Crouching Corn Dogs, Hidden Agendas: The Coverage of the Iowa Straw Poll
Management of the news by the vested interests and status quo could not be more obvious in this case.
The problem with Ron Paul is that agree or disagree with him, he is honest, consistent, and he doesn't sell out his opinions for lobbyist money.
I don't care for some of his positions on civil rights, and the other 'intrusions of government' to protect the rights of people against majorities.
Not every crook carries a gun, and not every man and woman carries their dignity in their wallet. There is such a thing as an overly narrow interpretation of the Constitution. Paul may have moderated on these positions, but I have not yet heard it.
As with Obama, it is difficult and dangerous to assume what someone might do in particular situations and issues if they are elected. He needs to weave that into his overall philosophy to be credible. And he must say where he stands vis a vis other politicians from his wing of the party.
But on the economic front Ron Paul is better than most on several points. And his continual theme of restraining the reach and the expense of the American military involvement is powerful.
Ron Paul has 'third party' written all over him. The status quo of the powerful and their demimonde in the media fear him, and will do all that they can to stifle his message. Given the chance, they will 'Ross Perot' him. What was done to Perot, the real threats to harm his daughter, and then the media circus which painted him as 'a nut' for going public with those threats, was disgraceful.
As you may recall a credibility trap is when an organization cannot perform effective change and reform because it would require them to admit the corruption that exists, thereby placing the powerful insiders who are complicit at risk. So this sort of systemic distortion continues until there is an 'unavoidable crisis' like a war or a domestic event, and the past offenses can be swept under the rug for the sake of expediency in a swell of patriotic fervor.
Ron Paul is one of the few politicians who apparently "didn't take the money." And that makes him dangerous.
"The fight for justice against corruption is never easy. It never has been and never will be. It exacts a toll on our self, our families, our friends, and especially our children. In the end, I believe, as in my case, the price we pay is well worth holding on to our dignity...
We can holler and shout, but we also have to light the lamps that show the corruption, injustice, ineptitude and abuse of power. When we do, you will see the villains scurry into the woodwork the way roaches do when you turn on the light.”
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