Who Is Ron Paul?
February 22, 2010
By Tom Barrett
Iím usually a two-finger typist. Surgery on my left shoulder on Friday has limited me to one-handed typing, which means that temporarily I will be typing my literary masterpieces with one finger. So my article will be short this week.
So:† Ron Paul. When it was announced that he had won the CPAC straw poll for the GOP presidential nomination, a surprising number of people responded by asking, ďWho is Ron Paul?Ē
Obviously the people who asked this werenít Conservatives, Libertarians, news junkies, or people who are knowledgeable of the fraud commonly known as the Federal Reserve System.
In a nutshell, Paul is a hero to every American who believes in Constitutional government, fiscal restraint, and sound money.† Those who donít know about him should go to his website (see LINK below) and read his latest book, ďEnd the Fed,Ē to learn more about this fascinating public servant.
Paul is a medical doctor and Republican Texas Congressman who ran for president in 2008. He is a strong Constitutionalist with a strong libertarian bent. And (most important) he knows more about the Federal Reserve System, the economy and our nationís monstrous debt than any senator or Congressman in Washington, DC.
CPAC is the Conservative Political Action Conference hosted by the American Conservative Union every February in DC. This year it was attended by about 10,000 conservatives and libertarians, about half of whom were young people 25 and under.
Mitt Romney has won the CPAC straw poll for the last three years, so it obviously does not guarantee the GOP nomination. What the straw poll does is to give an indication of which way the wind is blowing, particularly among younger voters. And the 31% who voted for Ron Paul sent a clear message to Congress and the White House to stop their reckless spending, which will condemn our children and grandchildren to paying off their debts.
Romney got 22% of the vote this year. Sarah Palin came in at only 7%, largely because she didnít attend the conference. It is interesting that the top three, who garnered a total of 60% of the vote, are all outside the mainstream of the GOP. Romney is far more fiscally conservative than most Republicans. Palin is much more of a moral conservative than most of the party would like. Plus, she doesnít bow down before the party leadership. And Paul doesnít fit into the Republican Party structure for all the reasons mentioned earlier.
It would take a miracle for Ron Paul to get the GOP nomination in 2012. And if he did get nominated, it would take an even bigger miracle for him to be elected. I believe that a candidate like Paul, who sees through all the lies that form the foundation of the partnership between the banks, the Fed, and crooked politicians, would strike deathly fear in the hearts of the liberals. George Soros and other Socialist billionaires would donate whatever funds were necessary to the Democrats to ensure his defeat.
Iím sure Dr. Paul realizes he will never live in the White House. And he has never run for the Senate, although he would certainly have had strong support for such a bid. So why does he work so hard to be seen and heard, why did he run for president, if he doesnít truly aspire to higher political office?
If you listen to him speak, you will realize that Ron Paul is a humble man. At the start of this article I referred to him as a public servant. He is one of a very few people in Washington who are called public servants who actually understands what that term means. Paul is the conscience of the conservative movement. I believe he will consider his life of public service well spent if he warns us of the dangers, points us in the right direction, and then we have enough sense to listen.
Congressman Paulís Official Website
Ron Paulís Person Website
Unofficial Ron Paul Site Maintained by Supporters
National Review Online
CPAC Straw Poll