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Ron Paul on ABC

Today George Stephanopoulos invited my favorite Republican candidate Ron Paul on his Sunday morning show.

Ron Paul is not your garden variety presidential hopeful. If you believe that bone-structure is an essential qualification for the White House, you may not like him. Paul doesn't flaunt a killer smile around like a big club and his hair is probably not going to flow very appealingly in the "chopper wind". His speeches are not prefabricated from easily digestible sentences and his unit of expression is a paragraph rather than a buzzword. I don't agree with him on every issue (his pro-life position for instance), but I do admire his integrity and backbone. He is a man who says what he means and means what he says. That's the kind of man I want in the Oval Office.

He is a also man who understands that inflation is a cowardly way of taxing your citizens. He knows that waging a war is not an acceptable way to get cheaper oil. He knows that a nation with porous borders is extra vulnerable to parasites. He understands the inherent risks of fiat-currency. And he reads his constitution.

Whether that will be enough to win the heart of the mainstream voter remains to be seen - he does seem to be a bit off-the-wall for that. He may be a darling of the Internet, but on the ground he is still regarded as a "long shot" with poll numbers hovering around 1%. That is sad, because I don't see another viable alternative - certainly not on the right. With the remaining candidates it is "business as usual" and that phrase has recently acquired quite a pungent attendant odor. At least here in DC.

A friend of mine told me today that 20% of Americans believe that the Sun revolves around the Earth. According to the National Research Council, only 47% of our fellow citizens know that the Earth takes a year to go around the Sun. A recent survey by the Pew Research Center showed that 31% of Americans do not know who their vice president is. With these kinds of stats, democracy may become a lethal weapon. Much like an otherwise peaceful watermelon when it is thrown into the path of a speeding automobile.


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