Ron Paul's Kooky Moment
So now it's
After all, as some of his many younger fans like to say, the aging
But few of his supporters expect him to be elected. Like
His current surge comes partly out of desperation as the
I'm not referring to the good doctor's crackpot side, like recently revived reports of his 20-year-old newsletters, sprinkled with racist and anti-Semitic comments. Paul denounces the statements and claims he never read them. Yet they appeared in the newsletter that bears his name and funneled dollars to him from eager subscribers. Paul is not that much of a details man, he wants us to believe, yet he wants to run the
Paul says enough these days to alienate fellow conservatives without anyone having to probe into his past. On his visit to "The Tonight Show" with
Gay marriage? "My position on marriage," he said, "is that the government just ought to just stay out of it totally and completely and quit arguing about it."
Marijuana legalization? "The role of the federal government is to protect liberty," he said, including "our right to do to our body what we want, what we take into our bodies."
Foreign Policy? He's an isolationist. He criticized the wars in
In his first presidential year, Paul said, "I'd like to cut spending by
But few of his exuberant supporters worry much about who will pay the price for Paul's political dreams, since few actually expect him to be elected. They want to "send a message" to the
I can think of two. The first is one that the Paulistas don't want: a short-term disaster for Republican prospects and a big boost to their nemesis, President
But in the long run, Dr. Paul's outside-the-box thinking, like
Those are the questions that this election should be about. Beyond today's partisan catfights and media grandstanding, we need a serious debate about the country's future between thought leaders on the right and left. Unfortunately, winner-take-all politics keep getting in the way.
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