Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

Skip to comments.

Ron Paul Emerging as Ross Perotís Doppelganger
David Horowitz's NewsRealblog ^ | Michael Rulle

Posted on 02/21/2010 3:20:54 PM PST by Michael van der Galien

Ron Paul’s straw poll “victory” at last weeks American Conservative Union’s CPAC convention was surprising. It leads one to believe conservatives retain the ability to snap defeat from the jaws of victory this coming Fall. Ann Coulter reflects the opinion of many conservatives when she claims agreement with Ron Paul on almost all issues except for foreign policy goals. Paul, who has Pat Buchanan isolationist tendencies, claims to be an economic libertarian and has many credentials, which support that claim. He is a member, for example, of the Ludwig Von Mises Institute. Von Mises and, later, F.H. Hayek, contributed greatly to the intellectual debate demonstrating the inherent weakness of national central planning as an economic organizing principle. Paul supports smaller government, balanced budgets, less entitlements, and lower taxes. He wants the private sector to drive economic growth. As far as his economic policies are concerned, what’s not to like?

It is difficult to carve an individual’s views up into his component views. They really bleed into each other. But as far as his economic policies are concerned, there are two tendencies that are objectionable: 1) his monetary views; and, 2) his ideological rigidity. This essay will deal with his monetary policies. Part 2 will discuss Paul’s ideological rigidity.

In 2002, Paul gave a speech on the floor of the House seeking to Abolish the Federal Reserve. It is unclear what “problem” this proposed “solution” was designed to fix. One can support the Federal Reserve’s continued existence and still disagree with many of its actions and policies. Conversely, one can even support its abolition but not support Paul’s alternative, which is to have our currency fixed to the price of gold and/or a “basket of commodities”. Intertwined in his House speech was also a small dose of conspiracy thinking.

(Excerpt) Read more at newsrealblog.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 2012gopprimary; cpac; cpac2010; gaypac; paulestinians; ronpaul; rontards; rossperot; thirdparty
Navigation: use the links below to view more comments.
first 1-2021-4041 next last

1 posted on 02/21/2010 3:20:54 PM PST by Michael van der Galien
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | View Replies]

To: Michael van der Galien

My understanding is a bunch of college students skewed this vote so I wouldn’t put much stock in it other than it does show we have a lot of work to do on the campuses.


2 posted on 02/21/2010 3:24:20 PM PST by plain talk
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: rabscuttle385; Bokababe; djsherin; dcwusmc; Captain Kirk; mysterio

ping


3 posted on 02/21/2010 3:26:25 PM PST by bamahead (Few men desire liberty; most men wish only for a just master. -- Sallust)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Michael van der Galien

Everybody seems to be taking this stupid poll seriously. LOL


4 posted on 02/21/2010 3:27:36 PM PST by beckysueb (Scott Brown is a start. Lets keep it going.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Michael van der Galien
I think Rush used to refer to Ross Perot as a hand grenade with a bad haircut.

Ron Paul would be as a hand grenade with a REALLY bad haircut.

5 posted on 02/21/2010 3:28:14 PM PST by Never on my watch (NEA - Tenure or death)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Michael van der Galien

A vote for Ross will Guarantee 4 more years of Obama !


6 posted on 02/21/2010 3:30:50 PM PST by ATOMIC_PUNK (Any man may make a mistake ; none but a fool will persist in it . { Latin proverb })
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Michael van der Galien
Here's the significance of H. Ross Perot:

In a year with Ronald Reagan's VP in the White House, and the very popular Bent One on the Democratic ticket, a paranoid dwarf got nineteen million votes for President, based on his warnings about out-of-control government spending.

A real politician, with a conservative agenda, who rejected both parties "business as usual", would win in a landslide.

7 posted on 02/21/2010 3:31:24 PM PST by Jim Noble (Hu's the communist?)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: plain talk
Exactly, this straw was nonsense and the usual crap pulled off by college kids.
These pundits and bloggers have so little to write about they take a easily manipulated poll by Ron Paul college nutters and blow it out of proportion.
8 posted on 02/21/2010 3:33:31 PM PST by ncalburt (San Fran Nan , Your Harvey Milk was gunned down by a fellow Dem-RAT)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: Michael van der Galien

The Ron Paul supporters were planning this as far back as April last year. Just Google it and you’ll find their tracks all over the web.


9 posted on 02/21/2010 3:33:34 PM PST by BigSkyFreeper ("Ked Tennedy would have been plowed... I mean, proud today..." - Senator Max Baucus (Drunk-MT))
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Jim Noble

No he wouldn’t. Pat Buchanan ran on a conservative agenda and got like 0.01% of the vote. 77-year-old Paul would not fare any better.


10 posted on 02/21/2010 3:36:22 PM PST by streetpreacher (Arminian by birth, Calvinist by the grace of God)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 7 | View Replies]

To: Michael van der Galien



11 posted on 02/21/2010 3:37:03 PM PST by SandRat (Duty, Honor, Country! What else needs said?)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Michael van der Galien

Bunch of kids voting. Libertarianism is something that appeals to immature minds that have been educated beyond their intelligence and wisdom. Hopefully they grow out of it. Some never do.


12 posted on 02/21/2010 3:40:35 PM PST by mc5cents
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Michael van der Galien
Ron Paula, does not have a chance to win an election..I really hope he doesn't mess it up for a good candidate..Look what happened, if Ross Perot had not of run Clinton would never have been elected..So if these people want another Obama or the same Obama in the white house then by all means Ron Paul is your man to do that..
13 posted on 02/21/2010 3:43:08 PM PST by PLD
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Michael van der Galien

Yup — “conservatives” WILL snatch defeat from the jaws of victory if Ron Paul becomes the Republican nominee for President in 2012 — or the acknowleged front runner in the run up to the midterms.

This will only demonstrate that many who call themselves “conservatives” are either [extreme] Libertarian posers or reactionaries — NOT principled Conservatives. We don’t need “knee-jerk” conservatism — all it does is react emotionally, and too often irrationally. And Libertarians, while great on most economic matters, invite disaster on foreign policy and national defense.

Beware Conservatives. Abandon your principles to satisfy your emotional desires and you will not only lose, you will doom the country.


14 posted on 02/21/2010 3:44:40 PM PST by patriot preacher (To be a good American Citizen and a Christian IS NOT a contradiction. (www.mygration.blogspot.com))
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Michael van der Galien

My son while he was in college, Economics and Finance, was at a conference at the Von Mises institute and had dinner with one of his professors (a friend of Ron Paul)and Ron Paul.
His comment on the dinner was that Ron Paul was a really nice guy, very bright but completely nuts. He liked him but wouldn’t vote for him.


15 posted on 02/21/2010 3:44:53 PM PST by A Strict Constructionist (How long before we are forced to refresh the Tree of Liberty? Sic semper tryannis)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: plain talk
Same as going on one of those on-line polls. This is of no value.
16 posted on 02/21/2010 3:46:08 PM PST by Recon Dad ( USMC SSgt Patrick O - 3rd Afghanistan Deployment - Day 124)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: Michael van der Galien
Yeah. But without Perot's apparent homespun common sense. The only thing Ron Paul seems to understand for sure is the problem with our paper money. That's not enough. We have other enemies out there, and Ron Paul doesn't seem to understand.

ML/NJ

17 posted on 02/21/2010 3:50:16 PM PST by ml/nj
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: mc5cents
It is disjointed and idiotic Utopian thinking that is a poor sister to the left that it is closer to in ideology then conservatism.

It is a parasite that can never live on its own so tries to latch onto anything conservative for support.
It needs to rot alongside its other failed liberal belief systems.

18 posted on 02/21/2010 3:54:21 PM PST by Carlrob
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 12 | View Replies]

To: Michael van der Galien

I bet I’m the only one here who’s been in Ross Perot’s house, pool and gymnasium.

I was 12.


19 posted on 02/21/2010 3:58:44 PM PST by mgstarr ("Some of us drink because we're not poets." Arthur (1981))
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: ATOMIC_PUNK
A vote for Ross will Guarantee 4 more years of Obama !

CORRECT

I consider myself a Tea Party man and support most of the things Ron Paul does. However, I see my mission not as a third party but as a force to bring the Republican party back to its roots as in the Regan Years.

20 posted on 02/21/2010 4:01:11 PM PST by cpdiii (Oil Field Trash, Geologist, Pilot, Pharmacist. THE CONSTITUTION IS WORTH DYING FOR)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 6 | View Replies]


Navigation: use the links below to view more comments.
first 1-2021-4041 next last

Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.

Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

FreeRepublic, LLC, PO BOX 9771, FRESNO, CA 93794
FreeRepublic.com is powered by software copyright 2000-2008 John Robinson