Paul is a real mixed bag. His strength is in his fiscal conservatism (if he could truly deliver it. Having a voting record of voting against everything does not show promise that anything can be accomplished other than blocking the door. His other problem is his stance on foreign policy which when boiled down simply makes him an isolationist. The USA could certainly exercise a better discretion in its world involvement but there are too many international threats that will come to our door steps if we do not confront them early on somewhere else. Opposing candidates will take Paul to the mat on that perspective and make him look quite wreckless. With all respect, Paul also lacks a "presidential demeanor" at least for me. He is a bit of a "chicken little type" delivering the message that the sky is falling in a high pitched voice. This is not the image most Americans will want to back with confidence. Intelligence doe not always win the day and I believe that will prove to be the case for Dr. Paul. I also believe that the true litmus test of his regard for the dominance of conservative principles will be what he does in lieu of gaining the Republican nomination in 2012. If he takes the high road, he steps aside and supports the dominant Republican candidate. The low road will be for him to declare himself an "independent" and run for President. This will most certainly splinter the conservative vote and hand the election to Obama. I, for one, hope that Dr. Paul sees that danger and acts with compassion and responsiblity toward the conservative cause. WB
I believe that he is a man of honesty and integrity. He comes of as a politican that I can actually believe in, unlike 99% of those fools in Washington right now. I agree with 90% of the things he says and his idea's on smaller government are exactly what we need right now. I don't believe in giving away billions of our tax payer's money as well. He predicted the financial collapse that the bailout would bring about, and he was dead on. I think this man is exactly what we need right now, not more of the same.
I like Dr. Paul. He has my attention on all the issues except one, foreign affairs. I am with him when he states that the U.S. should not be involved in giving hand outs to the world, but he seems to want to alienate Israel. I believe we need to maintain positive ties with Israel. Thirty years ago Secretary of State Alexander M. Haig had this to say, "Israel is the largest American aircraft carrier in the world that cannot be sunk, does not carry even one American soldier, and is located in a critical region for American national security." I believe this comment by Secretary of State Haig still resonates today. Of course there are other reasons we should continue a good relationship with Israel but I do not want to drift off subject. Dr. Paul is a fine person and he has my respect.
Ron Paul may be the only honest politician on the national level. He is a libertarian and I am a socialist so I don't agree with him on much. However he is the only anti- war, murder and mayhem presidential candidate in either party.
Ermm... that's not necessarily true, at least not in the "handout" sense.
I've donated quite a bit of money to Ron Paul - as have millions of others - and we don't expect anything except his principled views to run roughshod over the bloated carcass of our federal government.
If you want to talk about "handouts" then we can look at Obama, Clinton, Bush, Romney, Gingrich, Perry, and the rest of them.
We need to look at the candidates agendas not whether they have their parties " Endorsement ". The country has been run into the ground by both parties. They've done such a great job so far huh? We need to throw the biggest rock we can into the Business as usual swamp and that's Ron Paul. One man won't change it all either, all of congress needs to be fired.
(Also, the average donations to his campaign each money bomb is about $20-50, which means that all of the millions of dollars he generates come from hundreds of thousands of people who are putting their money where their mouths are).
I've voted for Ron Paul for President twice already. I think he has a good grasp on most everything.
That said, I don't think libertarian economics is all it is cracked up to be. One reason is that it must, like communism, remain pure. So, do we handle dissenting thinkers the same way Stalin handled them, or, in the name of the Constitution, do we eliminate the right to speaking and gathering freely?
Even the libertarian economics philosopher Robert Nozick seemed to think there may be reasons for the greater good to violate economic justice, even though his argument for economic justice was pretty much flawless. Perhaps it was the thought that redistribution might be necessary to prevent Marx's prediction from coming true here. Even if redistribution is unjust, it likely helps the rich more than it does the poor, but that is another subject.
Ron Paul supporters are plentiful and loud, but there are not many who will be swayed to his way of thinking unless they are already on board. He is what he is - a potential third party candidate who will take votes away from both major parties.
I have thought this during every election I can remember.
Could it be, that they ems/repubs alike make sure their is one person who tells it like it is, tells us what we need to know, tells us of the corruption and so on JUST to confuse those that are easily confused? I hate to think this but to throw the election.
Wouldn't it be historical if that candidate actually won? i'd love to see it happen. Just once.
Ron Paul, to me, is in the right party because the Republicans are noted for believing in minimum government at the federal level and more local government (state and local) where government is more likely to reflect an accurate and up-to-date view of the governed. Unfortunately, Ron Paul, to me, comes across as an isolationist whose views are inconsistent with the modern world of interconnectedness. Republicans, when elected, will do much of what I find attractive in Ron Paul's views, without putting Ron Paul in charge of every responsibility of the Executive Branch. Romney has a well-stated plan for getting Americans back to work, so America can get a respite from a splintered Congress whose views are so set in stone that they are unable to turn off the money faucets... though three years has shown they knew how to replace them with even larger faucets (wastefully spilling lots in the process!) We simply can't afford what we already have, and the promised "Change" led all of us deeper into the tunnel, not closer to the light.
Is the title or the label democrat republican independent or any other label going to turn this country around?
No, it is not. No it will not.
The time for politics that our grandparents use to enjoy are history. It used to be a good thing to belong to one (the party of your choice). now, it is the person and what they will do. NOT WHAT THEY SAY THEY WILL DO.
Another I can't believe they did this is, DON'T VOTE ON LOOKS. These people don't know you exist, chances are they will never see you. Who cares what THEY look like.
Debt? the only way to get rid of it is to pay it off and don' t do it again.
Our debt was 0. Upon leaving office a bill was passed. WHY was this bill passed. Please don't give me this story about to help our economy
There is money in these here United States of America. There is. But, just as soon as it is made, it goes to just about any country you want to mention.
Want to pay the debt, put a tax on the money that people here send out of this country.
Want to get this country back to where it once was? You know, the time when we had rights. The solution is simple. But wait, it ain't juicy enough, or hip enough, or whatever enough. BASICS.
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