August 6, 2007 4:00 AM PDT

Ron Paul: The Internet's favorite candidate

ARLINGTON, Va.--Ron Paul is a Republican congressman and U.S. presidential hopeful who, in the usual shorthand of political journalists, is known as a "long shot" for the White House.

Paul's poll numbers award him less than 2 percent of the vote among Republican candidates, and he was unceremoniously excluded from an Iowa debate in June organized by a tax watchdog group that happens to share his political views. Even otherwise flattering articles consign his candidacy to "the realm of dreams, not practical politics."

On the Internet, however, this courtly Texas obstetrician-turned-politician has developed a towering presence that has left his Democratic and Republican rivals largely in his shadow.

"When I talk about Internet privacy and no taxes, I think they understand it."
--Rep. Ron Paul

Paul, 71, enjoys about 160,000 mentions on Digg.com, more than the next four most popular candidates combined. Alexa.com's statistics show Paul's Web site with a narrow lead over all the Democratic candidates and a sizable one over his fellow Republicans. Similarly, a report by Hitwise puts Paul's Web site ahead of other GOP candidates in terms of popularity.

The libertarian-minded Republican enjoys a hefty lead in two unscientific online polls: 56.3 percent in one hosted by the conservative group FreedomWorks.com, and 56 percent in a poll created by GOPstrawpolls.com, with undeclared candidate Fred Thompson coming in second at 18.7 percent. Paul is Technorati's most searched-for term, in front of stalwart contenders such as "iPhone" and "Paris Hilton," and recently reclaimed the spot after briefly falling behind a Puerto Rican singer with the undeniable advantage of having a sex tape on the loose. He's a close second to Barack Obama (and far outpaces Hillary Clinton) on Eventful.com's list of in-demand politicians, and, as The New York Times notes, is the most "friended" Republican on MySpace.com.

For his part, Paul attributes his online popularity to a set of beliefs that resonates with a younger crowd. "The whole message seems to be very attractive to young people," he said in a recent interview. "I think they like to be left alone. When I talk about Internet privacy and no taxes, I think they understand it."

Another factor is Paul's vote against the war in Iraq and his opposition to military action against Iran, making him unique among Republican candidates (and a rarity even among Democrats, after Obama reiterated during a debate that he would not rule out a nuclear strike against Iran). "Young people I think very naturally are opposed to the war that's going on," Paul said. "Soon they're going to turn 18."

This is not a new position: Paul also opposed the United States' first war against Iraq, and the war in Kosovo as well. His political views are broadly libertarian, which means supporting ideas like free markets (less regulation), individual rights (junk the Patriot Act), lower taxes (eliminate the IRS), and civil libertarianism (legalize marijuana).

An instinctive suspicion of governmental intrusions into regulating technology is a big reason for Paul's popularity in geek circles, which have long been irritated by laws like the Communications Decency Act and the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. (One wag has quipped: "Libertarianism and Internet geeks go together like Guantanamo Bay and daily beatings.")

Paul has consistently voted against federal efforts to censor sexually explicit Web sites--a stance that nearly cost him his re-election bid last November when his Democratic rival cited those votes to argue that Paul was soft on porn. Paul, sometimes known in Washington as "Dr. No," risked opprobrium from fellow Republicans by voting against a law last year to restrict Internet gambling and has also opposed targeting the video game industry and giving federal police more Internet surveillance powers.

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He received the highest score in the U.S. Congress, 80 percent, in CNET News.com's 2006 Technology Voter Guide. Clinton received a 33 percent score, Obama 50 received percent, Joe Biden received 38 percent, John McCain received 31 percent, Sam Brownback received 53 percent, and Dennis Kucinich received 53 percent.

The same supporters who have propelled Paul into an online lead have, however, drawn complaints for being what might be charitably described as overly single-minded.

The community-driven news site Digg.com has probably been the hottest flashpoint, with some readers complaining that Paul fans are unreasonably stuffing the site with articles about his candidacy. One example from last month: "Many of these stories are really, really, really boring. And I am a political junkie." There have been complaints of a "semi-organized effort by Paul supporters to promote him on Digg" and the creation of a "buryronpaul" blog.

Another explanation of his Digg presence--a Ron Paul video was the second-most popular article over the weekend--is that it reflects that many Internet users are drawn to Ron Paul's candidacy. And, as Paul's supporters have argued, supporters of other presidential candidates have plenty of reasons to manufacture Digg-related criticisms.

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Darn those pesky little facts...
Ron Paul's votes opposing censorship of the internet "nearly cost him his re-election bid last November"????? Uhhh ... Ron Paul won last November's race by more than 20 percentage points - his LARGEST ever margin of victory. But why let the facts get in the way of a good story. Right?
Posted by MDKidd (3 comments )
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Liberal-tarian Paul gets automatic credibility with the MSM
The liberal media (like CNet) automatically give Paul credibility, since he is against the war and attacks Republicans.

There's not much difference between him and the DemoKooks, like those at Kos.

Also, you say Obama wants to nuke Iran? Last week he just said that the US should not use nukes under any circumstances. He flip-flops more than John Kerry. But he's the liberal media darling (just below Hillary) so he certainly will not be called on his inconsistencies and naivete.
Posted by fafafooey (171 comments )
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Oh Pul - leeeeze!!
Ron Paul gets automatic credibility from the MSM??? What planet are you living on? When the MSM isn't ignoring him, or bashing him (see MSM treatment after "blowback" comment), they're dismissing him even in supposed supportive columns like this one with the obligatory comments about being a "long shot" and Paul supporters "charitably described as overly single-minded".
Posted by MDKidd (3 comments )
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Another brain dead ORielly zombie
Obama said that would not use nuclear weapons ''in any circumstance'' to fight terrorism in Afghanistan and Pakistan.

That is a far cry from "any circumstances".

So does that mean you want a war happy candidate to toss away as many lives in as short time as possible?

So who is responsible for ignoring Bin Laden and allowing him and his group to regain strength?
Posted by The_Decider (3097 comments )
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MSM behind Ron Paul?
I wish you were right there, fafafooey. But the fact is that the main-stream media in general is constantly trying to marginalize Ron Paul and have only recently began to buckle under the massive amount of true support he is gaining. As far as Ron Paul being a liberal - you couldn't be more wrong. Liberals are behind the entitlement programs that are driving this country into financial ruin. The largest Government expenditure is ENTITLEMENTS by far. Ron Paul wants to end the entitlement system as we know it. He is against nation building and has a staunch policy of non-interventionism. These are traditional Conservative values. Our Republican Party has lost its way and it is up to Ron Paul to get us back on track.
Posted by scottvg (6 comments )
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War is peace, slavery is freedom...
And Ron Paul is liberal. You could only believe those things if you were watching FOX. On FOX, "liberal" is defined as anyone who isn't a neocon. And mostly, that has to do with how much they support the war machine. It's a great racket -- take peoples' money (or borrow from Communist China) and give it to defense contractors and oil companies. That's corporate socialism. But not only that, FOX supports authoritarianism and those who have a penchant for war (but have no military service, of course!) Corporate socialism + authoritarianism + a penchant for war = fascism.

Ron Paul is either ignored or attacked by liberals in the media as well as fascist FOX. He's is not their darling by any stretch of the imagination. Unless you get all your propaganda, er.. "news" from FOX.

Clinton brown-noser George Snuffalufagous (ABC) told Paul "that's [winning] not going to happen". Does that sound like Paul is the "media darling"? Only in the FOX Twilight Zone.
Posted by chris_d (195 comments )
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Fafafooey?
Liberal Media gives Ron Paul credibility? You equate a liberal media and MSM as equal? Who would you support then? Who is left except for Ron Paul? Wash your own brain, the ONLY candidate in the running is Congressman/Dr. Ron Paul. Try to put Country before Party, then engage brain. If you don't have a FREE Country, you won't have any parties.
Posted by Vali585 (10 comments )
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Targeted
Ron Paul interestingly seems to be the only candidate to so successfully target the youthful, tech savvy crowd. Just as major advertisers target kids who have incredible swaying power over their parents buying habits, this approach is not without merit in reaching otherwise inaccessible adults. And as young people are much more attuned to his message and anti-establishment type thinking, he certainly resonates with the internet crowd.
Posted by xcgeek (14 comments )
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Ron Paulitics
Heeeeer's RON Paul! As more and more people come to know Dr. Paul and what he stands for, we all the support climbing for him each day. Dr. Ron Paul has won every debate now and living in a military area I am well aware of the support the He receives from them. Over half of Ron Paul's campaign money comes from military men and women. Dr. Paul believes in lower taxes, smaller government, not regulating the internet, and not globetrotting with the military around the world for no just cause. Congressman Ron Paul was the only republican to have never voted for the war in iraq, he has never voted to raise taxes, he believes in protecting privacy and property rights. Do you support Secure Borders? Lower Debt? Protecting privacy and Property Rights? Lower taxes and Lower spending? Saving America's Independence and Sovereignty? Stopping Inflation and over-regulation? Stopping Corporate Welfare? Re-igniting the American dream? Ending Government Banking Cartels? Real progress for years to come? Ending senseless Military Globtrotting? Fixing out of control entitlements?

Well if you answered yes to all these questions, CONGRATULATIONS! Your a Ron Paul Voter and a True Patriot. Welcome to the Ron Paul rEVOLution. Vote yes for Dr. No in 2008. Lets get this country fixed. Get in touch with Dr. Ron Paul. To know him is to love him.

Bush will leave his office near to how Gorbachev left the Soviet Union. In high inflation, unemployment, and recession. Ron Paul never even voted to raise his own congressional pay, because he doesn't want to take even a nickel from any hardworking American. I don't think people want to take a chance on voting for the wrong candidate again. Ron Pauls website is www.ronpaul2008.com
This man is like the waterfall in the middle of a volcanic eruption. He's hot, He's cool and he is trying to save our country.
Posted by Eskiegirl302 (82 comments )
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You might want to edit this
"Ron Paul never even voted to raise his own congressional pay, because he doesn't want to take even a nickel from any hardworking American."

So he works for free does he?
Posted by The_Decider (3097 comments )
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Paid For By The Committee...
This message has been paid for by The Committee To Elect Ron Paul...
Posted by drdoolittle2800 (17 comments )
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Who is this Man trying to Save my Country?
Eskiegirl302 You said:
"I am well aware of the support the He receives from them. Over half of Ron Paul's campaign money comes from military men and women."

Everything you mentioned was right on, except, that which I quoted above, though I wish you were right. The fact is, that 53% of all Military personnel donations were indeed given in support of Ron Paul. That is impressive! But not half of ALL contributions to Ron Paul were Military, if they were, our troops would have donated an incredible sum of nearly One and a Half Million Dollars! I wish it were as you said, because that would mean that Congressman Ron Paul has set the record in campaign fundraising! Nevertheless, he has and, He is truly Hope For America!
Posted by Vali585 (10 comments )
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Inaccurate article
"From the article: Paul, 71, enjoys about 160,000 mentions on Digg.com, more than the next four most popular candidates combined."

That's what happens when you have an insane group of spammers who submit the same story so that each "article" about Ron Paul gets submitted a minimum of 10 times. It wouldn't have taken much effort for the writer of this sycophantic puff piece to see who submits the "articles" and how many times the same story is submitted and resubmitted and RESUBMITTED.

The writer didn't even cover the paranoid conspiracy theories of Ron Paul's supporters! A cursory glance around the Digg posts would see constant theories on why Paul is being suppressed either by the Mainstream Media or the New World Order or some other paranoid explanation. How can this article hope to be slightly accurate when the writer only covers part of the story?
Posted by amoirae (2 comments )
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I'm voting for Ron Paul
and so are millions of others. We'll see how strong his support
level is come the Iowa straw poll, and the undecided voters are
going to flock to his solid plan for the country in droves.
Posted by zmonster (272 comments )
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Inaccurate comments
"Paranoid" and "insane"? Dr. Paul's main thrust is getting back to
a constitutional form of government. By the people, for the
people. Of laws, not men. He is resonating with people who are
tired of the financially elite and multi-national corporate
interests running things. I am one of his supporters, and I assure
you I am neither insane or paranoid. Wary and lucid are less
inflammatory and more accurate words to describe most of Ron
Paul's supporters in my opinion. And there's certainly every bit
as much evidence that those fearful of Ron Paul are doing
everything within their power to minimize him, as his supporters
are to convert his flame into a blow torch. What exactly is wrong
with giving Ron Paul a place in the front row of the scrutiny and
coverage that the election process should be about? "Paranoid"
or "insane"?
Posted by Todd Templeton (69 comments )
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It's still fair..
I don't see how you can complain about the digg effect....You may not agree with what is happening but it isn't something anyone can (or should) control. The TV debates are a joke - McCain, Romney, and Giuliani get to answer all the questions, and in most cases go over their alloted time limit which further diminishes the answering time of the other candidates. I'd rather have an independent movement mucking up a free site online vs a government controlled media only showing the candidates it wants...
Posted by kob9 (1 comment )
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Nice paranoid conspiracy theory you have
Yes, it's all TWO people doing everything. That must be why I've seen more cars around town with Ron Paul stickers than any other candidate. These conspirators bought lots of vehicles and paid people to drive them! I also went to hear Ron speak in Des Moines and 900 people showed up, more than for all the other Republican candidates combined. I suppose your conspiracy theory will suggest that the Ron Paul supporters were all robots or holograms or something, right?

I think everyone's going to get a big surprise on Sunday in Iowa at Republican straw poll. I personally know 5 people who intend to go there and vote for Ron. I know one person who will be voting for Romney. That's it.
Posted by chris_d (195 comments )
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OK, so why don't the biggies have "insane numbers
of spammers?"

I've heard this particular complaint or a variant a thousand times now but it always falls flat on one thing: so where are the "contenders'" insane numbers?

Are they just inept? With all their massive money lead (only two have that (or three with Fred) as McCain is nearly b/r) are they so unpopular or otherwise faulted they can't compete in such a large yet free outlet?

Apparently not all of them are so inept as to maximize this publicity arena, just other Republicans, as Obama, a relatively seasoned and savvy politician from a big state, also has a large net following. (Hitlery would, but she couldn't figure out how to make money off it like Whitewater...)

While you're at it, dear, could you please enumerate the conspiracy theories Paul represents and advances? A few would do... That comment was mainly from observing the popularity of such annoying divergences from the Libertarian and Conservative camps of the '80's, '90's and '00's and assuming since Paul is a *TEN TERM SITTING CONGRESSMAN* with a combination of leaning in those philosophical camps he must share the nut glazing. Possibly a good assumption from the outside - it only lacks the usefulness of accuracy. (We LP/RP/independents and others no longer feel odd - the Party of Lenin has outstripped even the nuttier edges of our camps against the Bush dynasty and they aren't very good or creative at it.) (Yes Honey, I also know you did specify "supporters" but it was not your intent to smear them as much as Paul.)

Your complaint was more inaccurate than the article, Sweetheart. BTW, who do you support? Certainly not Der Fuhrer Julie Annie nor "What's my Position Today?" Romney?

To be open about it, I am supporting both Paul and Fred, and have sent donations to both. After reading Obama's book, and his initial comments warning our Pakistan "allies", despite his stupid gun control stance, I would probably consider supporting him over either Julie Annie or Romney, if I didn't make a protest vote to the LP. (Madman McCain we will not even consider.)
Posted by WayneLBurnham (4 comments )
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Ron Paulitics
Heeeeer's RON Paul! As more and more people come to know Dr. Paul and what he stands for, we all see the support climbing for him each day. Dr. Ron Paul has won every debate now and living in a military area I am well aware of the support the He receives from them. Over half of Ron Paul's campaign money comes from military men and women. Dr. Paul believes in lower taxes, smaller government, not regulating the internet, and not globetrotting with the military around the world for no just cause. Congressman Ron Paul was the only republican to have never voted for the war in iraq, he has never voted to raise taxes, he believes in protecting privacy and property rights. Do you support Secure Borders? Lower Debt? Protecting privacy and Property Rights? Lower taxes and Lower spending? Saving America's Independence and Sovereignty? Stopping Inflation and over-regulation? Stopping Corporate Welfare? Re-igniting the American dream? Ending Government Banking Cartels? Real progress for years to come? Ending senseless Military Globtrotting? Fixing out of control entitlements?

Well if you answered yes to all these questions, CONGRATULATIONS! Your a Ron Paul Voter and a True Patriot. Welcome to the Ron Paul rEVOLution. Vote yes for Dr. No in 2008. Lets get this country fixed. Get in touch with Dr. Ron Paul. To know him is to love him.

Bush will leave his office near to how Gorbachev left the Soviet Union. In high inflation, unemployment, and recession. Ron Paul never even voted to raise his own congressional pay, because he doesn't want to take even a nickel from any hardworking American. I don't think people want to take a chance on voting for the wrong candidate again. Ron Pauls website is www.ronpaul2008.com
This man is like the waterfall in the middle of a volcanic eruption. He's hot, He's cool and he is trying to save our country.
Posted by Eskiegirl302 (82 comments )
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cradle to grave
Ron Paul has more grass roots support than any other candidate could even dare hope for. That is fact. If you expect government to take of you from cradle to grave, and if you believe in this illegal war, and you like these high taxes, and big government spending which is now costing us one trillion dollars, and you like the IRS, and you like the idea that now due to the patriot act bush changed, so that the police can invade your privacy, come into your house anytime without a warrant, take you to jail and you now don't even the right to counsel and can be held indefinitely than you need to go live in a communistic country and vote for George Bush again. It's people like you, who is not a partriot and does not believe in liberty and freedom that divides our country. Freedom is what keeps us together. Unite with us and stand strong for your country. Get to know Dr. Ron Paul and then come back spout off. As it is right now you don't know him or you wouldn't be worried about conspiracy. Looks like fear got hold of you too. But then Bush does that to people. www.ronpaul2008.com
Posted by Eskiegirl302 (82 comments )
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Two Extremes
cradle to grave is too extreme and so is every man for himself.
Posted by kirkules (103 comments )
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Ron Paul Yes!
Ron Paul and I don;t see eye to eye on many issues. But RP has
on quality that escapes all the other candidates - honesty. You
don't here about RP flip-flops. He means what he says, and says
what he mean. He also is the only candidate who routinely
references the constitution. It seems like all the other
candidates think it's 'just a scrap of paper'.

As a life long Republican, I have been discusted on how my party
has moved from the defender of personal freedom, and the
champion of smaller government and fiscal responsibility to a
big buisiness, big money ***** and foreign interventionist.

RP is the only candidate the understands and believes in
constitutional principles, and has a ny personal principles as
well. This is probably why he's popular on the internet, where
editors and owner don't try to control our thinking. The
mainstream media want to pick our candidates. How often do
they even mention Ron Paul? Hoe doesn;'t do well in their Pauls,
because most people have never heard of him - because they
get their news from the mainstream media. If they media game
Paul the same sort of coverage they give Rudy McRomney, you's
see Paul doing much better.
Posted by Corejob (9 comments )
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His Google Reputation Rocks Too!
We also found that Paul's search engine reputation was one of the best: <a class="jive-link-external" href="http://www.marketingpilgrim.com/presidential-election-reputation/" target="_newWindow">http://www.marketingpilgrim.com/presidential-election-reputation/</a>
Posted by AndyBeal (4 comments )
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Reminicent of Reagan
Paul's growing public support reminds me of how Regan's
campaign grew to popularity and thrust him into the white house.
The country needed someone like Reagan back in 1980, and it
needs Ron Paul today.
Posted by zmonster (272 comments )
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Ron Paul is our only Hope
Ron Paul is a fearless fighter for our rights and for our freedom on the internet, he does not want the governemt to control the net at all, the net belongs to us the users, let's keep it that way

Visit his website ronpaul2008.com or google ron paul
Posted by ufcama (3 comments )
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That only goes to show how important the online world is.
Streets ahead virtually but nowhere to be found come the primaries. This guy is a republican? What will we have next? a Democrat who is anti-black?
Anyway anyone who suggest eliminating IRS will never go beyond the naive or the idealistic crowd. I do not really want to pay tax but hey i want most of the things the government provides, just watch die hard 4.0 to see what i am trying to say. Yes, it is Hollywood but Hollywood is on the surface of this earth last time i look at the map.
Posted by pjianwei (206 comments )
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Streets ahead
Eliminating the IRS is certainly within the realm of possibility. How do you think the Federal Government was funded prior to 1913? There was no income tax before then and there shouldn't be one now. If people want "those things government provide" I will suggest that they buy them themselves with the money they won't be spending on income taxes. Most of the money goes to pay interest on the national debt anyway, not to any of those "things".
Posted by eBob1 (188 comments )
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Register to vote
He, along with all other candidates, only have a chance of being elected if those who are passionate enough about his/her leadership are motivated enough to register and vote.
Posted by Cheryl_Barnes (1 comment )
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Ron Paul popular off the Internet, too
I saw David Wiltse's new play, Sedition, yesterday - it's about the trampling of the First Amendment in World War I. After the play, I was on a panel, talking about the play, and I mentioned that Ron Paul is the one Presidential candidate who speaks out against the violation of the Constitution. I got some pretty good applause - and this was from an audience whose average age was well over 60. <a class="jive-link-external" href="http://paullevinson.blogspot.com/2007/08/david-wiltses-sedition-premiers-in.html" target="_newWindow">http://paullevinson.blogspot.com/2007/08/david-wiltses-sedition-premiers-in.html</a>
Posted by PaulLevi (16 comments )
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A True Republican
I am a lifelong Republican and have found myself wondering what happened to all the Republicans? We used to believe in truth, integrity, justice, SMALL government. I find very little if any of that displayed in the actions of my party these days. It seems there is only one honest man left in Washington and his name is Ron Paul. Ask him a question, any question and you will get his honest answer. He has a positive message based on the very principles this great country was founded on. He adheres to the Constitution on every vote on every bill. He is a true Republican.

You know, Benjamin Franklin once said - Those who give a little liberty for a little freedom are destined to have neither.
Posted by scottvg (6 comments )
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typo security
correction

Those who give a little liberty for a little security are destined to have neither. - Ben Franklin
Posted by scottvg (6 comments )
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Jesse Ventura For President
I, too, was one of those disillusioned Republicans, Scott. Then, along came a famous Navy SEAL-turned Mayor-turned-governor and my prayers were answered! We'll show those politicians, was the battlecry.

A couple years went by and we Minnesotans couldn't wait to dump the idiot! He was a welcome breath of fresh air for a moment, but then the bad breath surfaced and he started looking and sounding like all the other politicians.

Be careful, every now and then a Ron Paul comes along. Maybe they truly are different, but I think the System just chews them up and spits them out eventually.
Posted by drdoolittle2800 (17 comments )
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I'm over 45 and love Ron Paul
I think the media has it all wrong. Like myself and tons of my friends and their friends who are over 40+, we love this guy. He is honest and a true American. He is what the people are hungry for after all these years of fool's running our country into the ground and taking our tax money for their pockets. We Americans want our country back from the big corporations and lawyers.
Posted by pachine58 (3 comments )
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46 here
And I'm also a Ron Paul supporter. It's been 20 years since I had
someone to vote for who has both practical Washington
experience and a correct understanding of the proper role of
government.

That candidate in 1988 was also Ron Paul.

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Posted by Peter Glaskowsky (87 comments )
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Ron Paul is not that popular
Truth is, Ron Paul is not that popular. He's just the patron saint of kooks and 9/11 'truthers', who spend their days submitting votes to online polls and trolling message boards with their conspiracy theories about how George W. Bush and Angelina Jolie orchestrated the World Trade Center attacks.

Not that I've ever held CNET's journalism to be anything other than second rate... but this story about his 'popularity' is awful journalism, even for them. Equating 'digg' clicks to popularity is simply ignorant (and lazy journalism at that).
Posted by LuvThatCO2 (187 comments )
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popularity
It's easy to complain, kvetch, and criticize.

And if it were just Digg submissions, you might even be right.

But there's the Alexa statistics, the Hitwise statistics, the Technorati staistics, the Eventful statistics, the MySpace statistics, the YouTube Google visit statistics, and so on.

All of which the article mentioned, and all of which your attempt at criticism blissfully ignores.
Posted by declan00 (848 comments )
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You are what is wrong with this country
LoveThatCO2 - I believe you've been breathing a little too much CO2 and not enough oxygen has been getting to your brain. Ron Paul IS popular and I have a feeling you know that. Denying it will not make it go away - much like CO2.
Posted by scottvg (6 comments )
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Absolutely right
But you left out of his supporters those who believe in the "New World Order" conspiracy foolishness. If he was as popular as these posters say, then why is he at the very bottom of nearly every poll. I guess polls don't count.
Posted by taoman1 (23 comments )
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Right On!
Ron is yet another cut and run wacko. His credibility was shot with his implications in the last Republican debate and proven to be worthless in this one.

If the energy of his supporters could be directed to an electable candidate, we could actually have a conservative President.
Posted by cjmnews (3 comments )
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Way Off Base
Your comments about who is out here researching Dr. Paul and supporting his campaign couldn't be more off-base. I am a 33 year old financial advisor who spends less than 2 hours a day online. I found out about Dr. Paul from my 39 year old brother who is a Truck Driver with a family of 5 who spends less than 1 hour per day online. Ron Paul's supporters are as varied in occupation and interest as you could imagine. I am in a meetup group that consists of teachers, trades people, office workers, and business owners. We all have one thing in common though, we believe in LIBERTY, and Ron Paul is the Only candidate that will further the cause of LIBERTY!
Posted by Econostrong (1 comment )
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opprobrium?
Admit it - how many of you went scrambling for the dictionary on that one?

<a class="jive-link-external" href="http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/opprobrium" target="_newWindow">http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/opprobrium</a>
Posted by ejevo (134 comments )
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Opprobrium, A Medicine?
I still don't know what it means - I was too lazy to type in the word. It sounds made up to me, anyways. Maybe it's the opposite of equilibrium, or something opposed to balance. Any zealots out there who can tell lazy me what it means?
Posted by drdoolittle2800 (17 comments )
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ron is loved by a small amount of diggers
There are only like 20 user names (who knows if they are 20 people) that only digg ron's stuff. This is 100% generated and does not show anything other then the fact that a small group can generate a following but cheating and lieing. Nice canidate to follow.
Posted by catfish182 (3 comments )
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Yeah, just a few diggers
That explains why stories about him can reach 1,000 to 2,000 diggs. Or how he can win online polls with such great numbers.

Yeah, yeah... I'm sure it's just a couple of dudes with a vast array of computer devoted to a libeterian-styled candidate. That explains that whole business away. Who could like freedoms anyway?
Posted by airwalkery2k (117 comments )
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Small amount of diggers?
You wish.
Posted by Vali585 (10 comments )
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IRS? MaFIAA? NSA? nope. Hee hee.
He is our only hope for a candidate. I will turn 18 this December. I intend to do my best to get him into office. If I fail, I will seriously consider moving to a different country. Or simply lead a digital revolt. (Got a little friend called AES)
Posted by ethana2 (348 comments )
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Also...
FDA? FTC? FCC? FEC? OSHA? Nope... Absolutely no government agency that protects consumers or workers would survive either. Ooooh, paradise. Or so the hopelessly ignorant would have us believe.
Posted by Jim Satterfield (42 comments )
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The wisdom of Ron Paul
He is opposed to internet neutrality -- this is a good reason for the "internet" to drop him like a wet sack. Also, to quote Ron Paul:

?If you have ever been robbed by a black teen-aged male, you know how unbelievably-fleet-footed they can be.? (Victoria Advocate, 5/24/96)

?Politically sensible blacks are outnumbered as decent people... Given the inefficiencies of what DC laughingly calls the criminal justice system, I think we can safely assume that 95 percent of the black males in that city are semi-criminal or entirely criminal.? (Victoria Advocate, 5/24/96)

"We don't think a child of 13 should be held responsible as a man of 23. That's true for most people, but black males age 13 who have been raised on the streets and who have joined criminal gangs are as big, strong, tough, scary and culpable as any adult and should be treated as such." (Victoria Advocate, 5/24/96)

?Opinion polls consistently show that only about 5 percent of blacks have sensible political opinions, i.e. support the free market, individual liberty and the end of welfare and affirmative action.? (Victoria Advocate, 5/24/96)

?The Criminals who terrorize our cities - in riots and on every non-riot day - are not exclusively young black males, but they largely are.? (Victoria Advocate, 8/7/96)

?There is no such thing as a hate crime.? (Ron Paul: Political Action Report, 1/15/92)

A ?free market provides for the poor...? (MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour, 10/24/88 on why he is against government assistance)

"Is bailing out people that chose to live on the coastline a proper function of the federal government?? he asks. ?Why do people in Arizona have to be robbed in order to support the people on the coast?" (Washington Post, 7/9/06) (Paul voted against assistance to Katrina and Rita victims, even though some of his district is on the Texas coast.)

?I am opposed to any form of government health insurance as I am opposed to the taxes, regulations, licensing requirements, and monopolistic practices, which keep health costs higher than their true market value.? (CNN Presidential Questionnaire, 1988)

As for Social Security, "we didn't have it until 1935," Paul says. "I mean, do you read stories about how many people were laying in the streets and dying and didn't have medical treatment? ?Prices were low and the country was productive and families took care of themselves and churches built hospitals and there was no starvation." (Washington Post, 7/9/06)

?Something must be done to phase out the government?s involvement in Social Security. Pension and annuity plans should be the concern of the people, not the government. Political control of these things will lead only to bankruptcy and misery for retired persons.? (CNN Presidential Questionnaire, 1988M)

?Immigrants can spread diseases for which we may have no immunity. There is also the question of crime and culture. Many immigrants come from countries with different legal structures and are not willing to behave in the way we expect American citizens to behave.? (Ron Paul Political Report, 3/15/92)

"The right of secession should be ingrained in a free society. There is nothing sacred about large units of government. And there is nothing wrong with loosely banding together small units of government. With the disintegration of the Soviet Union, we too should consider it." From his newsletter in the early to mid 90s--sorry I don't have an exact date.
Posted by Dingbattie (12 comments )
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Amen
Finally, a little truth on here.
Posted by taoman1 (23 comments )
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wow
Are there any non-racist truly compassionate conservatives left?
Posted by The_Decider (3097 comments )
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Ron Paul's popularity
He's the most searched for because no one knows who he is.
Posted by kakodes_too (20 comments )
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Ron Paul is going to win Iowa and New Hampshire.
Then what will you haters say.. if he really does have support, and is not so "long shot" anymore.. would you vote for him?

If you want someone that can beat Hillary, Paul is your guy.. he makes HER the pro-war candidate.
Posted by Solaris_User (267 comments )
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Not to change your mind.
Where do you get this? Paul has never said anything that is even remotely close to a truther. Sure he went on Alex Jones a few times, big deal.. It's not like Rush Limbaugh is inviting him for a interview. He also told some student that there may have been some CYA going on in the white house with regards to 9/11, and he would be in favor of investigating that. We already KNOW Sandy Burger took documents regarding 9/11 out of the archives.

I think you get this from Michael Medved, that guy is scared **** less that Paul will win, and Israel will be left to fend for it self. He cuts him down every day.. I'm starting to think he's a Zionist because he's WAY harsher on Pail than anyone else that I've ever heard. He just senselessly attacks the man.

I don't expect you to change your mind but be aware that the "kook" stigma is just used against Paul politically, it's not actually true.
Posted by Solaris_User (267 comments )
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A Generous Description
I'm sorry but that's an extremely generous description of Ron Paul supporters. I prefer delusional ideological whackos who don't look at the entire spectrum and history of his viewpoints.
Posted by Jim Satterfield (42 comments )
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Entire spectrum
It's you who is failing to look at the entire spectrum.

Paul is a "delusional ideological whacko", His policy is practically right up the Republican main stream road except to his stance on the war.

If your looking at the "entire spectrum" why are you supporting gun banning, pro gay rights, pro abortion, non christian, pro immigration, RINO's like the Rudy McRomney trio?

In my eyes there are two real Republicans on stage. Ron Paul and Tom Tancredo.
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Not a Chance
Even if Ron Paul did make it into the general election he'd lose to any Democratic candidate. Why? Because the majority of the general electorate doesn't want Social Security eliminated. They don't want the elimination of the EPA, OSHA and every other regulatory agency in the government. Unlike Dr. Paul they know what their lives are like on a daily basis and the insecurity that being on the lower rungs of the American economic ladder bring to them. And they also know that there is nothing inherently evil in the concept of a social safety net. Unlike Dr. Paul and his supporters.
Posted by Jim Satterfield (42 comments )
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Your a Democrat who is scared.
Ha. you KNOW he can beat Hillary. If Hillary becomes the pro-war candidate and has to defend the war, shes toast, her base will go to Paul.

What's left for her.. Health care and abortion.. against a OBGYN??
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