There are four candidates vying for the nomination of the Republican Party for a run at the U.S. presidency this coming November. However, based on media coverage, some might think its a race between Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich.
Maine just conducted a straw poll. And while Mitt Romney won, he only beat Ron Paul by a reported 200 votes. Though he came in second, with Maine's convoluted system of voting in stages and then appointing delegates to the GOP convention, Ron Paul might end up winning that state.
Big news? Are network newscasts and CNN suddenly reporting on a surging Ron Paul campaign?
Don't count on it.
Media ownership in the U.S. (and in many countries) is basically corporate. And Ron Paul is not about to win rave reviews from corporate media outlets. The man wants to audit the Federal Reserve system in the United States. Imagine that!!! Many Americans operate under the assumption that the Fed is government run and controlled. They aren't aware that the Federal Reserve system is privately owned, and the owners don't want the government poking their noses into the books.
Worse still, Congressman Paul is campaigning on ending the Fed and returning to something akin to the gold standard.
I've always pulled for the underdog, and that is Ron Paul in spades. An added benefit is that he scares the bejeeebers out of the establishment. While Wall Street was swimming in cash in the run up to the financial crisis, this Texas congressman was warning anyone who would listen about the catastrophe to come.
Well, some people are starting to listen now. You'd think that kind of prophetic insight would have earned Ron Paul some kudos and media coverage, but don't hold your breath. Corporate welfare and the cozy relationship between Wall St. and Government St. have kept this former U.S. serviceman from garnering the attention he deserves.
U.S. troops love him because he wants the military to defend the United States, and to stop acting as the world police. Of course with our global economy, business loves U.S. foreign and military policy protecting their interests. Meanwhile back on the home front unemployment and under-employment have become a way of life for many people.
As a Canadian on the outside looking in, its great theatre. The United States as a country started out as the underdog, defeating the British, the world's reigning super power of the time. I do think the U.S. can recapture its prominence and position in the world by siding with the underdog in this race, one who will return them to the constitutional ideals upon which their republic was founded.
Here's a link to the Harvard Independent and their endorsement: CLICK HERE
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