You have to wonder about Ron Paul’s ethics.
He is apparently perfectly all right with letting his acolytes run rigged poll after rigged poll to make him look good, and that is not exactly pristinely honest. It is transparently obvious that his supporters are putting up polls on Websites, then emailing the Ron Paul Fan Club so they can all come vote, at least once, for their hero. It is pretty easy to tell what is going on, since he gets 80% or so in these rigged polls and closer to 1% in actual scientific polls.
What that tells me is that Mr. Paul is perfectly capable of the same sort of deceit and spin that has become the absolute norm for the current administration. Someone should mention to him that the American people seem to be tired, at long last, of being lied to by their President. Those same people are very unlikely to vote for a candidate whose lack of ethics would allow him to claim victory in rigged and meaningless polls.
Mr. Paul himself seems like a decent enough fellow. Hell, George W. Bush did not look as awful as he turned out to be, either. Mr. Paul has a group of positions on issues that guarantee that the Republican Party doesn’t want to let him into their tent. One would think that would be a good thing, given the current political climate. But those same positions are all over the board, with no real consistency on the issues in evidence.
Mr. Paul is not a victim of the media, nor of the American political process. He is simply a marginal candidate with marginal ideas. I understand that he has impressed a small percentage of the American populace, and that most of that small percentage has access to a computer and are willing to salivate on command. The problem is that it takes more than a marginal candidate with a small, plugged-in following to make a serious run at President. Or Dogcatcher, for that matter.
Nobody is buying the phony polls, folks. All they are doing is making your candidate look bad, making people question the ethics that allow him to allow these cheesy things to happen. The fact is that if you took all of the Hitler fans in America, put them in one room, and took a poll, Hitler would win. Who cares? All that is does is give the room and the poll-fakers a bad name. In Mr. Paul’s case, it also gives the poll-winner a bad name.
The only way that you can turn a 1% candidate into an 80% candidate is by chicanery, by stacking the deck. Americans have had enough of that crap over the last seven years. All that you are doing is hurting your candidate. Soon he won’t even be a 1% candidate. He won’t be a candidate at all.