Skip to comments.Candidate Ron Paul: Quixotic, or the real deal?
Posted on 05/19/2007 5:22:40 PM PDT by jdm
It's a fine line between quixotic and committed, and just where Ron Paul falls is an open question as the Texas congressman pursues the 2008 Republican presidential nomination.
The case for quixotic: It's a unique conceit to run as an anti-Iraq-war candidate in a generally pro-war party; to vow to eliminate myriad federal agencies, including the CIA, the IRS and the Federal Reserve; and to oppose every act of the federal government not specifically approved in the Constitution (including niceties such as congressional gold medals for such people as Mother Teresa, Rosa Parks and Pope John Paul II).
"I've advocated over the years the elimination of most big-government things I can't find in the Constitution," Paul said in an interview.
Trying to explain that during a recent presidential debate, Paul said, "I'm a strong believer in original intent" of the Constitution's framers. To which moderator Chris Matthews, the MSNBC television personality, responded with a disdainful, "Oh, God."
The case for committed: If somebody needs to drag the Republican Party back to its roots, Paul said, "I'm offering that alternative."
Paul was one of six House of Representatives Republicans who voted against the 2002 authorization to use force in Iraq, based on the same wariness of excessive international involvement that long guided Republican foreign-policy thinking. Traceable to George Washington's warning against entangling foreign alliances, its post-World War II followers -- including "Mr. Republican" Sen. Robert Taft of Ohio -- likely would share Paul's view of President Bush's adventures in democratic nation-building as muddleheaded folly.
"He touches a nerve out there," said Bruce Buchanan, a political scientist at the University of Texas. "There are Republicans who believe it was a mistake to get in there to begin with, and that's the Paul constituency."
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Quixotic or the real deal?
How about just “isolationist nutter.”
He tore Rudy G a new one at the FOX debate. The goody-ole boys of the RNC sure can’t handle the truth.
Garde la Foi, mes amis! Nous nous sommes les sauveurs de la République! Maintenant et Toujours!
(Keep the Faith, my friends! We are the saviors of the Republic! Now and Forever!)
LonePalm, le Républicain du verre cassé (The Broken Glass Republican)
He sounds reasonable to me.
Paul On Immigration Reform...
He is in the race to make sure the other Republicans make a committment to our Constitution, and to talk about the real issues that are completely being ignored.
If only Republicans followed Ron Paul's path, they'd be in the majority and our nation wouldn't be having the problems we're have now.
So bring on the obligatory knee-jerk Ron Paul posts, Paul bashers, because when you trash Paul, you're trashing the Constitution, ironically on the very website that remains committed to restoring that document as well.
Ron Paul, a Michael Moore clone.
An evil person who blames the United States
Who’s his fat sidekick then?
Paul said, “I’m a strong believer in original intent” of the Constitution’s framers. To which moderator Chris Matthews, the MSNBC television personality, responded with a disdainful, “Oh, God.”
lol, well here is my favorite paul article:
‘Scandals are a Symptom, Not a Cause’
ping a ling :)
That’s an easy one: Quixotic. And confused.
Do you ever bother thinking for yourself, or do you just jump on the Ron Paul threads with the express intent of regurgitating trite, brainless platitudes?
Nice that you've been duped by what the MSM and GOP establishment reported about Paul rather than hearing it from Paul himself.
I guess you'd prefer to throw you hands up in despair and burn the house down because it needs a major repairs. Talk about defeatist!
Item one, obviously.
Which part of Petronski’s post do you object to? “Isolationist” or “nutter”? I think both are true, so I’m just curious.
I have checked out the sites and people who support him.
I can understand why his supporters are in denial, it is dificult to believe this guy can suck in so many.