"One is reminded of Santiago from Hemingway’s Old Man and the Sea "Submitted by celeste on Sat, 09/01/2012 - 19:49
In a Friday interview with Bloomberg News, Rep Ron Paul (R-TX) was asked to reflect on his presidential campaign and state whether or not he was “unhappy” with his party.
“Well, it's not my party,” Rep. Paul responded. “I don't like politics at all, and I think both parties are Keynesian economists and both parties support the positions that I don't like. So the party in many ways is irrelevant.”
Strong words, but Paul’s decision not to speak at the convention, hold an alternate “We Are the Future” rally and book an early departure from Tampa – not to mention the Maine delegate controversy during the RNC – already drew some definitive lines between the himself and the GOP.
Still, there is a peculiar gloom hanging over this answer of Dr. Paul’s. One is reminded of Santiago from Hemingway’s Old Man and the Sea – the elderly fisherman who is both too weak to bring in his catch, but too strong, proud, and determined to give up the fight. We remember how often did he thought of Manolin, his young companion, and would lament he had no one to assist him.
It seems an injustice, really, to allow Paul to depart as an outsider – a man unwanted and out of step with a party that so often beholds itself to the ideal of American Conservatism.