  1. Dear Dave,

    Dave,

    Your defense mechanisms are awe-inspiring.

    Your initial comments indiacate both a “positivity bias” and a “self serving bias”.

    “Projection” would also be at the top of the list. That is to say, you are attributing your own unacceptable thoughts and feelings onto others. You are accusing RP supporters of insanity and division, yet here you are badly defending an article that has offended many people that have read it. Don’t you think that if this is the feedback you are recieving that you should react heathfully and reasses some of your article’s assumptions? You appear to be contributing to division and unbalance.

    Secondly, you seem to have constructed a “self-fulfilling prophecy”. That is to say, you have created a “false definition of the situation evoking a new behaviour which makes the original false conception come ‘true’. This specious validity of the self-fulfilling prophecy perpetuates a reign of error. For the prophet will cite the actual course of events as proof that he was right from the very beginning.”

    In other words, a prophecy declared as truth when it is actually false may sufficiently influence people, either through fear or logical confusion, so that their reactions ultimately fulfill the once-false prophecy.

    So you have used the RP supporters justified reactions to your unqualified statements as proof of you unqualified statements.

    If I was to say that your mother is a dog that has produced loud-mouthed and violent children and you were to respond by yelling at me and threatening me, I could easily use your reaction to verify my own claim. Viola, self-fulfilling prophecy.

    Try not to be too enamored by your own BS. Unwrap yourself from your little security blanket of false reality and actually engage people in reasonable, logical conversation.

    You are being both manipulated and “manipulator”. You are having to react to this situation very dramaticly simply because you are denying the impact your statements have had. You feel that “threats” (which I have seen no evidence of) are somehow proof of your own correctness. An actual threat is usually not to be dismissed so lightly.

    It could be that you are wrong.

    Respectfully,
    Matthew
    USMC (2002-2006)
    US Army (2007-current)

  2. If I was to say that your mother is a dog that has produced loud-mouthed and violent children and you were to respond by yelling at me and threatening me, I could easily use your reaction to verify my own claim. Viola, self-fulfilling prophecy.

    Matthew, if you were to say that to me, then as a rational and reasonable person I would respond in a rational way. I certainly wouldn’t yell or threaten. Therefore my reaction would disprove your claim.

    Your entire argument is specious. We are judged by our actions, and the behavior of the Paulistas in reaction to my relatively mild criticisms and often positive suggestions speaks for itself.

    Dave

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