The Hill: Ron Paul should attack Citizens United and run as a reformist third partySubmitted by bobbyw24 on Fri, 02/10/2012 - 12:39
By Brent Budowsky - 02/10/12 09:15 AM ET
With a growing number of Ron Paul supporters advocating that he run as a third party, Paul has two big decisions to make. In last my last column, "Calling wealthy Democrats," I called for a national campaign to reverse the Citizens United decision, which enables wealthy individuals and special interests to spend unlimited money to buy our democracy. Ron Paul should support this campaign. Second, Paul needs to decide whether he is a typical insider Republican, in which case he will stand proudly endorsing Romney, Santorum or Gingrich. Or whether he is a true alternative to business as usual, in which case he will run as a third party.
The Republican Party today is looking very European. Some Republicans quote Austrian economists. Others resembles conservative leaders in Germany and France. Others play to anti-immigrant attitudes similar to the far right in Europe. Most Republicans today advocate the fusion of big business and big government. Does Ron Paul support this, or oppose this?
I agree with those Ron Paul supporters who call for a third-party candidacy. He will be discredited if he stands on the platform at the Republican convention side by side with a smiling Mitt Romney. Or Santorum. Or Gingrich. He will receive far greater attention, acclaim and credibility if he runs as a third party and champions a true alternative to Republican candidates he now says are almost identical to each other.