Ron Paul: In a race of his own

  While the front runners carefully craft shifts in message to attempt to cannibalize votes off each other, and the tailchasers are watching for the exit door that will benefit them the most, Ron Paul blithely continues on his course of action.  He doesn’t make semantic comments foreshadowing a seachange in policy positions, but rather sticks to the deceptively simplistic messsage that placed him here.

    Ron Paul has it good.  He isn’t running against seven other people whose viewpoints are similar to his own.  He doesn’t have to form study groups to see which words make his position sound the best to the voter, and what Mitt Romney says on any given day has no effect on what Ron Paul will do.  He isn’t running against Mitt.  He isn’t running against Rudy, or John or the not running yet Fred.  He is running against voter apathy, public ignorance, and an ingrained, almost slavish tendency to accept the status quo, and only the status quo.

   For Ron Paul to succeed he doesn’t have to combat the others, but rather society in general.  Months into the quest for the White House people have still never heard of Ron Paul. Contrary to the popular misconception applied by his followers, this isn’t because the mainstream media ignores him.  It’s because the largest voting demographic right now is the”I don’t know and I don’t care” majority.  It’s early, and most people would rather wait and pick between less candidates.  It’s easier for their :I need my life to be easy” minds to comprehend.  He and his campaign has to get these people to listen, and shy of promising free lottery tickets, sex, and beer I don’t know how he can do that, other than to just continue being Ron Paul.

  Then you come to the message issue.  He has to convince undertaxed rich folk,  a downsized middle class, and an entitlement oriented impoverished multitude to want his vision of a constitutional government.  His ideas on the surface have merit, but people tend to shy away from you taking something from them that they are used to getting.  I can’t picture big business accepting anything like fair taxation.  Nor can I picture the impoverished masses giving up their state sanctioned freebies.  The middle class might be his best hope, but even they have to question where his economic theories might lead.

   The matter of his current camp followers is something he can control, and has apparently decided not to.  Everything he says is taken as being written on stone tablets, so he needs to convince them that his message is enough to carry the nomination.  So far the trend toward blog-sponsored heathenism is only an irritation, but when people really start paying attention he needs to convince his fringe elements to exercise the flipside to the right to free speech, and convince them to practice the right to shut up.

   So its all about Ron.  Can he convince America that his far reaching ideals will fix whats broken, or will they continue to seek security through stupidity?  It’s easy to convince yourself that everythings not so bad, when the option you have is an all or nothing gamble with your future on the line.


3 Responses to Ron Paul: In a race of his own

  1. Anita Marie says:

    Criminy, what would you do if Ron Paul dropped off the face of the Earth? I hope he gets elected..for you Criminy and for me because this stuff is great.


  2. i’d write about someone else…he’s more interesting than the others. glad you liked it, and good to see you.

  3. Mike says:

    To be fair, the media does ignore him. He has won practically every debate that he has been in (by landslides, mind you), and cnn, and others still call him a ‘sideshow’, and use similar terminology. He is only a sideshow because they do not give him free airtime, or ‘honorable mentions’.

    He recently won a 1,000 plus voter zogby blind pole, and the media doesn’t print that, focusing on name recognition poles instead.

    It is also misleading to call his economic vision a theory. It was the policy of the founding fathers. George Washington, in his farewell address warned us against having a standing army. Dwight Eisenhower warned us against the ‘rise of misplaced power’ that is inherent in our Military – Industrial complex.

    Taxing a man’s wages is forbidden by the constitution. Both towards the end of the Byzantine empire, and the Roman empire, citizens were afraid of abusive tax collectors. Which is why the founders bothered to mention that in our constitution. People should not fear the government.

    It also explicitly states that only Congress shall have the power to make our money, and yet in 1913 we gave that power to the Federal Reserve Bank (a private institution.)

    “The constitution vests the power of declaring war in Congress; therefore no offensive expedition of importance can be undertaken until after they shall have deliberated upon the subject and authorized such a measure.” George Washington – War, and Peace

    Yet we have the War powers act. We need to go back to the constitution. The founders were very intelligent people, and spent alot of thought developing that document. We would be prudent to understand why they bothered to include what they did, or bothered to write it at all.

    “The Nation which indulges toward another an habitual hatred or an habitual fondness is in some degree a slave. It is a slave to its animosity or to its affection, either of which is sufficient to lead it astray from its duty and its interest.” George Washington

    “Preventative war was an invention of Hitler. Frankly, I would not even listen to anyone seriously who came and talked about such a thing.” Dwight D. Eisenhower

    In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist.

    We must never let the weight of this combination endanger our liberties or democratic processes. We should take nothing for granted. Only an alert and knowledgeable citizenry can compel the proper meshing of the huge industrial and military machinery of defense with our peaceful methods and goals, so that security and liberty may prosper together. Dwight D. Eisenhower – Farewell Address

    These are theories that have been proven over our +200 year official existence. They deserve more weight than your article gives them.

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