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Juan Williams commentary on Ron Paul

Discussion in 'Politics, Elections & Legislation' started by wireguy, May 10, 2011.

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  1. wireguy

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    http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2011/05/10/juan-williams-surprising-rise-rep-ron-paul/

    Opinion
    JUAN WILLIAMS: The Surprising Rise of Rep. Ron Paul

    By Juan Williams

    Published May 10, 2011

    | FoxNews.com

    Here’s a news bulletin — it is becoming increasingly clear that we are living in a time when Republican politics are being shaped by a 75-year-old, 12-term Texas congressman with a son in the Senate. And incredibly, it is no longer out of the realm of possibility that this outcast of the GOP establishment may win the party’s presidential nomination.

    If you have not been paying attention, it is time to look around and realize that we are living in the political age of Rep. Ron Paul.

    A CNN/Opinion Research poll released late last week shows Paul faring the best against President Obama of any potential Republican candidate. He trails the president by only 7 points, 52-45 percent, in a head-to-head matchup. Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee trails by 8 points, with former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney down 11 points to Obama.

    In February, Paul won the presidential straw poll at the Conservative Action Conference for the second straight year.
    Last Thursday, the day of the first GOP debate, one of Paul’s fabulously-labeled “money bombs” exploded with the announcement of $1 million in contributions for the Paul campaign.

    The Tea Party, which drove the GOP to claim a majority of the House in the mid-term elections, grew largely out of the ashes of his 2008 presidential campaign, which emphasized limited government and a return to constitutional principles.

    Since then, the Tea Party has bullied the Republican leadership in the House to force budget cuts at the risk of shutting down the government and collectively become the most persistent critic of the Obama presidency on financial regulatory reform and health care.

    The roots of all of this are in the libertarian mind of Congressman Paul.

    At last week’s debate, hosted by my primary employer, Fox News Channel, I was struck by the libertarian flair the iconoclast injected into the evening. First, his presence along with another libertarian Republican — former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson — allowed for Republicans nationwide to witness a debate in which strong arguments for immediate U.S. withdrawal from Iraq and Afghanistan came from the right. But that was just the start. There are instances where Paul’s views make the Republican establishment want to scream.

    For example, I asked him about his stated concern that Israel will launch a unilateral military strike against Iran. He replied that Israel had become too dependent on U.S. military and foreign aid and that it should be responsible for its own security and sovereignty. In the past he has blasted the “neoconservatives” and their influence on U.S. foreign policy.

    He has been adamantly opposed to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan since the beginning and has called for an immediate pullout of all U.S. troops. He rails against the American “empire” and argues that U.S. spending on a global military presence should be cut.

    Paul’s thinking is also having an impact on conservative views about domestic policy.

    Even when he called for legalization of marijuana, cocaine and heroin at the debate it did not elicit hooting but cheers from South Carolina’s famously right-wing Republicans.

    Ron Paul’s son, Rand Paul, was elected as a senator from Kentucky in 2010 with 55 percent of the vote. Paul is a chip off the old block — espousing many of the same libertarian views as his father. Because of this, he has become one of the most distinctive newcomers in the United States Senate.

    It was almost exactly four years ago when Ron Paul sparred with former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani in a 2008 Republican presidential primary debate. Paul said about the role of U.S. policy in bringing about the 9/11 attacks: “They attack us because we’ve been over there, we’ve been bombing Iraq for 10 years. We’ve been in the Middle East. I think Reagan was right. We don’t understand the irrationality of Middle Eastern politics.”

    Giuliani shot back: “That’s an extraordinary statement of someone who lived through the attack of Sept. 11, that we invited the attack because we were attacking Iraq. I would ask the congressman to withdraw that comment and tell us that he didn’t really mean that.”

    Who could have guessed that, four years later, Giuliani would be off the stage while the persistent Paul is growing, exhibiting more and more power in Republican politics, shaping the GOP debates and in the absence of any strong establishment candidate, looking like a strong contender for the party’s 2012 nomination?

    Juan Williams is an author and political analyst for Fox News Channel. This column originally appeared on The Hill.com.

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  2. dave-320c

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    How about M. Bachman and R. Paul for the Republican ticket?

    Or, R. Paul and H. Cain?

    Might get the electorate to start thinking for the first time in a long time.

    President Obama's speech today was out and out pandering for the Latino vote. The Latino voters need to remember the President had two years with control of both Houses, and the Presidency, and would not lift a finger to "help" the Latinos. Talk about a politician who speaks with forked tongue.

    Just my thoughts for the day.

    Dave
     
  3. wireguy

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    The Latinos (among other poor folk) are being more damaged by our current stagflation than others. I bet they remember how comparatively good things were when republicans were in charge. What good is an amnesty in a country that has no jobs? Then again what good is a republican party with no morals and no backbone?
     
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    Ron Paul is the Neville Chamberlain of Texas. His position on National Defense is frightening at best, and is unacceptable.

    Juan Williams is a wolf in sheep's clothing. There is nothing he would like better than to see a psuedo-republican(Paul)get the nomination.

    Making a pact with the devil is not a courageous act. The Obama foreign policy represents tacit approval of Muslim extremism. Sadly, the showdown between Americanism and muslim extremism must come. The philosophical bottom line has been reached. Ron Paul is an appeaser and like Chamberlain, his world view could easily cost millions of lives.

    Innocent blood would be spilled if Ron Paul ever became our Commander-in-Chief.

    We must find someone who can beat Obama AND save our nation.

    God Bless America in her time of need.
     
  5. GW22

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    Ron Paul is our savior!

    ...just like he was when he ran in the 80s

    ...just like he was when he ran in the 90s

    ...just like he was when he ran in the 00s

    But now that he's a hundred years old, his time has finally arrived!

    -Gary
     
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    And the last thing the conservatives want to do is listen to a liberal mouthpeace that just happens to get some airtime on FOX news. Juan Williams is as close to a conservative spokesman as Hussein himself.
     
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    My point is a liberal mouthpiece would like Ron Paul. Ron Paul is a liberal in-cognito. He is not what we need to turn around this country.
     
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    Listening to Williams is like listening to his old liberal employer, NPR. He is too stupid to realize even the libs don't want him. If he were white, he would be greeting at Wally World instead of wasting bandwidth on FNC.
     
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    Ron Paul's record on Defense alone should be enough to call him liberal. He would not defend this country except attacks on this soil. Personally i like the wars to take place in other countries. If you listened to him last week at the first debate you should be very worried about his stance on several issues. Just the fact a liberal like Juan Williams speaks highly of him is enough for me gag. He is as close to a blue dog democrat as any member of congress. Straddling the fence is no longer an option in Washington. We need another Reagan or someone even more conservative than he was to turn this sinking ship around. Ron Paul is far from that.
     
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    We need Donald to turn things around. HMB
     
  11. blade819

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    Paul who is in favor of legalizing all drugs (ALL DRUGS) and says that killing OBL was a mistake will NEVER win the primary.

    blade819
     
  12. GW22

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    Unforunately, lots of people do not intellectually grasp the distinction between "Liberal" and "Libertarian." They're about as similar as "Virginia" and "Vagina."

    -Gary
     
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    You may be correct GW but i firmly grasp the concept of taking this country back from the liberals,libertarians,blue dog democrats,Rinos and fence sitters. Non of those ideals have done anything but send this country down the toilet and into the sewer. Socialism may be your cup of tea but not the vast majority of this country. I just wish that all those that hate capitolism would just move to another country of their choice that fits their ideals. Then we could all be happy.
     
  14. GW22

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    Well at least you're not an overly simplistic knucklehead with a poor grasp of the subject matter.

    -Gary
     
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    Perhaps it could be said that in today's political climate, anybody who is not a conservative might just as well be a liberal.
     
  16. BAD 303

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    WS i think the issue has become too apparent that very few politiciaqns can be trusted to live and die by conservative principles only. It seems once they find Washington and spend anytime there most all of them become drones to the establishment. And trying to buy votes with taxpayer funds is why we are where were at. Liberals has become a term used to identify anyone that expects others to foot the bill for their gain. Thus why so many fit into the liberal identity. The gig is about up and conservitism is the ONLY way out.
     
  17. halfmile

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    Ron Paul just shot himself in the foot, saying the Seal operation killing OBL was wrong.

    Talk about political suicide.

    HM
     
  18. WS-1

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    Bad,

    Liberalism is a little bit like syphilis. It's fun to catch it and it's fun to give it to a friend but it'll make you crazy before you know it and by then it's really hard to get rid of. The good news is that undiagnosed syphilis can kill and with the epidemic we are currently enduring, it seems probable that a lot of liberals will die fairly soon.

    This country is just too big for liberals. Generally speaking, they are selfish, lazy, spoiled, dependent losers who wouldn't bend over to pick up a tarnished old penny. Our mistake has been allowing them to get a foothold in the sympathetic psyche of all the other pathetic losers in this country. At the top of that list we invariably find names like Pelosi, Reid, and Obama

    Their days, however, are numbered. We will take back the Senate in 2012 and if we behave wisely over the next months, we will also take back the Whitehouse. Conservatism is the key. Fiscal, social, and political conservatism! There is no other way.

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  19. GW22

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    Kit said, "Conservatism is the key. Fiscal, social, and political conservatism!"

    I'm not sure if any of you are old enough to remember it, but a long, long time ago those things actually used to be the principles of the Republican Party.

    -Gary
     
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