.

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. 

This post is contributed by a community member. The views expressed in this blog are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Patch Media Corporation. Everyone is welcome to submit a post to Patch. If you'd like to post a blog, go here to get started.

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

Boards

More »
Got a question? Something on your mind? Talk to your community, directly.
Note Article
Just a short thought to get the word out quickly about anything in your neighborhood.
Share something with your neighbors.What's on your mind?What's on your mind?Make an announcement, speak your mind, or sell somethingPost something
See more »