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Ron Paul: The Founding Father [Esquire Mag Profile]

Ron Paul is the most important politician in America today because he's the rare politician — maybe the only politician — who always says exactly what he really believes.

Read more: http://www.esquire.com/blogs/politics/ron-paul-quotes-559328...

He is a constant in a changing world, an emissary from an older America. A self-styled constitutional purist, he has for forty years been a voice in the wilderness. But now he has sparked a movement that has put him at the center of the struggle over what kind of country we want to be. But is America ready for his radical vision?

Read more: http://www.esquire.com/features/ron-paul-profile-0511#ixzz1K...
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Hit-piece behind a thick veil

I found the article a hit-piece behind a thick veil of honesty. Among many nice passages -- mainly matter-of-factual descriptions of happenings -- the guile and snarky hatred would show through. It's especially stark in the picture, the "conservative Cosmology".

Overall, the impression I get from it is that Ron Paul is a kind of deranged gooroo with a very wide following, and that he should be respected for having it, or rather that the fact that he has it should be taken seriously and addressed in earnest, but without leaving any doubt that his and his followers ideas are borderline deranged.

That's my impression at least -- perhaps I'm too critical. Wouldn't recommend the article to anyone interested in Paul, though.

Ron Paul

is the quintessential leader.

I am very much looking forward to reading this whole article.

Then I will make a judgement about it.

But for now I am really pleased with the idea of an 8-page article dedicated to Dr. Paul.

I hope I'm not too disappointed with it as some seem to be here who have read it.

We'll see.

"We have allowed our nation to be over-taxed, over-regulated, and overrun by bureaucrats. The founders would be ashamed of us for what we are putting up with."
-Ron Paul

It's good...in a negative way.

Paul's ideas are "radical," his supporters chanting "kids," but he's honest, consistent, and talks about issues others don't.

Esquire, and anyone else who

Esquire, and anyone else who believes it, would do well to get over the ridiculous notion that a system of freedom that has risen far above any form of tyranny, where poor people in freedom live as well as "leaders" of tyranny, somehow would produce poverty. That false notion has been pushed by tyrants and their useful (useless) idiots wherever and whenever freedom began to take root.

Just got a short but nice email from the author

Dear Sir:
To say I enjoyed your article on Ron Paul was an understatement. Please come over and visit us on the Daily Paul. I am sure a very warm reception is awaiting you. Thank you again for your honest and candid article on one of the greatest Americans of our time.
Best Regards,
"Celeste"

Gosh, "Celeste," thanks - and thanks for your help.

john

"Its easier to fool people than to convince them that they have been fooled."
Mark Twain

I just got a response from him too, and it was equally as lame.

That's not a nice email, it's completely superficial and appears sarcastic; "Gosh."

I wrote:

I enjoyed reading your article "Ron Paul: The Founding Father."

However, I would disagree with the notion that Paul's ideas are radical. Paul's ideas are actually very sound and lawful.

What is radical is what our government is doing today; $14 trillion dollars in debt, 900 military bases across the globe, and multiple wars in foreign countries.

Now that is radical!

Author replied:

Well, maybe. But thanks for writing.

john

Oh well, my expectations are low for any popular US media. And in that sense, he's better than average.

But this guy was definitely not out to make a positive piece on Ron Paul, even if it seems to come across as relatively good when read by supporters, there's a subtle negativity. Just check out the awful chart he included on page 2, I'm hard pressed to call that subtle.

One of the best

(if not the best) articles I've read about Ron Paul.

"The world is a dynamic mess of jiggling things, if you look at it right." - Richard Feynman

Ron Paul starting to make sense?

No. John H. Richardson is starting to understand.

Leges sine moribus vanae

GREAT post!

Agreed all the way.

"We have allowed our nation to be over-taxed, over-regulated, and overrun by bureaucrats. The founders would be ashamed of us for what we are putting up with."
-Ron Paul

My favorite quote from the

My favorite quote from the article:

"Other Republicans have demonstrated an astonishing talent for revirginization — yes, they voted for destructive and unnecessary foreign entanglements, heedless expansion of the federal budget deficit, and vastly increased federal powers, but once Obama became president the hymen of their small-government ideals spontaneously regenerated."

Yep

That's a keeper, fo' sure!


"Know what you know, know what you don't know, and understand and appreciate the distinction."

Minarchism
track

If only our citizens valued real liberty!

I'm afraid the shadow government has been very successful in gaining control of the masses. Half the population goes to their mailbox each month and grabs a g'ment check. Can we really expect these millions of people to "wake up"? Corporations are sheltered and protected in exchange for hefty campaign contributions. Are they going to come around to a prudent government? Our military/industrial industry is going great guns! Wars everywhere! Hooray for Uncle Sam! Can we expect these millions to lay down their arms (and money)? Our media is a very potent tool of this shadow governement. They've conviced our people that the false war on terrorism is necessary to "keep us safe". We don't even have a clue who the boggey man is anymore. Most people have forgotten all about Osama, not that he did anything anyway. Why we're so manipulated, we even embraced a foreign born muslim named Barak Hussein Obama as our President, and our young people cheer him on. In Louisiana they've got a saying, "We've got the best politicians money can buy". We're not doing the buying anymore because "we" don't have the money. Our votes don't mean squat anymore. We're only served up 2 "acceptable" choices - the GOP and Democrat to vote for. They don't care which one wins out. Whoever wins is approved of before they ever reach the finalist possition. The Federal Reserve and their Wall St. and International bankers have the money, and they spend it well to further their purpose. Could Ron Paul change the landscape? Maybe. It's a nice thought.

alan laney

Hi alaney. Ya, it is

Hi alaney. Ya, it is downheartening at times, for sure. No way to forget 2008, which disappointed us all, and now things are SO much worse. You can not deny, however, that more are "awake" and the tide is beginning to turn in the ocean of many minds. I am not certain how far reaching it is, or will become, but it is way more powerful than b4.

Exactly-I just read this article this am

Will Ignorance Lead To A Second Term For The King Of Fools?

“The danger to America is not Barack Obama but a citizenry capable of entrusting a man like him with the Presidency…Blaming the prince of the fools should not blind anyone to the vast confederacy of fools that made him their prince. The Republic can survive a Barack Obama, who is, after all, merely a fool. It is less likely to survive a multitude of fools such as those who made him their president.”

http://sadhillnews.com/2011/04/21/will-ignorance-lead-to-a-s...

"Its easier to fool people than to convince them that they have been fooled."
Mark Twain

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~
right, and the majority of a misguided citizenry who think "libertarianism is all about: the philosophy of street starvation ..."

Esquire Gives Ron Paul Some Guarded Love, But Still Love
http://reason.com/blog/2011/04/22/esquire-gives-ron-paul-som...

Good one.

Good one.

Our hope Is

YAL. I get very encouraged as I am sure Dr Paul does by this group

"Its easier to fool people than to convince them that they have been fooled."
Mark Twain

Don't put blind faith in..........

First, I do agree this is a tremendous article that should be spread like wildfire. I also see the comments about the graphics used. I guess I just want to remind everyone of something which may or may not be pertinent.
While I would encourage buying THIS ISSUE of the magazine, I for one will not buy a year subscription. Esquire is not an entity unto itself, but is owned by Hearst Corporation. Nuff said.
As for this issue, yes, buy it. Also if you are in any waiting room that has this issue, be sure to open it to the article and leave it that way on the table or rack when you go into your appointment. Then be sure to respond to the usual "how are you today" by commenting how fascinated you were reading the article about "Dr. Paul" in the waiting room.

Donald Trump ?

I remember 1992 when G.H.W. Bush was running for reelection and Ross Parot ran in the Reform Party, it was the Demo, Bill Clinton who won. Spliting the vote three ways always gives the Demos a HUGE advantage, because there are far more registered demos. In this case, if Trump runs as a Repub, the voting may be split between Paul, Romney and Trump. Right? Even if Ron Paul wins the GOP Primary, Trump could run as an Independent, split the vote three ways and hand the election to Obama.

Knowing the establishment as well as I do, nothing is no out of the relm of possibility, especially if they fear someone as dangerous to them as Ron Paul. If elected Ron paul could cause their NEW WORLD ORDER to come crashing down.

If my memory serves me well, Woodrow Wilson won in in 1912 in a three way race. Bull Moose party candidate Theodore Roosevelt spoiled the election for the GOP party candidate. Subsequently, America got the Federal Reserve Act and the 16th Amemdment the following year in 1913.

E~ Good

Points.

"Its easier to fool people than to convince them that they have been fooled."
Mark Twain

Radical Vision?

Ron Paul has a sound vision, what's happening now is radical!

My email to the author and editors

I enjoyed reading your article "Ron Paul: The Founding Father."

However, I would disagree with the notion that Paul's ideas are radical. Paul's ideas are actually very sound and lawful.

What is radical is what our government is doing today; $14 trillion dollars in debt, 900 military bases across the globe, and multiple wars in foreign countries.

Now that is radical!

Author's lame reply

Well, maybe. But thanks for writing.

john

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nice email...

and somethings I think we all agree with

good job!

its 'cos I owe ya, my young friend...
Rockin' the FREE world in Tennessee since 1957!
9/11 Truth.

Oh here is the nice guy that said to me

"i wish you were the one
who was killed, you dumb ****!
you are part of the problem and you should have been in that crosswalk
the problem here, bozhi, is that the evidence proves you to be a liar and the policeman to be a murderer
i can not believe what you just said! oh, i get it...pre-emptive murder of our citizens because they have a possibility of a future threat?
freaking ridiculous...you are an idiot!"

nice guy that ecorob.

Accidentally posted reply at top-level.

Untouchable

Dr. Ron Paul is so fvcking cool. No one can touch him. This Esquire article just emphasizes his coolness. Can't wait to pick up the mag to finish reading this piece.

Obama = O.ne B.ig A.ss M.istake A.merica