reply to post by Togetic
Look dude (?).I could probably dig around and find plenty of things about each of the other candidates that would be enough, in your terms, to not let
them anywhere near the presidency.
The FACT of the matter is that Congressman Paul has, for his entire tenure in office, been fighting for the people's rights, and what is allowed for
in the Constitution. Nothing more, nothing less.
The point is, here we have a man who has an extraordinary career in public and private life. OB/GYN for 30 years in "hometown America," a man who
hasa wife of 50 years
, 5 kids and 18 grandkids. We have a family man, a genuinely good man, and one who understands the poicies that are
dangerous and/or destructive to the American way of life; "The American Dream" is now just that. The Republicans elected Bush to do just what "Dr.
No," as they call him on Capital Hill, intends to do. Restrict and reduce the powers of the federal government, cut spending, balance the budget,
have a strong national defense (what could be stronger than having our army - here's a novel notion - in our own country
?), protect our civil
liberties and our rights as citizens of the country that our Founding Fathers bled to create, cut taxes, and give the power to make and enforce laws
not provided for in the Constitution to the States -- the way it is SUPPOSED to be.
Whether or not he missed a moderately racist diatribe - that was a popular sentiment at the time, whether people want to admit it or not - in a
"newsletter" that just happened to bear his name is a non-issue for me. There are a million videos on youtube that bear Ron Paul's and every other
candidate's names; are we to blame them personally for the contents of those as well? Hell no, people can record and post whatever the hell they want
on youtube and no one gives a flip. Likewise, I'm sure the candidates' websites and bulletins aren't hand-prepared; do you think they go over every
word? And they
are in the race? Of course they don't, and realistically if one of the people who does has the inclination, did write something
nasty, the candidate would say "well I wan't involved, I'm sorry," and ostensibly everyone would say "awwww, that's OK. Just don't so it
again." Look at Billy and his Cigars!!
So you're telling me a man who cheats on his wife, and a wife that allows her husband to cheat on her, are fit for office? Pffffft. And that's just
the tip of the iceberg with those two.
My point is, he has acknowledged the mistake, he has reiterated that he does indeed repudiate that message, and he has offered as much an apology that
is required of him, I think.
What more would you have him do? Declare himself unfit for office and give up?
Whether the media likes it or not - however they try to paint him as "unelectable," he is the most Republican of all the Republican candidates
running, and he has the support of most of the people, if you want to talk policies. The problem is they don't know his policies and the media is
trying to make sure they don't. They don't want him in office because he can't be bought
A man with integrity, principle, and strong character in the White House would be the writing on the wall for the lot of them.
However, the rich stand to benefit even more from removal of the IRS and cutting the Income Tax than the poor. That would go a long way to fill
people's pockets back up, and everyone likes that. The issue is Control vs. Liberty.
I've said it before, I'll say it again: They are scared of him and grasping at straws to discredit him. Their most powerful tool, as it has
been, is to keep the American people in the dark as to what is really happening. It's their bread and butter. But we have strategies in
place to try to deal with that, and I think (at least I hope with all the hope that I have) that in the end, the issue of "non-electability" will be
a preposterous one and people will see that not only is Ron Paul "electable," but that he is indeed the best person for the job.
Answer me this: Why would he be "unelectable?" Please be specific.
[edit on 1/12/08 by The Axeman]