It seemed curious to me that there was so little reporting of perennial presidential candidate Ron Paul’s statements on drug laws made during the Fox News sponsored GOP debate last week. On the other hand, there was very little media coverage of the debate itself. Perhaps, the mainstream media is operating on the theory that if they ignore Republican presidential candidates they will simply go away.
Ron Paul flirts with the presidential race every four years, making a big splash among college kids and on the Internet. His fundraising ability through Internet websites and money bombs is a thing of envy for other less technologically savvy candidates.
His supporters are very vocal, known for their networking ability to flood Internet polls to skew the results, but in the end they were too few in number to get Paul the nomination in 2008. However, you can see his results in the 2008 primaries here. His votes paled in comparison to the Beltway candidate McCain and that is pretty pathetic. When McCain lost primaries it was either Romney or Huckabee who beat him.
But why is he so popular with the young crowd and how much do mainstream conservatives really know about him beyond his opposition to the fed and his desire to cut spending and limit government, a goal shared by all conservatives.
Do conservatives know of Paul’s libertarian stand on legalization of hard drugs, prostitution and gay marriage? Will conservatives support him once they do?
The debate venue was heavily seeded with college students who apparently do support the free use of heroin and other hard drugs judging by their loud applause. That raises the question of what are South Carolina parents sending their students to university to learn but that is a topic for another day.
In response to a moderator’s question, Paul makes a silly joke about how many people would say, “I don’t want to use heroin! I need these laws!” That’s a very flip approach to a very serious issue.
It is very popular to flirt with a Ron Paul presidency but how many of us really want our president to support hard drugs, prostitution, gay marriage as well as reduced spending and limited government?
What say you?