Posts Tagged ‘Ron Paul’

Political Presentation: It’s How That You Do it

January 2, 2012

As I watched Rick Santorum speaking in Iowa on CNN – refreshingly in long form which gave me a good chance to observe his communicating technique – I had to reflect on presentation, how he said what he said.

First of all, he is good. He can communicate in a natural, conversational, reasonably sounding style, with body language to match. He is much more likable than most of the other Republicans campaigning in Iowa. Likeability is an important factor. It’s a major reason that Barrack Obama is President of the United States. I have even heard some Republicans say they like him as a person, just not as a president.

However, as I listen to what former Senator Santorum was actually saying, I realized beneath his veneer of family values warmth, which puts him in good stead with the Christian right, and probably will help him considerably in South Carolina, is an ideologue who wants America to stay on a course to create an empire, and to stay militarily aggressive.

He put Ron Paul in the same boat with President Obama when it comes to staying at war. He accuses the president of pulling back from military involvement. He said all this in a very reasonable talking-over-the-backyard-fence-to-a-neighbor style. But, the message I got is he is a pro-military-industrial-complex, mega-defense-spending candidate.

He accused President Obama of taking America on an anti-empire course, and said we need to observe the dissolution of the world-dominating British Empire when it became more interested in domestic welfare than empire. That told me that he wants an even larger American Empire. To do that a country does have to maintain a huge military machine and use it to control and expand its empire.

What I can’t understand is why he is just emerging as a candidate to be seriously considered. Why do the polls show him now ahead of New Ginghrich? What’s going to happen in South Carolina where he is being touted as a strong contender because of his Christian right credentials? Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich says he, not Santorum, is going to win in South Carolina. After seeing what is now happening in Iowa, I’m not so sure Newt is right.

Both of them have a big problem. They don’t have the organization or the money that former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney or Congressman Ron Paul has. They also have another big problem. Are they electable?  Satisfying the Republican right-wing Christian fundamentalist base is one thing. Overcoming a newly energized, well-financed and organized, accomplished debater Barrack Obama, is quite another.

Who Benefits From Ron Paul’s 3rd Party Endorsements?

September 11, 2008

  Former Georgia U.S. Representative Bob Barr lost an important endorsement when Ron Paul endorsed all of the third party candidates for president but him. Instead of sharing in Paul’s endorsement, he invited him to run on the Libertarian ticket as Barr’s Vice President. Paul’s not interested, and was not happy at Barr when he didn’t show up to share endorsements with Ralph Nader, Green Party candidate Cynthia McKinney, and Constitutional party candidate Chuck Baldwin.  His absence caused Paul not to endorse him.

  How could Paul endorse people like Nader, McKinney and Badlwin? For one thing, the Atlanta Journal reports, they all signed statements saying they support limited government, personal liberties, bringing U.S. troops stationed abroad home, and for an investigation into the Federal Reserve.

  It would be interesting to know how many Paul supporters also support Ralph Nader and Cythia McKinney. I would not think many. It would also be interesting to know how many will still support Barr? Where do they have to go if they don’t support Barr? Baldwin?

  Glenn Beck got a pretty good interview with Paul about this and the Freddie Mac-Fannie Mea government bailout.

Ron Paul is in St. Paul and Republicans Aren’t Happy about It

September 2, 2008


 Ron Paul, Texas Republican congressman who ran as a Republican candidate for president in the primaries, is attending the Republican National Convention, but won’t endorse the party’s candidate for president. In fact, he speaks more favorably about former Georgia U.S. Representative Bob Barr, who is the Libertarian Party’s candidate for president.

Ron Paul, Republican, Texas U.S. 14th Congressional District

Ron Paul, Republican, Texas U.S. 14th Congressional District

  Party operatives tried to get Dr. Paul to say he would endorse Sen. John McCain, and he said on C-SPAN he would, but only if Sen. McCain changes his positions on a number of issues such as a balanced budget, a sensible foreign policy, and sound money.  That’s not going to happen, he said, so he won’t be able to endorse him.

  So Ron Paul is in St. Paul for the convention and a lot of Republicans aren’t happy about it. One C-SPAN caller asked why he isn’t a Libertarian instead of a Republican. He said the reality is that in order to get anything done you have to be in one of the two major parties. Besides, he said, his values are what Republican Party values have always been, but they are not being practiced by the party any more. Government has grown under Republican control. He said they are embarrassed by the fact that Democrat Bill Clinton left office with a budget surplus, but his Republican successor has run up tremedous deficits and greatly increased the national debt.