Ronald Paul Assails GOP Establishment
It’s not often that the media give Ronald Paul (R-Texas) a chance to speak.
There were reasons, why I didn’t watch the second GOP debate on Sunday.
Ronald Paul cleared the field on Saturday, he was the last man standing! After some initial tampering with his microphone, and pitch, he opened his arguments by restating his offensive tactic on “big-government Republican”, Rick Santorum. The only two real Tea Party contenders: Ronald Paul and Rick Perry, were left to languish on stage for the better part of 15 minutes, until allowed to join the discussion.
Mitt Romney was busy arguing how many jobs were, lost and gained under his CEO leisure. Newt Gingrich quoted the New York Times. Paul smoothly stepped back, blocked Santorum’s smugness by raining down: “he voted to raise the debt [ceiling] five times.”
Rick Santorum let loose liberal counter-attacks, naming sources “leftist”, and calling Mitt Romney class-consciously dangerous. In so doing, Santorum looked less Republican, more like a blue-state lawyer from the Northeast. Neither Paul nor Romney delved deep into his attacks, mostly picking up on their own strengths. Santorum was a negative force, not a positivist in this debate, Saturday night January 7th.
When Ronald Paul raised his hand for a response, the slick Stephonopilis retorted back to Paul (his senior by quite a few years): “we’ll stay with the subject, don’t you worry.” Brilliance in public debate rarely comes to the fore, especially on television. Paul showed it by counterstriking first Santorum, then defecting the attack from Rick Perry, onto Santorum and Newt Gingrich.
Jon Huntsman decided not to attack. Mitt Romney largely left the debate unscathed. Only because Ronald Paul made no concerted effort to attack the former Massachusetts blue-state Governor. It was easy for Paul to slice-down the cryptic schizophrenity of Gingrich, whose attempted slur of Ronald Paul on “style”, many see as hearnestness.
Paul’s empathy for war-torn families, veterans, injured soldiers and overseas-stationed soldiers in harm’s way showed. He called it a “pet peeve”, when hypocritic individuals seek leadership to lord decisions over those in the military, when they themselves took the short route: bailed. Like Gingrich. Ronald paul handily won the debate over military participation, having gone to war as airforce surgeon- while married with two children.
Nobody has knowledge of the United States Constitution, like Dr. Ronald Paul; and this showed half-way through the ABC news moderated debate, when Mitt Romney asked Paul for advice on the ‘right to privacy’ viz. the Constitution. Romney was in a tight-spot: he needed more time to build a response to an unusual question, or so it seemed.
Paul explained the 4th Amendment, while turning his response into a scathing vective on the big-government initiation of the Patriot Act. Meanwhile Gingrich asked: “What was the question?”, when asked upon.
Perry looked in wonderment, when Paul’s consistency spoke: “we’re doing pretty well, catching up on Mitt every single day” relating to Romney’s loss of voters over the past week. Mostly turned-Tea Partiers, joining Ronald Paul’s election campaign!
Paul stated that the President is “the leader, not the king”, when speaking about foreign policy. He reasserted his position, that Iran should never get a nuclear weapon! However, he did not find it provident, to send US military personnel into harm’s way, financed by US citizen’s taxpayer funds.
Santorum did good rehashing incumbent Obama’s stance on the Iranian Revolution, then it was time again: for the media to shut down Ronald Paul. Not give him airtime, based on finance of media conglomerates. Mitt Romney looked at Paul approvingly thinking he would speak again with candor..
Online, there were surveys that asked which candidate viewers would like to hear from more in detail. Ron Paul was overwhelmingly the favorite in these polls. Wondering why, the media would ask such nonsense, when they don’t take our advice in the first place, I considered this a wasted effort- and changed the channel.
Ronald Paul stole his GOP debaters’ lighting with his intellect. Nothing new.
He’s been doing this all along campaign trails: speaking truth to power, assailing the well-funded with grassroots support and bursting rhetoric that reminded this historian of the sage-advice of Cato the Elder, of ancient Rome. Then, as now, the debris of decline laying everywhere, evident as ever- to those not seduced by contorted reality.
“You can’t solve any of this economic crisis, unless you know where the business cycle comes from” Ronald Paul said in his last one-man assault:
“The only way to liquidate debt, is to cut spending.”