The type of phrasing in the letters signed by Ron Paul in 1993 is the very same type of language that he spews right now. It will be very hard for him to convince the public that he did not make such statements as, “Martin Luther King, Jr. is a world-class philanderer.”
Ron Paul has always been unstable. I have followed him for years. He has never been considered by his fellow Congressmen as a leader because of his far-out Libertarian views. For those people who think Ron Paul would make a good leader for our country, let’s take a look at what kind of a leader he has been in Congress.
According to non-partisan GovTrack.us, “Ronald Paul has sponsored 421 bills since Jan 7, 1997 of which 418 haven’t made it out of committee and 1 were successfully enacted.” (This site appears to be quite current because it tracks bills filed as late as Oct. 20, 2011.)
Since 1997 to the present time, Congressman Ron Paul has only been able to build the required support for only one of his bills to pass. Even worse, only three of his bills have even made it out of committee. This record demonstrates a startling lack of leadership on his part and reveals how little trust his fellow Congressmen have in him. His record also explains why he has been nicknamed “Dr. No.”
It is obvious that Ron Paul does not have the ability to build support from both sides of the aisle. He certainly could not unify our country behind his ideas, many of which have been called just plain “wacky.”
What Ron Paul has done to build campaign support is to co-opt a segment of society who knows a great deal about the social media network but very little about history – young people who have graduated in the last ten to fifteen years from our public schools.
Believe it or not, whenever I would begin to teach A Tale of Two Cities to my high-school English students, I actually had to stop and make sure my students knew that London and Paris were cities and not countries; and then I had to show my students where these cities were located. Now these students are out in society, and I believe many of them have been easily fooled by Ron Paul because they have no solid historical background.
Hopefully with the advent of new Social Studies standards (TEKS) in Texas (starting with the ninth grade class this year) and with Texas’ influence on textbooks used in other states, radical political candidates such as Ron Paul will lose their core supporters as time goes on. As more students study for twelve years fact-based American history, fact-based world geography, fact-based world history, and fact-based economics/government, they will develop a stronger understanding of America’s position in the world and will realize that isolationism and appeasement are not possible nor safe.
Case in point: It is not a coincidence that right after our U. S. drone mysteriously came down in Iran and Obama debased himself and our nation by begging for Iran to return it to us, the Iranians began to flex their military muscles by indicating they may shut down the Strait of Hormuz. This is the Strait through which more than one-third of the world’s seaborne oil supply passes and is a “chokepoint” – a narrow passage to the open sea for oil tankers from the petroleum-exporting Persian Gulf countries.
If our public schools do a better job of preparing the present and future generations of students, the future voters will be much better prepared to evaluate candidates on their ideas and how they would realistically play out if implemented.
As for now, we just have to keep trying to “teach” voters that Obama and Ron Paul are both dangerous men, have very similar views of America’s position in the world, choose to blame America for 9/11 instead of the Islamist terrorists, and think by appeasing the enemy we can all sit down and “play nice.” It is impossible to appease an enemy such as Iran whose sole, stated purpose is to wipe Israel and the United States off the map.
Quotes from Matt Barber, 2.21.11 – Ron Paul’s Presidential Dance – Cute But Unstable:
Putting aside for a moment Mr. Paul’s leftist policies on a variety of social issues, ranging from his unwavering support for newfangled “gay rights” – to include open homosexuality in the military – to advocacy for across-the-board legalization of illicit drugs, he demonstrated that he has a dangerous, fundamental misunderstanding of the threat posed to every American citizen by radical Islam. This alone disqualifies him for serious consideration as our future commander in chief.
Mr. Paul is many things, but conservative is not one of them. He’s a died-in-the-wool libertarian. That’s one part conservative, two parts anarchist.
Quote from Michele Bachmann, debate, 12.15.11:
With all due respect to Ron Paul, I think I have never heard a more dangerous answer for American security than the one that we just heard from Ron Paul. … I’ll tell you the reason why, the reason why I would say that is because we know without a shadow of a doubt that Iran will take a nuclear weapon, they will use it to wipe our ally Israel off the face of the map, and they stated they will use it against the United States of America. Look no further than the Iranian constitution, which states unequivocally that their mission is to extend jihad across the world and eventually to set up a worldwide caliphate. We would be fools to ignore their purpose and their plan. (Taken from “Michele Bachmann for President” by Donna Garner, 12.16.11)