The MOST Unlikely Ron Paul Supporters Yet!Submitted by WildSatchmo on Fri, 12/16/2011 - 18:26
I work for a large democratic leaning corporate law firm. We have even held funraisers for candidates here in the office, and have had some of the attorneys working for the firm elected to public office (democrats only of course) including senate seats, state court of appeals nominations, and congressional seats as well.
I have been a well known Paul supporter around the office to a select few, but I have had to be somewhat subdued about my support out of respect for a 'neutral' work environment (yea right). Last week, I put in my resignation with the firm to pursue new opportunities. Naturally, I don't quite feel the pressure to be so reserved on political issues anymore, and the timing couldn't have been better.
Today, we had our holiday luncheon at a fancy restaurant in the W hotel. As our servers went over the incredible menu selection, the conversation was suddenly all about the GOP primary race. This is not typical conversation for this place. I took the sidelines initially, but those who knew me well enough could tell my ears had perked up and I was waiting for the opportunity to jump into the conversation. Boy did I get my chance, and in a way I NEVER expected.
I can remember bringing up Ron Paul a few years ago, and the snickering that immediately followed, particularly from an attorney who now works for a democratic senator. This time it was much different. One of my coworkers, who had previously worked for the CIA under the Obama administration, mentioned Ron Paul much to my surprise. The attorneys took turns commenting on how they admired Paul's consistency, and his condemnation of the wars. They went on about how much better Paul was than the rest of the GOP when considering all of the issues as a whole, and had a great laugh at Gingrich's expense. Naturally I was grinning ear to ear.
I told them I have been a strong Paul supporter for years (as others at the table nodded their heads in agreement) and I was both delighted and surprised to hear such positive conversation about Paul at THIS table. We discussed foreign policy at length, including the CIA coup in Iran in 1953, and the motivation behind terrorism. Everyone seemed to agree. Then came discussion of social issues....
Paul drew criticism from another well respected attorney at the table. He said he didn't agree with Paul on some things. I gladly accepted the challenge and asked that he elaborate. At this point, the entire table was listening in on the conversation. He said said that the gross dismissal of the necessity of social programs was ignorant (in much more delicate wording). That nobody should be comfortable with the people who suffer the most in this country getting the shaft (again, I'm paraphrasing). I went on to discuss in detail how the government is a notoriously horrible custodian of taxpayer dollars. I gave example after example of government spending run a muck including medicare and medicaid projections vs. actuals, and how the lack of profit incentive in the public sector renders the federal government incapable of responsible spending - so why trust THEM with the money instead of US???
After slowly consuming my very detailed rant on everything from social programs, to the taxing effect of inflation, and of course a couple jokes about how the wine suddenly turned me into an economic genius, the group seemed to be in overall agreement with most of the issues we discussed, and acknowledged that no candidate on either side of the fence made more common sense when compared to Ron Paul.
Over all, an entire table of democrats and quasi "insiders" gained anew understanding of the issues they took with Dr. Paul and I really believe most of them will be voting in the republican primary for Dr. Paul.
What an AMAZING conversation.