“Most Respected, Least Expected” was the caption on a recent YouTube video discussing the 2012 presidential prospects of U.S. Rep. Ron Paul, R-Surfside — and that might be true.
Paul has been writing the right prescription for U.S. policy, both foreign and domestic, for nearly 40 years. But we’ve failed to take his advice, so today we find ourselves in the midst of exactly what he has been warning us about for decades: a prolonged recession with rising gas and food prices, unsustainable national debt and an unstable monetary system causing unrest and uncertainty in many of the world’s economies. He has been consistent in his admonition to Congress that failure to rein in debt and spending and adhere to strictly limited constitutional authority would drive the country into bankruptcy. He’s had the wisdom to see the unintended consequences of flawed policy, and while the media has written him off as a fringe figure, we are now living with the consequences he predicted. Once jester, now prophet.
His un-Republican positions on foreign policy, drug legalization and returning the U.S. dollar to the gold standard have been anathema to the GOP rank and file, but the Tea Party has proven that Americans are as fed up with the Republicans as they are with Democrats; both parties were complicit in getting us where we are today. Many have noted that the Republican base has moved markedly to the right since the last presidential election and have seen the rise of activists far more receptive to Paul’s gospel of limited government, individual freedom and an uninhibited free market.
Paul is a mascot for the growing libertarian discontent that sparked the Tea Parties and is inspiring new generations of young voters and fiscal conservatives across the country. Don’t forget that he and his supporters pushed Congress to pass an “audit the Fed” bill, a feat that was long rumored to not be viable. But many things unthinkable have become reality in this world. A successful, effective, cult-like following and ample funds supplied mainly through grassroots “money bombs” have all served to lend credibility to the good doctor and his various efforts.
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