....choose to support in the November election can be summed up succinctly this way. Through his work, Ron Paul energized a group of young Americans to the Libertarian ideas that make up the foundation of our national heritage. So that at some point, many of these ideas will be incorporated into the national debate.
I admit, I was attracted to Ron Paul's message of economics and individual liberty, because I am a democratic libertarian, and as an American historian, I immediately recognized the platform as the same as Thomas Jefferson's- the founder of both the republican and democratic party.
The government under Jefferson was arguably the best America has ever had. His campaign in and of itself, was a shot heard around the world in loud and clear terms.
Even conservative icon Cal Thomas remarked that, "WHERE ARE WE AFTER THE MICHIGAN PRIMARY AND JUST BEFORE SOUTH CAROLINA THIS WEEKEND? MITT ROMNEY WON IN MICHIGAN, PARTLY BECAUSE HE PROMISED A $20 BILLION AID PACKAGE FOR THE AUTO INDUSTRY. IS THAT WHAT A REPUBLICAN SHOULD DO – BAILOUT A PRIVATE INDUSTRY RATHER THAN ENDORSE CAPITALISM, FREE ENTERPRISE AND ENCOURAGE DETROIT TO BUILD THE KINDS OF CARS PEOPLE WANT?
YES, THE GOVERNMENT LOANED CHRYSLER MONEY, BUT THEY PAID IT BACK. BIG DIFFERENCE.
MIKE HUCKABEE ALSO SOUNDS LIKE A BIG GOVERNMENT REPUBLICAN. THE ONLY ONE BEHAVING LIKE A REAL REPUBLICAN IS RON PAUL, WHO ACTUALLY WANTS TO CUT SPENDING AND GET GOVERNMENT OUT OF OUR LIVES. HE WON’T WIN THE NOMINATION BECAUSE TOO MANY REPUBLICANS ARE INTO HANDOUTS AND REDISTRIBUTION, JUST LIKE DEMOCRATS.
IT’S A SAD POLITICAL SEASON IF YOU ARE A CONSERVATIVE. ALL OF THE CANDIDATES ARE DEFECTIVE, SOME SERIOUSLY SO, AND THE LIBERAL DEMOCRATS HAVE THE MOST DEFECTS, BUT RIGHT NOW – WITH THE MEDIA’S HELP – THEY APPEAR POISED TO WIN IN NOVEMBER. MAYBE A MIRACLE WILL HAPPEN AND REPUBLICANS WILL START BEHAVING LIKE REPUBLICANS AGAIN. IN KANSAS CITY, I’M CAL THOMAS."
Or this commentary: http://www.smallgovtimes.com/story/08feb12.paul.won/index.html
Like Steve, while I always keep my options open and never invest myself heavily in a candidate, given the shifting winds of political fate it is impossible to do so, I have watched a whole generation of young people become enthusiastic about both Ron Paul and Barack Obama in a way that I have never seen before. Given that my familial heritage is both democrat and republican and has been for a long time; while I sit it out and discuss ideas in an intellectual way, for his hardcore supporters, Ron Paul has already won because he was able to change some of the scope of the political debate in America and opened a new way of thinking about politics for a new generation of American kids. Many of these kids are now focusing their attention on Senator Obama. As far as I am concerned, that is not a bad thing.