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The Curious Case of Ron Paul

by Andrew Foy, MD | The American Thinker

First paragraph:
He is kind of like a rock star, a nerdy professor, and your crazy uncle rolled into one. Ron Paul, a medical doctor and longtime Republican congressman from Texas, is a fundraising machine who, despite his quirkiness, should be considered a serious contender for the GOP presidential nomination in 2012. But according to the mainstream conservative press, he is nowhere in the equation.

Last paragraph:
For the upcoming election, conservatives need to figure out what they are actually trying to conserve. If the answer is a European-style social democracy, then they should continue to ignore Dr. Paul. However, if it is the American Republic, whose original intent was the protection of individual liberty, then they should give him a listen.

Read what's in the middle at The American Thinker

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The article is fair

and, mostly, accurate. I applaud the author.

The comments section is another matter. What a collection of idiots. They either can't read or can't think. Or both.

If Dr. Paul is to win the GOP nomination (if he runs) he will have to make absolutely clear what he is all about. Keep it simple!!!!

h-daddy

Ron Paul Could Raise His Profile...


The article points out that Ron Paul "is nowhere in the equation" for the GOP nomination in 2012. But Ron Paul could do a lot himself to raise his profile by publically announcing his Candidacy, and building a serious boots-on-the-ground campaign operation in Iowa, N.H.

The longer he avoids doing that, the more that Paul condemns his own fate to being even more of a long shot. I had thought that the big $700K money bomb a few weeks ago was going to be the start of something. Apparently not, as since then, Ron Paul has continued to avoid any committment to actually running.

On some level, Ron Paul has to know that this is his last shot at this (at his age), and that the opportunity and conditions have never been as favorable for him as they are right now. For him to continue to put this off, and put it off, week after week, month after month, ... is just not a good sign here.

He who hesitates loses. And Ron Paul cannot afford to hestitate, or play some kind of rope-a-dope game (like Ross Perot) about running and not running. He would need to raise hundreds-of-millions of dollars (the difficult way) very quickly in order to compete, and he would need to out-organize the large political machines of Romney, Gingrich, and Pawlenty. Time is a wasting.

As the article also points out, Ron Paul is "kind of Rock star" -- and if he really wants this it is there for the taking. But he has to commit to it 100% right away, and pursue Iowa and NH like a laser beam.

I hate to see this opportunity missed.
I hate seeing that voice not on stage standing next to Mitt Romney and Tim Pawlenty and Newt Gingrich to blow them away with simple logic and truth-telling.

Someone has to tell Dr. Paul, it's time.
To do it right and win, you have to commit early and be organized early.

I agree that he has to raaise his profile

but he is in the media constantly. What more can he do?

Dr.Paul's gig is education. He wants to educate us to the ideas of liberty. I bet he would run if thought it was just about educating the other candidates and the voters. If his ideas win then he wins and we all win too.

I think he should run. But he shouldn't run a traditional campaign. Dr. Paul should invent a entirely new way of running for the nomination. Let the people come to him! Let the media come to him! Let the internet do the work! Unleash the grassroots!!!

h-daddy

He needs to do a LOT more


Education is one thing.

Capitalizing on this unique moment in history (mass disatisfaction with the FED, Wall Street, the Wars, and both Parties) and having an actual winning campaign is a whole different matter.

Ron Paul needs to put a serious campaign organization together. He needs to really compete for all these early States. It can't just be some shoestring operation like last time. He can't wait.

He handicaps his own chances here by putting that off -- because the big Corporate-controlled candidates enter with the early advantages. Ron Paul has to surmount that. And the only way to do that is by doing what Howard Dean almost did in 2003-2004, and that is to enter early and out organize the competition.

I don't want to see this opportunity missed by some half-hearted effort, and late-reactions.

Education won't win anything. You can't ever "educate" David Rockefeller, or the stable of bought-off political puppets that are under his control who run for President each and every year.

The "Education" only happens if Ron Paul can win the office, and therefore alter the policies of Global Empire.

No TV show is gonna do that...

I'll Take An Ole' Wise Principled Man Over A Young Man

Of Questionable Loyalty To America, Common Sense, Intelligence And Principled Character..

Excellent article.

Presents a great case for Dr. Paul 2012. Thanks for posting.

The comments are so negative.

The comments are so negative. He is too old..well, I think he easily has 4 more years in him. He is against defense of our country..they have NO idea of the difference between defense and offensive military actions. I mean, how can it be DEFENSE when we bomb a country that has no navy? Then turn and say no..we are promoting democracy?
He has never "governed" anything..o m g ..so many still so asleep..

American Thinker - VERY ANTI RON PAUL

In the 2008 election cycle the American Thinker:

1) refused to recognize RP as a Republican
2) called him an anarchist
3) tried to equate him with a traitor who gives aid and comfort to American enemies
4) lambasted his supporters

The American Thinker is an EXTREME NEOCON publication which tries to appear to be patriot-based but which is more of a neocon propaganda spin cycle to try to influence true patriots away from true patriotism.

Read it, but just BE AWARE. Enemies often come dressed as friends.

The Good Doctor

The military-industrial complex, corrupt politicians, global bankers, Wall Street insiders, the FED, the biased media, the waterboarders, and the IRS don’t like what we’re doing.
But every good American is applauding us, and daring to hope for a better future.
--Ron Paul

When the desire to bring about a change in you is not there,
the demand to change the world is not there either. —U.G.Krishnamurti

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I guess the editorial passes for practical

and even courageous among the Republican establishment. their standards are so low, it's a bit of an accomplishment.

It's Time To School Mr. Goldburg The Writer Of This,

,,Article.

Unknown to most of the American public there is a third political power at work behind the scenes.
It's called the Jewish lobby machine.
If you want to get elected you support Israel and their worldwide policies, and the Israeli block in turn supports, with money, all candidates that support Israeli policies, and opposes those who don't.

Ron and Rand Paul are the exceptions to this rule, and raise money without any help from the lobby machines.
This is meant as truth and not an anti-semantic rant !

Thanks for reading.

beesting

reedr3v's picture

He raises money without any help from the

lobby machines. Good and true; I don't see it's helpful to single out one as if it's the main problem. I take your word that you hold no anti-semitism, but the remark did not sound as objective as you intended.

Great article

the crazy uncle part did not bother me one bit, seems to me he is making the point of what people try to paint Ron Paul as, and how it is innaccurate. Keep up the great work!!!!

Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom must. like men, undergo the fatigue of supporting it.-Thomas Paine

The R3volution requires action, not observation!!!!

I never get the quirkiness part

I mean, I like the article, but "your crazy uncle"?? What does that mean. Harry Reid would be a "crazy uncle." Ron Paul is the one who is leading the way.

More like wise grandfather at

More like wise grandfather at this stage of his life

Commerce with all nations, alliance with none, should be our motto. - T. Jefferson rЭVO˩ution

"Everyone wants to live at the expense of the state. They forget that the state wants to live at the expense of everyone.” - BASTIAT

ACinMA's picture

bump

That was a good article.. Thanks for posting!

Fall River, Bristol County, Massachusetts

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"When one gets in bed with government,
one must expect the diseases it spreads."
‎"It's not like I'm a powerful person. My ideas are."

Thoughtful

Such an honest evaluation of Dr. Paul is difficult to come by. I'd like to think that there are MANY people who feel as the author did, but didn't know quite how to reconcile it with our current foreign policy.

With a limited number of words to work with (article length), the author used them skillfully and persuasively.

-m.

-Michael
(I thought I was wrong once, but I was mistaken)