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Ron Paul for President: Does He Have a Chance?
Tue Jun 12, 2007 14:22

Ron Paul for President: Does He Have a Chance?

Our friend Ron Paul, running for U.S. president, is putting up a good fight. Will, our oldest son, argues that we should get behind him now:

“The individual limit is US$2,300:

“While his chances of winning are low… I think it might be worth it, just for him to make a good showing… And his Internet buzz is impressive, check out these recent Ron Paul for President posts about his campaign:

“He gets more Internet traffic than any other candidate… and amusingly wins almost every online poll about the GOP debates at CNN:

Does Ron Paul have a chance to become the next U.S. President, we asked a savvy American friend from Washington?

“No…of course not. If he starts becoming a threat to the establishment candidates, the media will tear him apart. Ron is a guy who thinks about things. He cares about the country and where it’s going. And he really believes in the constitution. You can’t get elected in America with those kinds of ideas. When they ask him a question, he gives an honest answer. That’s no way to get elected. The press won’t stand for it. And the voters, once they realise that Ron is sincere, will turn against him, too.

“Well, could he get close enough to the Republican nomination that he prods the party into taking a more traditional, conservative position?” we asked.

“Maybe. Not likely…but maybe. The Republican Party has gone downhill badly since the days of Ronald Reagan. At least the Gipper had a vision of America. You know what John Locke wrote, ‘In the beginning, all the world was America’? He meant that America was meant to be free and open. Reagan, at least in the beginning, did believe that - ‘a city on a hill…a bright shining beacon of liberty.’

“But now, the Republicans seem to be trying to outdo one another in stupidity. They want to keep foreigners out - especially if they’re poor. They want national ID cards…and Gestapo checkpoints…and a wall to keep people out. The way things are going, it won’t be long before that wall is used to keep people in.”

“I’ve been in Washington for more than 40 years, so I’m a little cynical. I sure hope Ron Paul can make a strong enough showing to bring the Republicans back to their senses, and I’m going to give him money, because he’s an old friend and I want him to succeed. But I don’t know if I would count on it.”

Bill Bonner
The Daily Reckoning Australia
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