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Super Tuesday was, indeed, frustrating for those of us who are supporting Ron Paul for the Republican nomination for president. We know that the mainstream media is blatantly ignoring him. We also know that if only more people actually HEARD what Dr. Paul has to say, they would be impressed. I understand that not everyone will like him, regardless of how much media exposure he receives. And that’s fine. But, shouldn’t anyone who actually values freedom of expression and freedom of ideas be appalled that such obvious censorship should exist in the so called “land of the free?” So what if 99.9% of Americans totally disagree with Ron Paul’s positions? No one will know if ANYONE disagrees with his positions if our various media outlets continue to hide him from the public. Don’t the American people deserve to hear EVERY political opinion from EVERY candidate during an election season.
To be fair, how many people really got a chance to become familiar with Dennis Kucinich on the Democrat side? The Dems have the anti-war reputation, but the heroically anti-war Kucinich was virtually ignored. Anyone who thinks that Hillary Clinton or Barack Obama will actually demilitarize the Militant States of America is deluding themselves. After all, the top five arms makers in the U.S., Lockheed-Martin, Boeing, Northrop-Grumman, Raytheon, and General Dynamics gave Democratic presidential candidates $103,900 as opposed to $86,800 for Republicans. Most of that money went to Clinton, but Obama got his share as well. Seems like they’re betting on a Dem to win and they sure don’t want to back the wrong pony. After all, there’s always a war going on somewhere.
Now, I will admit that I don’t agree with Mr. Kucinich’s economic beliefs, but I respect him for sticking to his principles. As for Ron Paul, well, most people will immediately tell you he has no chance as soon as you mention his name. And that is most likely true. It is also a great shame. Here is a man who espouses the very same principles of governance upon which this country was founded. And today, we are informed that these principles are irrelevant, outdated, and stand no chance. How would Thomas Jefferson react if someone could tell him that all of HIS principles no longer apply in America? What would he say if he found out that our president is now more like a king? Then again, perhaps he wouldn’t be surprised at all. Perhaps he just would have said something like “Well, I knew it would happen sooner or later. It always does.”
So how should a Ron Paul supporter feel about this campaign so far? Sure, it looks pretty bleak, but there are lots of positives! Just think about this for a moment. How many people knew about Ron Paul or the freedom movement just one year ago? How many people now feel like there’s actually something worthwhile in politics? How many people realized that a Republican can be anti-war? How many people realized that anyone who favors limited government is necessarily anti-war? Of course, no one knows an exact number of people, but one can rest assured that there are thousands more now than there were one year ago. This is going to be a long fight. As Dr. Paul has said many times, this movement is not about him. It’s about the message. The message is spreading everyday. It’s all over this very world wide web. And even with the limited time he is allowed in the “debates,” Ron Paul eloquently communicates the message to everyone watching around the country.
This is just the beginning. But, it is indeed a good beginning. So far in 2008 nineteen states have held primary elections. (I’m not including caucuses here) Ron Paul’s vote total, according to the numbers I compiled from CNN’s website is 533,290. In the general election of 1988, when he ran as a libertarian he received only 431,750 votes. He’s already surpassed that number, and there’s a long way to go. The freedom movement is most certainly not at its end. On the contrary, it has just been given a shot of adrenaline by the good doctor!
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One Comment

  1. Wonderfully put. The movement will continue no matter what.
    BUT now Romney has dropped out and this can only be a good thing for the Doctor. I can’t wait to see how the rest plays out now. Will it just be McCain and Hucklebee debating or will they finally allow Ron Paul a chance? Should be interesting.


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