Recently by Robert Ringer: The Coming Sedition Act?
It’s been quite humorous watching Dick Morris switch modes – from dismissing Ron Paul as a nut and a crackpot to hysterically warning people how dangerous he is. In one of his recent lunch videos, Morris ranted nonstop about Paul, going so far as to say, “He is the most radical, liberal candidate running.” Then, on The O’Reilly Factor, Morris said, “I think that he is absolutely the most liberal, radical, left-wing person to run for president in the United States in the last fifty years.”
Strange, because I’ve known Ron Paul for more than thirty years, and I see him as one of the purist conservatives in Washington – and certainly the most conservative person in the current field of Republican candidates. I’m talking about true conservatism, which Ronald Reagan accurately described when he said, “The very heart and soul of conservatism is libertarianism.”
So what, specifically, does Morris not like about Ron Paul? For starters, he says that Paul “has this crazy idea about returning to the gold standard.” Hmm … I never thought of a return to sound money as being a crazy idea. With all due respect, Dick, I think I’ll stick with Hayek and von Mises on that one.
Other Ron Paul sins, according to Morris, include his desire to:
- Get rid of the Fed.
- Legalize drugs. (Sorry, pseudo-conservatives, but the unpleasant reality is that the war on drugs has caused even more violence than did the war on alcohol.)
- Stay out of other countries’ affairs (which would make it possible to slash our military budget without weakening our national defense).
- Repeal the Patriot Act, which would reduce government’s ability to snoop on American citizens.
Morris even claimed that Ron Paul favors abortion on demand, paid for by the government. Now that’s one I’ve never heard before. Paul has always been adamantly pro-life and, further, he believes that the issue of abortion comes under the auspices of the states, not the federal government.
So why is Morris so worried about a guy he has repeatedly referred to as a nutcase, a crackpot, and worse? Because, he says, he is afraid that Paul will run as a third-party candidate and “hand the election to Barack Obama.”
First of all, Ron Paul has never been the nutcase his detractors have tried so hard to paint him to be. Second, he is one of the most morally sound individuals I have ever known, and is intellectually sound as well.
In fact, the “crazy uncle” remarks that the fearful media pundits keep throwing out about Paul couldn’t be further from the truth. On the contrary, if Ron Paul has one weakness, it’s that he’s intellectually above the average voter’s head, which sometimes makes it difficult to understand what he’s saying.
I admit that a handful of comments purportedly made in Ron Paul’s newsletters in the 1980s and 1990s were over the line, but they certainly were not hardcore racist. More important, he unequivocally renounces those statements today. Often, Paul’s problem is that he is very uninhibited when it comes to being precise about the law and what he believes to be the truth, and, unfortunately, a majority of the population is more interested in political correctness than the Constitution or the truth.
I can only speak from my own firsthand experience, and, behind closed doors, I have never heard Ron Paul say anything that even mildly bordered on racism. Nor is he anti-Semitic or anti-Israel. As he explained it to me on a couple of different occasions, he just happens to believe that Israel would be better off without having to answer to the U.S. for its actions.
Putting aside the mudslinging, the bottom line is that, more than any other candidate, Ron Paul stands for freedom. But is such a strong advocate of freedom electable? Dick Morris and other establishment Republicans say absolutely not. And they could be right. But there’s a part of me that wonders if they might just be wrong.
If Ron Paul ran as a third-party candidate – especially if Mitt Romney were to be the Republican nominee – he would attract not only Tea Party voters, but independents, moderate Democrats, and anti-war people of all stripes. While the contrast between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney is, from a long-term point of view, marginal, Ron Paul and Barack Obama are polar opposites.
Mitt Romney is John McCain. Mitt Romney is George W. Bush. Mitt Romney is Bob Dole. Mitt Romney is George Herbert Walker Bush. Mitt Romney is Thomas Dewey. Mitt Romney is Herbert Hoover. Which is why I believe that millions of fed-up Americans, rather than swallowing John McCain Light or accepting four more years of Obama’s anti-American policies, might just consider casting their vote for a candidate who stands for pure, unadulterated freedom.
Even if Paul did not win, it would be a presidential race like no other. And if it resulted in Obama’s reelection, I’m fine with that if it keeps Mitt Romney from taking the reins of power and feeding us small doses of socialism day in and day out.
Longtime readers will recall that I took the exact same position in 2008 when it was John McCain versus Barack Obama. Early on, I said that I preferred Obama over McCain because his Marxist agenda would finally wake up millions of apathetic Americans. And that’s precisely what has happened. In fact, by scaring the hell out of the American electorate, Obama himself brought the Tea Party into existence.
Unfortunately, the Tea Party has not kept the heat on either Obama or Congress. But if Barack Obama is reelected, maybe Tea Partiers will be jolted into rising up in earnest – 365 days a year – and get really serious about taking back America.
While Dick Morris says that “Ron Paul is just an absolute nightmare,” I say he would be the perfect person to lead the charge against Obama’s march toward Marxism.
Could it be that it’s Dick Morris who is the crazy uncle?
Reprinted from Robert Ringer’s website.
Robert Ringer is a New York Times #1 bestselling author and host of the highly acclaimed Liberty Education Interview Series, which features interviews with top political, economic, and social leaders. He has appeared on Fox News, Fox Business, The Tonight Show, Today, The Dennis Miller Show, Good Morning America, The Lars Larson Show, ABC Nightline, and The Charlie Rose Show, and has been the subject of feature articles in such major publications as Time, People, The Wall Street Journal, Fortune, Barron’s, and The New York Times.
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