Although I'm Canadian, I enjoy following US Politics because unlike our own -- which are generally reasonable, dull and faithfully boring -- Americans have by far the most entertaining theatrics that borderline on the insane that I have ever seen. Which is why a guy like Ron Paul stands out: love him or hate him, you have to admit that he's quite interesting.
Case in point, the Esquire's John H. Richardson argues that Ron Paul is "starting to make sense" because "he's the rare politician -- maybe the only politician -- who always says exactly what he really believes. Unlike Paul Ryan, Hayley Barbour, Mitt Romney, Mitch Daniels, and Mike Huckabee, who all raised taxes while calling for lower taxes, Ron Paul gives us a chance to examine the ideas currently driving the conservative movement in their pure form."
Richardson isn't alone. The Atlantic's Terence Smith goes as far as calling Ron Paul the voice of reason.
Watching at home, I suddenly found myself agreeing with Ron Paul. Ron Paul! He was making sense while the others on the stage were coming unhinged one-by-one. And I was nodding in agreement! Fortunately, no one saw me. My wife was wrapping Christmas presents and the dogs were sleeping. I switched off the set and watched a re-run of The League on my iPad and felt better right away.
And if that wasn't enough, check out Ron Paul's brilliant foreign policy 2012 campaign video, which states things such as:
The reality is that our military presence on foreign soil is as offensive to the people that live there as armed Chinese troops would be if they were stationed in Texas. We would not stand for it here, but we have had a globe-straddling empire and a very intrusive foreign policy for decades that incites a lot of hatred and resentment towards us.
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