Thomas E Woods Jr. on Dr. Ron Paul’s movement: ‘Speak to a Ron Paul supporter and you’ll find someone who knows much more than the average person about topics like monetary policy, the Constitution, U.S. history, economics, etc.’ @ TomWoods.com

November 14th

Ron Paul Does Not Have a ‘Cult’ Following

We hear this claim all the time: Ron Paul has a “cult-like” following. I guess because people are so devoted to him, flocking straw polls in droves while supporters of other candidates can’t be bothered to get off the couch to vote for their guy, people assume there must be some kind of cult of personality at work. Instead of asking what’s so wrong with the other candidates that they generate so little enthusiasm, critics instead assail Paul’s supporters.

Yet the Paul movement, as should be obvious, is the very opposite of a cult. For one thing, their leader hardly ever uses the word “I.” For another, they have substantive reasons for supporting him. Speak to a Ron Paul supporter and you’ll find someone who knows much more than the average person about topics like monetary policy, the Constitution, U.S. history, economics, etc. That person can give as many solid, substantive reasons for supporting Ron Paul as you have time to listen to.

Contrast this to what we often see from supporters of other candidates. They like theirs because the candidate “looks presidential,” “seems like a leader” (isn’t thatkind of cultish?), was a businessman, gives a nice speech, etc. In other words, the reasons tend to be entirely based on the person as opposed to the ideas the person champions.

I am not trying to turn the accusation around and say supporters of other candidates are the real cultists, though you can see the sense in which the shoe fits. Their support for their candidates is much too fickle, as the poll fluctuations we’ve seen make clear, for the “cult” designation to work.


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