Dave Hodges

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The “Paulbearers” of a Populist Candidacy

Despite the fact that I am a former RIR (Republican in Recovery), I welcome the candidacy of Ron Paul for the Presidency of the United States.

A Paul candidacy would re-establish the rule of constitutional law to American society. His successful election would lead to a counter critical mass which would help to sweep all disloyal and unpatriotic politicians from office. A Ron Paul candidacy would possibly witness the restoration of the American dream.

I find myself agreeing with nearly every position espoused by the good congressman from Texas. He is adamantly against the invasion of the great sovereignty snatchers from the North American Union. He is opposed to the various trade agreements (e.g., CAFTA, NAFTA) which will permanently lower the amount of available jobs and wage structure for future generations of Americans. Paul is for reigning in the abuses of the IRS and abandoning the fiat currency which has plunged the true worth of the dollar to new international lows. Paul is also against embracing the Amero as our new currency because we would have to equalize our dollar with the Mexican Peso and the Canadian Dollar. Unless politicians like Paul have their way, one day, former American dollar holders may wake up to the fact that their life savings and retirement has been devalued by two-thirds as was the case with Mexicans when they were coerced into approving NAFTA. Equalizing the Peso with the Dollar is as scary as Rosie O'Donnell appearing in a swim suit contest with Donald Trump as the judge! Americans need to wake up to the fact that the establishment and implementation of a North American Union will threaten every American's retirement, savings and the hopes and dreams of our children and grandchildren. Ron Paul stands as the one shining light of opposition to this unconstitutional give-away of American sovereignty and economic viability.

Ron Paul is a true constitutionalist in every sense of the word. Unlike Bush, he does not view constitutional mandates as optional. When Ron Paul looks at a map, he sees a real dividing point where America begins and ends. He is opposed to American tax dollars being used to support illegal migrant health care, education, social security and unemployment insurance.

If Paul had his way, the corporate influencing of politicians would be outlawed and legally viewed for the system of bribery that it is. Ron Paul opposes the private takeover of the internet, the elimination of the alternative health care industry under CODEX and he is for returning to paper ballots in order to ensure the integrity of our elections.

In his most important stance, Ron Paul is against the continuance of the Federal Reserve System and such practices as fractional reserve banking which is responsible for the theft of untold amounts of money from the American people.

Ron Paul puts America ahead of partisan politics. I would estimate that almost all middle class Americans would welcome a Ron Paul administration.

Unfortunately, Ron Paul has zero chance of being elected President in 2008.

In a best case scenario, Paul would be marginalized by his own party because he is a threat to their personal status quo. If he pushed to roll back the unconstitutional legislation of George Bush (e.g., Military Commission Act), he would be accused of being soft on terrorism. If Paul were to unilaterally withdraw us from CAFTA and NAFTA with the hope of restoring our children's economic future, he would be accused of being a socialist, a protectionist, and war mongering politician because of his anti-trade policies.

Ron Paul would also be ostracized by the mainstream media and the six corporations which own 99% of the media. Most Americans, too busy to do any meaningful research, would be bamboozled by an unrelenting wave of yellow journalism designed to discredit his true positions. Fellow Republicans, desiring to protect their corporate fundraising turf, would join in the witch hunt that would follow a Paul candidacy because his candidacy would threaten their political coffers and future employment at the expense of the American people.

Even if a grassroots movement could be successful, Paul would have to face the same voting machines which have plagued Ohio and Florida. Al Gore and John Kerry are very familiar with this helpless feeling!

JFK was the last President to actively oppose the continued operation of the Federal Reserve. The purpose of this article is not to debate various assassination conspiracy theories except to say that even for the most ardent Gerald Ford and George H. W. Bush Warren Commission supporters, it is undeniable that the forces of oil, international banking, the military industrial complex and some very key personnel in the CIA and the Pentagon were aligning against a 1964 John Kennedy re-election. A Ron Paul presidential candidacy would still have to contend with these same forces, and if for no other reason, he would receive serious opposition to his anti-war stance, his anti-Federal Reserve position and his opposition to undeclared wars is a threat to all the above interests who view Iraq and all other future military "police actions" as the great American cash cow. And in a worst case scenario, Paul would have to face these same forces with much personal and professional derision from within his own party.

A Ron Paul candidacy cannot succeed under the banner of the GOP. Both the Republicans and the Democrats have sold their political soul to the corporate devil. And any threat to the existing system will have as much of a chance of succeeding than a group of "loyal oppositionist" Chinese who would oppose their present military dictatorship. One simply cannot run for President within a dictatorial regime in the same manner that one cannot be an ardent Constitutionalist and receive the support of political parties which have evolved into a government by and for the transnational corporations.

In summary, a Ron Paul candidacy has only one flaw; his party of choice is antithetical to his positions as a person and a politician.

As is the case with Randy Pullen, Arizona 's GOP chairman candidate, Paul is the right man, with the right views, at the right time, but he is in the wrong party.

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