Saturday, May 17, 2008
Ron Paul: A Welcome Departure From Incompetent Government
This month the U.S. government will host the U.N. High Commissioner for eliminating racism. The U.N. High Commissioner of course is not an America, and since he is a U.N. Commissioner, after all, his recommendations will be published, applauded, and then forgotten by the U.S. government, never to be brought up again.
Abdicating responsibility when it comes to important issues is a practice which was recently shown for us by our fearless leader George Bush, whose response to the record fuel price increases of the last few weeks has been to theoretically debate a plan to temporarily suspend the 18 cent per gallon federal gas tax.
When the bottom fell out of the proposed "gas holiday" and exposed its utter stupidity as a viable solution, our fearless leader turned to plan b, that is, go groveling to the Saudis. After the Saudis told Bush that a substantial increase in production from the OPEC cartel wasn't going to happen, our President accepted their decision and promptly departed, acting as if there was
nothing more to do but give up and go home, and not trouble himself anymore with such a daunting and complex issue.
What is strange here, is the total absence of the traditional American can-do spirit. The same nation who came to the rescue of the inept French and British against Hitler, put a man on the moon, and beat back the Soviets without firing a shot, seems incapable of finding a way to fuel cars that does not involve Americans being fleeced by Saudi princes and corporate executives in fancy offices.
Unlike our do-nothing President, however, Representative Ron Paul (R-TX), has been unwilling to sit around and blithely ignore the problems facing this country, as well as their root causes. During his presidential campaign, he was derided by the Republican media (Hannity, Limbaugh, etc.) who were incensed at seeing a candidate who actually spent his time talking about issues that affect Americans, instead getting into catfights with the other candidates over who supported the war in Iraq the most.
Nevertheless, the media was forced to cover Ron Paul due to the fervent support he received from people among all walks of life. After all, since when do Republicans, or any politician for that matter, receive support from a wide spectrum of people?
Not since the days of Ronald Reagan has a Republican managed to actually broaden the GOP's message, a welcome development after eight years literalily hearing nothing but "vote for me or the bad guys will get you" from George W. Bush.
If you would like to know more about Ron Paul's message, I highly encourage you to read his latest book The Revolution: A Manifesto, which has already made it to #1 on the New York Times bestseller list.
The GOP will have to rebuild after it is destroyed this November, but the ideas have to come from somewhere.