While scrolling through my Akismet blocked comments for any possible non-spam comments that got blocked, one comment caught my attention for it’s lack of link spam. Usually, blocked comments are obviously spam because they have about 10-20 links to some dubious pharmaceutical product or pron site; however, this comment had merely one link, and seemed to have a coherent and logical statement. It was quite odd to see actual text in my blocked comments log, but after a quick analysis (reading the second sentence), it became apparent that this blocked comment was in fact spam.
Still, I would have unblocked the comment as I’m sympathetic to the spammer’s, Ron Paul 4 President, message, however the comment was made on a page, not a post, so it would not show up anyway. Although the Newsvine elections application on facebook will show you that I’m currently voting for an independent candidate, if the elections were today, I’ve give my vote to Ron Paul, as he’s the best candidate right now, in my opinion. I’ll post in better detail why I like Ron Paul later (he understands economics, appreciates the correlation between foreign policies and domestic issues, and he’s a doctor) but for now here’s the Ron Paul un-edited “spam”:
Ron paul is the last great hope for america. I am spamming your blog because I feel it is my duty as a patriot to inform the public of the true workings of the government. I know you probably dont care about whats going on in the world as long as you have your nice car and fancy gidgets, gizmos and widgets. But that doesnt matter because it cares about you. Hang together or hang separate. If you think these unconstitutional laws being passed on a daily basis wont effect you, you’re sadly mistaken. Just yesterday bloomberg and the new york mayor’s office announced that you will no longer be allowed to video tape or photograph on a public street, you will now need to obtain a free permit in order to video tape. However, in order to be eligible for this permit you will need 1MILLION$ in liability insurance. Does that sound like the united states to you? The land of the free and the brave, where you have to register to own a gun, register to own a car, register to drive, register to vote, register to leave the country, register to get benefits, register to protest, and now you need to register to take pictures. Maybe I’m just a dirty commie who cant handle that much ‘freedom’ (sarcasm) or maybe, we live in a police state.
Wake up! Get mad! Get Active! Call your senate and congress leaders and let them know how you feel! THEY ARE OUR PUBLIC SERVANTS WE ARE NOT THEIRS!
Now aside from the poor grammar, the message is solid (hence why I’m repeating it). The trouble with the message, is the lack of care about the target audience. The writer should realize that many people with blogs have no doubt heard of Ron Paul already. The true patriotic action would be to inform people you see in the real world about Ron Paul, his message, and why they should seriously consider voting for him. I’ve already went ahead and done so, speaking about Dr. Paul with friends, colleagues, and even strangers! Yes, the internet has played and will continue to play a huge role in the 2008 elections, however, elections happen in the real world. For this revolution to truly take hold, we must communicate and discuss this message with everyone. Spamming blogs about Ron Paul won’t help his cause. So, Mr./Ms./Mrs. “Ron Paul 4 President”, if you’re out there, get off your computer and get out into the real world. That is after all how Dr. Paul came in second place in Nevada recently, and that is how he’ll win the presidency.
I’m Adam Pieniazek, and I approve this message.