Saturday, December 01, 2007
Is Ron Paul The Sleeper Candidate? by Akindele Akinyemi
I have officially endorsed Gov. Mike Huckabee for President of the United States. However, I have to give Congressman Ron Paul props for just not giving a damn about anything that comes out of his mouth.
Here is a man that is speaking his mind without fear and intimidation. Whether you like him or not he is moving right ahead into 2008 threatening to win a few states.
He has support on both sides of the aisle (Democrat and Republican) and has joined people of all colors and races to come together on basic issues that are affecting our country.
The MOST important thing that he has done is quoting the U.S. Constitution like the Holy Bible. He has me reading the Constitution all over again. Even the Michigan State Constitution.
Young people of all ages are on board with his campaign. That is a blessing. While most of the candidates are reading from a script and how we need to get back to the party of Ronald Reagan (which is complete nonsense because Ronald Reagan was unique during his time) Ron Paul has young people engaged in debate on the war, education and economics.
This is called Civics 101.
It is a shame that we have lawmakers in Lansing that want to omit the Social Studies portion of the Michigan Merit Examination (which is the most ridiculous thing I have ever heard of in my life). Social Studies is crucial to our country's advancement. It is bad that we do not vote because we do not UNDERSTAND how our government operates and therefore, this ignorance translates into mistrust and fear of our own lawmakers. Like Paul said, if you FOLLOW the Constitution we could eliminate most of our public policy issues.
Most conservatives on the far right side will not go along with Ron Paul because of his stance on the war. My question to those conservatives is this....how do we create sound public policy to uphold issues like education and health care in our country when so many billions are being spent on two wars? Saddam Hussein is DEAD and our troops cannot find Osama Bin Laden. So why are we still over there.
One thing I heard from Ron Paul that makes sense is how our country is into this preemptive war thing. This is a concept that was designed by Hitler and is not part of our U.S. Constitution. Even President Eisenhower dismissed this idea. While I understand the concept of the United States need a strong national defense do we need to go around attack nations out the clear blue because of some media hype? What is the difference between Nazi Germany and the United States when we do preemptive strikes. It has hurt the Republican Party and we do need a different direction.
When Gov. Mitt Romney was asked in a debate about if he was President of the United States and had to go to war what would he do first. Romney said he said he would consult with his LAWYERS!!!! Ron Paul clearly pointed out that you need Congressional approval, as stated in the U.S. Constitution, to go to war. I could not believe that came out of Romney's mouth.
Furthermore, Paul's stance on education is paramount. I cannot disagree with him more.
Because Paul is a Libertarian Republican he will not win the nomination. There are too many people writing him off but he has (along with Huckabee) started some other discussions that we need to talk about on a state and local level. Some of their positions are revolutionary.
Do not write off Ron Paul just yet. Stay tuned.