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Earning respect

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One of the basic rules of life is that respect is earned, not given.  Most teenagers have trouble with this concept; they want credibility and respect, but then do and say things that hamper their getting it.  Eventually, most people learn that the best way to earn respect is by showing respect; not being rude or belittling to others, acting courteously and the like.

So, then, does this email indicate respect?


From: “Ian Cioffi”
Sent: Wednesday, August 22, 2012 3:22:40 PM
Subject: Poll Questions for All Ron Paul Delegates – is conducting a poll of all Ron Paul delegates


You’re being emailed because you are a delegate that will be at the Republican Convention next week

If you have a moment, please answer the following questions

  1. Do you plan to boo Mitt Romney when he speaks?
  2. Do you plan to boo Mike Huckabee when he speaks?
  3. If Rand Paul says anything about voting for Mitt Romney, will you boo Rand?

Your name will not be published

Thank you for your time


Ian Cioffi


Before you dismiss this as a fraud, you may want to view this podcast by The Washington Times, taped at the Convention site in Tampa August 24th.  The email is discussed in the last three minutes and, in fact, the entire 11:47 interview is revealing.

Whether or not the booing takes place  – and we’ll know that in a few days – the fact that the idea is even presented reflects poorly on the credibility of those who propose it, and does nothing but denigrate Dr. Paul.


Written by Jeffrey S. Smith

26 August 2012 at 6:47 am

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  1. I have been confronting Ron Paul supporters with this truth since they tried to corrupt the delegate process in Washington County, Oregon. It is childish behavior, and I have heard nothing from Ron Paul to stop it. Reflects very poorly on the maturity level, doesn’t it? And you want this man as your president?

    Douglas Drury

    26 August 2012 at 7:40 am

  2. John, the quote has no relevance. There’s nothing about this that involves lying to myself, or someone else lying to themselves.

    Again, you’re throwing someone else’s words out, not dealing with what’s being presented, reasoning with it or in any way being engaged.

    You are a troll. Goodbye.

    Jeffrey S. Smith

    29 August 2012 at 5:59 am

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