Ron Paul has gained so much respect in large part because he is a man of character.
If Ron Paul were just some guy, who had done some bad things or had a sordid past, who cussed and made angry remarks about his fellow candidates, who had questioned others on a personal level, he would not be nearly as effective a leader for the liberty movement... maybe he wouldn't be at all.
Ron Paul is who he is because he is a good man of strong convictions. Ron Paul runs into battle, sure, but it is on the battlefield of politics and ideas, not on the battlefield of ad hominem attacks, character assassinations, or mud-slinging.
He rarely speaks ill of his fellow candidates, or of Barack Obama, instead preferring to trade in the currency of powerful ideas. Ideas which are more powerful than any pot-shot. Ideas which can move mountains and change the tide of our nation's future.
If we are to win people over to Ron Paul, I think we could take a few lessons from the old man himself. We need to learn how to be cool and collected in our person, yet strong in our convictions, just like he has. After all, we were drawn to him in the first place. We know how effective he is as a messenger of these ideas.
Ron Paul is too humble to ever claim to be a moral example. But he clearly is one.
Here, then, are a few discernible Ron Paul life principles:
Humility. He never toots his own horn.
Kindness. He does not speak ill of others.
Charity. He has given much of himself and his life to others.
Perseverance. He works towards his goals with purpose.
Hard work. He always gives his best effort to what he does.
There aren't many people like Ron Paul in the world. But we can certainly keep in mind when we are spreading the message of liberty and trying to win people over to Ron Paul's side in this Republican primary, and promoting liberty even beyond that, that we could learn something from the messenger. And if we are honestly good towards others and remember to be good-natured like Ron Paul, maybe we'll be more effective.
If we focus more on being examples of good character, then we can win more people over.
We are lucky to have a man of integrity like Ron Paul leading this liberty movement.
Please note: I do not think I'm anything special. Not by a long shot. But I can't help but notice that Ron Paul is special, and in this way that I think we, his ardent supporters, sometimes forget.