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Ron Paul: The Perfect Storm
Free Republic Exclusive | January 6, 2012 | William Russell

Posted on 01/05/2012 7:29:06 PM PST by Bill Russell

Ron Paul: The Perfect Storm

If you talk to his supporters, you will hear that Ron Paul is the only man who can save our Republic, he is the only candidate who understands the Constitution, and that he is the only one who will fight wasteful government spending and save us from economic catastrophe. I beg to differ.

Up until this year, Ron Paul was considered by most as the affable Dennis Kucinich of the Republican Party. He was simply the eccentric uncle whom everyone liked, but never took very seriously. He had some ideas that appealed to the base of his party and kept him affiliated with it. But he also had ideas which made most us wonder if he resides in a family member’s attic with his collection of tin foil hats. However, as Ron Paul has achieved “top three contender” status for the Republican Presidential nomination in Iowa Caucus, the harsh lights of national scrutiny are beginning to shine on him, and rightly so. Those lights are revealing a man whose ideas and actions make him not just eccentric, they make unqualified to lead and a danger to our national security. This needs to be taken very seriously.

In the area of national security, Ron Paul has displayed a complete incompetence and a clear lack of understanding and strategic forethought. Every serious student of warfare and foreign affairs understands there are political, economic, and technological dimensions which impact the outcome of all wars, even after the major force on force fights are over. The political dimension is heavily influenced by what is often referred to as information operations, propaganda, or political messaging. This is the area where Ron Paul, just like John Murtha and his Haditha Marine statements, has played into the hands of our enemies, serving to endorse their propaganda messages and help solidify their political unification against the United States efforts to stabilize a region which produced the attacks of 9/11. In a single breath in one debate, Mr Paul blamed America for causing the attacks of 9/11 and said we need to empathize with Al Qaeda and Iran. In other statements he has said that our invasion of Iraq was some nefarious “Neo-con” (a term which has changed constantly in the last 50 years) plot and that the Bush Administration was “ecstatic” that 9/11 gave them the excuse to invade Iraq. He called the killing of Al Qaeda operative and American citizen Anwar al-Awlaki “murder” and un-constitutional, even though Al-Awlaki made himself an enemy combatant and was engaged in open rebellion against the United States in accordance with Article I, Section 9 of the Constitution. In all of these statements, he has crossed the line into the realm of endorsing enemy propaganda and making it harder for America to defend her interests.

Like Barrack Obama, Ron Paul is reminiscent of Jimmy Carter in his advocation of non-interventionist policies. He is constantly accusing the boogey-men “Neo-cons” and military-industrial complex of leading us into wars for profit and touting the concept of “blowback” as the cause of our woes emanating from the Middle East. Just as Jimmy Carter was elected advocating a non-interventionist foreign policy, which let the Islamic fundamentalist cat out of the bag in Iran the 1970’s (because he failed to engage and mitigate that episode of “blow-back”), Ron Paul is seeking election while advocating policies that will hand an Iranian Caliphate a fait accompli in the coming decade.

He has repeatedly denigrated America’s efforts to protect her national and economic security interests in the Middle East and around the world. Meanwhile, the policies he is advocating will cede our strategic positions in the world to our enemies. His calls for immediate withdrawal from Afghanistan and the Middle East would place our economic (energy) security at great risk, while subjecting the people of those areas to further sectarian violence which has the potential to make the killing fields of Cambodia pale in comparison. There is a certain appeal to his calls to end the war in Afghanistan, end all foreign aid, and bring all of our troops home, as these are all expensive endeavors to both the hearts and pocketbooks of America. But he has no plan of action to mitigate the ensuing genocidal, economic, energy, and yes, further military crisis’s such unilateral moves would cause for us. He is a man of destabilizing ideas in a time of instability.

But Ron Paul has not stopped there. He has also seriously undermined his own moral authority to protect and defend the Constitution, should he be elected. He has referred to the likes of Bradely Manning, and alleged rapist, Julian Assange (Wikileaks) as whistle blower “heroes.” Private Manning is currently on trial for 22 counts of espionage and aiding the enemy (a capital offense), and US espionage charges against Mr Assange are pending. If Mr Paul considers the actions of those who transfer massive volumes of classified material vital to the conduct of our foreign policy and national security “heroic,” how will he protect us from such transgressions when he is Commander-in-Chief?

In spite of his lack of strategic vision when it comes to protecting America, there is one area of political messaging where Ron Paul’s campaign does excel: The Ron Paul Cult of Personality. He has wrapped his total political persona in the Constitution, portraying himself as the only candidate who is defending it, and is attempting to hijack the TEA Party movement. Any criticism of the “Dear Leader” is immediately characterized by his followers as an attack on the Constitution and betrayal of the TEA Party, even though his Constitutional reasoning is often flawed and he brings home almost as much pork from Washington as the late Mr Murtha did for his home district. The Paul Cult is also quite adept at inflating his levels of support, particularly on-line and in forums such as caucuses, where a small motivated group can make itself look much larger than it really is. Both the over-blown levels of support and vicious attacks are confirmed by viewing any article on Ron Paul on any major news site, and reading the barrage of postings from Paul campaign web monitors in the comments sections. Anyone who speaks out against Ron Paul is immediately attacked en mass as an enemy of the Constitution, a “Neo-con”, a sell-out, a liar, a traitor to the Tea Party, or misguided. In spite of their purported love of liberty, many of Ron Paul supporters’ on-line conduct is more reminiscent of the angry student mobs of Mao’s Cultural Revolution.

Finally, there is the electability issue. Ron Paul is totally unelectable outside his congressional district. The Democrats know this and many cross-party primary voters are advocating for Ron Paul to win the Republican nomination or run as a third party candidate. If he wins the nomination, Democrats will simply portray him as the marginal, hypocritical, crazy old guy who makes Obama look competent on foreign affairs. Obama’s political team will hit him with ads that will be just as devastating as Paul’s hypocrisy ads against Newt. They will replay excerpts from his interview with Tim Russert in 2008 where Paul was repeatedly challenged on how he writes a large number earmarks or line-items into bills for his home district, and then casts meaningless votes against them. Russert grilling him on how he has hypocritically refused to live up to his own calls for term limits will also get a good deal of play. The National Organization of Women will use his pro-life position (one of his few positions I agree with) to paint him as a woman-hater. His stance on Iran and Israel will be used to portray him as Anti-Semitic to shore up Obama’s lagging support on the Jewish front. The full text of his fundraising letters will be thrown in for good measure.

Of course, the left will continue to embrace Mr Paul if he runs as a third party candidate because it will ensure the re-election of Barack Obama. To this point, the Ron Paul camp is continually threatening to take his candidacy independent if he fails to get the Republican nomination, and it is a move that Congressman Paul refuses to disavow. This only makes him appear more like the egomaniacal self-promoter he claims not to be.

Ron Paul is simply a disaster waiting to happen if he gets the Republican nomination or runs as a third party candidate. He is the perfect storm of the lunacy of Dennis Kucinich, the foreign policy wherewithal of Jimmy Carter, and the hypocrisy he has so gleefully attacked Newt for. Republican voters need to decisively reject the idea of sailing our ship of state into those waters. Ron Paul needs to accept that decision.

THE AUTHOR: William T Russell is a former Republican Congressional Candidate in the 12th Congressional District of Pennsylvania. He is an internationally published columnist and has been a featured guest on a number of national television and radio news shows. He is a retired Lieutenant Colonel from the US Army and has served in Desert Storm, the Iraq War, and the Balkans. He and his wife, Kasia, were both in the Pentagon on 9/11. Email him at Bill_Russell@hotmail.com.


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Foreign Affairs; Politics/Elections; Your Opinion/Questions
KEYWORDS: foreignpolicy; paulbots; ronpaul; williamrussell
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1 posted on 01/05/2012 7:29:11 PM PST by Bill Russell
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To: Bill Russell
Ron Paul is simply a disaster waiting to happen if he gets the Republican nomination or runs as a third party candidate.

If by some fluke he actually won the white house, congress would find their mojo in a hurry and render him pretty much powerless.
2 posted on 01/05/2012 7:32:34 PM PST by cripplecreek (Stand with courage or shut up and do as you're told.)
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To: Bill Russell

Ron Paul is batsh*t crazy and is not even a Republican nor a conservative. When you endorse Sheila Jackson Lee for re-election, you pretty much know you are NOT a conservative.


3 posted on 01/05/2012 7:34:33 PM PST by Shaka
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To: Bill Russell; smoothsailing

Welcome to Free Republic, Bill!


4 posted on 01/05/2012 7:35:59 PM PST by jazusamo (If you don't like growing older, don't worry. You may not be growing older much longer: T. Sowell)
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To: Bill Russell

Bookmark


5 posted on 01/05/2012 7:38:11 PM PST by dragnet2 (Diversion and evasion are tools of deceit)
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To: Bill Russell
So your claim is that the only thing as bad as Ron Paul getting the Republican nomination is him running as an independent. Then you use such inflammatory rhetoric in your essay that you basically dare him to run as an independent.

That's not a particularly good strategy.

6 posted on 01/05/2012 7:39:16 PM PST by who_would_fardels_bear
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To: Bill Russell

Ron Paul the perfect Idiot!


7 posted on 01/05/2012 7:39:26 PM PST by SandRat (Duty - Honor - Country! What else needs said?)
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To: All

Ron Paul is ONLY the “perfect Storm” if it is rainins Prozac! Sweet Jesus, other than the Federal Reserve issues, this fella is bat chit out of his freakin GOURD! AND I sincerely believe this idiot is laughing his way to the bank, knowing he has so many “followers” that are willing to send money to this idiot!


8 posted on 01/05/2012 7:40:17 PM PST by MagUSNRET
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To: Bill Russell

That pretty much covers it.
Welcome to FR Bill.


9 posted on 01/05/2012 7:40:34 PM PST by mnehring
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To: Bill Russell
( Ron Paul: The Perfect Storm )

Does a toilet flush swirl leftward or right ?
10 posted on 01/05/2012 7:45:38 PM PST by American Constitutionalist (The fool has said in his heart, " there is no GOD " ..)
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To: Bill Russell
Those lights are revealing a man whose ideas and actions make him not just eccentric, they make unqualified to lead and a danger to our national security.

Hmmm...National security?

Chertoff, Bush's Homeland Security Chief was found to have people who entered this country illegally, wandering around the inside of his private residence...During war time no less.

Not scary enough?

More Muslims entered the U.S. legally during Bush's term, than in the decade before.

During Bush's term, upwards of 10 million people entered our homeland illegally...During wartime no less.

National security?

11 posted on 01/05/2012 7:46:14 PM PST by dragnet2 (Diversion and evasion are tools of deceit)
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To: jazusamo; Bill Russell
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WELCOME TO FREE REPUBLIC!!!


12 posted on 01/05/2012 7:46:14 PM PST by smoothsailing
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To: Bill Russell

So...having principles and sticking to them makes Paul a loser and “un-electable”...?

Seriously, the saddest thing is that the Republican Party has been unable to come up with anyone who can even compare with Ron Paul. Obama is unpopular and vulnerable, and Paul is our best hope of defeating him, but then there’s all the Bill Russells out there squashing that thought...


13 posted on 01/05/2012 7:48:39 PM PST by mangonc2
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To: Bill Russell

Ron Paul is truther scum who endosed Cynthia McKinney in 2008. How the Hell can any conservative vote for this POS?!


14 posted on 01/05/2012 7:50:03 PM PST by piytar (The Obama Depression. Say it early, say it often. Why? Because it's TRUE.)
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To: Bill Russell

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/12/23/ron-paul-newsletter-interview_n_1167645.html


15 posted on 01/05/2012 7:51:15 PM PST by Grunthor (Mitt better than Obama? Give me three examples.)
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To: mangonc2

“So...having principles and sticking to them makes Paul a loser and “un-electable”...?”

Nope; This does....

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/12/23/ron-paul-newsletter-interview_n_1167645.html


16 posted on 01/05/2012 7:53:17 PM PST by Grunthor (Mitt better than Obama? Give me three examples.)
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To: mangonc2

“the Republican Party has been unable to come up with anyone who can even compare with Ron Paul.”

lmao...you can say that again...he’s one of a kind.


17 posted on 01/05/2012 7:55:49 PM PST by rbmillerjr (Conservative Economic and National Security Commentary: econus.blogspot.com)
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To: American Constitutionalist
"Does a toilet flush swirl leftward or right ?"

That depends on which hemisphere you're in.
18 posted on 01/05/2012 7:57:41 PM PST by shibumi (Cover it with gas and set it on fire.)
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To: mangonc2

I agree.

I get Judge Napolitano’s updates on facebook and the question he asked yesterday was valid.

Is the Republican Party now split three ways? Establishment Conservatives, Social Conservatives and Fiscal Conservatives. Doesn’t seem like anyone of these guys can unite the others including Dr. Paul whom I’ll vote for in Fla. Be interesting to see if that changes this summer.


19 posted on 01/05/2012 7:57:51 PM PST by techworker
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To: Bill Russell

American military intervention in the oil producing nations of the world has not been particularly helpful in producing energy security. When the US military intervened in Iraq, Iraqi oil production went down. When the US military intervened in Libya, Libyan oil production went down. The US military has pretty much stayed out of Russia and today Russia is the world’s largest oil producer.

Oil producers of the world don’t really look forward to those who say, “I’m from the US government and I’m here to help you.”


20 posted on 01/05/2012 8:01:54 PM PST by Qout
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To: mangonc2
What exactly are those principles M2?

Hate Israel?

Pander to Muslims?

Endorse gays in the Military?

Back anti war protesters?

Support Dems for congressional seats?

Repeat turther tripe?

What exactly are they?

21 posted on 01/05/2012 8:03:09 PM PST by ejonesie22 (8/30/10, the day Truth won.)
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To: mangonc2

No it just might being the following:
9-11 truther
Calling the US military War Criminals
Jew hate
A Code Pink supporter
Supporting Iran’s bomb program
Peddling a racist newsletter
Trashing Reagan

That’s just a few jems


22 posted on 01/05/2012 8:03:53 PM PST by ncalburt (NO MORE WIMPS need to apply to fight the Soros Funded Puppet !H)
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To: Bill Russell

Welcome and great article.

Prepare for numbed out robotronic Paulians to explain the Constitution to you.


23 posted on 01/05/2012 8:07:18 PM PST by rbmillerjr (Conservative Economic and National Security Commentary: econus.blogspot.com)
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To: Qout

Hello
Iraq. Oil production went down due to terrorist attacks !
Theyveanted the oil .


24 posted on 01/05/2012 8:09:29 PM PST by ncalburt (NO MORE WIMPS need to apply to fight the Soros Funded Puppet !H)
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To: mangonc2

I’m not a Ron Paul fan, but he seems sincere about putting America first. While other candidates are running for the President of The World As We Would Like It To Be, he’s running for president of the United States of America. People on FR gave Obama a bunch of sh!t for pandering to Europeans, while ignoring candidates’ open pandering to various other states.


25 posted on 01/05/2012 8:10:08 PM PST by kearnyirish2
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To: rbmillerjr
Well Ron Paul wrote it and gave it to the Founding Fathers ya know...

Then he lost the keys to the magic time machine...

26 posted on 01/05/2012 8:11:10 PM PST by ejonesie22 (8/30/10, the day Truth won.)
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To: Bill Russell
Your comments are pretty cogent. Ron Paul has made some arguments that are compelling on the surface but he can't seem to dwell deeper than that. Is he necessarily wrong on the TBTF’s of the world. Having been a former Wall Streeter working in the derivatives markets, I too have been concerned about the overwhelming concentration of banking power into too few hands. Having a child currently enrolled in the United States Military Academy, I am concerned about being involved in too many foreign entanglements. Did we completely forget about the Monroe Doctrine? should we foot the bill for South Korea while they monopolize ship building and have their government subsidize it? What about Europe? They sure expect us to carry their water on a lot of military issues and also pay for it but then attack our major corporations ( Google, Microsoft) on monopolistic charges. Just look at their (Europe) military to gdp spending for some answers. Maybe Eisenhower was right about the Military/Industrial complex; it may have a lot of vested interests that don't necessarily coincide with what is best for our country. What exactly are we going to resolve in Afghanistan? Are we really going to kill all of the Taliban or just most of it? It seems to me, that if they(the Afghani people) want democracy (if that is possible in the Islamic world to begin with)they should be putting forth a bigger effort in doing so. There are a lot of questions sitting out here That Ron Paul has raised to the frontline of discussion. Let's not completely dismiss him.
27 posted on 01/05/2012 8:11:49 PM PST by inspector
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To: Qout

nations of the world has not been particularly helpful in producing energy security. When the US military intervened in Iraq, Iraqi oil production went down. When the US military intervened in Libya, Libyan oil production went down. The US military has pretty much stayed out of Russia and today Russia is the world’s largest oil producer.”

Stunning Paulist illogic. Paulsey’s are about a half step ahead of those Farrahkhan numberology rants.


28 posted on 01/05/2012 8:15:27 PM PST by rbmillerjr (Conservative Economic and National Security Commentary: econus.blogspot.com)
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To: Bill Russell

I am a Ron Paul supporter, but I do not believe he is “the only man who can save our Republic.” Frankly, I do not trust men alone to save our Republic. Do you?


29 posted on 01/05/2012 8:15:48 PM PST by Fester Chugabrew (let establishment heads explode)
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To: ncalburt

Yes, in Iraq, oil production was damaged by terrorists. That did not happen before the US military began gearing up for an invasion.


30 posted on 01/05/2012 8:17:31 PM PST by Qout
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To: Qout

Don’t expect that logic to fly in the mind of lemmings. Just sayin’.


31 posted on 01/05/2012 8:20:42 PM PST by Fester Chugabrew (let establishment heads explode)
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To: Bill Russell
"...If you talk to his supporters, you will hear that Ron Paul is the only man who can save our Republic, he is the only candidate who understands the Constitution, and that he is the only one who will fight wasteful government spending and save us from economic catastrophe..."

Wow. I thought I was the only one who heard this same script from the fevered, glassy-eyed faces of Ron Paul supporters. Nice encapsulation.

32 posted on 01/05/2012 8:21:18 PM PST by rlmorel ("A fanatic is one who can't change his mind and won't change the subject." Winston Churchill)
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To: rbmillerjr

Oil production is a result of national self-interest. Nations produce oil because they want MONEY. If we take away the military, the economic self-interest is still there. The oil production will continue. When it comes to energy security, I am a firm believer in the power of capitalism.


33 posted on 01/05/2012 8:22:02 PM PST by Qout
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To: Bill Russell

Hi Bill,
Are you the Bill Russell from the Russell Brigade?


34 posted on 01/05/2012 8:28:29 PM PST by Mountain Mary (Awaken Oh America...)
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To: Bill Russell
***In the area of national security, Ron Paul has displayed a complete incompetence and a clear lack of understanding and strategic forethought.***

Ron Paul is a nutjob. I bet if he were POTUS during 9/11 he would keep the southern border open so that his ME buddies could easily cross and set up sleeper cells all over the country. And allow millions of illegals to enter this country, suck the system dry and corrupt the culture.

He may even Federalize the TSA under a new, expensive and unecessary layer of bureaucracy and call it DHS so that someday soon sexual assult and humiliation at airports becomes commonplace.

I will go so far to say that Paul would torture the rules of engagement in places like Iraq and Afghanistan so as to put our own at a decided disadvantage, resulting in hundreds of America's best are killed or maimed when they otherwise would not be.

RP would definitely stupid enough to keep us dependent on ME oil, even as the region becomes ever more unstable. Although we have plenty of energy resources right here, not to mention our friends have oil available for sale, Ron Paul would not have the smarts to make the change and afford the U.S. the obvious benefits.

Obviously other Presidents would not be so foolish as to carry out policies like these.

35 posted on 01/05/2012 8:37:29 PM PST by MichaelCorleone
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To: mangonc2

Principals? Like those exposed in those vile newsletters and then lie about them? Like those that praise traitors, sympathize with the occupy parasites, blame the US for 9/11, gut the military, pump more dope into society and appear on conspiracy nut shows?


36 posted on 01/05/2012 8:38:51 PM PST by Proud2BeRight
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To: Qout

Yeah , the previous Dictstorvwas financing Terri’st attacks on Us and Israel with the Oil !
I forgot you Pail bots hate Jews and love Iran and Hamas !


37 posted on 01/05/2012 8:41:26 PM PST by ncalburt (NO MORE WIMPS need to apply to fight the Soros Funded Puppet !H)
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To: ncalburt

I admire the Israelis. If the Israelis had killed OBL, their Prime Minister would not have been boasting on national TV. Instead, we would have heard several days later about an “unfortunate accident”. We have much to learn.


38 posted on 01/05/2012 9:02:26 PM PST by Qout
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To: Bill Russell

Why does Ron Paul want to trample the United States Constitution?


39 posted on 01/05/2012 9:08:57 PM PST by Proud2BeRight
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To: Mountain Mary
Are you the Bill Russell from the Russell Brigade?

Yes he is, Mary. :)

40 posted on 01/05/2012 9:14:03 PM PST by jazusamo (If you don't like growing older, don't worry. You may not be growing older much longer: T. Sowell)
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To: Grunthor
There is nothing significantly indicting of Ron Paul in the link...so he called them “investment letters”, so what?

Ron Paul is a true libertarian, registered as a Republican. That's why so many Republicans want to see him fail...he actually believes in the constitution rather than simply paying it lip service like most prominent Republicans do.

41 posted on 01/05/2012 9:17:45 PM PST by reardensteel
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To: jazusamo

I know. I figured that out. I was a supporter of his when he ran for Congress. Thanks Jaz.


42 posted on 01/05/2012 9:19:21 PM PST by Mountain Mary (Awaken Oh America...)
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To: inspector

Good Points. 100% true conservative should love Ron Paul. The truth is many “so called” conservatives could not function without government in their lives. Ron Paul is so far to the right that most think he is a nut. Today the government is in everybody business unlike 75 years ago.


43 posted on 01/05/2012 10:25:23 PM PST by Orange1998
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To: mangonc2

44 posted on 01/05/2012 10:33:31 PM PST by Bikkuri
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To: Orange1998
Ron Paul has eccentric detestable views whichmight only play a small role in the Primary but David Axelrod, James Carville, and other Democratic operatives will make them a major focus of their ferocious efforts to depict the GOP as a haven for whack-jobs, religious kooks, cranks, losers, greedy-one-per-centers, and anti-American extremists.

Every additional vote cast for the Mad Doctor in the primaries, every additional delegate he secures, will only help Team Obama in using his prominence in the nomination fight to discredit the entire Republican Party.

...and that's exactly what Paul wants to do....He's a Libertarian...not a Republican....and he's a traitor to the American people for his political views.

45 posted on 01/05/2012 10:50:45 PM PST by caww
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To: caww; All
Everyone who hates Ron Paul, or calls him "crazy" or a "traitor" needs to watch this video. Seriously. Please watch the whole thing.

Ron Paul's 2002 Predictions All Come True - Incredible Video!

46 posted on 01/05/2012 11:29:13 PM PST by incindiary (http://youtu.be/BkpnhCkLK-M)
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To: Qout

“Oil production is a result of national self-interest. Nations produce oil because they want MONEY. If we take away the military, the economic self-interest is still there. The oil production will continue. When it comes to energy security, I am a firm believer in the power of capitalism.”

Your premise is severely flawed. You believe we fought in Iraq for oil. Yet we took none and we got nearly zero oil contracts, as well.

When it comes to energy security, I believe in drilling in the United States.


47 posted on 01/05/2012 11:53:02 PM PST by rbmillerjr (Conservative Economic and National Security Commentary: econus.blogspot.com)
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To: dragnet2
During Bush's term, upwards of 10 million people entered our homeland illegally...During wartime no less. National security?

And the surrender monkey is against putting up a fence to help keep them out.
48 posted on 01/06/2012 2:38:07 AM PST by John D
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To: mangonc2
So...having principles and sticking to them makes Paul a loser and “un-electable”...?

The principles Cut and Run have do. Why would any sane American want to elect an anti-American who blames every problem in the world on America, endorses Cynthia McKinney for president, wants to experiment with perverts in the military, acquires more earmarks than any candidate running, wants to legalize hard core drugs and prostitution, demands under aged girls be allowed to cross state lines in order to receive abortions when they are illegal in the state she lives. A candidate whose foreign policy is appease, appease, and appease some more. Then when appeasement fails just surrender.
Yes the principles the surrender monkey holds makes him a loser and unelectable.
49 posted on 01/06/2012 2:52:51 AM PST by John D
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To: reardensteel
.he actually believes in the constitution

He believes in the parts he likes,, he believes the parts he doesn't like are unconstitutional.
50 posted on 01/06/2012 3:02:21 AM PST by John D
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