i watched a lengthy q and a on c-span featuring ron paul. the questions were very good, they covered all the important themes, and paul gave good answers in a conversational tone of voice. to my surprise i found myself agreeing with most of what he said.
my only regret concerning his message on the economy, free markets, the monetary system, education, and a whole host of other domestic topics is that someone with more national appeal isn’t saying them. the media largely ignores paul when they can get away with it. but, i don’t blame the media for that. i think they key off polls and lets face it, ron paul is not a run-away favorite of the american public. in fact he seldom gets to double digits on average in national polling. so to the media he is too insignificant to waste time with. he is not so hot but most of his message is needed and right on target.
what really shocked me is that even on some defense and foreign policy stances i also agreed. its hard to imagine any thinking person who thinks we have been right on all of our war efforts. most of them have been dismal failures beginning with vietnam.
where i disagree is that paul, almost exactly like obama, believes that if we will play nice we will eliminate our enemies. that borders on childish thinking. statements that are in the public record from men like osama bin laden and other islamic fanatics make clear that they believe their greatest religious good is to kill the infidels (that’s you and me by the way) who are not loyal to their religion. while i concede that not having a presence in the middle east and not supporting israel in any way might help a little, the overwhelming truth remains, they want us dead. world domination is their goal. they only see a world where every citizen bows 3 times a day toward mecca.
so now i’m up to agreeing with ron paul maybe on 95% of what he says. i still can’t vote for him. his dismal record as a congressman proves he is not the man to make any changes in washington. i have investigated and learned that only one bill paul authored has been passed in 25 years. he is not good at convincing others to see things his way and his congressional record backs that statement up. how in the world would ron paul persuade enough people that matter to shut down the department of education? there is no way it would ever happen, not with a guy like paul.
i think we would do well as a people to heed many of paul’s warnings and to take most of his advice. he is just not presidential material. i really like the man, enjoy listening to him when he is not 3 octaves high making some point in a debate. as long as he has been around he should be able by this point to convince more than 10% of the american voters he is the real deal, and he has not. probably 25 to 30 percent of paul’s most ardent supporters are too young to vote. and there are mixed in the troops conspiracy theorists, people scanning the sky for ufo’s, and a variety of social misfits. its an interesting bunch. what is worrisome is that most of his supporters think he might really become president. that is not smart in my view.
because paul has never been a threat to win a nomination he has never been vetted. for paul, that’s a good thing because top tier candidates must defend their records and explain things they have said and approved. ron paul does not want to go down that road. he is already on record saying he will not run again for congress. so, mr. paul can go back to lake jackson, write book, make speeches, and live on a fat pension, and live good. i wish him well, overall i think he is a good man who loves his country.