reply to post by charles1952
I'll give a brief summary of how I see things.
Ron Paul, many people think of him as being a fringe candidate. Seeing posts on ATS about him would probably support that in their opinion but
regardless I think this site may help pick up information. You can't get the straight truth without doing some research online in my opinion
Anyway what I like about Ron Paul.
1. Has a long steady ethical history going all the way back to Ronald Reagan and possibly earlier. Used to be a doctor and a veteran and likes to
make funny jokes like in a recent debate where the other candidates had prolonged discussions about health care and finally got to Ron Paul at the end
for a brief minute for him. He said that he thought they had some prejudice against a doctor speaking about the health care issue before he got into
the brief meat of what he had to say but he had less than a minute to speak.
2. He is the only candidate that seems to understand how serious the situation is that the US finds itself in and wants to do something about it.
All the other candidates including Obama act like we'll keep doing the same thing and hope things get better with a few tweaks here and there. The
situation being that this country is essentially bankrupt. We can't pay all of our bills. To do so would require an immediate 40% cut in all
spending which would devastate those relying on medicare, social security, the military and all government services and our national defense.
3. Instead of the Obama approach to get out of this situation by inflating the money supply to sky high levels and make our currency be worth only a
fraction of what it used to be sending gas prices sky high, inflation sky high and our life savings value be wiped out and robbed from every American
who has actually worked hard and saved most of their lives, Ron Paul wants to cut a lot of government spending and make our money worth something. He
wants to cut 5 departments. None of the other candidates are even giving much lip service to the idea except Perry who couldn't even remember the
third department he was trying to copy from Ron Paul to cut out as well and then he forgot what the third one was and said Ooops during a national
debate. Ron Paul estimates 1 trillion dollars in savings a year. I would like to hear why we need these departments. This has not been discussed to
4. Foreign policy. I keep hearing from others that Ron Paul has no foreign policy. He does. It is just not conventional as many see it. He said we
fought WWII over 50 years ago and says we should end our military bases in those countries we beat that long ago. All that foreign money spent in
friendly countries is not necessary in his opinion. This country is bankrupt and cutting out all unnecessary spending is important. Ron Paul has
clearly stated this. I believe everyone else knows this but isn't saying much about it because they know it will be necessary and not too many like
to hear about how the government will be cutting support for this program or that if one of those programs affects themselves. Ron Paul says it like
it is even if most don't realize major cutbacks will be forced upon us if we don't enact them first.
5. Off the wall remarks, he is for freedom and liberty. However the media has portrayed for so long that we the people need extra security to make
us safe and more laws and regulations to protect us that someone that says something as radical as legalize pot and not spend the money enforcing
those laws and do not spend the money keeping those peaceful lawbreakers locked up sounds radical and crazy.
Things I do not like:
He is viewed as a radical and many like the idea of him cutting government spending but think he will never get that passed through congress. They
believe his more radical ideas will get passed. I also heard he wants to cut out student loans and didn't read or hear the reasoning. Maybe his
reasoning is that if the economy is healthy, young people will be able to have a job to pay for college rather than require lifetime loans. There may
be valid reasoning online but I haven't taken the time to look for it.
Some people are loyal to Israel and saying Ron Paul would cut off all foreign military aid and withdraw all troops from overseas sounds too radical.
They want the US to stay overseas taking the fight to those who supposedly lauched 911. Stating that the US agenda is similar to Hitlers in taking
away freedoms in the US from the people and staging a terror attack like 911 to get the major support to start the process is something Americans are
not on guard for. They just want to forget about it all and hope nothing bad happens again. If someone is working on this agenda, they are
succeeding and the President of the US is just going along for the show. Out of space.
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