In a country full of political crooks and scandals, Americans have become accustomed to hearing the politically correct version of events, even if it doesn’t make sense. Listen to any political debate and you are likely to hear half-truths, spin, and vague answers. Does anyone remember when George W. Bush said he didn’t believe in nation building? How about the “Change” and “Hope” that Barack Obama preached to all of us? Are there any candidates out there that actually practice what they preach? One such candidate is Ron Paul.
A fiscal conservative by words and action, Ron Paul has won the last two straw polls. Being the most popular US Congressmen on Earth, he has rallied a base of supporters that has more conviction than any other politician in modern times. While many politicians are strong on rhetoric and weak on honesty, Ron Paul sticks to his guns. Known as “Doctor No” for his tendency to vote against anything that is not expressly authorized by the US Constitution and as a reference to his career as a medical doctor, Paul has repeatedly turned down pork-barrel spending in his own district. He seems to be the perfect candidate to rein in excessive government spending, withdraw from unnecessary wars, and move the US back towards being a nation of individuals, not a collective body. However, America has generally shifted towards big-government politics in recent times, with the latest President being no exception.
In a time when many Americans oppose the wars in the Middle East and the mammoth national debt, Paul has consistently voiced his disgust at both. Yet, he has only recently become a regular on political news programs. Is it because the overwhelming debt and costs of war are finally becoming evident to the average American, despite media biases against naysayers in the past? Are big media outlets finally catching on that they can’t ignore this reality forever? In any event, Paul does not seem interested in giving up. He has been successful at spreading his message on the Internet and has received mild television time for much of his career. Now, he is finally getting more national attention, and his message is starting to connect with more Americans than ever before, as evidenced by his nearly identical poll numbers in a hypothetical Presidential showdown with incumbent Barack Obama.
Paul consistently voices the message of limited government, reduced spending, and individual liberties. Yet, it modern times, it is quite easy for opponents to label him as a “Nut.” What is so crazy about practicing what you preach and adhering to the Constitution, you know, that document that has provided the framework for our entire society since it’s birth? Perhaps his foes do not have many factual, intelligent reasons to oppose him? Does Paul’s dose of reality not sit well with the big media conglomerates and Washington bureaucrats? Has honesty and sincerity truly become crazy or are such claims frivolous? When compared to the facts, Paul’s message generally is accurate. Thus, it appears that the words of his opponents rarely have substance and are often inaccurate.
So, is America ready for an honest change of pace at President or will the status quo prevail? Is Ron Paul crazy, as some make him out to be, or is he a rare, decent, honest politician? Perhaps in a country where personal debt and national debt are out of control, Mr. Paul is crazy. Perhaps in a country where integrity and personal responsibility are declining almost as fast as the debt is growing, Paul is crazy. Maybe Paul’s message of fiscal conservatism and liberty has become outdated in a society where the government is seen as the great rescuer of every helpless citizen, even though most governments the world has ever known have been full of incompetent, dishonest, corrupt individuals. Will America get back on track as a nation of independent, responsible people or will it further decline into oblivion as a nation of irresponsible, helpless citizens who want the government to do things their way, whether or not it is ethical or in line with the principles this country was founded on? The 2012 Presidential election may determine this if Ron Paul is able to win the Republican nomination. On one side, we will have Barack Obama, who is perhaps the most big-government friendly President the US has ever had. On the other, we may have Ron Paul, who is the most notable proponent of limited government that America has had in many years. The election next November is likely to have a drastic impact on America’s future. Will American politics continue to shift to the left or will the principles of limited government and individual responsibility make a comeback? We will find out soon enough.