Ron Paul and His Conspiracies
By: Guest Authors
By: Dan Palka
Iâ€™ll admit, Ron Paul gets way more coverage on MySpace than on FOX News. For what Ron Paulâ€™s worth, the mainstream media simply ignores him most of the time. Is it a giant media conspiracy? Yes it is! The media is quite biased towards getting ratings and making money. The decision by CNN, MSNBC, and FOX News to focus solely on the top 90% of candidates isnâ€™t too unreasonable, is it? Given that there are so many candidates this time around, how can we possibly expect the major news outlets to give equal airtime to the no-chance-in-hell people? â€œYouâ€™re just drinking neocon Kool-Aidâ€ shout the Ron Paul supporters in response.
Itâ€™s a completely different story on the most popular social networking web site, MySpace. Just browsing the index of political groups MySpace members can â€œjoinâ€ shows the candidate-specific group with the highest membership is the aptly named â€œRon Paulâ€ group, with 27,458 members. This is followed by the â€œRon Paul For Presidentâ€ group, with 11,894 members. In fact you have to navigate to page five to find a group dedicated to another presidential candidate, the â€œHillary Clinton For President 2008â€³ group, with 6,527 members, and I made it to page 12 before I grew tired of searching for another Republican candidate besides Ron Paul. I was unsuccessful. The story is the similar on Facebook and YouTube.
So why hasnâ€™t this online frenzy turned into votes? Donâ€™t ask Ron Paul supporters, unless you want to hear even crazier conspiracy theories, such as â€œ80% of 16% of Dieboldâ€™s female employees are married to husbands who vote neocon Republican 45% of the time!â€ Diebold, of course, is a major manufacturer of electronic voting machines. Not that it matters much, because the notion that Diebold is part of some vast neocon conspiracy to thwart the rising star of Ron Paul is just ridiculous. â€œNeoconâ€ here meaning any conservative who isnâ€™t Ron Paul. The sheer number of outrageous theories proposed by the Ron Paul people make the 911-Truth people look rather reasonable.
The only real anti-Paul conspiracy is that of the American public, who stay away from Paul in droves. However, Paul supporters would have you believe that Ron Paul, in fact, has the most support out of any candidate! Look no further than the Iowa and New Hampshire polling debacle, which proves that polls can be wrong. Nevermind that the majority of Americans roundly reject Ron Paulâ€™s reactionary ideas. Somehow, through witty words and fast talking, Ron Paul supporters manage to turn this real defeat into a virtual victory. All it takes is a little web-savvy.
And why has the Internet world in particular been so tremendously supportive of Ron Paul? According to the Pew Intenret organizationâ€™s data, 87% of web users fall between the ages of 18-29. The internet is literally pwned by the young generation (to use the geek parlance of our times). This also happens to be the most politically radical demographic, and the Internet nurtures it. Literally anybody can splice together some obscure video clips saying anything and post it on YouTube, where thousands of people can view it. And they do. The problem is that young people have a tendency to gravitate toward anything that is radical, hostile, and energetic – three words that pretty much describe all of the user-created Ron Paul videos on the internet.
Which brings me back to my original point. There is one minor factoid that Ron Paul supporters conveniently ignore about pro-Paul MySpace and anti-Paul FOX News that blows their entire conspiracy completely apart. They are the same damn company. Thatâ€™s right, News Corporation, run by evil Ron Paul-hater Rupert Murdoch, owns both MySpace and FOX News. Whoâ€™s drinking Kool-Aid now?