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Jake sent me an email to ask me to discuss the impact social networking and the Internet in general are having on the US presidential campaign. The “now” of politics is online… the future is a given.
I am a fierce Independent, so I have done a lot of research into the different candidates this year. The more I research, the more convinced I am that in the future, politics will be decided online in a large way. Let’s talk about Ron Paul. Before we do, let me say this is not an endorsement of him as a candidate, nor am I saying who I am voting for. To me, that is very personal and not something I’m willing to share. However, I DO want to discuss his campaign thus far.
Ron Paul has a HUGE following online. The Internet is full of not just geeks, but technically astute people who research for themselves. They don’t just go by what they heard and see on the TV, radio, or newspaper. Generally what Ron Paul stands for is just that… those types of values and mindset that much of us online share.
As far as I’m concerned, everyone should be an “Independent.” Why blindly follow a party? Do you REALLY believe that just because someone is a Democrat or Republican they are the best candidate? Do you really truly agree with every single thing “your” party stands for? When the citizens of this country, and even this world, finally all start thinking for themselves, we will be in a much better situation. Heck, I’m not even just talking politics here. Be independent in ALL of your thinking… from your choice of operating system, to what car you will drive, and yes… to who you should vote for.
All in all, I definitely feel that the Internet will be shaping political races in the future. Oh, wait. It’s shaping one now, isn’t it? The future is here, folks. Isn’t it time you joined it? Get online. Do your own research. Draw your own conclusions. Let’s bring this country back to where it should be, then help it move forward.
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