If you have any questions about Ron Paul's Reddit "Ask Me Anything," in which the former congressman fielded questions from Reddit users, shoot. (This user has been verified by The Atlantic Wire staff.)
Hey. Thanks for doing this. Does Ron Paul think he's brave?
Happy to be here!
Well, user gerudo_pirate asked exactly that: "Dr. Paul, what is the bravest thing you've ever done?" And Paul answered.
To tell you the truth, I've never thought about it. I've never thought of me doing a whole lot that I would categorize as brave. Other people have said that what I do standing up to the establishment and speaking my piece of mind and not backing down as being something brave, but I don't think of it in that manner.
So his answer was basically: if you think so.
I had a question. Do Reddit users think he's brave?
Yes, pretty much all of them. The word "brave" appears about 40 times in the comments.
I've always wondered if Ron Paul was logically consistent. Did he give any indication?
He did, actually. He was asked by a user what Redditors (people who use Reddit, I guess) could do to pushback on NSA surveillance. Paul's answer:
One is to become very well educated, to understand how they came about and how terrible they are.
The next thing we do is we have to get other people to agree with us, which means we have to educate other people to know that it's important and in their best interest to know about them.
Because that's important: once you present people with facts, you can convince them that you are correct. Basic psychology.