Ron Paul: Unelectable?

I posted this note on Facebook, so I decided I should go ahead and post it here.

It has come to my attention that certain individuals both in the media, politics, and the general public seem to have a preconceived notion of Dr. Paul’s ability to be elected. I’m hoping I can clarify a few of these misnomers. 

Many have argued that Dr. Paul is unelectable because of his “libertarianism.” They claim that he is exclusively a libertarian running as a mole in the Republican Party, which makes him automatically fringe and unpopular. To this I’ll simply say that Dr. Paul has described himself primarily as a constitutional conservative. He differs with the Libertarian Party on the issue of abortion. That’s why in Congress he regularly submits a Sanctity of Life bill declaring that life begins at conception. So why do all the other Republicans not like him? Because most of them aren’t constitutional conservatives (despite their claims to the contrary), but neoconservative hawks. 

The primary problem with the mainstream conservative message is that it’s full of contradictions. For instance, many conservatives oppose government restrictions on religion but want it to regulate marriage.  They talk about cutting social programs while promoting excessive military programs. Essentially, they propose limited government for some issues, and then they turn around and promote big government for others. These contradictions are why the right, as well as those on the left who do essentially the same thing (albeit on different issues), are generally unpopular with the American people.  Each side’s inconsistent positions are more about opposing the other than acting on principle.

Worse than this bickering is bipartisanship, which typically means little more than each side allowing the other’s favorite programs to expand so everyone goes home happy.  Republicans increase military spending without decreasing domestic spending, and Democrats do the reverse.  This neverending cycle is  nuts, and it’s the primary reason our nation is currently 14 trillion dollars in debt, our dollar is weak, and our economy is in shambles. This faux compromise has been going on for far too long. 

In contrast to his peers in Congress, Dr. Paul calls for cutting government on both sides of the aisle. He continually opposes expansion of both the warfare and welfare state, promoting both individual and economic liberty. Paul understands the danger of an oversized deficit, and has been railing on the size of the debt for over thirty years. He predicted the 2008 financial crisis years before it happened and is currently predicting the impending dollar crisis which many people are just now recognizing.

Ron Paul’s foreign policy views are informed by the 9/11 Commission, reports from the CIA on the dangers of blowback, and a very comprehensive understanding of both American and world history. To argue that he is unelectable is nonsensical (after all, we elected both George Bush and Barack Obama).

Ron Paul: Electable

So, when individuals in the media condescendingly tell you “Ron Paul can’t get elected,” keep these things in mind. First, in 2008 Dr. Paul raised more money in a single quarter than all his other presidential opponents. Second, Dr. Paul has won both the 2010 and 2011 CPAC polls for president. Third, Dr. Paul has the most educated and vibrant youth movement of any potential 2012 contender. Fourth, Dr. Paul is a man of personal integrity. Fifth, since the 2008 presidential election — and more importantly, the financial crisis — Dr. Paul’s appearances on major news networks has increased exponentially (it’s funny how that happens to people when they’re right.) 

As a result of all this, I think it’s safe to say that contra Mr. Trump’s declaration, Ron Paul is electable.

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