Election 2008

Today in Ron Paul

GOP presidential candidate Ron Paul and his revolution are all over the Interwaves (and our show) today. A quick look:

1) Ron Paul and the revolution belong on Meet the Press, says Ron Paul's revolution. And until Ron Paul gets invited for "Meet the Candidates," Tim Russert's inbox cannot rest.

2) Ron Paul goes well with Doritos. "Cheese pizza powers the Ron Paul revolution," reports the Chicago Tribune. "So do Doritos, Cheerios and beer. Junk food in general dominates the menu at this rented house, full of young people who've moved in from Seattle, South Florida and points in between to push for the Texas Republican's long-shot presidential bid in the Jan. 8 New Hampshire primary."

Bonus: What's the deal with Ron Paul?

A Ron Paul Meetup in Boulder, Colo.



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So are there any bets on how long it will take for this thread to fill up with Ron Paul supporters. I think the only post longer than the last RP one was the Sigur Ros one.

Sent by Petro | 3:48 PM | 12-11-2007

One would almost suspect that this post is a cynical attempt to inflate the comment and therefore the traffic logs...not that there's anything wrong with that. Anything to help raise the BPP profile!

Sent by Stewart | 5:15 PM | 12-11-2007

I think "Ron Paul and the Revolution" would be an awesome name for a band.

Sent by edosan | 6:16 PM | 12-11-2007

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Sent by Ron Holland | 6:33 PM | 12-11-2007

RON PAUL is the man in 08!

Sent by scott k | 12:51 AM | 12-12-2007

Ron Paul Revolution... how cornball. the only thing missing is the secret decoder badge and membership card (individually numbered of course).

So there's a bunch of "Revolutionaries" in my area whose idea of changing the country is smacking stupid little stickers on everything. Foot-soldiers fighting the good fight, one sticky rectangle at a time. Obnoxious. Spend that energy doing something constructive.

Doritos? That'll fire up those brain cells; they stimulate the logical reasoning area of the brain. Yeah! I'm picturing an XBox in the same room as the Dortitos... people spreading the revolutionary message on Halo 3. On the coffee table is a Newsweek and a Maxim. Am I close? Probably. If these be the king makers, I don't want the king.

"T-shirted youths"... tshirts?! Those rebels! Oooo... look out world, these guys are shaking things up!

In all seriousness... why do you people need guns? Cmon. It's 2007, not the 1870s. Who do you think you are? The Regulators??? Jeeze.

And I still would be interested in knowing what system replaces government "safety nets". Hey if part of the Paul Revolution is setting a network of privately operated (and funded by a society who gladly tithes to them) saftey nets for those who might fall through the cracks of this bold new society, then that's cool. But somehow I don't think that's part of the message. I can't find anything about SSDI on Paul's site. There's more to safety nets than money for the elderly.

This style of politics merges greed with pop-liberalism. So its a society with drugs, sex and rock and roll... but isn't overly concerned about underlining social issues. It promises the distraction of being able to accumulate large sums of wealth, and comsume as much as one wants... without worrying too much about social responsibility.

Shouldn't there be national standards for education? Would he agree to atleast state standards? And if some states butcher science or history, becuase under Paul they can... well... then what?

This whole conversation is of course hypothetical as he has no chance of winning. But still, I don't understand the hooplah. Whatever it is though, it works. He shouts from the rafters that as president you will be free to pack your bong with gob after gob of weed (will need more Doritos after that huh?)... and the crowd goes wild. But there's a lot of hidden craziness in his promise of legal dope.

His environmental stance is wonky. He doesn't think cars harm the environment for instance. And doesn't believe the Kyoto agreement, or any such multinational environmental agreement is a good thing. Oddly he seems to think that internally, American communities can't harm each other's environmental space, but externally the nation can harm other nation's environment.

He's of course the best candidate from the Right. And could be decent if tempered with a Left candidate. But this hip-urban faux-survivalist dream of The Revolution is just goofy.

Sent by Brian | 1:17 AM | 12-12-2007

Despite your random ramblings, Brian a bit of a Revolution has begun! Although I'm sure you would be able to stand the intense pressure of running for the Office of the Presidency, most Americans are not passionate enough, or brave enough, to even try.

Some presidents (guess which) are propped up by others who stand to benefit from their placement. A president is, ultimately, only an extension of those around them.

Our current president didn't get to choose the people around him, he was chosen to be the frontman for a greedy, needy, unilateral vision.

Ron Paul, however, has heart, and courage, and true vision, and a following of both young and old who are thirsty for a new way, and a new day, in Washington DC.

Most of the pot smokers I know do own some sort of video game console, and some may also break down occasionally and eat Doritos, but they also buy and grow organic foods, recycle and reuse, drive hybrid vehicles, use fluorescent bulbs AND dispose of them properly (they contain mercury you know)....and these are the same pot smokers that may just be smacking those "stupid little stickers" on everything to get Ron Paul's name out there. They cannot be nearly as annoying as all the SUVs I see running red lights with "Bush Cheney 2004" bumper stickers on them. Those little sticky advertisements have only lead to destructive forces.

Maybe you should take a second look at those pesky little stickers, and hopefully you'll see how they represent something constructive.

Do I think Ron Paul is perfect? No. This is politics. Putting your support behind Ron Paul is hard when the media tells you he has no chance, but putting your faith behind your fellow Americans who are willing to help him learn and grow and work for change--that is the beauty of freedom.

Sent by Bob from Cincinnati | 12:30 AM | 12-18-2007