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Person of the Year: Ron Paul
American Conservative ^ | 2009-12-17 | Jack Hunter aka Southern Avenger

Posted on 12/17/2009 9:55:34 PM PST by rabscuttle385

People often mistake being named Time’s “Person of the Year” as an honor, but that men as sinister as Adolph Hitler, Josef Stalin and Rudy Giuliani have all been given the title suggests otherwise. According to Time, the award is primarily a recognition of influence and by that measure the 2009 selection of Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke makes sense. Explains Time, the Fed is “an independent government agency that conducts monetary policy, which means it sets short-term interest rates - which means it has immense influence over inflation, unemployment, the strength of the dollar and the strength of your wallet.” Powerful and influential indeed.

But using Time’s reasoning, the same award could have been given to Alan Greenspan, Paul Volcker or any other chairman in the history of the Fed. It is amusing that if simply being in charge of the powerful institution warrants such recognition, a Fed Chairman has now received it during a time of serious economic downturn and Bernanke likely won the award because his celebrity had been elevated due to the economy going south. It’s sort of like giving special recognition to Tiger Woods for making so many headlines recently, while ignoring that it is his personal recklessness and infidelity that has contributed most to his career and marriage going south.

So instead of giving props to Fed chairman who’ve screwed up the economy, why not praise someone who’s spent his entire career opposing the central bank, not to mention being ahead of the curve-often alone–on some of the most pressing political issues of our day? In terms of elevated profile and increased influence, it’s hard to imagine a better candidate worth recognizing as “Person of the Year” than Texas Congressman Ron Paul.

For starters, Paul agrees with Time that Bernanke should be “Person of the Year,” because he truly is “the most powerful man in the world.” Paul notes that Bernanke can “create a trillion dollars in secret without any monitoring of the Congress, so there’s no transparency, and I think he’s more powerful than the president.” And yet for years, decades even, Paul was virtually alone on Capitol Hill in calling to rein in the Fed. Today, the once “extreme” notion of auditing the Federal Reserve has become mainstream amongst Republicans and more than a few Democrats, due in no-small-part to Paul’s lead. Reports the Houston Chronicle:

“As odd as it may seem, (Paul) has become one of the most influential Republicans in a capital city dominated by liberal Democrats… The subject that has brought him to prominence is the same issue that subjected him to ridicule from establishment Republicans for years: his long-standing opposition to the nation’s monetary system and the Federal Reserve Board that prints money and controls its supply. ‘On economic matters, he was seen as a way outside the mainstream,’ University of Houston political scientist Richard Murray said. ‘His views were somewhat 19th century in the view of a lot of economists.’ Well, they say history repeats itself, and suddenly Paul’s “19th-century” thinking seems appealing to those suffering through the first economic meltdown of the 21st century.”

While many now embrace Paul’s “fringe” thinking on the Fed, many Americans have also migrated closer to the Congressman’s thinking on foreign policy. When during the George W. Bush years, the Republican Party exchanged its traditional limited government rhetoric to advocate for war, Paul vocally opposed nation building in Afghanistan and the invasion of Iraq, ventures he believed were unjustified, unwinnable and too costly. When running for president in 2008, many saw Paul as simply the antiwar Republican, a seemingly oddball position at the time, particularly amongst a field of GOP candidates whose platforms consisted mainly of trying to outdo each other in their enthusiasm for war.

And yet as Obama continues with an almost identical foreign policy agenda as Bush, polls show that many Americans-including many Republicans-are now war weary and skeptical as to what the US endgame might be in the Middle East. Many are realizing there probably is no real “end” or no true “victory” in Afghanistan or Iraq. And many now realize that Paul had been right all along.

Given the anxiety over economic downturn and costly military overstretch, it is not farfetched to say that popular American opinion is likely now closer to Paul’s thinking on those two major issues than that of either major party nominee for president in 2008 and particularly President Obama, whose poll numbers continue to plummet. Says the Houston Chronicle “it’s not that Paul has gone mainstream. Rather, the mainstream has gone Paul-ite.”

Not bad for a guy who just two years ago was considered persona non grata by his own party. And not bad for a man who continues to change hearts and minds, not because of any grand strategy or particular political savvy, but mostly because against overwhelming odds–he’s refused to change one bit.


TOPICS: Candidates
KEYWORDS: 2009review; antimilitary; apaulling; apaulogia; apaulogist; fascistsdeplorepaul; manoftheyear; murthaclone; paulbearers; paulestinians; paultards; ronpaul; southernavenger

1 posted on 12/17/2009 9:55:35 PM PST by rabscuttle385
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To: djsherin; bamahead
*Ping!*
2 posted on 12/17/2009 9:55:54 PM PST by rabscuttle385 (Purge the RINOs! * http://restoretheconstitution.ning.com/)
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To: rabscuttle385
Who, this guy?

< donning flame retardant suit >

3 posted on 12/17/2009 10:01:33 PM PST by Uncle Miltie (If you need a < / sarc> tag, you're not paying attention.)
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To: rabscuttle385

Okay, he’d be better than Obama: but that ain’t saying much.


4 posted on 12/17/2009 10:10:01 PM PST by period end of story (Give me a firm spot, and I will move the world.)
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To: rabscuttle385

Ron Paul is the new Pat Paulson.


5 posted on 12/17/2009 10:10:43 PM PST by Darkwolf377 (Godspeed, T, on your fourth tour of duty in Iraq.)
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6 posted on 12/17/2009 10:16:04 PM PST by Reagan Man ("In this present crisis, government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem.")
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To: rabscuttle385

Ho, hum!!!!!


7 posted on 12/17/2009 10:17:20 PM PST by SoldierDad (Proud Dad of a U.S. Army Infantry Soldier whose wife is expecting twins SONS.)
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To: rabscuttle385

The man is the only Constitutionalist in Congress and has to date lived up to his promise that he would “never vote for legislation unless the proposed measure is expressly authorized by the Constitution” and still a majority of Freepers consider him crazy. Just goes to show how far the “Conservative Right” has moved towards the center.


8 posted on 12/17/2009 10:30:51 PM PST by WackySam (To argue with a man who has renounced his reason is like giving medicine to the dead.)
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To: WackySam
Unless I'm missing something major..........Ron Paul has less of a chance at a political career in high office than Captain Kangaroo.
9 posted on 12/17/2009 10:51:54 PM PST by NoRedTape
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To: rabscuttle385

Ron Paul got railroaded because Rush and Hannity didn’t like his stance on Iraq.

He was the most conservative candidate in the last election and the attacks came from the right.

Rush and Hannity wouldn’t allow themselves to be wrong on Iraq. Therefore, anyone that didn’t support us going into Iraq had to be labeled looney by them.


10 posted on 12/17/2009 11:02:22 PM PST by boycott
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To: Uncle Miltie

In 1913 these United States were recolonized into the British Empire through the enactment of the federal reserve Act.


11 posted on 12/17/2009 11:11:47 PM PST by usshadley (Orwell was an Optimist)
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To: boycott

.........Ah, because Rush and Sean WEREN’T wrong on Iraq. As far as Ron Paul goes, how’s that “truther” aspect coming along for him? Please.


12 posted on 12/17/2009 11:16:19 PM PST by NoRedTape
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To: Uncle Miltie

LOL


13 posted on 12/17/2009 11:27:19 PM PST by F15Eagle (1 John 5:4-5, 4:15, John 11:25, 14:6, 1 Tim 2:5, John 3:17-18, John 20:31, 1 John 5:13, John 6:69)
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To: WackySam

The man is the only Constitutionalist in Congress and has to date lived up to his promise that he would “never vote for legislation unless the proposed measure is expressly authorized by the Constitution” and still a majority of Freepers consider him crazy. Just goes to show how far the “Conservative Right” has moved towards the center.

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Agreed.

I’m guessing Ron Paul was/is anti-war, not because he is a wimp, but because like the Federal Reserve itself, the war’s main purpose, like all the pork and wasteful spending, is to drain our treasury.


14 posted on 12/17/2009 11:27:46 PM PST by ROTB (40% get gubmint money. Public Option vs. Insurance: Armed men at my door demanding payment.)
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To: WackySam
Just goes to show how far the “Conservative Right” has moved towards the center.

Towards the center?

Nah...more like towards the left.

Just look at the most recent Republican administration, the first to face a throughly Republican-controlled Congress since Coolidge.

Except, unlike Coolidge, who actually reduced the size of the Federal government and its debt and spending, the most recent Republican administration engaged in "compassionate conservatism" and outspent all its predecessors.

The fact of the matter is that...

No Republican since Coolidge has ever reduced the size of the Federal government and its spending and debt.

Reagan tried but faced a barely Republican-controlled Senate and a Democrat-controlled House.

And unless we find another Coolidge or another Reagan and pair him/her with throughly libertarian conservatives, and quickly, then we're screwed.

15 posted on 12/17/2009 11:34:08 PM PST by rabscuttle385 (Purge the RINOs! * http://restoretheconstitution.ning.com/)
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To: boycott; Jim Robinson
Rush and Hannity had it right! As did Free Republic.

"In our continuing fight for freedom, for America and our constitution and against totalitarianism, socialism, tyranny, terrorism, etc., Free Republic stands firmly on the side of right, i.e., the conservative side. Believing that the best defense is a strong offense, we (myself and those whom I'm trying to attract to FR) support the strategy of taking the fight to the enemy as opposed to allowing the enemy the luxury of conducting their attacks on us at home on their terms and on their schedule."Link

"Ron Paul and his flaming antiwar spam monkeys can Kiss my Ass!!"

~~~ Jim Robinson, Sept, 30, 2007

Ditto, Jim.

Ron Paul's libertarian beliefs on foreign policy and international affairs are naive and dangerous, and no different then the liberal Democratic Party agenda. Paul voted against the 2002 Iraq war resolution and has continually opposed both the Iraq and Afghan wars. He opposed the Patriot Act and enhanced interrogation and voted against funding for our troops fighting the Islamofacists. Also, Paul supports bringing ALL US troops home and blames America for 911.

Paul is not only loony, he belongs in a straight jacket and heavily medicated. A first class crackpot!

16 posted on 12/18/2009 12:13:58 AM PST by Reagan Man ("In this present crisis, government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem.")
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To: rabscuttle385
And unless we find another Coolidge or another Reagan and pair him/her with throughly libertarian conservatives, and quickly, then we're screwed.

It's tough these days to figure out who hates the libertarian right more; socialists or the fiscally (un)conservative neocons.

17 posted on 12/18/2009 12:49:09 AM PST by Swing_Thought (The doorstep to the temple of wisdom is a knowledge of our own ignorance. - Benjamin Franklin)
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To: Reagan Man

good one


18 posted on 12/18/2009 1:17:42 AM PST by F15Eagle (1 John 5:4-5, 4:15, John 11:25, 14:6, 1 Tim 2:5, John 3:17-18, John 20:31, 1 John 5:13, John 6:69)
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To: Reagan Man
Also, Paul supports bringing ALL US troops home

Most of them should come home. Why do we have bases in England, France, Germany, etc? Can you give 1 good reason to leave those open?

and blames America for 911.

That's not a fair assessment of what he has said. Paul believes, and he is correct, that our foreign policy will have some blow back. We can't go around the world, do what we want to other countries, and act like everyone will like us.

19 posted on 12/18/2009 2:06:53 AM PST by guitar Josh
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To: rabscuttle385
I love Ron Paul. Every time I see that he's going to be on TV I make sure to tune in.

I also love the way he drives the RINO nutjobs here are FR even more nuts. Every positive comment about Ron Paul lures those cretins out from their holes. That lets me know whose comments are less than worthless.

20 posted on 12/18/2009 2:38:39 AM PST by Rum Tum Tugger
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To: rabscuttle385

No better than Time’s choice: the man has a crippling inability to use tools that are available to deal with reality.

I’ve described it as a stopped digital clock. While a stopped analog clock is right twice a day and some digitals might be right once a day, most electronic, digital clocks are blank-faced and useless.


21 posted on 12/18/2009 2:45:30 AM PST by hocndoc (http://www.LifeEthics.org (I've got a mustard seed and I'm not afraid to use it.))
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To: ROTB

He’d kill us faster than Obama. I turned my back on him in Dallas in ‘07 and I’d do it again.

He won’t vote against abortion in military hospitals so he’d be responsible for untold numbers of deaths.

He would put our men and women in Iraq and Afghanistan in danger as he’s said he’d “march them out the same way the marched in.”

He’s convinced that we are to blame for the hatred of OBL and other Muslims for you, me, and the thousands already killed in jihad.


22 posted on 12/18/2009 2:50:22 AM PST by hocndoc (http://www.LifeEthics.org (I've got a mustard seed and I'm not afraid to use it.))
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To: rabscuttle385

Big lie: “Republican controlled Congress.”

Jumpin’ Jeffers.

“I was always a Democrat” Spectre


23 posted on 12/18/2009 2:58:13 AM PST by hocndoc (http://www.LifeEthics.org (I've got a mustard seed and I'm not afraid to use it.))
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To: Rum Tum Tugger

I love Ron Paul.

I agree. He's one of the very few that is willing to face the fundamental questions of the US' future and how we should approach it.

On FR it's great to see the schisms when his arguments arise, it separates those with preconceived ("conservative") bias to those honest enough to question the principles involved. And that evokes a lot of fear.

Ron Paul really is concerned about the United States' citizens, their responsibilities, and their freedom. One of the few.

I'm a Ron Paul fan because virtually every other national politician is a deceitful self-aggrandizing phony.

24 posted on 12/18/2009 4:10:15 AM PST by jnsun (The Left: the need to manipulate others because of nothing productive to offer.)
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To: boycott

You’re as nutty as Paul, and he is not a conservative.


25 posted on 12/18/2009 6:18:32 AM PST by w. Seymour (Third party advocates are George Soros's useful idiots.)
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To: jnsun
Fundamental questions like defending ourselves against terrorists?

Paul is a phony with his little earmark con game he has going.
26 posted on 12/18/2009 6:29:30 AM PST by w. Seymour (Third party advocates are George Soros's useful idiots.)
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To: rabscuttle385

I’ll make sure my nutbar neighbor who thinks the sun rises and sets on RonPaulo sees this.


27 posted on 12/18/2009 6:31:22 AM PST by Neets
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To: hocndoc

If Paul had won, there would have been another terrorist attack on American soil by now.


28 posted on 12/18/2009 6:35:31 AM PST by w. Seymour (Third party advocates are George Soros's useful idiots.)
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To: hocndoc

He won’t vote against abortion in military hospitals so he’d be responsible for untold numbers of deaths.

***I did not know that.

He would put our men and women in Iraq and Afghanistan in danger as he’s said he’d “march them out the same way the marched in.”

***That’s probably just a metaphor, unless it’s not.

He’s convinced that we are to blame for the hatred of OBL and other Muslims for you, me, and the thousands already killed in jihad.

*** Nah! They’ve hated us since the beginning. We may have pissed them off in Afghanistan to remind them they always hated us.


29 posted on 12/18/2009 9:45:28 AM PST by ROTB (40% get gubmint money. Public Option vs. Insurance: Armed men at my door demanding payment.)
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To: w. Seymour
If Paul had won, there would have been another terrorist attack on American soil by now.

Maybe you missed the Ft Hood terrorist attack?

30 posted on 12/18/2009 10:09:20 AM PST by takenoprisoner (Freedom Watch: fight for freedom with everything you have.)
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To: w. Seymour

You’re as nutty as Paul, and he is not a conservative.


I am not sure you understand what a conservative really is.

As far as me being as nutty as Paul, ..... whatever.


31 posted on 12/18/2009 5:07:37 PM PST by boycott
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To: ROTB

He won’t vote against abortion in military hospitals so he’d be responsible for untold numbers of deaths.

***I did not know that.


Don’t be mislead by spinners. Paul is against abortion more so than any of them.


32 posted on 12/18/2009 5:08:51 PM PST by boycott
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To: NoRedTape

.........Ah, because Rush and Sean WEREN’T wrong on Iraq.


No doubt we should stay the course now that we’ve gone in there. However, I’d prefer to have had more of a balance of power in the middle east. I would have tried to keep it stirred between Iraq and Iran. Saddam wasn’t a threat to the USA.

I don’t believe any other president other than Bush would have gone into Iraq under the circumstances. That’s just my opinion.

Rush and Hannity supported Bush’s decision so anyone disagreeing had to be an idiot. BTW, I like Rush but I don’t agree with him 100% of the time.

Hannity annoys me. He’s still stuck on Bill Ayers and rev. Wright. Maybe he’ll one day wake up and realize those pieces of trash aren’t going to stop idiot Americans from supporting hussein obama.

Rush is original. Hannity whines.


33 posted on 12/18/2009 5:15:43 PM PST by boycott
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To: rabscuttle385

I hope his son, Rand Paul wins the KY Senate seat!


34 posted on 12/19/2009 9:16:29 PM PST by CondoleezzaProtege ("When I survey the wondrous cross...")
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To: boycott

Ron Paul delivered thousands of babies :) and he is most definitely pro-life. :)

I really hope Sarah Palin and him get to have a chat sometime.


35 posted on 12/19/2009 9:42:01 PM PST by CondoleezzaProtege ("When I survey the wondrous cross...")
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