Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Ron Paul spends it

One thing you have to say for Ron Paul: he looks ahead.

If it seemed to you during the primary campaign that Ron Paul was raising a lot of money and spending HARDLY ANY OF IT on advertising to GET HIS MESSAGE OUT, it may be because he had judged the primaries unwinnable and had a different strategy for his revolution.

Today the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports that Rep. Paul has booked the Williams Arena in Minneapolis on September 2, the second day of the Republican National Convention, which will be held nearby at the Xcel Energy Center.

The Williams Arena holds about 14,000 people.

That's just inside, of course.

Ron Paul's campaign spokesman, Jesse Benton, said the plan is to "send a message to the Republican Party" with the daylong event.

The message, if you haven't been following Rep. Paul's campaign too closely, is that the American people would like their freedom back.

Ron Paul believes the United States is spending too much on overseas military operations all around the world and that at least a third of that money can be better spent at home keeping programs like Social Security and Medicare solvent without raising taxes or cutting benefits.

Ron Paul believes the war in Iraq was a mistake and it's time to admit it and bring the troops home.

Ron Paul believes in small government, free trade, a humble foreign policy, and liberty. He believes we should follow the U.S. Constitution, including the part that says we don't go to war without a declaration of war by Congress.

Over at the Xcel Energy Center, the rest of the Republican party will be defending the war in Iraq, warrantless wiretapping, unlimited detention without legal process, enhanced interrogation techniques, and the probable necessity of war with Iran.

If Barack Obama wins the November election and a Democratic surge knocks Republicans out of their seats in the House and Senate, watch for Ron Paul to form the core of the new Republican party, which is really the old Republican party. Low taxes. More freedom. No military adventures.

Then all we'll have to do is amend the Constitution for privacy rights, and we'll be a free country again.

Copyright 2008

Editor's note: You might be interested in the earlier posts, "Ron Paul's good question" and "Ron Paul's tea party."