Why Majority of Americans does not want Ron Paul

Ron Paul holds up a mirror that shows Americans what's wrong with this country, and it works against him.

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Ron Paul is the American Conscious No One wants to look at

A short while ago I was having lunch at the Amelia River Golf Grill with my dear good friend Shaun, who is a true blooded conservative, but one with a very educated and informed reasoning. Just as many Americans, he seems irritated and annoyed by the lack of political options, yet refuses to accept a political veteran like Ron Paul as an electable entity.

Of course Paul is not your typical run of the mill candidate. He is the only one of the candidates who truly understands economics, the value of smaller government, the values that made this country great, the wider implications of replacing the constitution with the phobophobia of the U.S. Patriot Act. And most importantly in today’s political environment Ron Paul has never in a long career flip flopped on his core values and opinions, just to fit the moment.

As an economist I do understand that Americans fear to embrace his desire to return the US dollar to the gold standard, which Nixon abandoned in 1971, a fact that over the past 40 years singlehandedly facilitated and fueled the enormous debt driven growth of our economy.
Most Americans hope and believe that collectively we can still kick the can of economic demise down the road for another couple of decades and if not, that our military will be powerful enough to acquire what we need.

To sum up Ron Paul’s positions is quite simple:
– anti tax and in favor of smaller government
– less government meddling in lives and businesses
– wants to get rid of Federal Reserve and go back on the gold standard, a philosophical  issue that very few Americans and more importantly media pundits understand, it is the only long term solution to a healthy economy
– against war and un-provoked meddling in world affairs
– as an obstetrician he is mostly pro-life and a strong believer in personal responsibility and has a lifelong track record of delivering babies and helping people without money to pay for it
– he is truly a free market proponent who doesn’t believe in too big to fail companies or any kind of subsidies to them. Paul knows what a business is, and does not sugarcoat their objectives. He wants business to prove their existential rights and merits in the market place where the consumer decides.
– He wants media to be educated in the topics, responsible and accountable …and that of course may very well be his downfall, especially since it might explain why Americans don’t see Ron Paul as a viable entity.
The Media make the King and have so since Kennedy won the 1960 TV debates against Nixon. That’s how America is coin operated these days.

So why not Ron Paul ?

I can’t say it doesn’t baffle me, that voters claim they won’t vote for him because  “He wants to bring the troops back home!” The polled biggest reason why Voters turn away from Ron Paul is when they hear he’s anti-interventionism and that he thinks the way not to get into so many wars is to not have troops stationed in so many different nations. He wants to shrink the military by giving the Pentagon a rational mission. He wants it to focus on defending the U.S. and not worry about our ability to “project our power” around the globe.

US_military_bases_in_the_world

Countries in the world with US Military Basis

Countries where US contributes to NATO partnership

Say again America, what’s your reason for not voting for Ron Paul?

Do me a favor and name one thing we’ve actually gained from the ability to “project power.” Oh I’m sure you can, even if the reasons are regional and petty, like for example the economic impact of the military here in the Greater Jacksonville Area. Balance whatever you consider the value of that impact against what we’ve paid for it in terms of both human life and its huge role in bankrupting our government over the last 70 years.
Once you’ve done that, you may want to circumvent the media’s opinion and give another thought to Ron Paul. You may still not vote for him, but at least you haven’t fallen for the oldest trick in the political book, which is to leave you full of fear that your ultimate vote may not match your expectation down the road.  A lot of 2008 voters must be wondering right about now, where their vote got them.

In any case I suggested to my friend at lunch that the United States has grown far beyond the capabilities and talents of one person to comprehend or manage in a single pyramid structure. I suggested that Mitt Romney, the squeaky clean, good looking, religious business man candidate and surefire future winner of the Republican primaries, even if for no other reason than lack of other options, should already now team up with Ron Paul as his vice president with the contractual understanding that Paul runs the economy in all its aspects and Romney deals with the rest. Beauty and the Brain what a concept.

Yet I’m going to leave you with another brain teaser. The anti Romney votes in the Republican Party are currently split between the remaining hopefuls.  After Perry, Gingrich, Santorum and Huntsman get out of the race, Paul will probably take their anti Romney votes, because the people in New Hampshire got it clearly when asked to name the candidate with the most moral character. 40 percent chose Paul – more than Perry, Santorum and Gingrich combined.  Interesting.

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7 Comments

  1. Ameliaprivateeye

    Paul has always been my favorite candidate… and you are right; the media doesn’t give him an equal share of “serious” attention.

  2. Anonymous

    Since our lunch discussion
    about Ron Paul, I have contemplated your thought provoking
    questions/discussion. During the Christmas holiday I was blessed to spend time
    with my son, daughter and son-in-law (30 somethings). My son, Brandon, is
    actively campaigning for Ron Paul. (Most discussions quickly lead to ‘why
    electing Ron will fix this or that problem.’) Clearly, Ron is the most honest
    candidate – period! No BS, no waffling ~ a clear, concise and consistent
    message. Very refreshing! I agree with every part of his economic, smaller
    government platform.

    While I long for the James
    Redfield vision of a world working together, our world still has hostile
    zealots like Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Kim Jong-un or, worse, leaderless nuclear powers like Pakistan. Ron’s
    approach of closing foreign bases, withdrawing all our troops to the homeland
    and significantly shrinking our military does not leave the USA adequately
    prepared for the world today. As we speak, Iran has started provocative &
    dangerous hostility toward our navy. They have threatened to close the straits
    of Hormuz; an act that will double the cost of oil creating worldwide economic
    chaos. Unless they relent, we could be at war: tomorrow! Paul’s foreign policy
    scares me.

    The most refreshing part of
    my discussions with younger voters is their disillusion and distrust for the
    current president. While O’Bumble may not be the antichrist, his divisiveness,
    pessimistic leadership, promotion of class warfare and decisions based only on furthering
    his political capitol make him the worst president in modern history. The
    reason our economy is doing so poorly is because he a sucked-up all the
    optimism, leaving business owners scared to add employees for fear of more
    costly regulation or increased taxes.

    Ron Paul will get my vote at
    the upcoming primary. Not because I expect him to win, clearly Mit Romney will
    be the candidate. With the chance that Florida will have ‘proportional delegate
    allocation’ my vote will strengthen Paul’s ability to influence the Republican
    Party. I agree with you that the smartest move Mit could make is making Ron his
    Vice Presidential candidate and give him a leadership role over domestic
    policy. Not only would it be tremendous for our County, it would help shore-up
    the youth vote and libertarian vote … the 20% of the population that
    passionately support Ron Paul. It is critical that we change presidents this
    Fall, four more years of this crap will destroy our great Country.

    Our country succeeds on
    capitalism and we need someone who knows how to run a business. For the first
    time in history, our debt is now larger than our Gross National Product. It is
    a good time to consider Ron Paul’s radical reduction in the size and scope of
    the Federal Government.
    Thanks  – good friends are not the people that agree with you …. they are the ones that force you to think.

  3. Anonymous

    Since our lunch discussion
    about Ron Paul, I have contemplated your thought provoking
    questions/discussion. During the Christmas holiday I was blessed to spend time
    with my son, daughter and son-in-law (30 somethings). My son, Brandon, is
    actively campaigning for Ron Paul. (Most discussions quickly lead to ‘why
    electing Ron will fix this or that problem.’) Clearly, Ron is the most honest
    candidate – period! No BS, no waffling ~ a clear, concise and consistent
    message. Very refreshing! I agree with every part of his economic, smaller
    government platform.

    While I long for the James
    Redfield vision of a world working together, our world still has hostile
    zealots like Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Kim Jong-un or, worse, leaderless nuclear powers like Pakistan. Ron’s
    approach of closing foreign bases, withdrawing all our troops to the homeland
    and significantly shrinking our military does not leave the USA adequately
    prepared for the world today. As we speak, Iran has started provocative &
    dangerous hostility toward our navy. They have threatened to close the straits
    of Hormuz; an act that will double the cost of oil creating worldwide economic
    chaos. Unless they relent, we could be at war: tomorrow! Paul’s foreign policy
    scares me.

    The most refreshing part of
    my discussions with younger voters is their disillusion and distrust for the
    current president. While O’Bumble may not be the antichrist, his divisiveness,
    pessimistic leadership, promotion of class warfare and decisions based only on furthering
    his political capitol make him the worst president in modern history. The
    reason our economy is doing so poorly is because he a sucked-up all the
    optimism, leaving business owners scared to add employees for fear of more
    costly regulation or increased taxes.

    Ron Paul will get my vote at
    the upcoming primary. Not because I expect him to win, clearly Mit Romney will
    be the candidate. With the chance that Florida will have ‘proportional delegate
    allocation’ my vote will strengthen Paul’s ability to influence the Republican
    Party. I agree with you that the smartest move Mit could make is making Ron his
    Vice Presidential candidate and give him a leadership role over domestic
    policy. Not only would it be tremendous for our County, it would help shore-up
    the youth vote and libertarian vote … the 20% of the population that
    passionately support Ron Paul. It is critical that we change presidents this
    Fall, four more years of this crap will destroy our great Country.

    Our country succeeds on
    capitalism and we need someone who knows how to run a business. For the first
    time in history, our debt is now larger than our Gross National Product. It is
    a good time to consider Ron Paul’s radical reduction in the size and scope of
    the Federal Government.
    Thanks  – good friends are not the people that agree with you …. they are the ones that force you to think.

  4. Anonymous

    Ergo my proposed discussion: consider changing the constitution and have a real division in tasks between President and Vice President. Clearly foreign affairs is a little rose colored in Ron Paul’s approach. The essence of my thoughts are to prepare for the future with big ideas rather than bandaids. Just my contribution. Thanks for accepting my challenge and rising to the occasion.

  5. Anonymous

    When I was a youngster, I always thought the winner should be the President and whomever came in second the VP. LOL Maybe not a bad idea after all.

  6. Don Childers

    Two points of contention with an otherwise excellent article.

    1) Ron Paul’s ‘gold standard’ issue is somewhat misconstrued. What he actually argues for is competing currencies; allow commodity and gold-backed private currencies to circulate alongside Fed-created fiat money and let the market decide which it prefers over time.

    2) His non-interventionist policies mean the troops come home and are stationed in the US, where their salaries, base rents and other expenses flow back into local US economies, instead of into the economies of Japan, Germany, and the other places we have troops stationed. Those countries can afford their own defense; no reason for US taxpayers to foot the bill. Not to mention the lives of our troops lost in fruitless attempts to “instill democracy” in societies that aren’t ready for it.

    We can project force anywhere in the world in 24 hours, and have troops on the ground in 72. Let them stay with their families on American soil until they’re needed.

    And thanks to Judie for inviting me into the discussion.

  7. Anonymous

    Appreciate the input and the two points of contention. On the Gold Standard issue you are right, but it confuses the bejesus out of Americans even though in isolated communities throughout the Nation competing currencies are already a fact, although still experimental. Ron Paul wants to actually get rid of the Federal Reserve (Evil Empire) and I totally support that idea, since the institution has slowly and methodically moved this country away from being a republic into becoming an empire, leading to the inevitable consequence of large government and negative budgets.

    On your second contention – lack of space prevented me from telling the story that I grew up in the Easter part of South Limburg in the Netherlands, directly on the border with Germany. NATO put in the Allied Forces Headquarters (Afcent) on thousands of acres of a previous coal mine in 1967. They moved tens of thousands of soldiers of every branch of the military to our “neighborhood”. The impact on the regional economy was massive, but I realize that most of the cost came at the expense of the US Taxpayer, the largest contributor to NATO.

    And as to your remark on “instilling democracy”; the internet, Twitter and iPhone have done more to instill democracy in the past few year, than the US military in two centuries. Just consider last year’s Islamic Spring around the Mediterranean Sea. May not necessarily be what “we” wanted, but even democracy has several flavors.
    Thanks for becoming part of the discussion.

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