Ron Paul and the Moment of Truth for the Tea PartySubmitted by bobbyw24 on Wed, 02/16/2011 - 14:08
Why does Fox News seem so unnerved by Congressman Paul's inclusion in what is supposed to be a process in which voters choose the representative that best embodies their beliefs? In 2008, they inexplicably excluded Paul from one debate and pretty much belittled him in another. Why are they so eager to give a platform to people like Bachmann and Palin, when Paul is clearly the Tea Party candidate with the best chance of of winning the presidential election? Fox is not alone. No one has had the courage to present Ron Paul as anything other than a fringe candidate, despite the data proving otherwise.
The other question mark is the Tea Party. I've seen Rand Paul, Bachmann and Palin all quoted and promoted in several Tea Party vehicles, but I haven't actually seen small Tea Party organizations hitching their wagon to a Ron Paul 2012 wagon yet – or even really mentioning him for that matter. It seems that Libertarians and Tea Partiers are branching off in distinct directions and Congressman Paul has taken notice, complaining that many of the so-called Tea Party members in Washington aren't following through on much of the platform – particularly those beyond opposing health care reform and supporting tax cuts.
So, will the Tea Party become a single issue faction of the GOP aimed at cutting spending for the purpose of lowering taxes? Or will they take a sincere interest in promoting Paul's broader platform, which includes drastic changes to monetary policy and ending the culture of militarism, in a way that might help elevate Libertarianism to the mainstream? The 2012 GOP primary will present the asnwer to these questions.