Thursday, January 12, 2012

Why is Ron Paul the Rodney Dangerfield of the GOP race?

For those following the Republican Party's nomination proceedings it must be at least somewhat curious how the second place finisher in New Hampshire gets 'no respect'. 

While I've heard the Texas congressman described by some as a 'wacko' for his Libertarian views, I would welcome a Presidential election in November between Mr.  Paul and President Obama.  For once there would be a clear and distinctive choice, Ron Paul his a  HUGE ELL Libertarian.

For those unclear on what it means to be Libertarian, do not confuse it with Liberal, nothing could be further from reality.  Liberal politicians typically  believe that government has a major role to play in running society, be it via taxes or regulations.  From our Canadian lens its obvious we don't have a Libertarian party, with the Liberals, Conservatives and NDP all arguing about how best to run BIG GOVERNMENT.

Ron Paul has been advocating for years that the U.S. federal government stop encroaching on State responsibilities like education.  Ironically, or perhaps fittingly, this is what America's founding fathers had in mind when they drafted their constitution.

Americans typically adore their constitution, sometimes with religious zeal.  So why hasn't this Texas Dr. caught on?

I think the answer is simple.  I don't expect corporate media to tout his candidacy at all, even though they're desperately searching for someone....anyone...who can challenge Romney and juice up the race.  Business interests love the current system in the U.S, as do politicians benefiting from all the lobbying and insider stock trading tips.

Politics is for me a spectator sport  much of the time, and certainly so when it involves our neighbours to the south.  Here's one hoser though who's hoping the GOP is ready for an old style truly conservative Republican candidate for President. 

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