This question is an old one- if a tree falls in the woods, does it make a noise? If Congressman Ron Paul does something big, does that make a noise? Not if the mainstream media has anything to do with it.
A new Rasmussen poll showed Paul beating Obama in a hypothetical presidential election, 44 to 43 percent, while Romney was tied with Obama. The mainstream media ignored it.
Strong showings in Colorado, Missouri, and Minnesota recently added more delegates to Paul’s tally. That number appears to be much higher than the mainstream media is reporting. In the process, the Texas congressman managed to pull many former Rick Santorum supporters toward his campaign…and away from Mitt Romney. The mainstream media ignored that, too. It also continued to ignore the huge crowds that Paul was drawing for his speaking engagements.
Arguably the best news concerning Ron Paul recently was Colonel (ret) Douglas Macgregor’s interview with The Daily Bell’s Anthony Wile. Had Macgregor, whose leadership in Desert Storm is highly praised, been talking positively about Obama, the mainstream media would have been all over this. If it had anything to do with Romney (or even Ted Nugent or Ozzie Guillen) it would have been a hot topic. But, it was a pro-Ron Paul story, and the mainstream media looked the other way. The interview is well worth reading in its entirety (this is a link to the piece in The Daily Bell).
In it, Macgregor says, “…the differences between Governor Romney and President Obama are marginal at best.” He praises Ron Paul’s foreign policy, and says, “Iraq and Afghanistan are disasters and anyone who asserts otherwise is misinformed. If you think we were successful in any way in Iraq, then why did our columns of troops leave at 2:00 in the morning in the dead of night, along a road that was more secured than any penitentiary in the United States?”
It is not just Paul’s foreign policy that endears him to Macgregor, who states, “What appeals to me about Ron Paul can be summed up by one of his performances during the debates. He was asked a question by someone, after they had criticized Romney, Gingrich and Santorum for lobbying activities that characterized them to a greater or lesser extent as having behaved or acted like lobbyists. When they got to Ron Paul they asked him about lobbyists and he said, ‘You know, I don’t know any lobbyists. I won’t meet with them.’ The fact that Ron Paul knew no lobbyists and wouldn’t meet with them is a measure of the man’s integrity. And frankly, a demonstration to the extent that he is not corrupt.”
Macgregor was on Freedom Watch with Judge Andrew Napolitano in January, explaining why Ron Paul has the best plan of any candidate for defending our country.
Obama and Romney appear to be pushing us toward a war with Iran. Obama’s sanctions on Iran are yet another example of our government preaching do as I say not as I do. As Paul Craig Roberts writes on lewrockwell.com, “US government officials routinely criticize other governments for being undemocratic and for violating human rights. Yet, no other country except Israel sends bombs, missiles, and drones into sovereign countries to murder civilian populations. The torture prisons of Abu Gahraib, Guantanamo, and CIA secret rendition sites are the contributions of the Bush/Obama regimes to human rights.”
Foreign wars are not the only area of concern for Americans on which Paul is scoring points on Obama. Paul would open the door for ending the increasingly unpopular prohibition of marijuana. Obama, meanwhile, is stepping up his failed, racist, ridiculously expensive war on drugs. He is sounding more and more like Nancy Reagan on drugs (yes, that was intended to be ambiguous).
The Libertarian-leaning Paul would protect our civil liberties and defend whistle blowers. Obama has possibly managed the inconceivable, allowing more government spying on its citizens than did George W. Bush. He has attacked whistle blowers more aggressively than any previous president. He’s waging yet another war, this one on millionaires, demanding they pay higher taxes, while ignoring the root of the problem- the tax code. Paul takes a different approach on income tax. He wants to reduce or eliminate it. Oh, that gets the attention of the mainstream media. They’ll make noise about that and call him crazy for such an outlandish idea. But, as Macgregor says, “In the next two to three years everything that Ron Paul has warned against will come to fruition. I think that Ron Paul’s great contribution at that point will be to act as a beacon of light in this very dark period of our nation’s history.”