Congressman says detractors who linked his supporters with terrorists don't understand freedom and are losing control
Speaking about recent smear attempts on behalf of people like Glenn Beck, David Horowitz and Bill O'Reilly to link Ron Paul supporters with violence and Islamic terrorists, the Congressman himself said that the attacks were symptomatic of a frightened and insecure establishment who are dumbfounded that people are turning away from authoritarianism and embracing freedom.
"They're getting awfully frightened," said Paul, "I think we are a threat to the establishment, and they represent the establishment."
"I think they represent a philosophical position which is diametrically opposed to us and our interpretation of the Constitution - I think it's serious business when people strike out like that and start using names like Islamic fascism - they're working on fear," the Congressman told the Alex Jones Show this week.
"I see these people as very insecure - they don't understand what freedom is about and they have to resort to this threatening, but turning around and calling us the violent people - I think they're very insecure with their ideas and probably deep down in their heart they think they're being good Americans," said Paul.
"But I don't think their understanding is clear enough where they feel secure and confident enough so they strike out at us and start calling us names," he added.
The Congressman said that the likes of Beck and Horowitz, who recently accused Ron Paul supporters, anti-war types and libertarians as being "in bed with Islamofascists," were dumbfounded that the people are flocking in droves to support the message of freedom and turning away from fearmongering and authoritarianism.
"I think both sides agree that the American people have lost confidence in the government - it's what we're going to replace it with," said Paul, adding that attempts to smear his advocates as potentially violent were "preposterous".
The Congressman cited Martin Luther King and Gandhi as two of his heroes who were able to change the course of history by engaging in non-violent civil disobedience.
Paul said that a recent Fox News segment where host Brian Kilmead called for people who confront politicians to be Tased was "a reflection that they're panicking and they're insecure about what they believe in and how to present their case and they're afraid they're losing control."
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