Before everyone freaks out on me let me be very clear.
I am an extreme liberal. I have spent my adult life support fringe candidates. I get it. I also like a lot of what Paul says but.... He will NEVER be
1. His stance on Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid.
People, even people that are dyed in the wool free marketers don't want to get rid of these programs, and even when they DO, they don't say t out
loud because it's politically... well, it's suicide. Paul doesn't even make the economic argument, he makes an ideological argument. That appeals
to about 2% of the population and scares about 60% that benefit from these programs. Not only do I know that, his opponents do as well. If they EVER
decide to take him seriously, they will destroy him with this fact in a few days. National ads saying Ron Paul wants to take away medicine from Granny
and disabled people...? In a heartbeat. It doesn't matter WHY he says these things... he's said them and could be crucified politically, in a
minute, if people were actually scared of him.
2. He's a has been and an outsider.
Folks have been trying to get Paul a bigger stage forever. They manage to increase his appeal, but only by a tiny %. He's had a chance to set the
world on fire and hasn't. The message he's selling is to complex and abstract and too niche. And his personality is not hugely appealing to the
majority of Americans. Look at Obama. No plans, no experience, but it didn't matter, he was new he had huge charisma and he made people excited. Paul
can't do that. And, on top of that, he's not a party insider. The party will NEVER line up behind him because his beliefs are poisons to many of
their own goals.
3. His "past is troubling".
This will blow up in his face... he complains bitterly about "politics" but he's playing in a political system. He tries to hard to
"intellectualise" why his newsletter was racist (which is a whole other issue). His team is incapable of getting ahead of this story, and the other
attacks made on him and in the end, ads about this would easily destroy him. Imagine him again Obama. Obama brings up Ron Paul's newsletters'
racism... Paul tries to shift the blame and say, "I didn't know what was in my own newsletter"... It's political poison and will be used...
No amount of boosterism will allow him to win. No economic trouble will get the party behind him and his own ideology is too fringe. And he's an
argumentative, overly intellectual "Libertarian".
He's wildly flawed as a "political" candidate and will never win.
I'd rather write in his name on the ballot then to vote for another figurehead. It doesn't matter to me if people feel voting for Ron Paul is
throwing away a vote because deep down I'll know I voted for the right person for the position.
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A lot of people are missing something VERY different from politics as usual - Something worth mentioning and not to be taken lightly.
1. Ron Paul is an outsider - Ron Paul may be running on a Republican ticket but he has the ability to pull from across party lines. He has
supporters from all parties. Not only that, but it is Ron Paul who has caused a complete revolution in the youth. People who have been completely
turned off to politics are now involved heavily. His numbers are drastically higher than 2007, he is winning pretty much every poll, he was the
closest GOP candidate to beat Obama in 2012 and he has the strongest support from the military. Donation totals for Ron Paul were higher than all GOP
candidates COMBINED and higher than Obama by far. Attach that to his two time CPAC win, his NH Young Republican and New Orleans Republican leader
straw polls, and then get Jon Stewart and several key endorsements - WIN!
Q: Are you still in favor of abolishing Social Security? A: Yes, but not overnight. As a matter of fact, my program’s the only one that is
going to be able to take care of the elderly. I’d like to get the young people out of it, just the younger generation, because there’s no money
there, and they’re going to have to pay 50 years and they’re not going to get anything. I’d take care of all the elderly, all those who are
dependent, but I would save the money from this wild spending overseas. Source: 2008 GOP debate in Boca Raton Florida Jan 24, 2008
3. Ah, the infamous racism junk -
I don't think there will be as much of an issue as you think.
So, moving along - RON PAUL 2012!! (view the link in my signature on how YOU can help him win!)
Originally posted by XplanetX
The only thing between Ron Paul and the presidency is a bullet.
I hope that he wears kevlar armour.
Shooting him would result in mass riots in this country.
That could be the plan tho...
No it wouldn't. So few people ACTUALLY care about Paul. The world is not ATS. And America is not the Strw Poll voters in Iowa (who are so clever they
voted for the least electable candidate, followed by the second least electable candidate... the Iowa Straw Poll is a joke.
Thank you Ron Paul. I hope you are successful in your bid for presidency. Go on and switch on the government for democracy switch and switch off the
Fascist corporate government switch. Even if it is only for one term.
I'm really not sure if I should debate with you. I have to agree with the other posters and say I think you're more out to get emotion than to learn
Just food for thought though - Ron Paul raised $1.776 million dollars in the last 48 hours. This is without ANY corporation donations or huge
financial backers. This is regular people like you and me, giving $5 here and there. Yet, he just did this. He was 2nd in overall donation amounts for
the 2nd quarter. (Romney lied about his amounts so who knows if he was really first) Also, Ron Paul has the most donations from military. (beating ALL
GOP candidates COMBINED)
Trust me when I say he has far more than the backing of the republicans. His support is on principal, not party lines.
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