Paul: The Strongest Man in the World?
Ron Paul is
an enemy of the people. That is, in a literary sense. In 1882, Norwegian
Ibsen penned a tragicomedy that, in many ways, mirrors Dr. Ron
Paul's political career.
of the People' addresses the irrational tendencies of the masses,
and the hypocritical and corrupt nature of the political system
that they support. It is the story of one brave man's struggle
to do the right thing and speak the truth in the face of extreme
social intolerance," according
of the play, Dr. Stockmann, "is taunted and denounced as a lunatic,
an 'Enemy of the People.'" In the end, the well-intentioned doctor
loses his friends and reputation, but emboldens himself with these
words: the strongest man in the world is the man who stands
I'm ashamed to admit, I dismissed Ron Paul as a crazy old man. Of
course, I did so without listening to anything that Dr. Paul had
said or reading anything that he wrote. I was parroting what I heard
from others (they were probably doing the same).
the financial crisis of 2008, and I was led down a rabbit hole.
The political response to the crisis (bailouts, opacity, rewarding
failure) did not sit well with me I became obsessed with
Reserve and the track
record of U.S. politicians. Within months, I had disavowed political
parties (may the best man, or woman, win) and taken an interest
in Mr. End the Fed, Ron Paul.
All the Time (or, Interest Rates are Tough to Predict)
Paul opposed the war in Iraq in 2002, he was a vocal minority.
Unfortunately, his concerns proved valid.
In the same
Paul warned of a housing bubble and went so far as to introduce
legislation intended to limit taxpayer exposure to Fannie Mae and
Freddie Mac (the bill never made it past a committee led by
Rep. Mike Oxley and minority ranking member, Rep. Barney Frank).
foes both Republican and Democrat would like to portray
him as a stopped clock (unwavering, and only accurate a small percentage
of the time), this is simply not the case.
In a speech
before Congress, Paul confessed his fears of how America might change
in the next five to 10 years. A
decade later his warnings seem a lot less crazy, rather, heartfelt
of Conservatism and Liberalism?
In 2004, Dr.
Keith Poole a political science professor at the University
of Georgia ranked
3,320 politicians (who have held office anytime between 1937-2002)
from most liberal to most conservative. Ronald Reagan ranked as
77th most conservative, Barry Goldwater, 50th.
Ron Paul ranked
So how can
it be that GOP voters (as polled
by Rasmussen) view Ron Paul as the least conservative of the
GOP candidates? Or that pundits
like Dick Morris have referred to Dr. Paul as a left-wing radical.
I offer this assessment:
have forgotten what conservatism once meant:
This is the
platform that Republican
Congressman Howard Buffett (#40) Warren Buffett's father
once stood on, and this is the platform that Ron Paul stands
is important to note that by conserving the powers of the federal
government, this allows for liberal ideas to flourish (should the
people of individual states want them to).
rights aren't perfect far from.
Paul's strict interpretation of the Constitution, states
could impose ridiculous, backwards laws that restrict
personal freedom. These states, however, would probably suffer an
exodus of talented individuals (or the government would soon be
states' rights are a form of antitrust act it's much easier
to escape to one of 49 other states than it is to abandon your citizenship
in the face of oppressive federal laws. It's also what our Founding
Fathers had in mind.
the resources and finances of the Republic,
the lives of American troops, and
the powers of the federal government.
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January 18, 2012
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