Obama and Paul: We Must Decide What Kind of a Country We WantSubmitted by rlcmcallen on Sat, 05/07/2011 - 21:26
There are many aspirants for the chair in the Oval Office, but only two candidates for 2012 seem to understand the stakes for which this drama is being played. Everybody else seems to want to nibble around the edges of the issues, doing political business as usual.
One of the two is the Democrat incumbent. He is an arch-enemy of liberty and of the vision of the founders. Yet, he knows that we are dealing with sweeping, all-encompassing principles that, if he has his way, will turn this nation precipitously into a slave state in the model of European socialist democracies. Just recently he gave a speech in which he laid out the sweeping nature of his programs, and let us know in no uncertain terms that we must decide, very soon, what kind of a country we want to leave to our children.
The other, of course, is Representative Ron Paul. He is the Champion of the Constitution and seemingly the lone upholder of the principles of the founders. He is famous for telling us the burden on his heart, that we are standing at a crossroads that will determine what kind of country we are going to be. He wants to recover the vision of the Constitution. He frequently emphasizes that the election is what the country, and the government, is all about.
Here is the text of his 2011 CPAC speech, where this line ends the first paragraph:
"we need to change our philosophy about what this country is all about."
Obama is a philosopher king in the mold of Plato, Marx, Wilson and FDR.
Ron Paul is also a philosopher, but he doesn't want to be a king.
Both men understand the deep significance of their opposing positions.
I believe that is why in a recent poll Ron Poll showed the best chance of beating Obama in a general election. The contrast is stark.
Other Republican candidates are just politicians.
Even the Council on Foreign Relations grants grudging respect to Ron Paul in this backgrounder piece posted April 26, 2011:
Grudging respect I say because their hatred for Paul shows through. It is hatred that, should Ron Paul gain strength in the polls, will soon turn to fear. He threatens their entire agenda.