reply to post by ModernAcademia
I don't think Ron Paul is going to get elected mainly on the fact that people don't want to actually want to go through with his policies. I think
Paul's stances on the wars and possibly even drugs are the only things he'll have in common with the general population. Once you get to eliminating
of minimum wage, medicare, social security, and the allowance of states to fully dictate social issues like abortion, you're going to lose the vote
of most the population, and you can shape that whichever way you want. I'm sure he'll play down many of his policies to attract a wide array of
votes, as of recent, he's been softer on medicare
, but he's prior views will come back to him, believe you me.
Republican voters in general are not ignorant of who Ron Paul is in general. From personal experience I have not met a conservative voter who doesn't
know who Paul is, my father knows who he is, some of my friends who happen to be Romney supporters, know who Paul is. Many of them think he's extreme
even for them, and I agree. I mean when you get down to it, the policies of Bachmann, Perry, romney and Paul, aside from the wars, they are not that
much different. The only real differences is that Paul will actually go through with what he talks about on his campaign, the others are just using
these policies as campaign slogans. Truth is, when conservatives, in particular, tea partiers, yap on about the evils of socialism,, they don't mean
ending medicare and social security, many don't want to go through with that. When candidates yap on about the evils of big government and government
regulation, they don't mean you should actually eliminate minimum wage. They don't want a politician that will actually do these things. They'll
insist they do, and proudly march against these programmes, but they don't really want to go through with it. This is why republicans in general try
not to touch medicare and other programmes, they try not to venture to far. Paul Ryans budget was a closest to what Ron Paul would have done and
supported, but then again republicans knew Paul ryans budget wouldn't gain support, if it actually did, I doubt they'd go for it in full. Despite
Ron Pauls showing in the somewhat insignificant straw poll, most conservative voters still do not want to vote for him, and if you translate this to
independents and some swing liberal voters, forget it, really.
He's not electable, and I'll put my bottom dollar on that. I must say though, Ron Paul has gained far more exposure in the media. If he loses next
year, Paulers cannot complain that he was unfairly done by a group of masked men sitting around the table because at the end, the voters make the
decisions in the end.