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Ron Paul Is He Crazy or Sane?

Why Ron Paul's most frowned upon policies might not be so bad.

He has been called a libertarian, tyrant, constitutionalist, insane and the United States' only hope. Can you guess who I am talking about? Well, if you guessed Ron Paul, then your right. He is probably one of the most misunderstood Republican candidates, but why?

People often fear what they don’t understand, and many people aren’t aware of what sides of an issue Ron Paul stands for. Most television news programs write him off as a crazy isolationist who wants to end the Federal Reserve and wants to allow Iran to have a nuclear weapon. I am going to set the record straight on these issues and tell you why he may not be so crazy after all.

Let’s start with ending the Federal Reserve. I believe it has become apparent to most Americans that something must be done about our growing debt problem as the clock ticks well above the $15 trillion mark. Many Americans and hopefully politicians as well are asking themselves how did it get so high? Was it the two wars, irresponsible spending by Congress or the Obama bailout that put us in the hole? Sure, all are major reasons why our National Debt is currently at an all time high, but what if the root of the problem can be traced back even further.

On Christmas Eve 1913, Congress established the Federal Reserve as America’s central bank by passing the Federal Reserve Act. This allows the government to pull endless amounts of money out of their pockets, manipulate interest rates and hinder our free market system. With its ability to lend out any amount of money and avoid proper audits, maybe it is time for a change.

Even four-star U.S Navy Admiral Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said that the single biggest threat to national security is our nation’s debt crisis.

As many of you know I am a big fan of the saying, “If it doesn’t work change it.” So what is so extreme about wanting to end a system that clearly isn’t working?  With Congress struggling to raise the debt ceiling every few months and Standard & Poor’s downgrading our long-term debt rating to AA+, something must be done. So why not take a step in the other direction? The world has changed drastically since 1913 and maybe our policies should, too. Economic security results in lasting prosperity.

My next blog post will discuss Ron Paul and his so called position on “Isolationism.” Let me know how you feel about the Federal Reserve and our nation’s debt crisis by posting your thoughts in the comments below. 

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Jon Doe January 10, 2012 at 06:51 PM
I think he is a little out there and highly doubt he could beat Obama.
Tod Driver January 10, 2012 at 07:10 PM
Good clerivication on his stance, but still think he is a little off. Can't wait till your next blog post on his isolationism.
GreenInOC January 11, 2012 at 02:24 AM
I think that there is an assumption that the Federal Reserve is an autonomous government agency not that private bankers sit on the board and the government, at best,"influences" it. I also think that the idea of "fixing" the system is abhorrent to all sides of the political spectrum, bankers and corporations because that would leave them out in the cold! T he media, generally, is just parroting about "crazy" Ron Paul and not really reporting. For example, the morning after Iowa there was a "Special Report" on NBC. The break in programming was to report that the Iowa results were in and SIX candidates were going to New Hampshire Romney, Santorum, Gingrich, Huntsman and Perry. Online print media was basically the same - completely leaving out Paul who was at best, in a near 3-way tie and worst, came in a very close 3rd. Makes you wonder.
Joan G. January 11, 2012 at 04:51 PM
It just is so disconcerting that the liberal media ignores what this brilliant man could do to right the wrongs of our country's current detrimental path. His economic prowess is what this country needs so we do not follow the self-destructive paths of past empires. He is the only non-politician politician running for office. And if you believe he can't beat Obama, he won't because you are buying in to what the pundits are spinning. I don't buy their rhetoric. I firmly believe Dr. Paul can win.
GreenInOC January 11, 2012 at 05:11 PM
@Joan - How would you describe Fox as a media outlet (political leaning - liberal, conservative, mainstream, etc...)?
Blake Driver January 11, 2012 at 05:57 PM
@GreenInOc- Fox is defiantly conservative but I do feel as though they have more balance then other networks. @Joan G.- Not only does the liberal media ignore him but so do the conservatives as well. All of the news outlets, big corporations and most politicians wants to keep the status quote. If someone is trying to change that they are either going to be confronted with backlash or be ignored.
Grinch January 11, 2012 at 07:44 PM
As far as I am concerned this whole country doesn't work. Need to rebuild from the ground up. Starting with education. Is Ron Paul strong on that?
GreenInOC January 11, 2012 at 09:20 PM
@Blake - my point was that Fox (who I would disagree with you wholeheartedly about their "balance"), who most people would describe as conservative is ignoring him also - which of course you go on to make that point. I think that as long as we as people can't even have a conversation with one another with invoking party principals and labels then we aren't going to get very far. This, of course, is exactly what helps keep things status quo. Just now, NPR did a fairly interesting piece about Paul (once they get a link up, I'll come back and post it here).
GreenInOC January 11, 2012 at 09:25 PM
Actually it's still on (1:25pm) - can click this link and then "Listen Live" on the upper left corner: http://www.scpr.org/
nicholas garnett January 11, 2012 at 09:42 PM
Here is the bottom line that America is facing currently-- and it is really simple to understand. If you want government to make every decision for you, and you want the tyranny on our freedom to continue, you will vote for any other mainstream candidate; they are the status quo. Ron Paul, and others like him, offer change right now. What needs to change the most, though, is us, and our way of life. We must not buy things for which we cannot afford, we must love each other, we must not pollute our bodies, and most importantly, we must eliminate our habits of being instant gratification consumers-- I view myself as a customer, not a consumer. Our social conditioning in the States has conditioned us to be this way. We must sacrifice to live free. In my opinion, we should legalize ALL drugs, pull EVERY troop our of any other country but the USA, Abolish the Federal Reserve, Bring back the gold standard, reduce the defense budget by a TON, and most importantly, eliminate the useless departments which we have installed. (Commerce, homeland security,education, HUD, and labor) This is my opinion, in which I am entitled to, but I welcome comments obviously. We are one blood, and one people of this earth; I am living that life-- I am voting for Dr. Ron Paul in 2012.
nicholas garnett January 11, 2012 at 09:44 PM
out*
GreenInOC January 11, 2012 at 10:41 PM
@Grinch - I am not a Ron Paul expert but I'm pretty sure he believes that the Federal government should stay out of education and let the states fund and run their own systems. I can see where this could be a problem but the larger issue is that none of it matters much if we can't fix the corruption at the top and, as I see it, neither party it as broken because their true constituents are not the people but banks, corporations and Wall Street.
GreenInOC January 11, 2012 at 10:42 PM
ack! "neither party is willing to do so because..."
Blake Driver January 11, 2012 at 10:45 PM
@Nicholas Garnett I agree that most mainstream candidates offer more of the same. This country does need to learn to live within its means.
GreenInOC January 11, 2012 at 10:45 PM
Here is the NPR piece: http://www.scpr.org/programs/patt-morrison/2012/01/11/22088/ron-paul/ It can be easy to miss, but there is a rectangle outlined in orange under the "comment" and "tweet" buttons - if you click that you can listen to the piece from today.
Blake Driver January 12, 2012 at 12:49 AM
@GreenInOC that was an interesting piece. Seems to me that he may have some support within the Republican Party.
GreenInOC January 12, 2012 at 12:56 AM
@Blake Driver, I think he has support across party lines which is precisely why he is feared by the leadership on both sides of the aisle and why the media in general keeps repeating the fear based lies over and over. It's in their best interest to repeatedly categorize him as a "troll", "un-american", "dangerous", "fool", etc..., as well as his supporters as "drug addicts", "un-american", "dangerous", "stupid", etc.. I agree with the one commenter in the piece, I think that this final Presidential run for Ron Paul is helping to set the stage for Rand in 2016. That said, I don't think a vote for Ron in 2012 is a "wasted vote", in the slightest.
Blake Driver January 12, 2012 at 01:00 AM
Who is Rand? He will be up against a good opponent because Chris Christie will probably run then as well.
GreenInOC January 12, 2012 at 01:03 AM
@Blake Drive, Rand is his son and a Senator from Kentucky.
DiamondbackDave January 13, 2012 at 07:42 AM
The only candidate that is anti-establishment and against the status quo is Ron Paul. For real change vote for Ron Paul. For more of the same with little or no change vote any of the other candidates, i.e. the Status Quo.
nicholas garnett March 20, 2012 at 09:01 AM
this country is screwed if ron does not make the presidency... going to canada or anywhere outside the us if that happens.... so tired of this fear based anxiety ridden paranoid cult-ure.... work together, live free, and make love... there is no separation... only the illusion of separation... there is only unity..... everything we do as individuals affects everything around us in a positive or negative way.... act accordingly... you are blessed N

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