And detractors use the same tactic of referring to him sarcastically as "the great man" or "the enlightened one" the same way Obama opponents sarcastically called him "the savior" and for the same reason - to try and imply that they are the brainwashed ones.
Also, it's not that I believe anyone is unable to think for themselves, they just don't. I still know people who will go off on a rant about how Obama is not an American citizen. Why? Because Fox questioned it. Never mind that determining someone's citizenship is probably the very first thing verified when someone registers that they are running. Obama was a better politician though. He said what people wanted to hear instead of what he believed.
I don't get how people refuse to vote for someone who all sides pretty much agree is an honest man when everyone else flip-flops, depending on the audience. I do believe Paul would have been better to focus on things he could actually accomplish without Congressional approval instead of scaring people to death by constantly bringing up the concept of dismantling half the government (no matter how unconstitutional).
You could be right. I believe it'll take years until enough people are hurting to actively seek change. Keep in mind, our poor people are better off than the middle class in many places. We've been on top a long time and that means we've a long way to fall. I just don't think that'll happen overnight.