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Classic Liberal: Ron Paul Can Win

Congressman Ron Paul has been quietly (but steadily) gaining in the polls and is a legitimate contender to win in both Iowa and New Hampshire. So if you’re looking for an “electable” principled conservative, it’s time to get serious about Ron Paul.

Ron Paul is for real in Iowa. Seriously.

Texas Rep. Ron Paul, long dismissed by the GOP establishment as a fringe candidate, has broadened his electoral appeal and emerged as a major player in the Jan. 3 Iowa caucuses, according to several recent polls and conversations with a handful of longtime Hawkeye political operatives.

“He has certainly broadened his coalition from the ‘rage against the machine’ types that primarily comprised his supporters in 2008,” said one senior Iowa Republican operative granted anonymity to speak candidly about Paul’s prospects. “The expanded coalition includes more traditional activists — as a number of GOP county chairs have endorsed his campaign, as have a handful of legislators.”

So, there is broad — if not unanimous — agreement that Paul has momentum in Iowa

.What is behind Paul’s growing momentum? He’s the most consistent and trustworthy Tea Party candidate.

Why Tea Party Voters Are Returning to Ron Paul

In a February meeting of the tea party, caucus chair Rep. Michele Bachmann said, according to Politico: “It is my hope that the tea party caucus will serve as… the best way to get America on a sound fiscal path that adheres to the Constitutional principles on which she was founded.”

This past summer, the tea party members fought so valiantly to keep the Obama administration from additional deficit spending, so much so that Rep. Mike Doyle (D-Pa) had the insensitivity to proclaim, “This small group of terrorists have made it impossible to spend any money.” Not long after wrongfully being labeled terrorists, the tea party was bullied by statements from the Obama administration that Social Security and Medicare could be in danger if their persistence on limiting spending continued.

In the end what most of us know, and what the tea party knew back in February, is that spending is the disease that is causing America to lose credibility and economic prosperity — not our $3 trillion in annual tax revenue. Social Security and Medicare checks would have still been sent, though perhaps we would have had to cut the $3 billion in annual foreign aid to Pakistan.

[O]nly one candidate for president offers a plan that seems to embody the heart and soul of the tea party caucus — Texas Congressman Ron Paul and his Trillion Dollar plan.

The tea party members have always been mindfully focused on fiscal matters, and their gradual return to Paul’s candidacy and spending plan is only beginning. If, or when, the time comes for Bachmann to withdrawal from the race, an endorsement of Paul’s plan seems logical for the tea party Caucus chair; since she will need to maintain her fiscal validity with the tea party members in hopes of retaining their support in the future.

Conservatives can smell Inevitable Mitt Romney’s status quo insincerity a mile away (at least I hope so). “Even Willard Romney’s first name has changed to Mitt, presumably tested by polling and focus groups in which Mitt performed better than Willard.” Lot’s of rhetoric. Little (if any) substance.

In fact each and every “mainstream” Republican candidate supports/supported everything conservatives (especially Tea Party conservatives) profess they oppose: TARP, ObamaCare, progressive economic theory, and radically “rethink[ing] our Constitution” just to name few.

For too long, conservatives have faithfully fallen in-line only to play second-fiddle to the “leadership” of the Republican Party Establishment, and their loyalty has been repaid with an increasingly intrusive and exponentially growing bureaucratic state. Partisan loyalty has given us, in our once “land of the free,” a massive social-democratic welfare state, perpetual war, unsustainable debt, and government-approved molestations at the airport.

But as more and more conservatives discover what it is about America they wish to conserve, they’re finding Ron Paul to be the only candidate who genuinely wants to firmly adhere to conservative fiscal policy and protect our individual liberties.

New Iowa Poll Places Ron Paul Firmly in First, with 25%

Congressman Ron Paul is leading by a significant margin in Iowa, according to preliminary results of a new TeleResearch poll.

Factoring in both Republican caucus-goers and disaffected Democrats and Independents who’ve indicated that they will participate in the Iowa Republican Caucus, Ron Paul leads at 25%, with an approximate 4-point advantage over Newt Gingrich and Herman Cain.

Just like “flyover country,” Ron Paul mystifies the mainstream consensus: [Drew Ivers, Paul’s Iowa campaign chairman] says Paul’s support in Iowa is ‘textbook grass roots,’ and includes independents, conservative Democrats and many Republicans new to the political process, most of them united by fears about the nation’s economic future and ‘spending, spending, spending’ by the federal government.”

With the most cross-ideological appeal of any candidate – Democratic or Republican – more than “electable,” Ron Paul can win!

The “Old-Right Orthodoxy” of Ron Paul’s traditional American conservatism has mass appeal. The way things look right now, Paul may be liberty’s last hope.

Elites agree: Americans are too darn free

To outward appearances, it might seem as though the left and right have never been more at odds. And for the average man in the street, drawn to the Tea Party on one side or the Occupy movement on the other, this might be true. But it is not so true for elite opinion. The nation’s high and mighty may be divided about many things, but on one point they often agree: Americans are still too darn free.

For example: Not enough people exercise their right to vote. Problem, right? Well, William Galston of the Brookings Institution has a solution: Force them to. The other day he took to the pages of The New York Times to explain why we should be “Telling Americans to Vote, or Else.”

Mitt Romney [wants to force] every U.S. resident to carry a biometric ID card.

Michele Bachmann … proposed forcing everyone to do so, even if they don’t have any income to pay taxes on.

Time magazine proposed forcing every American into national service. A federal advisory board has decided, to much applause, that we should force boys as well as girls to receive the HPV vaccine. Proponents of Obamacare believe the government should force everyone to buy health insurance.

Last year Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood told those at a National Press Club that the administration’s “livability” initiative “is a way to coerce people out of their cars.”

See also: Poll Shows Crossover for Paul Reminiscent of Reagan Democrats circa 1980, Why progressives should gladly vote for Ron Paul over any Democratic candidate including Obama, and 5 Reasons Progressives Should Join the Ron Paul Revolution.

Just say ‘no’ to the crackpot ideas of the status quo.

Ron Paul: Can’t you just be a typical Washington politician?

Jon Stewart is urging Ron Paul to become a typical Washington politician. It’s true – during last night’s “Daily Show” the comedian told GOP presidential hopeful Paul he would get a lot more attention if he just changed some of his positions by 180 degrees.

“Have you ever thought about flip-flopping?” Stewart asked a grinning Paul.

Stewart said he’d noticed that during GOP debates the other candidates spend lots of time yelling at each other about alleged changes on the issues, and that they ignore Paul while doing this, since he’s pretty consistent.

A flip-flop would get Paul more televised face time, said Stewart.

A refreshing change from politics as usual, Ron Paul has a 20+ year voting record that shows a consistency and honesty that no other candidate can claim.

The DNC Could Never Run an Ad Like This Against Ron Paul

The Democratic National Committee is out with a vicious, but true, youtube attack ad against Mitt Romney and his many flip flops.

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Contrast the flip flopper with Ron Paul:

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I would like to thank the Classic Liberal for the great article and for permitting the SENTRY JOURNAL to post it.  Ron Paul can win and does have great crossover appeal.  Conservatives who desire the restoration of our constitution really need to take another look at the man.

Liberty forever, freedom for all!



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  • LD Jackson December 3, 2011 at 2:52 AM

    I believe Ron Paul can win, but it’s going to take some doing to defeat Newt Gingrich. The latest Rasmussen poll has Newt with a commanding lead in the national poll. In my opinion, Paul really needs to win Iowa to show people he is for real.
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    • John Carey December 3, 2011 at 10:41 PM

      I wouldn’t read so much into the polls Larry, especially during a primary. Primaries are about who has the best ground game and Ron Paul has a strong ground game in Iowa from what I’ve been reading. We shall see.
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  • silverfiddle December 3, 2011 at 9:40 AM

    Newt will end up blowing it. He talks too much and it’s only a matter of time before he spouts the next grotesque stupidity.

    The really interesting (and underreported) aspect of Ron Paul is his lifelong Christianity. He doesn’t talk about it much, but his track record speaks for itself: An anti-abortion doctor, churchgoer, and married to the same woman his whole life. He doesn’t need to shout about his Christianity and pander, because he’s lived it.
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    • LD Jackson December 3, 2011 at 12:06 PM

      Honestly, I wouldn’t be surprised to see your prediction come true. Newt can be a live cannon.

      Concerning Ron Paul’s Christianity, I agree. His life should speak for itself. However, I can attest to the fact that he is going to have a problem with some Christians. I recently had a long conversation with a lady on Facebook, a Christian lady that I have known for years. She is dead set against Ron Paul because “he wants to let everyone smoke pot”. She said he wanted to let everyone do what they want, with no rules. No matter how I tried to convince her she was wrong, I was beating a dead horse. She kept telling me I needed to “get on the computer and watch about fourteen debates” to see what she was talking about. This woman said the only way she would vote for him was if he actually got the nomination, but that he wouldn’t be good for our country.

      I say all of this, not in agreement with her, but to enlighten us to the uphill battle Ron Paul has with a lot of people. I ran into this over at Huck’s Army as well. The only issues they see are his positions on drugs, marriage, and the big one for most of them, abortion. They are not satisfied to let the states handle these issues, no matter if it is constitutional or not. Many, many Christians that I know will not vote for him for those same reasons, under any circumstances.
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      • John Carey December 3, 2011 at 10:58 PM

        That’s too bad Larry. These are the folks who are willing to trade their liberties for the security offered by the statist. This is a nationalist mindset and not a federalist mindset. If they believe they are conservative, well I’m sorry to inform them they are not. Individual liberty is the key and these folks haven’t figured that out yet and I’m not really sure what to do to help them along. I would recommend that they read the 5,000 year leap and then the constitution.
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    • John Carey December 3, 2011 at 10:50 PM

      I agree that somewhere along the road Newt will stumble again. It’s so predictable how the media continues to ignore Ron Paul and his message of individual liberty and limited government. They can’t afford to allow the people to here such radical ideas about freedom.
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  • Trestin December 3, 2011 at 11:49 AM

    How did the Republican Party go from being outraged over Newt’s stabbing Paul Ryan in the back to frontrunner so quickly?
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    • John Carey December 3, 2011 at 10:52 PM

      Good question Trestin. I believe the answer is because many conservatives are so worried about a second Obama term, they willing to get behind just about anyone…except Romney to beat him.
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  • rjjrdq December 4, 2011 at 12:37 AM

    Ron Paul has some good positions, but he has a fairy tale view on the goals of Islam, and his comments on 911 were reprehensible. Anybody but Obama, but I would be very concerned with Paul’s unrealistic views on Islam. I consider that suicidal.
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  • Reaganite Republican December 4, 2011 at 12:19 PM

    Well, speaking as a Peace-thru-Strength Republican, RP lacks the ONE thing I insist a candidate does like the Gipper… and thus he will never be president.

    I view Ron Paul’s statements on defense -particularly re. Iran- with horror… and never want him anywhere the Oval Office because of it.
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    • theCL December 5, 2011 at 11:37 AM

      Let’s be honest here, what is taking place now (and has been for a long time) is not “Peace-thru-Strength,” but a radical adventure in “spreading democracy.” And democracy btw, has never been something conservatives were fond of … until the former-leftist neocons came along, that is.

      The current foreign policy of our federal government begins to make sense if viewed through the ‘global governance’ lens of Herman Van Rompuy, but not as a response to 911. In war, losers change their way of life while the winners enjoy even more of what they had before. It’s unarguable that we were more free prior to 911. In other words, it is Americans who have been forced to change their way of life, not the radical Islamists, who got Sharia-infused constitutions thanks to American blood (while bleeding the American economy of trillions) to boot.

      You can believe that American foreign policy is omnipotent and incapable of creating “unintended consequences” if you desire, but that isn’t reality (not to mention it requires a faith in government far greater than even those on the most radical left can muster). You can believe we can keep on “spreading democracy” without severe economic consequence, but again, that simply isn’t reality. You can believe you’ll remain free as they continue to immanentize the global eschaton, but history and experience proves this isn’t true.

      America the country and the US federal government represent 2 distinctly different entities. If criticizing foreign policy = “blaming America,” then criticizing ObamaCare = “blaming America” too. Get my point?

      Liberty is safety, government power is chaos. In my 43 years, the only regime to attack and confiscate my liberty (and treasure) is the US federal government. Since 911, they’ve attacked and stolen my liberty at ludicrous speed. In other words, the most imminent threat to your way of life is not in the ME, no matter how crazy they are, but the bipartisan regime in Washington, DC.
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  • Carpenter December 6, 2011 at 9:47 PM

    Ron Paul is NOT a Republican. He is a Libertarian.
    Libertarians are NOT Republicans

    If the Libertarians are successful in their hostile takeover of the Republican Party then the Republican Party will not exist and therefore cannot have a nominee. So if Ron Paul gets the nomination it just means he is nominated to something that does not exist anymore.

    Even if he is nominated he will never win because of his bizarre admiration of the GOD hating Ayn Rand.