Ron Paul showing strength

Ron Paul at CPAC in 2010
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Ron Paul is showing greater strength, and his followers are showing more enthusiasm. Tonight’s debate will show whether he is strong enough.

More Ron Paul praises

Several politicians have surprised observers in the media by endorsing, or at least praising, Ron Paul. Last week, Senator Jim DeMint (R-SC) openly said that Republican leaders should listen to Ron Paul. Though many of his employees endorsed Mitt Romney, the senator did not.

You don’t have to agree with everything he’s saying, but if the other candidates miss some of the wisdom about what he’s saying about monetary policy … that will be to our detriment.

Senator DeMint means that Republicans should heed Ron Paul when he warns them that the government spends far too much overall. Ron Paul has also proposed ending the Federal Reserve system in favor of gold-standard banking. These are probably the “libertarian” ideas with which the Senator most strongly agrees.

State Senator Tom Davis (R-SC) forthrightly endorsed Ron Paul last night. He did so for the same reason that Senator DeMint did. Ron Paul proposed drastic cuts in spending and taxes. That is more than any of his rivals have promised. Davis has a reputation in South Carolina for arguing for tax and spending reform. For that reason, Ron Paul’s people knew that Davis could “change the game” by endorsing Paul.

The Ron Paul platform

Ron Paul, official portrait

Representative Ron Paul (R-TX-14). Photo: US House of Representatives

Ron Paul emphasizes tax and spending cuts in his advertising in South Carolina. In his latest ad (not available at posting time), he repeats: he will cut spending by $1 trillion in the first year. He will do it by dropping five Cabinet departments (Education, Energy, Housing and Urban Development, Commerce, and Interior). He would also drop the Environmental Protection Agency and the Transportation Security Administration. (The latter is the most hated agency in government. The latest outrage about contraband cupcakes is the prize example.)

He would also repeal the health care reform bill and the Dodd-Frank financial “protection” bill, and audit the Federal Reserve, with a view to dropping it altogether.

Ron Paul supporters and opponents

Ron Paul’s supporters insist that he is electable and will win. They note that more active-duty armed-services members contribute to him than to all other candidates combined. Laura Trice, writing in The Huffington Post, cites six reasons to vote for him. Some of these are rebuttals of the most common criticisms that his opponents make. (See here for Laura Trice’ full archive.)

Tea Party activists cannot make up their minds about him. Many support him on the same tax, spending, and money-policy grounds that DeMint and Davis cite. Many others oppose him because they think he “blames America first” and would not support the Republic of Israel as much as they think that a President should. (Whether he truly would be a worse President for Israel to deal with than past Presidents have been, is not a settled question.)

In tonight’s debate (9:00 p.m. EST on Fox News Channel), Ron Paul will face off against Rick Santorum, more than any other candidate. Santorum attacked Paul on foreign-policy grounds early in the debate season. Paul seemed to retaliate two weeks ago with an ad accusing Santorum of “betraying” the country with votes for more, not less, government spending.

That debate also takes place as many wonder whether Iran will soon have an intermediate-range missile, and a nuclear warhead to arm it with. A former military intelligence officer suggests that the Iranians might already have nuclear weapons but don’t dare use them. (He also cites Israeli officials who say confidently that they can handle Iran by themselves if the United States lets them. See video below, where he appears with Judge Andrew Napolitano.)

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Terry A. Hurlbut has been a student of politics, philosophy, and science for more than 35 years. He is a graduate of Yale College and has served as a physician-level laboratory administrator in a 250-bed community hospital. He also is a serious student of the Bible, is conversant in its two primary original languages, and has followed the creation-science movement closely since 1993.

6 Responses to Ron Paul showing strength

  1. DarylG says:

    Ron Paul stands firm on everything we need to change with this country. His policies are not something new to gain votes as we have seen far to often with just about every other candidate. He actualy is the change for the better we can belive in because he has lived and practiced his position for many years. Do you want the status quo with Romney or do you want somebody who isn’t afraid of a fight to do the right by the American people?

  2. DarylG says:

    Anybody who thinks Romney is a conservative needs to look into his record as a governer. His attacts on the second amendment his social programs are all public record and speak much louder than his retoric on the campain trail.
    Romney is nothing more than another Obama in a rented conservative suit due back 24 hours after the election.

  3. egarners says:

    Ron Paul is not only Mr. Constitution he is Mr. Consistency, as his moral and ethical compass always point to liberty and freedom.

    He knows full well what we are up against with most of his fellow representatives, selling out to the special interests for personal gain. The enemy is formidable since the owners of the mainstream media are the same as the oligarchy of banksters and big corporate monopolists that own most of your representatives.

    It won’t be easy to undo the wreckage caused by a century of ignoring the Constitution, but if we don’t elect the sole messenger of freedom, Ron Paul, settle for a life of perpetual debt slavery of you and your progeny and abject tyranny.

  4. Ian Lister says:

    It’s laughable that you’ve posted two endorsements within a few minutes of each other. Laughable and rather sad. You embody in one person the entire problem with the conservative movement: namely that you all believe in many things at once.

    You cannot support Santorum and Paul: you simply can’t. They believe different things. Pick one.

    Of course, it doesn’t matter because the GOP nominee will be Romney and he’ll be beaten by Obama later this year.

    • Terry A. Hurlbut says:

      Those aren’t endorsements; they’re profiles, with clarifications of what they have or have not said in some contexts.

      • DinsdaleP says:

        So is there a GOP candidate among the remaining five that the editorial staff of CNaV would endorse at this point?

        Choosing not to endorse anyone is a perfectly valid position, of course, but one of these people is almost certainly going to be the GOP nominee.

        Each of your editors may have different preferences as well, making a single endorsement impractical.

        That said, it would be interesting at this point to know if there’s anyone in the remaining field this site does endorse, and why. If not, it would be equally informative to know who CNaV would hold up as examples of the kind of candidate they could fully endorse (in a 3rd party run, for example), and why.

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