A couple of my buddies and one of my favorite websites, WhatReallyHappened.com, have been urging me to really check out Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul. Paul is a Texas physician and former candidate for prez under the Libertarian Party who was elected to Congress as a Republican.
The dark horse contender for the GOP nomination has created quite a buzz among the “freedom loving” Libertarians on the Internet even as he is being ignored by the mainstream media. Many are attracted to Paul’s populist message which is a throw back to traditional conservative thought.
If he had his way, Ron Paul would abolish the IRS, abolish NAFTA, and end the Iraq War immediately. He would also abolish Medicare, abolish Roe v. Wade and seriously restrict access to social services for undocumented workers.
But I wonder how those conservative friends of mine (Reformed Leftist Paul Hue, and Terry MClain of the upstate New York rock group Guiltless Cult) will react to Paul’s recent appearance on conspiracy theorist hero Alex Jones’ show.
Presidential candidate Ron Paul says the U.S. is in “great danger” of a staged terror attack or a Gulf of Tonkin style provocation while also warning that a major collapse of the American economy is on the horizon and could be precipitated by the bombing of Iran and the closure of the Persian Gulf.
“I think we’re in great danger of it,” responded the Congressman, “We’re in danger in many ways, the attack on our civil liberties here at home, the foreign policy that’s in shambles and our obligations overseas and commitment which endangers our troops and our national defense.”
Those of you who are regular readers of this blog know that I agree with Paul here. I quoted him in a January post when he warned Americans to be on the lookout for “A New Gulf of Tonkin” style incident that would provoke war with Iran. I also admonished that we should prepare for a domestic terror attack or “A Second 911”. Michael Cherthoff’s “Gut Feeling” that the US may experience a terror attack this summer gives me confidence that my own intestinal intuition may be on point. Of course, Bush appointee Cherthoff may know something that Ron Paul and I don’t.
I also agree that Iran’s actions to move away from the sagging dollar (currency of its chief antagonist, the United States) as a reaction to Washington’s pressure may potentially cause the bottom to fall out of the American economy. Bloomberg reports that Iran has asked Japan to start using Yen for its oil transactions instead of US dollars. Japan is no fool. It said “yes” to its third leading oil supplier. This spells great danger for the already ailing US currency.
I know that Paul Hue usually blows off my tendency to recognize what some might call conspiratorial patterns as paranoia. Will he feel the same of his new Libertarian role model?
So what’s up, Paul? Terry? I’m calling you out. What do you think of this? And if anyone else wants to comment, feel free.