Why do I like Ron Paul? Well, I can say that I'm not a big fan of his foreign policy, because I think it smacks of isolationism. I mean, he might be right that we need to just leave everyone alone, but just because he's morally justified in that position doesn't mean it's the best course for America. I'm of the opinion that no matter what we do, the world will hate us or shit on us for one reason or another.
That aside, I really dig his economics. He's been beating the warning drum about inflation and artificial currency for years. He thinks that there are way too many free-loaders on the welfare dole, and that welfare was designed to keep the poor perpetually impoverished. He wants to make massive cuts to the government, many I agree with and some that I don't, and he's serious about making real changes to get our country back in the black and economically viable.
I also love his delivery and modus operandi. He's a fierce debator. If you've ever seen him conduct inquiries on guys like Ben Bernanke, you get the sense that not only does Ron Paul know exactly what the fuck he's talking about, but that he's also an absolute bulldog that will corner just about anyone into an uncomfortable position. I love that tenacity, and I think he expresses quite succinctly what a majority of Americans on both sides are feeling.
I don't believe the crap that people fling claiming that he just wants to bone the poor and compeltely remove the safety net. He wants to actually return it to being a safety net, rather than let it remain a lifelong crutch. I have worked with and met way too many welfare lifers to disagree with his assessment and solution to the situation.
Despite the fact that I think Ron Paul is what this country needs, I'm all but certain that his campaign is completely doomed for several reasons.
First is his delivery. For some reason, American society doesn't seem to like attack dogs in politics. It's kind of annoying that we have this namby-pamby sentiment towards how our politicians should act, but the fact remains that people find him abrasive. And to make matters worse, he's old, which makes him seem crotchey. It also doesn't help that in recent years his age has really begun to show. Americans don't elect crotchety old men for president.
Then there's the fact that he's constantly painted as part of the lunatic fringe. Larry over at Political Realities mentioned this in his post the other day. Ron Paul supporters are generally seen as wacked out anarchists who can't behave themselves. People also say that his district is filled with a bunch of loons, which is why he keeps getting re-elected. I also think it's a detriment that he's considered to be a Tea Party champion.
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So I think it's a bad thing that he's associated with the Tea Party. Americans are looking for consensus and unity, and Paul represents the opposite of that. I think his ideas are great, and they might be what the country needs right now, but I think we all know that he'll never get a chance. They never ask him the right questions in the debates, and the party establishment treats him like a deformed step-child.
He's getting my vote in the primaries, but I'm being honest with myself in saying that he's probably not even going to come close to getting the nomination.