Skip to comments.Rod Dreher: Ron Paul, if only we listened
Posted on 11/30/2008 11:16:35 AM PST by rabscuttle385
I didn't vote for Ron Paul in the Republican primary (I was a Mike Huckabee man), nor did I write him in on Election Day (I penciled in farmer-poet Wendell Berry). But no Texan this year did more good for conservatism and his country than the congressman from the coast.
Lord knows there was no Republican in the 2008 campaign who talked straighter.
Dr. Paul he's a physician never had a chance, of course. He is too peculiar in his opinions and doesn't know how to spin like a TV slick. What he had was ideas, integrity and authenticity. On the most critical challenges facing America, Dr. Paul was more right than the well-funded GOP regulars who bigfooted the campaign trail.
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The same GOP establishment that mocked and reviled Dr. Paul now lies shattered. Who believes in this Republican Party anymore? The party destroyed itself with its own unprincipled recklessness, both in foreign and fiscal policy. And it has ruined its reputation among the young the most ardent of Dr. Paul's supporters, incidentally who are far more likely to identify with the Democrats.
Out of this destruction, some creative young conservatives may rise up and decide to take back the Republican Party. Perhaps they'll run against the overweening power of the federal government and in favor of decentralizing power (but unlike today's Republicans, they'll actually mean it). Maybe they'll fight for an America that lives responsibly, within its natural limits both overseas and at home. And maybe, just maybe, they might make the Republican Party worth following again.
Ron Paul ping.
The problem with Ron Paul was his foreign policy.
Right. 30 years of saying No! does not a great leader make.
The 2008 “election” fix was “in” 24 months ago. Ask anyone working in the MSM. They’ll tell you. It was Barack Hussein Obama all the way. Everything else was for entertainment purposes only.
***Dr. Paul has long argued that an economy built on easy credit, insatiable consumption and deficit spending is a time bomb. He backs a national economic model based on savings, investment and production.
An economy that depends so heavily on government intervention to keep it afloat is one that creates of necessity an ever more powerful state.***
True words all.
Rod Dreher was a fairly weak member of the NRO team years ago and he's gone downhill steadily ever since. He's like a male Peggy Noonan. As time goes on one wonders more and more whether they ever really were conservative or interesting.
I agree. I could not support an anti-war candidate while our troops were in harm's way. That said, I have long admired Dr. Paul and respected the way he stood true to conservative principles.
Despite his reasonable ideas, Dr. Paul seemed to fare poorly in the primary debates. Even McPain seemed to dominate him in the exchange of ideas even though we knew McPain stood for nothing but pending electoral defeat.
Who's this "we" kemosabe? You "penciled in farmer-poet Wendell Berry." That really helped!
I didn't vote for Ron Paul, either, but at least I'm not lecturing other people about it.
Well .. I hate to burst your bubble .. but Ron Paul IS NOT A CONSERVATIVE - HE’S A LIBERTARIAN.
They may have a few things they agree on - BUT CONSERVATIVE IS CONSERVATIVE - not partially Libertarian.
Ron Paul was more closely aligned with the Clinton’s foreign policy - visit all the tyrants - get drunk with them - have them sign secret deals with the U.S. (without congressional approval) and then - hear no evil, see no evil, and do nothing when attacked .. because war is never allowed. I’ve heard Ron Paul espouse that exact policy, saying, “War is never the answer”. Reality says - WAR IS SOMETIMES THE ONLY ANSWER - not the choice you want to make, but the choice YOU HAVE TO MAKE - TO SAVE CIVILIZATION.
I can’t fathom a more dangerous OR STUPID foreign policy THAN TO DO NOTHING - IT BOUGHT US 9/11. If we aren’t able as a nation to operate pre-emptively on offense - and wait only to be attacked - and then still do nothing .. there will only be more and more 9/11’s.
Exactly. And although Mike Huckabee is a social conservative, he is a fiscal big-government liberal. Plus, he’s anti-Mormon, which hurts the conservative movement, as a lot of conservative support comes from Mormons, who are social conservatives, but also big on self-reliance, a core American value.
Paul was in favor of bombing Kosovo?
Ideas, integrity and authenticity. It will be a long time before they are in high demand in America again. Socialism is here and that is the answer to everyones troubles.