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Some Quick Questions for an Article Regarding Ron Paul

Hello fellow supporters,
I'm writing an article in a small publication about Dr. Paul and his campaign for presidency, and I have a handful of questions for anyone who would care to take the time to answer them. The questions are as follows, and if you would like to respond to one or more of them, please do and send the responses to wpb31@hotmail.com; they will be much appreciated.

1) What is it about Ron Paul that so strongly attracted you to his campaign?

2) Why do you think he's found such success among internet goers and little in the mainstream media?

3) How could he truly be a republican if he opposes things like the Iraq War, the Patriot Act and the War on Drugs, things that many of today?s "republicans" often endorse?

4) Do you expect the gains made in popularity on YouTube and blogs and such to transfer well to the polls and voting booths or not? And for what reason?

5) How would you address the assertions that he is today a "racist," mostly due to the comments printed in the Ron Paul Political Report in 1992-93?

6) How does his experience as a practitioner of medicine at all qualify him to run our country?



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1) What is it about Ron Paul

1) What is it about Ron Paul that so strongly attracted you to his campaign?
A consistent and principled stand for liberty across the board. But more than that, his recognition that liberty is the most powerful force in human progress.

2) Why do you think he's found such success among internet goers and little in the mainstream media?
The media set the conventional wisdom when Dr. Paul announced that a little-known Congressman with supposedly out-of-step positions could never win, and up until Nevada the primary results and polls gave little reason to change the CW. On the other hand, people who wanted to choose a candidate for themselves did their own research and many of them decided Dr. Paul represented them the best. It's not that internet usage made them Paul supporters, but rather that they were inclined to weigh the facts independently and found the internet to be the best medium for research.

3) How could he truly be a republican if he opposes things like the Iraq War, the Patriot Act and the War on Drugs, things that many of today?s "republicans" often endorse?
The Republican party is a big-tent party, as are the Democrats, so you have all kinds of people and all kinds of beliefs in it. Some are more vocal than others or occupy leadership positions, including the White House, so their beliefs become identified with the party. Republicans were not pro-war as recently as 2000, and a large minority are against the war. There is also a strong libertarian strain in the party manifested in groups such as the Republican Liberty Caucus.

4) Do you expect the gains made in popularity on YouTube and blogs and such to transfer well to the polls and voting booths or not? And for what reason?
They are mainly a manifestation of excitement by those who are new to Dr. Paul's ideas - converts are always the most vocal - but elections are still won in the media and on the ground. They translate in the sense that they motivate the ground volunteers.

5) How would you address the assertions that he is today a "racist," mostly due to the comments printed in the Ron Paul Political Report in 1992-93?
You can examine Dr. Paul's entire history of speeches, books, articles, and other attributed writings and find not a hint of racism. His libertarian philosophy is opposed to group identification. His long-time personal friends, including the head of the Austin NAACP also attest that those newsletters are completely out of character for him. This is a tempest in a teapot. Dr. Paul is guilty only of not exercising oversight of the people who ran a newsletter that he only partially owned during a brief period when he was concentrating on his life outside of politics (1989 - 1993). It has been a personal humiliation for him for which he has already paid many times over.

6) How does his experience as a practitioner of medicine at all qualify him to run our country?
The minority leader of the Senate, Bill Frist, is a doctor, as are many other members of Congress. They seem to feel they are qualified. Medical practice certainly has transferable skills, but I wouldn't overstress it. More importantly, Dr. Paul has been in Congress for 20 of the last 30 years, knows how things get done, and yet still retains his independence and principles. Plus, he seems to have read the Constitution once or twice.

I admire your patience.

And your determination to treat the OP as legitimate--by expressing well thought out answers. Of course, I disagree as to the legitimacy of the OP's motives, but it doesn't matter. Your responses are worthy of appreciation.
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Ron Paul for President 2008

I'm only replying because...

you deserve answers befitting your questions.

1. All the other candidates
2. Internet not agenda driven.
3. Because they are not "true" republicans.
4. Polls don't choose my candidate for me.
5. Garbage, but of course any research abilities exceeding 1st grade level would already know that.
6. He is a congressman, you know. Oh... see 5 above.
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If you vote, you deserve the government YOU voted for.
If you vote uninformed, you deserve the government you GET.
If you don't vote, you have no opinion that matters.

Ron Paul for President 2008

Research

Research these things yourself. He has been pretty outspoken on all of the subjects you are asking. Go watch some youtube videos and quit bugging us. We aren't him. We just like liberty and justice for all. If you knew anything about Ron Paul, you would know he's not at all racist. Retarded questions.

Research

Research these things yourself. He has been pretty outspoken on all of the subjects you are asking. Go watch some youtube videos and quit bugging us. We aren't him. We just like liberty and justice for all. If you knew anything about Ron Paul, you would know he's not at all racist. Retarded questions.

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Chuck U. Farley...

Gee, I wonder if these guys are how Huckabee finds out what to regurgitate?

I almost lost a convert to that Huckster because of his adoption of our platform... It's funny though, how when he picks an "unpopular" position by accident, he backtracks on it... i.e. Ending birthright citizenship...

So let him go tax someone else to pay for illegal's college education! Raise taxes for a shortfall, yes, um, caused by his spending!

I am half tempted to flag your post as offensive.

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F*ck You Frank

Warp your questions another way for another outcome at another time and another place.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=If9EWDB_zK4

Replying to your questions

1) What is it about Ron Paul that so strongly attracted you to his campaign?
Ron Paul is a consistent defender of liberty and the Constitution.

2) Why do you think he's found such success among internet goers and little in the mainstream media?
Average IQ is higher among internet goers than among non-internet goers.
Mainstream media is conditioned to support the status quo with minor deviations; Ron Paul represents enormous changes.

3) How could he truly be a republican if he opposes things like the Iraq War, the Patriot Act and the War on Drugs, things that many of today?s "republicans" often endorse?
The "neocon" contingent has really changed the Republican agenda to be much more about big government, especially in terms interventionist foreign policy.

Ron Paul represents the original/true Republican agenda: small non-internventionist government.

4) Do you expect the gains made in popularity on YouTube and blogs and such to transfer well to the polls and voting booths or not? And for what reason?
Probably not, but I'm still hoping!

5) How would you address the assertions that he is today a "racist," mostly due to the comments printed in the Ron Paul Political Report in 1992-93?
I'm disturbed by what is apparently, at best, a lack of good judgment. But compared to the importance of his other stands, this is a minor issue.

6) How does his experience as a practitioner of medicine at all qualify him to run our country?

a) Direct personal insight into one of the most important issues of our time: medical care.
b) Being able to get a medical degree is a sign of being an exceptional human being in terms of intelligence, understanding and hard work.
c) Business experience.


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