Monday, May 9, 2011

Rep. Ron Paul... Gaining Steam

by: Les Carpenter
Rational Nation USA
Birthplace of Independent Conservatism


Juan William's article in The Hill does a nice job of analyzing Rep. Ron Paul's growing outsider influence in GOP politics as well as his "not beyond the realm of possibility" that Paul could actually capture the 2012 republican presidential nomination.

Ron Paul is driven by his strong Libertarian leaning, his firm belief in limited government, and strict adherence to The Constitution. Representative Paul is consistent, he is logical, and his message strikes a chord deep within many most Americans. Is it any wonder the 12 term representative is being listened to with respect to domestic issues and foreign affairs?

Simply put Ron Paul is a man for the thinking American. For those who may have not yet given Rep. Paul a serious look you should. Also, his book, The Revolution: A Manifesto is a must read for those who are interested in reshaping America along proper Constitutional law and America's real self interests. Rep.Paul may be the last best chance for America to right its ship of state.

Excerpt from Juan Williams' article:

Here’s a news bulletin — it is becoming increasingly clear that we are living in a time when Republican politics are being shaped by a 75-year-old, 12-term Texas congressman with a son in the Senate. And incredibly, it is no longer out of the realm of possibility that this outcast of the GOP establishment may win the party’s presidential nomination.

If you have not been paying attention, it is time to look around and realize that we are living in the political age of Rep. Ron Paul.

A CNN/Opinion Research poll released late last week shows Paul faring the best against President Obama of any potential Republican candidate. He trails the president by only 7 points, 52-45 percent, in a head-to-head matchup. Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee trails by 8 points, with former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney down 11 points to Obama.

In February, Paul won the presidential straw poll at the Conservative Action Conference for the second straight year.

Last Thursday, the day of the first GOP debate, one of Paul’s fabulously-labeled “money bombs” exploded with the announcement of $1 million in contributions for the Paul campaign.

The Tea Party, which drove the GOP to claim a majority of the House in the mid-term elections, grew largely out of the ashes of his 2008 presidential campaign, which emphasized limited government and a return to constitutional principles. Since then, the Tea Party has bullied the Republican leadership in the House to force budget cuts at the risk of shutting down the government and collectively become the most persistent critic of the Obama presidency on financial regulatory reform and health care.

The roots of all of this are in the libertarian mind of Rep. Paul.

At last week’s debate, put on by my other employer, Fox News Channel, I was struck by the libertarian flair the iconoclast injected into the evening. First, his presence along with another libertarian Republican — former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson — allowed for Republicans nationwide to witness a debate in which strong arguments for immediate U.S. withdrawal from Iraq and Afghanistan came from the right. But that was just the start. There are instances where Paul’s views make the Republican establishment want to scream.

For example, I asked him about his stated concern that Israel will launch a unilateral military strike against Iran. He replied that Israel had become too dependent on U.S. military and foreign aid and that it should be responsible for its own security and sovereignty. In the past he has blasted the “neoconservatives” and their influence on U.S. foreign policy.... {Read More}

Indeed Representative Paul is a strong antidote to both the Obama agenda and the republican establishment.

Via: Memeorandum

13 comments:

  1. I love Ron Paul's message, however, did you proofread this paragraph?

    Ron Paul is driven by his strong Libertarian leaning, his firm belief in limited government, and strict adherence to The Constitution. Representative Paul is consistent, he is logical, and his message strike___s___ a chord deep within many most Americans. Is it any wonder why the 12 ter___m___ representative is being listened to on issues extending from domestic to foreign affairs?

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  2. I remember when the local Ron Paul committee trashed my church's parking lot during the last campaign, showing themselves to be slobs who didn't care about property rights. I wonder if they will do this again.

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  3. Paul can raise money like few others. He has a very loud and aggressive following that is very active on the net and will show up for his speeches. That doesn't equate to getting votes.

    Even if you leave out everything else his age is going to be a strike against him. I cannot imagine that he could get the nod. His followers of anti semites and truthers will take care of that. Is that fair? No. But that doesn't change the reality.

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  4. Just: So I wonder which group of followers will be worse? The antisemites, or the trash-tossing slobs? Perhaps they can form a coalition and push Paul over the top.

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  5. Anon - Thanks for the catch. I was in a bit of a hurry this AM. My bad.

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  6. JACG - You may be right. However, with age oftn comes wisdom and Ron Paul is one of the brighter, if not the brightest bulb in the room of republican hopefuls. He has it all over the President or any other democrat in the room as well.

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  7. dmarks - olease point me to specific statements that Ron Paul has made that verifies he is anti semite.

    I highly doubt Rep. Paul condones the activities you described with respect to your churches parking lot.

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  8. Paul is even older than me!!
    ..and a bit more attractive than
    Trump, Palin, Gingrich, Bachmann
    and whashisname....

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  9. Paul is no anti-semite. Only a fool would think otherwise.

    He is, however, never going to win the presidency. Period.

    His backers would be wise to look around more for alternatives to maintsream Republicans when Paul loses. In a lot of ways, Paul has more in common with Dennis Kucinich than he does with Mitt Romney or Mike Huckabee.

    JMJ

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  10. JMJ - Didn't mny think that about Harry Truman as well?

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  11. I saw a Ron Paul endorsement some years ago on the KKK website. (Don't look it up unless you want to be flagged as a possible domestic terrorist. The FBI is watching.)

    I had heard a rumor Paul was some kind of racist fella, and I didn't believe it. So I went to the official KKK website and lo and behold, his "ad" was on their website homepage.

    Now....does this mean Paul is a racist? Nope. It means that the KKK likes him. Nothing more. To imply that JACG said Paul is an anti-semite is not valid. She specifically mentioned those who followed Paul, not Paul himself.

    Just sayin'.

    Donald in Bethel, CT

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  12. Here is what Ron Paul said about black men:

    "The criminals who terrorize our cities -- in riots and on every non-riot day--are not exclusively young black males, but they largely are. As children, they are trained to hate whites, to believe that white oppression is responsible for all black ills, to "fight the power," and to steal and loot as much money from the white enemy as possible. Anything is justified against "The Man." And "The Woman." A lady I know recently saw a black couple in the supermarket with a cute little girl, three years old or so. My friend waved to the tiny child, who scowled, stuck out her tongue, and said (somewhat tautologically): "I hate you, white honkey." And the parents were indulgent. Is any white child taught to hate in this way? I've never heard of it."

    No wonder the KKK loves him.

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  13. dmarks - Where might I find this quote? And is there more text with it?

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