An article recently appeared in the Jackson, Mississippi, Clarion-Ledger newspaper which speculated on potential Republican presidential candidates in 2012. Newt Gingrich is exploring the possibility of running for the office. Other names mentioned include Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour, Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty, former Alaska Governor (and John McCain’s 2008 running mate) Sarah Palin, Mike Huckabee, and Mitt Romney.
One name omitted from the list, and not surprisingly, was Texas Congressman Ron Paul. The former obstetrician/gynecologist from Lake Jackson, Texas is often treated with derision by the power elite in the G.O.P. and their media lap dogs. Why?
First, Ron Paul regularly chastises the Republican status quo for its hypocrisy. While paying lip service to limited, constitutional government, Republicans, by and large ignore the federal government’s burgeoning deficit and out-of-control federal spending, until the opposition party comes into power. And for this reason, they despise being rebuked, especially by a member of their own party.
Secondly, Ron Paul subscribes to the philosophy that says America must stop being the policeman of the world. Unfortunately, most Republicans assert just the opposite. However, as John Quincy Adams eloquently stated, “America does not go abroad in search of monsters to destroy. She is the well-wisher to freedom and independence of all. She is the champion and vindicator only of her own.”
Despite opposition from country club Republicans and Wall Street fat cats, Ron Paul’s popularity
continues to grow. Many Americans contend the only way to save the republic is with drastic measures. The federal government must be scaled back to its constitutional limits. When this is accomplished, government spending will automatically plummet.
As the calendar approaches 2011, supporters of Ron Paul will urge him to declare his candidacy for president. He has left the door open to this possibility. Only time will tell if Dr. No will say “yes.”