Ron Paul’s candidacy for president is not unusual. Every election draws fringe candidates – candidates who generally focus their energy on single issues, make their splash, and then go away. Ron Paul is different in that he addresses multiple issues – but more importantly – he is actually attracting an audience. This success says more about our traumatized population than it does about Ron Paul.
Ron Paul takes huge leaps of logic. Some of Ron Paul’s positions and ideas: Eliminate the Income Tax – that would result in a loss of about a trillion dollars from Federal Tax Revenues. Immediately withdraw all troops from Iraq, regardless of consequence. Return to isolationism – take care of America and to hell with the rest of the world.
Ron Paul has stated that our government has been run by secret conspiratorial groups such as the tri-lateral commission and the Masons. He claims that Abraham Lincoln erred by entering the Civil War. His logic is very simple: There are secret organizations and important people belong to them – thus these secret organizations run the government. Mark Twain said, “I left the South and they lost the war.” Mark Twain was trying to be funny – Ron Paul is serious.
Ron Paul claims that we do not need the income tax if we no longer police the world. His proposal of withdrawal from Iraq follows this logic. His thoughts on secret organizations and on Abraham Lincoln demonstrate that he is disconnected from reality.
The real story here is in the amount of support he is generating. That support speaks to the level of discontent in our general populace – and to the failure of our system of education. A good education is the best inoculation against loonyness. Who are these people who give money to Ron Paul? Why are they so willing to stake their future on bizarre logic? This zaniness also speaks to the depth of the Republican Party in general.
Ron Paul is a phenomenon that will bear study in the future.