Wednesday, June 06, 2007

Ron Paul's vanishing trick

Ron Paul, Congressman from Texas and candidate for the Republican Party's presidential primary, is my favourite politician. When I think of all the politicians that I've followed, only one has not let me down.

In 2002, when I was at Cato, I tried to visit his office. I missed him by about a week. About two months ago, when I went to visit my buddy Talley in D.C., I also tried to visit Paul. Again, I barely missed him (this time by a day). His staff told me that he loves to meet with people, and told me his schedule for the next week just in case I was going to be around. But I wasn't.

This isn't the Ron Paul vanishing trick I was alluding to, mind you. The vanishing trick is this: Take a website, any website you want. Do you see a Ron Paul related poll, or a place where readers are asked to comment on the performance of the GOP presidential wannabes? Yes? Okay, now wait thirty minutes to an hour.

See Ron Paul absolutely crush everyone else on that poll? See Ron Paul supporters hammering the comment section with post after post about how kick ass Ron Paul is? You do? (Of course you do). Everything is as it always is thus far. Now wait another 30 minutes or so and...

"POOF," the site's down. The polling is closed, and you can't see the results. The comments have been turned off, and the page no longer links to where it once did.

Actually, it's usually the website's of //cue frightening music// the neo-con //pause// that vanish. GOPstrawpolls, for instance, shut down their GOP poll for a week or two after Ron Paul was slaughtering their favourite pro-war, pro-nuclear option candidates (that's basically everyone except Ron Paul. The crucial questions are "how much torture is enough torture?" and "how many nukes?" and "will you put bombs inside of the nuclear weapons before you drop them on --insert new big/bad evil dragon country here--" I digress).

Until yesterday. Yesterday, CNN hosted the debate. And after the debate, they asked an open question on their blog about who won. Here were the first few comments:

Ron Paul

Posted By Neil, Lexington Ky : June 5, 2007 9:13 pm

Ron Paul

Posted By Joe, San Francisco, CA : June 5, 2007 9:14 pm

Only one candidate stood out strongly: Doctor Ron Paul! Ron Paul, Dr. Ron Paul! :)

Posted By Dave, Naples, NY : June 5, 2007 9:15 pm

Ron Paul won. Without a question. It’s so ridiculous to see that these guys keep pumping the same neo-conservative line about them “hating our freedoms” when CIA reports have historically said otherwise.

Posted By Elias Ambler : June 5, 2007 9:16 pm

Ron Paul won the debate. He is the only candidate that seems to be honest and not out of touch. He is also anti-amnesty and believes that Americans have the right to privacy and believes in property rights (anti-eminent domain: none of the other candidates have even touched it). Before this debate I was unsure about who to support (Democrat or Republican) and with this debate I’m totally with Ron Paul.

Posted By Jerel Poor, St Louis Missouri : June 5, 2007 9:18 pm

Ron Paul

Posted By Justin Kansas City, MO : June 5, 2007 9:18 pm

Ron Paul

Posted By Brian, Lapeer, MI : June 5, 2007 9:18 pm

And it continued the same way through about 140 comments before this site was... shut down. Initially, it pointed readers to the "who won the Democratic debate?" blog question. Then it showed a "Nothing here" page.

Luckily, one enterprising young interpreneur (I just made that up) captured the page here.

And it isn't like CNN can shut down all the polls. It would look too obvious if they had closed down this section of debate results. Guess who won that poll?

It's these little mini-victories that make me happy. Because Ron Paul Rocks.

UPDATE: Andrew Banks posted this on Digg. So go there and digg it if you like it.

UPDATE (June 7): CNN explains their vanishing comments section today like so: "The comments section is intended to be informal, of course, but the strain on resources that night prompted us to take down the “Who won the GOP debate” question (though that didn’t stop Paul supporters from commenting; they started adding comments to the “Who won the Democratic debate?” post). The intention was not to censor Ron Paul supporters — right now, you’ll find hundreds of Paul posts on the site."

Okay, cool. Good for you, CNN.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Surely you're kidding. This guy is seriously messed up. He thinks 9/11 was america's fault (because we were involved in the middle east), and he said in a newsletter that 95% of black men in Washington D.C. are criminals.

He's a racist and borderline anti-semite (he thinks 'the jews' run the country), and he's a completely crackpot.

3:17 p.m.  
Blogger Max Leitch said...

The racism thing is a smear campaign. Also, he never said 9/11 was America's fault. He is saying that actions have consequences and spreading the goodness of America by setting a good example leaves everyone far better off than the attempt to spread it through the barrel of a gun. Look at history. It has never worked. Wars that start without declaring war never end, not to mention it is unconstitutional.

3:27 p.m.  
Blogger Unknown said...

if you really want to hear ron pauls on racism (or lack thereof), please read:

(excerpts from the above link)
Racism is simply an ugly form of collectivism, the mindset that views humans only as members of groups and never as individuals. Racists believe that all individual who share superficial physical characteristics are alike; as collectivists, racists think only in terms of groups. By encouraging Americans to adopt a group mentality, the advocates of so-called "diversity" actually perpetuate racism. Their intense focus on race is inherently racist, because it views individuals only as members of racial groups.

The true antidote to racism is liberty. Liberty means having a limited, constitutional government devoted to the protection of individual rights rather than group claims. Liberty means free-market capitalism, which rewards individual achievement and competence, not skin color, gender, or ethnicity. In a free market, businesses that discriminate lose customers, goodwill, and valuable employees – while rational businesses flourish by choosing the most qualified employees and selling to all willing buyers. More importantly, in a free society every citizen gains a sense of himself as an individual, rather than developing a group or victim mentality. This leads to a sense of individual responsibility and personal pride, making skin color irrelevant. Rather than looking to government to correct what is essentially a sin of the heart, we should understand that reducing racism requires a shift from group thinking to an emphasis on individualism.

3:45 p.m.  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Looks like Paul M. bought what the neo-con smear campaigners were selling. Hope you got fries with that?

You should always do your homework before believing whatever you hear or read.

3:53 p.m.  
Blogger P. M. Jaworski said...

Hey Paul: Surely, I'm not kidding. I love Ron Paul. I consider him a hero. Really, I do.

He said that American foreign policy contributed to the terrorist attacks in America. Some of my friends still insist that they attacked Americans because of their "freedom" and because Americans are so rich. I think that's a dumb response.

I agree with Ron Paul. If you're looking for motive in a murder trial, "freedom" and "wealth" are very rarely going to pass muster as a motive. If you're the prosecutor, you better come up with a more tangible explanation of why the defendant(s) did what they did. Dropping bombs on my home, my holy city, killing my mother and children, these are all reasons that anyone can understand.

Ron Paul is obviously not a racist, nor an anti-Semite. These, along with "un-American" are the last resorts of the scoundrels who are tired of defending their ideas. Forget it, Paul, you'll need to dig a little deeper.

(Here's a hint: Ron Paul is a thorough-going individualist. That means that he doesn't believe in looking at "groups" of people as an explanation. This includes, as last night's debate should have made clear, homosexuals. On the question of gays in the military, Ron Paul explained that if there is disruptive homosexual behaviour going on then that should be dealt with. Just as if there is disruptive heterosexual behaviour going on, then that, too, should be dealt with. He then explained his individualism, and explained how we can't judge people on the basis of their group identities, but solely on their individual merits or demerits).

5:37 p.m.  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have been a big fan of Ron Paul for years as well. The other part of the smear campaign was that he was blaiming America for 9/11. That is not what he said. He basically stated what the CIA report on 9/11 said that it was blowback. The point is that for every action their is a reaction and therfore a non interventionist policy is better. In other words lead by example not force.

6:41 p.m.  

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