The Incontiguous Brick

July 24, 2007

In case you missed it…

Filed under: politics,Ron Paul — iknowkeith @ 9:18 pm

The New York Times did five a page write-up on Ron Paul last Sunday. I guess the mainstream is taking notice.

Here are some excerpts:

    He is particularly popular among the young and the wired. Except for Barack Obama, he is the most-viewed candidate on YouTube. He is the most “friended” Republican on Paul understands that his chances of winning the presidency are infinitesimally slim. He is simultaneously planning his next Congressional race. But in Paul’s idea of politics, spreading a message has always been just as important as seizing office. “Politicians don’t amount to much,” he says, “but ideas do.” Although he is still in the low single digits in polls, he says he has raised $2.4 million in the second quarter, enough to broaden the four-state campaign he originally planned into a national one.

    ronme-002cropped.jpgHe was already immersed in reading the economics books that would change his life. Americans know the “Austrian school,” if at all, from the work of Friedrich Hayek and Ludwig von Mises, two economists who fled the Nazis in the 1930s and whose free-market doctrines helped inspire the conservative movement in the 1950s. The laws of economics don’t admit exceptions, say the Austrians. You cannot fake out markets, no matter how surreptitiously you expand the money supply. Spend more than you earn, and you are on the road to inflation and tyranny.

    For Eric Dondero, who plans to challenge him in the Republican Congressional primary next fall, foreign policy is Paul’s central failing. Dondero, who is 44, was Paul’s aide and sometime spokesman for more than a decade. According to Dondero, “When 9/11 happened, he just completely changed. One of the first things he said was not how awful the tragedy was . . . it was, ‘Now we’re gonna get big government.’

    In Congress, Paul is generally admired for his fidelity to principle and lack of ego. “He is one of the easiest people in Congress to work with, because he bases his positions on the merits of issues,” says Barney Frank, who has worked with Paul on efforts to ease the regulation of gambling and medical marijuana.

    Paul is not a conspiracy theorist, but he has a tendency to talk in that idiom. In a floor speech shortly after the toppling of the Taliban in Afghanistan, he mentioned Unocal’s desire to tap the region’s energy and concluded, “We should not be surprised now that many contend that the plan for the U.N. to ‘nation-build’ in Afghanistan is a logical and important consequence of this desire.” But when push comes to shove, Paul is not among the “many” who “contend” this. “I think oil and gas is part of it,” he explains. “But it’s not the issue. If that were the only issue, it wouldn’t have happened. The main reason was to get the Taliban out.”

Whatever your political beliefs are, this is a good article that is worth reading. Even if you don’t agree with Ron Paul, you have to admire his integrity.



  1. Nice post!

    Comment by Alex (USNR, LT 96-06) — July 25, 2007 @ 5:21 am | Reply

  2. I was really surprised with how fair the Times was to Dr. Paul, given their systematic character assassination of anyone who doesn’t fit into their myopic political spectrum.

    Comment by Mike Elliott — July 25, 2007 @ 10:25 am | Reply

  3. I”m not. Ron Paul is the perfect conservative candidate for them. If he loses, he will be around long enough to force others to answer to his stance..If he wins the republican nomination, the left will tear him apart, and there is a ton of anti-left information out there about Ron Paul…just ask daily kos

    Comment by criminyjicket — July 25, 2007 @ 3:16 pm | Reply

  4. What integrity?

    This is a guy who ran as a Red, White & Blue, Pro-Military George W. Bush Republican in 1996 in his very Conservative South Texas District, (even accepted Bush’s support) and then years later completely turned on his former supporters, and became a Leftwing Looney Tune Conspiratorialist.

    Comment by Eric Dondero — July 27, 2007 @ 7:04 am | Reply

  5. Ron Paul Is Right – Sign and promote the Abolish the Federal Reserve Petition

    Today in August 2007, the world financial systems and investment markets, real estate and the availability of credit are all under direct assault due to past actions of the Federal Reserve in the United States.

    Read and sign the Ron Paul Is Right – Abolish the Federal Reserve Petition at

    Please link to the petition and forward this message to your friends and help the general public wake up during the current financial panic conditions to the problems we face from the Federal Reserve and Ron Paul’s solution.

    Comment by Ron Holland — August 16, 2007 @ 6:40 am | Reply

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