Lone Star

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  1. KenH

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    A very good article.


    Lone Star

    Maverick Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul finds that being right is the one thing his party won’t forgive.

    by Michael Brendan Dougherty

    At first glance, he looks like every other congressman in the Canon Building. His suit is dark. His tie is striped. He is convivial with his colleagues, who genuinely like him. But there is something different about Ron Paul.

    You can hear congressmen when they walk down the hall, strutting their own importance. After all, there are regulations to be implemented, special interests to serve, a teetering American Empire that would collapse without their management. They wear black or cordovan leather shoes—captoes, wingtips, and brogues—clacking down the hall, their bellies full of medium-rare steak from Capital Grille. They are surrounded by ambitious interns and legislative aides. They fiddle with their BlackBerries. You can’t miss them tromping out of the elevators.

    Ron Paul is easy to overlook. He takes the stairs; he does not have an entourage. You can’t hear him coming because he’s wearing plain black tennis shoes. In a bag he carries a can of soup that he will heat for himself in the microwave in his office. Beneath pictures of Austrian economists Frederick Von Hayek and Ludwig Von Mises, he will eat his lunch alone and in peace.

    - rest at www.amconmag.com/2007/2007_06_18/cover.html
     
  2. billwald

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    He is a R in name only. He runs as a R because it is impossible to get elected to a national office as a 3rd party candidate.
     
  3. Conservative Christian

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    George W. Bush is also an R in name only.

    The main difference being that Ron Paul virtually always supports the U.S. Constitution, whereas Bush often doesn't.
     
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    It should never be about party loyalty but about principles before politics. The GWB administration started hijacking the Republican Party during the Regan administration, they have done much to destroy the party since then. I would rather have a R in name only, than a real Republican who works to destroy our country as much as GWB has!
     
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    I want a Republican to be a real one. Using the party to further another agenda is despicable. Those that do that are liars.
     
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    What is a real republican, and why is Ron Paul not one?
     
  7. Bro. James Reed

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    Someone post the party's "official" platform, then we can all judge who is or is not a "real" Republican.

    I think hillclimber will be surprised.
     
  8. hillclimber1

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    I made no judgment on Ron Paul, but half of Congress is full of Republicans abandoning their principals.
     
  9. JGrubbs

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    The "official platform" that was the party's platfrom from the Reagan years untill 2000, or the "official platform" that was re-written by the Bush administration?
     
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    I agree with you 100% on that, I would guess that the majority of the GOP members of Congress have abandoned their principals along with the rest of the GOP leadership from the President on down. There are very few members of Congres, like Ron Paul, who are not willing to abandon their principals. Ron Paul is the only candidate the GOP has had on the ballot since I left the party in 2000 that has made me consider changing my party affiliation back to Republican, just so I can vote for him in the primaries.
     
  11. hillclimber1

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    I agree, but I've not as yet left the GOP.
     
  12. KenH

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    Fortunately in Arkansas any voter can vote pick any party's primary to vote in on election day. The only restriction is that for subsequent any run-off election a few weeks from then you can only vote in a run-off election of the party whose primary election you voted in.
     

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