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Ron Paul Against All Odds (Part 1 & 2)

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Against All Odds Part 1

While the main stream media tries to make sense of the Ron Paul phenomenon, GOP establishment folk continue to try and dismiss the growing support for Ron Paul. Case in point Human Events (aka the land of Anne Coulter and Newt Gingrich) reports that Ron Paul's "loyal spammers" are inflating his poll numbers in straw polls.

But we see today that Gambling 911, a website devoted to online gambling news, reports the following:

Carrie Stroup here with some startling news concerning Ron Paul. (see website here) had experienced such a dramatically [sic] insurgence of betting action on Mr. Paul over the past two weeks they were forced to slash odds from 200 to 1 to the current 15 to 1 odds.

"Ron Paul is a serious contender whose grass roots campaign is growing dramatically," explains Payton O'Brien, Senior Editor of, one of the world's leading political betting news sources.  "No other single candidate for US President has received the type of interest generated here at"

Meanwhile, the Ron Paul 2008 has seen a doubling of campaign contributions since the now infamous Paul v. Giuliani episode at the most recent GOP debate.

In this same time, Paul's media appearances have increased in frequency and quality including multiple cable news interviews, an in-studio appearance with Bill Maher on HBO's "Real TIme" in which Maher commented he had never seen his studio audience respond the way they did to Ron Paul. Paul is also booked on the Daily Show next week. And in talk radio land, Paul continues to be an increasingly hot ticket, most recently joining Comedian / talk show host Dennis Miller on the air.

Tuesday, I was dial surfing when I picked up the "Ed Schultz" show. Ed is a Republican turned Democrat of course catering to a center left audience. His show that day however was nothing but non stop calls from Anti-war democrats who were plumb fed up with the democrats. The sentiment was that the Democrats were sent to  Washington in 2006 to end the war in Iraq but have failed to deliver. The 3rd call I heard was someone who said that the only hope for any kind of significant change was Ron Paul. Amazingly Ed's comment was simply that he will be having Ron on the show next week.

Web traffic statistics continue to indicate growing interest in Paul at Youtube, Myspace, the official Campaign site and even this website.

Whether Gallup will continue to find groups of 400 Republican and Republican leaning Americans who will not choose Ron Paul remains to be seen, but if what the Right Wing bloggers are spouting is true, we are witnessing an amazing, super human display by these "loyal Ron Paul spammers". They are apparently a well financed gang of computer geeks who somehow vote in hundreds of on-line polls, call talk radio programs, stuff HBO studios, hold rallys and fund raisers in multiple states,  place large bets in Vegas, driving the odds of Paul for president from 200:1 to 15:1 and of also made a million in campaign donations last week.

Against All Odds Part 2

Last month, I like many others watched as ten presidential hopefuls strutted their stuff on stage at the Ronald Reagan Library. While CNN’s Chris Mathews tossed questions ranging from predictable to off the wall the inevitable Reagan name dropping began. During the course of that evening each of the candidates mentioned Reagan’s name and attempted to align them with the Reagan “legacy”. There was however a single exception. Ron Paul, libertarian Republican from Texas. Not once that night did Paul mention Reagan.

 It was not until the second debate in South Carolina, that Paul brought up Reagan. In describing the “irrationality” of middle eastern politics, and making the case for non-intervention there, Paul cited Reagan’s reflections on the attack in Beruit that killed 241 US Marines stationed there. Paul then reminded us that in spite of his promise that we would not turn tail and leave Beirut, Reagan later did just that. Following a re-evaluation of the situation in Beirut, Reagan corrected what he had come to see as a mistake and pulled the US out of Beirut.

 Eluding to the Iraq war, which he opposed from the beginning, Paul closed by saying “We need the courage of a Ronald Reagan”.

 Some may not know this, but when Ronald Reagan, ran unsuccessfully against incumbent Gerald Ford for the Republican nomination in 1976, it was Ron Paul who led the Texas delegation in support of Reagan. Reagan of course won the nomination and the election in 1980.

 As a teenager, I cast my first presidential vote for Ronald Reagan and have always had a certain nostalgic view of him. It was after all Reagan’s words (rhetorical or not) that encouraged my skepticism of “government programs”. It was Reagan that compared politics to prostitution, it was Reagan who developed a message that Freedom and Prosperity would be the natural consequences of smaller, less intrusive government. And it was Reagan who talked of an America that would emerge from the overcast political and economic climate of the 1970’s as the city on the hill, and example of freedom for the world to see, and hopefully emulate.

 In his words, Reagan blended the small government libertarian views of Goldwater with a passionate optimism for the future and some tough talk against those “commie bastards” I learned about in our government schools. For anyone who remembers “fallout shelters” you know that by the first or second grade it was clear who the enemy was. So as I reached official adult hood, Reagan was my man. True he was no longer the under dog he was when Ron Paul led the Texas delegation on his behalf, but as Reagan’s second term came upon us there was, at least for a young adult like myself a feeling of optimism. I grew up hearing about “inflation” and gas rationing.

 In my young mind, the defining moment of a new decade was in 1980, at the end of Jimmy Carter’s term of office, the amateur USA Olympic hockey team pulled off one of the greatest upsets in sports history, defeating the big, bad, professional, communist Soviet team in what would become known as the “miracle on ice”. And later of course Reagan would demand that Gorbachev “tear down this wall” (video).

 There is of course no more “ Soviet Union”, we alone are the world super power (for the moment). As a reaction to a neglected immigration policy, we find ourselved contemplating the construction of our own walls. Our amateur  olympic teams were in large part replaced with “Dream Teams” of proffessional players who often won gold medals in a cakewalk. We have openly adopted a policy that has transformed the “city on the hill” into the center of a supposed “benevolent”, and arguably declining, empire. And perhaps, I wonder, American’s may have lost their affection for the “underdog”.

 Years and facts have tempered some of my admiration for Reagan, but he certainly said many of the right things and those things he said had a lasting impact on me. Recall too, this statement to Reason Magazine in 1975 when then Governor Reagan said:

“If you analyze it I believe the very heart and soul of conservatism is libertarianism… The basis of conservatism is a desire for less government interference or less centralized authority or more individual freedom and this is a pretty general description also of what libertarianism is.”

 Reagan of course oversaw the real beginning of unbridled deficit spending that planted the seeds for the big government conservatism we see today. While some of this can be blamed on the Democratic Congress of the time, it is clear that Reagan justified Government excess. Nonetheless an element of my nostalgia for Reagan remains and perhaps more importantly, for those we wish to reach with the Ron Paul message, it remains even stronger.

 Thus, I shall step perhaps beyond the bounds of good judgment and say that I believe that had Reagan had the benefit of twenty five years of history regarding his own policies, he would be even more libertarian today than he was in 1975 and throughout his presidency. And though I cannot prove it, I cannot help but wonder if Reagan might not just have felt compelled to endorse Ron Paul for President.

 And so with this thought in mind, I leave you with a couple of photos that were passed along to me. I hope you enjoy them as much as I did.


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Comment by Jim Welch
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