Fresh Article out of MichiganSubmitted by Here is Your Sign on Tue, 01/15/2008 - 09:30
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Ron Paul backers keep faith
by Ted Roelofs
Tuesday January 15, 2008, 6:35 AM
There is perhaps one sure thing about today's GOP primary.
Texas Congressman Ron Paul will not win.
And his hardy, loyal -- and some might say, fanatical -- band of Libertarian partisans will simmer at the injustice of it all.
Grand Rapids resident Ruth Harper, 65, like many West Michigan supporters, credits the news media with systematically ignoring or distorting what Paul's campaign is about.
"They seem to have a ground rule," said Harper, a former public and private school teacher with a love of the U.S. Constitution. "Do not mention Ron Paul's name. And if you do, mention that he cannot win."
It has been like that for Paul since he began his improbable campaign for the White House.
He defied the odds by raising more money than anyone thought he could. He did better than many predicted in the Jan. 3 Iowa caucuses, finishing close to Arizona Sen. John McCain in fourth. He beat former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani. He finished just behind Giuliani in New Hampshire -- and ahead of another GOP heavyweight, former Tennessee Sen. Fred Thompson.
On Dec. 16, he stunned many analysts by raising more than $6 million in a single day through the Internet.
And yet, he is relegated to the role of media punch line in most discussions of the GOP race for president.
It certainly has not been for lack of trying.
His backers -- convinced by his fidelity to the Constitution, opposition to the war in Iraq, preference for small government -- insist he is best for America. Supporters stood out in the snow in New Hampshire, yelling and waving signs in the background as national TV journalists did standup reports.
Local organizers have done that and more, going to door-to-door, braving rain and cold to wave their Ron Paul signs, trying to tell everyone who will listen that theirs in the best candidate. One supporter repeatedly yelled Paul's name exiting a McCain campaign rally Wednesday at the Gerald R. Ford International Airport.
"He is a very frugal and honest man," said Gloria Carroll, a native of the Philippines who emigrated to the United States in 2000. Since she began volunteering for Paul in June, Carroll estimates she has logged 1,000 hours on his behalf.
Carroll is a chief organizer of local Paul supporters, keeping a list with more than 300 names. The local group includes Paul's brother, David Paul, assistant pastor at Trinity Lutheran Church in Grand Rapids.
Carroll said she fears the same abuses of power in this country as she witnessed in the Philippines. She believes Paul is the man to ensure that doesn't happen.
"I grew up looking at America. I thought there was no corruption in America."
Part of Carroll understands Paul cannot win. But she believes if he got a fair shake from the media, he would stand a chance.
"The media is always insinuating that he is a kook. How can you be a kook when the U.S. military is building an empire in Iraq?
"How can you be a kook when the economy is going down? If the media is really for the people, I think Dr. Paul will have the highest vote."