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The Nation: Why Do GOP Bosses Fear Ron Paul? via NPR

Excellent article written over at NPR. Here is the link and the article itself:

Ron Paul represents the ideology that Republican insiders most fear: conservatism.

Not the corrupt, inside-the-beltway construct that goes by that name, but actual conservatism.

And if he wins the Iowa Republican Caucus vote on January 3—a real, though far from certain, prospect—the party bosses will have to do everything in their power to prevent Paul from reasserting the values of the "old-right" Republicans who once stood, steadily and without apology, in opposition to wars of whim and assaults on individual liberty.

Make no mistake, the party bosses are horrified at the notion that a genuine conservative might grab the Iowa headlines from the false prophets. Already, they are claiming a Paul win won't mean anything. If Paul prevails, says Iowa Governor Terry Branstad, "People are going to look at who comes in second and who comes in third. If [Mitt] Romney comes in a strong second, it definitely helps him going into New Hampshire and the other states."

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Limbaugh and Hannity ratings?

Limbaugh and Hannity are characterized as turning their shows into non-stop Paul-bashing. Which seems accurate.

Assuming we're winning (which we seem to be) I'd expect their ratings to now be dropping. When they switch from providing some useful info for their audience to playing nothing but obvious propaganda, the "Invisible Hand" should be slapping them upside the head.

I tried to look for ratings on them and found a few articles about ratings drops - in Feb and May mainly. (Of course they were characterized as talk radio dying by the MSM, rather than the shows and the audience diverging over the Paul issue.)

But I didn't find what I was looking for: Decent ratings graphs for Hannity and Limbaugh over the last year or so. A drop there would be a measure of our success.

Does anybody have a link to such a site?

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"Obama’s Economists: ‘Stimulus’ Has Cost $278,000 per Job."

That means: For each job "created or saved" about five were destroyed.

In my opinion, the reason the

In my opinion, the reason the GOP bosses fear Ron Paul is because they can't control him. He's a man of principle, a man of integrity. An honest man.

For those who don't have the time...

... to read the whole article, here are small section that contains terrific quotes that could be used when dealing with conservatives, especially Christian Conservatives:

"Buffett, the father of billionaire Warren, opposed military interventionism during the cold war era, declaring on the floor of the House: "Even if it were desirable, America is not strong enough to police the world by military force. If that attempt is made, the blessings of liberty will be replaced by coercion and tyranny at home. Our Christian ideals cannot be exported to other lands by dollars and guns. Persuasion and example are the methods taught by the Carpenter of Nazareth, and if we believe in Christianity we should try to advance our ideals by his methods. We cannot practice might and force abroad and retain freedom at home. We cannot talk world cooperation and practice power politics."

"When the threat of increased US involvement in Vietnam arose in the early 1960s, the elder Buffett wrote in William F. Buckley's National Review: "When the American government conscripts a boy to go 10,000 miles to the jungles of Asia without a declaration of war by Congress (as required by the Constitution) what freedom is safe at home? Surely, profits of U.S. Steel or your private property are not more sacred than a young man's right to life."

Just as Ron Paul has consistently opposed free-trade deals and schemes to enrich government contractors, the elder Buffett railed against the crony capitalism of his day. "There are businesses that are being enriched by national defense spending and foreign handouts," Buffett warned in 1948. "These firms, because of the money they can spend on propaganda, may be the most dangerous of all. If the Marshall Plan meant $100 million worth of profitable business for your firm, wouldn't you Invest a few thousands or so to successfully propagandize for the Marshall Plan? And if you were a foreign government, getting billions, perhaps you could persuade your prospective suppliers here to lend a hand in putting that deal through Congress."

Buffett campaigned in 1952 to nominate Taft as the Republican candidate for president. That effort was opposed by the Wall Street speculators and banksters of the day, and it failed—although not without a serious fight that went all the way to the GOP convention.

After his defeat, Taft griped, "Every Republican candidate for President since 1936 has been nominated by the Chase National Bank."

That was the pure voice of old-right conservatism speaking."

Plano TX

Great quotes

If you didn't attribute these quotes to the elder Buffet, I would have guessed they came from Dr. Paul.

RON PAUL is the only candidate

that has people who would do anything for him - including take a bullet. People LOVE Ron Paul because he is REAL. Ron Paul appeals to THE PEOPLE - regardless of any dividing label - he is a man with Integrity, and the only Republican nominee that could win Independents in 2012. IMHO.

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Many people would indeed want to protect Paul. I now get the kinda comical(in a way mind you) thought of varous supporters argueing over who gets to be a hero and take a bullet for him. I have to wonder just how an assassin would fare because if caught he would get torn to peices by supporters.
As mentioned before, its definitly because he cant be bought or controlled.

To climb the mountain, you must believe you can.

Wow, one of the best ever

Thank you for posting this

more important is the gop

more important is the gop bosses question about why their fear isn't working in 2011 and won't work in 2012!

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A new slogan


John Nichols, the

author of this article, has published many articles about Ron Paul over the years. Indeed, he writes logically and coherently and accurately about many political topics. And, importantly, they are published in The Nation, a magazine that represents the progressive left. So again, we see the crossover of Dr. Paul's ideas. Something to build on.



This guy can write, and write well. Very, very accurate - it tells all the tales that my neocon acquaintences are too ignorant of history to acknowledge about the Republican Party.

Limbo and Levin - you've got some readin' to do.

Sharing this one far and wide

Great summation of what's really going on in the GOP. RP is the true conservative... amen.

What a surprise from NPR

One of the best pro-Paul pieces from the MSM I've seen in a long time, and it's from NPR? Who would have guessed. Share this one far and wide, folks!

“Wasting a vote is sometimes voting for somebody that you don't really believe in."
-Ron Paul

NPR. Just wow!

Good story

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Please do not post full articles on DP

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Sorry about that. Won't happen again. Thanks for editing.

heads up

great article. you should chop it down to the fist paragraph or two and provide the link to avoid any copyright issues.

This is one of the most accurate articles

that I have ever seen in the mass media.
I'm shocked.
It's the real story.



Especially surprising considering it is coming from NPR who have almost completely ignored Ron Paul.

Right, don't copy whole article

This is an awesome article! But, we cannot copy the whole article. It is important to only copy part of it and then provide the link.


The lip of truth shall be established forever: but a lying tongue is but for a moment...Lying lips are abomination to the LORD: but they that deal truly are His delight. Prov 12:19,22

Thanks, BUT

You should not post the whole article. Please reduce the text and put another link on the bottom.


Do not post the ENTIRE text of articles from other sites. This is copyright infringement, and could get you, me, and this site in trouble. (In fact, it already has!) Feel free to post a short intro, and then a link to the original article. Understanding fair use would be wise, also. Embedding videos and images is not permitted.



More the corrupt pundits and politicians criticize him, the stronger Ron Paul gets... Because, people are sick and tired of them...

The last paragragh says it all.

It should be plain to see now, the GOP doesn't want to be fiscally conservative and responsible, they just want to drive the bus that Obama's now driving. When you have the power to pass out all the free Washington dough and favors, you're more likely to get to hang around longer. They could care less about this Country.

alan laney

It is an outstanding article

It shows that the liberals are sorely lacking their own "Ron Paul", and they won't ever get one if they don't stand up for who they would like the opposition to be.

yes its his stance on the FED!!!!

and when you think about their power, then people we have a hell of a ride ahead of us, but its not going to be to bad because we know they own the Media!!! remember that and how they own D.C.!!! here is a link to the Movie inside job

check it out and you will understand

Ron Paul is a modern day Outlaw