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Ron Paul's Campaign of Ideas

Kevin D. Williamson doesn't quite know what to make of Dr. Ron Paul. Mr. Williamson is deputy managing editor of National Review magazine and noted columnist therewith. In addition, he is the author of The Politically Incorrect Guide to Socialism, which did point by point to socialism what the Romans did to Carthage. In his recent NR cover essay "Ron Paul's Last Crusade," Mr. Williamson writes, "I doubt that there's anybody at National Review who is closer to Ron Paul politically than I am." Nevertheless, he finds much that bothers him about some of the Ron Paul supporters and even Ron himself — what he calls "Ron's Ronness."

I believe that Mr. Williamson's concern over the background and fervor of some of Dr. Paul's supporters can be dismissed as not of Dr. Paul's making or concern. What politician can spurn the support of those who agree with him on important campaign issues because they also hold somewhat out-of-the-mainstream or even odious views about noncampaign topics? Dr. Paul graciously accepts the support of the John Birch Society, for instance, but that in no way obligates him to endorse their conspiracy theories about plots to replace American sovereignty with a one-world government. I've heard this concern from many people who have never heard of the John Birch Society, and I would be surprised if Mr. Williamson has not heard the same. There is no doubt that many of Dr. Paul's campaign workers are young, idealistic, and perhaps dogmatic — as is often the case with the young. For instance, Mr. Williamson relates a conversation with a "well-spoken young woman" who did not handle very well his question of why Dr. Paul's ideas were not all that popular. Is this really something for which Dr. Paul should be criticized? I think not.