Sunday, October 2, 2011
What About Ron?
Although this may be just a tad over the top, Cafferty has the main idea. The primary reason as to why Ron Paul fails to get the media's attention is because he tells the American public what they need to hear. When you watch the "top-tier" candidates on TV, they are overly optimistic and assure the public that they are the answer to our nations problems. Paul on the other hand, speaks to his audience with caution and wastes no time in telling the public about where we have gone wrong in the past other than what Obama has done wrong. He also has no problem with telling what both our nation and our government are doing wrong:
Aside from his pessimistic attitude and his tendency to be blunt, there are other reasons as to why Paul is often ignored. Paul has been a staunch opponent of The War on Terror and the War in Iraq since they were first launched. On his website he states that "Instead of securing our borders, we've been planning, initiating and waging wars of aggression. Within a few short years, we turned Iraq into the world's breeding ground for terrorists." Another war that Paul goes against the Republican norm is his opposition to the much forgotten War on Drugs. While being interviewed by the New York Times in 2008, Paul stated that "The federal war on drugs has proven costly and ineffective, while creating terrible violent crime. But if you questions policy, you are accused of being pro-drug." On the other end, Paul's opponent Rick Perry open to the idea of sending American troops to Mexico to help battle drug cartels according to the Huffington Post.
Although Paul clearly does go against the Republican norm on these issues, how does it make him less conservative? How can one be viewed as not "conservative" enough when they support the elimination of both the income tax and IRS? I guess if you do not entirely fit the Republican mold and are honest about the state of our country, it is hard to both be recognized and be taken seriously from the media as well as fellow Republicans. As for Paul's chances of winning the nomination, it's a long shot. But who knows? After all, he was able to accumulate $36,739.79 in military donations which is way more than any other Republican nominee.