The Ron Paul Phenomenon
By James Donahue
The talking heads on our nightly television news networks appear to already have the 2008 presidential
election lined up to be a race between Democratic Senator Hillary Clinton and former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani. They are
basing their opinions on national polls and the amount of money pouring into the various candidate coffers.
They are declaring party winners even before the first state presidential primary is held, when voters
begin voicing their opinions as to who they want to consider as a replacement for the failed Christian/Republican Bush Administration.
We believe they are all wrong in these early prognostications. There is a phenomenon occurring on
the World Wide Web this time around that appears to be shifting voter support from the "politically favored" candidates hammered
by the established but obviously controlled media to men and women who appear to represent what the people in America really
want when it comes to selecting their leadership.
We believe maverick John Paul, that Texas Representative who has tossed his name in the Republican
mix, is gaining an interesting popularity among the young voters. That Paul raised some $5 million in donations, mostly from
Internet supporters, is a hint as to what is about to occur in 2008. Paul's campaign war chest during that period put him
fourth among the Republican "front-runners," even though the media talking heads have never considered this man to be a serious
As one Associated Press story noted: "Paul barely registers in polls of Republican voters, a sign
of low name recognition nationally." The story said Paul has been operating "with little media attention, getting the spotlight
only during debates. But that has been enough to attract an avid Internet following."
So what is there about Paul's platform that is attracting people to him? Mostly he stands out from
the Republican pack because of his strong anti-war stance. He says the United States went into Iraq illegally, we never declared
war, and that our troops need to come home just like they went in "We ought to just come home."
Paul is a Libertarian at heart. In fact he ran as a presidential candidate under the Libertarian flag
in 1988. He thus is a strong supporter of the Constitution, states rights, the Second Amendment right to bear arms, and school
prayer. He also is pro-life, supports legalization of medical marijuana, opposes the war on drugs, socialized medicine and
He opposes more taxation and government interference, voted against the Patriot Act, advocates stronger
state governments, voted against the federal ban on stem cell research, opposes federal controls on education, and believes
states should be free to choose on issues like capital punishment and believes juries should have the right to judge both
the defendant and the law.
Paul is a complex personality who may or may not gain the broad support of most voters in 2008. He
is smart, personable and would probably offer a great improvement, we believe there are other fine candidates in the race
We thus implore the talking heads to quit attempting to influence the minds of American voters before
the primaries and the party conventions are held. .