I hope you won't get bored with this long essay, which is, in essence, still in rough-draft form. I've even thrown in an excellent music video as a bonus.
There Is Still Time
Three or four years ago, when I first heard Rep. Ron Paul speak to a nearly empty U.S. Congressional chamber, I never dreamed he would come to enjoy the amount of success that he has experienced in the past five months, an amazing degree of success that has occurred in spite of his having been initially ignored, then lied about and finally demonized by the corporate-owned mainstream media. He truly inspired me three or four years ago, but I must say that the millions of Americans who have been inspired by him in recent months is far more than I ever dared to dream [Update 11/23/2007: Here is an amazing example of that inspiration, which was created by students at the University of Nevada at Reno.]. I am afraid to say it out loud, but I once again believe there is a small chance to save our nation from the evil people.
But it will require all honest Americans to make a major effort, as the Founding Fathers expected us to do.
If you are a registered democrat or independent, please do the unthinkable: Temporarily (or permanently, if Mr. Paul purges the evil from the party) register as a republican so we can help Ron Paul defeat his fascist warmonger opponents in the republican primaries and the democratic warmongers in the general election. That's what I'm going to do -- and I am far from being alone in making the switch --, even though I never dreamed I would return to that party again. Why? Because Ron Paul is the only hope we have left to end both of our illegal wars and to prevent or -- God forbid -- end a third one in Iran. In fact, he is determined to bring our troops home from all 130 nations in which they are presently stationed (how many of you knew that we had troops in that many countries?). Equally as importantly, he is the only candidate who will keep our nation from sliding into a permanent dictatorship (unless Bush and Cheney cancel the elections, which they almost did in 2004).
No, Ron Paul is not your typical republican, not by a long shot.
Horrified Democrats, Please Hear Me Out!
Well and Succinctly Said
A reader nicknamed "Zenken" says it perfectly:
Who'd have thought that a mainstream Republican with a classically conservative message could end up sounding so liberal that he is accused of being a radical, and by others as "certifiably crazy"? I guess this illustrates just how far the neo-cons have dragged this country into the bottomless pit. After hearing Ron Paul's views, several of which I do not agree with, I am now left with no other choice than to become a registered Republican so I can vote for him. As president, he will probably do a lot of things that will piss me off, but at least I'll be pissed off in a free country.I couldn't have said it better myself.
But Isn't Ron Paul a Long Shot, Too?
As you study all those victories, ask yourself, "How come the mainstream media hasn't told us about them?" Even Keith Obermann, the only true defender of the Constitution in the mainstream media, has never even uttered Ron Paul's name, even though they are clearly kindred spirits in many ways. It is almost a certainty that Olbermann's bosses are preventing him from mentioning Paul's name.
Then compare this tiny set of maps of independent meet-up groups that are being organized in support of the republican and democratic candidates. Ron Paul's map leaves the other nine candidates' maps in the dust, waaaaaayyyyyyyyyy, waaaaayyyyyyy, waaaaayyyyyy in the dust. You have to see his map to believe it. It seems that millions of Americans are learning about Ron Paul in spite of the corrupt mainstream media.
In fact, in an independent fund raiser that was held in a single 24-hour time period on November 5, Mr. Paul received a record $4.2 million in donations over the internet. In this quarter alone, he has already raised about $8 million, mostly in small amounts from regular citizens. Does that sound like someone who doesn't have a chance? There will be another 24-hour fund raiser on December 16, which is the anniversary of the Boston Tea Party. From the sounds of it, it may possibly dwarf the November 5, fund raiser (I hope). [UPDATE 11/21/2007: It appears that I am right. Click here for details.]
What Europeans Think: Music Video Tribute
Not since the days of John F. Kennedy have the citizens of other nations been this inspired by a U.S. presidential candidate. Why are Europeans, among others, so excited about republican Ron Paul? You would think no citizen of any other country would EVER trust another republican. The fact that they are this dedicated to Ron Paul should tell you something about the man. But I think this History News Network editorial explains very well why non-Americans like him so much: Ron Paul: The Only Presidential Candidate to Challenge the American Empire.
[UPDATE 11/21/2007: I should amend the above, for it appears that some citizens of the United States have not been this inspired since the days of JFK either. For instance, Racer wrote the following comment at TruthDig: "I am 65, and the last president I voted for was JFK, and Ron Paul gives me the same hope that JFK did. I will be proud to vote for Ron Paul. This 2008 election is a make it or brake it for our constitutional republic, and this country needs a president with a plan, not a story teller, or a member of CFR global elite. Just one more thing. John Zogby is a member of CFR, of the Zogby polls."]
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