Notes on Ron Paul’s Meet the Press Interview

Ron Paul

Ron Paul’s Meet the Press Interview was a display of one of the most sketchy campaigns in the race. Tim Russert used Ron Paul’s words to shed some light in his views on foriegn affairs, the abolishment of public education, taking away Social Security and a dramatic reduction in government spending.

Paul stated that the Civil Rights Act of 1964 did little to improve race relations. The federal government, according to Paul, has little to do with improving race relations. And he would vote against the Civil Rights Act written in the same language today. Abraham Lincoln should have never had a Civil War to end slavery?

Ron Pauls disctrict in Texas has received a substantial amount of federal dollars in earmarks. He has consistently put pork into bills draining money from Washington and then he talks against this system.

For the first times in this race I’ve heard a candidate for the White House state that 911 was the United States’ fault? Paul excuses Osama Bin Laden in his theory that if we didn’t have troops overseas the ruthless thugs would not have attacked us. Ron Paul had to defend himself several times with I might have said that, but I’m not campaigning on it. His past seemed littered with a lot of rhetoric he knows will not meet the smell test with voters around the country.

Paul’s interview indicates that his candidacy is a joke.

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8 Comments

  1. Commenter
    Posted December 26, 2007 at 10:17 am | Permalink

    This article is a joke, except it’s not funny. It’s completely lacking in anything other than the most superficial analysis and demonstrates a complete lack of substantive inquiry. To start, earnmarks do not increase government spending, they only allocate funds, which is the role and responsibility of congress.

  2. Ed Tse
    Posted December 26, 2007 at 11:30 am | Permalink

    This write up is a joke, did you mention Paul’s views? He said Abraham Lincoln should have never had a Civil War to end slavery because other countries around the world had the same problem and they didn’t have to end slavery with a war. Plus, the cost of war in terms of money could be more than enough to buy all the slaves and release them.

    “For the first times in this race I’ve heard a candidate for the White House state that 911 was the United States’ fault?” You didn’t even mention Ron Paul’s explanation when he gave one of the best analogy. He said, “You stepped on a snake and he bites you, is stepping on the snake wrong? or the snake’s biting is wrong? However, by stepping on the snake gave the privilege to bite on us”

  3. Jeffrey Bubb
    Posted December 26, 2007 at 11:57 am | Permalink

    Most of what you touch on you do so as if there were a problem. I, having read deeply into Paul’s positions and reasoning, see no problems with his philosophy on these issues. If you, in turn, would read further on Paul’s ideas and philosophy, you might find this article to be off target.

  4. John Reading
    Posted December 26, 2007 at 12:55 pm | Permalink

    There is not a word of honest truth in this article.

    Repeating a controversial conclusion and not mentioning the reasoning that leads to it is dishonest and manipulative. Paul’s objections to both the Civil Rights act and the Civil War are that they were counter-productive, not that the goals were wrong. He is saying they were not good ways to improve race relations or to end slavery. He’s right and the details of what he said are being left out here by a cheat of a writer.

    Like a majority of Americans, Paul is criticising the foreign policy of bombing and occupying other countries and, like the CIA and the 911 Commission Report have both said, he is saying that such behavior makes other people angry and causes what is called “blowback”, which means “revenge”.

    To summarize this as “Paul excuses Osama Bin Laden” is so dishonest that this writer just flunked the smell test for honesty.

    The creeps are coming out of the woodwork now that Paul’s support is growing exponentially.

  5. John Howard
    Posted December 26, 2007 at 1:07 pm | Permalink

    The “earmarks” issue is a great one for dihonest smear artists to use agains Paul, since it take more than a soundbite to unravel.

    There are two questions:

    1)Should the money be spent. Paul votes no. Always.
    2)If it is spent, should Texas taxpayers get some of the benefits? Paul votes yes.

    The fraud who wrote this article says this is putting “pork into bills draining money from Washington”.

    We should pay taxes and not get anything for it because it drains money from Washington? This must have been written by some parasite in Washinton. Note the unsurprising anonymity.

  6. R L
    Posted December 26, 2007 at 2:13 pm | Permalink

    Mr. Russert didn’t use Dr. Paul’s words in the interview he used excerpts from articles written about Dr. Paul, how much does a story change in its telling? Pork???… Earmarks do not add to appropriations they simply designate how/where money in them must be spent. Dr. Paul’s position is that if the government is taking money from his constituents anyway, he will do what he can to get some of it back to their community. Race relations aren’t exactly great… Dr. Paul and Mr. Russert were both wrong since the Civil War was not fought over slavery, slavery was used similar to the way WMDs were i.e. to drum up support.

  7. Nazhif
    Posted December 26, 2007 at 2:44 pm | Permalink

    Of course America was partly to blame for the 9/11 attacks. The rest of the world knows that; it’s common knowledge. A large portion of Americans are oblivious to this fact mainly because they fail to hear what the rest of the world is telling them. Get out of Iraq, stop sending money to Israel and Arab dictatorships, and start talking to North Korea. Osama said the main reason he attacked the US was because the US was in Saudi Arabia, the Muslims’ holy land. Imagine China setting up bases in Alabama or any other US states for that matter. That’s how Arabs and Muslims feel about the US occupation of Arab lands. America can gain the respect it used to have, but only if it fixes these pressing problems.

    Stop believing that some Muslims attacked America because “they hate our freedom.” If they did hate America because of its freedoms, then Switzerland, Netherlands and Sweden would be dust be now; they’re much freer than the US.

  8. WD
    Posted December 26, 2007 at 6:50 pm | Permalink

    I was one of the 25,000 first time contributors to the Ron Paul presidential campaign on Dec. 16th. I really like Dr. Paul’s adherence to the philosophies of our founding fathers. I especially like the “no entanglements” part. With every pothole that I crash through and every creaky bridge that I survive, I think towards the time when President Paul’s sound domestic/foreign policies have Americans working to repair USA infrastructure instead of destroying and then rebuilding the rest of the world. Why just the cash given to Israel alone would have paid for the “$14 Billion Dollar Big Dig” in just over two (2) years. Next year Israel wants the cash in euros.

    So many of Dr. Paul’s young supporters are written off as freaks, flakes or even worse. What I have come to understand is that many of them are the families and friends of all these young people coming back from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. They know that they are next to be shipped off to some foreign land to fight and die in these endless wars that only the bankers love. Is that why this government pushes so hard for ever more poverty stricken immigrants? They need the poor for their war! Say, NO MORE!

    Our government has admitted that almost 4,000 of our children have been killed so far in this war for Israel. Tens of thousands have been horribly maimed and burned. A literal army of teenagers and twenty-somethings in their wheelchairs. They have been permanently disfigured and they will forever suffer from this insane war for Israel.

    I am almost fifty years old and I have always voted. I have already changed my party to Republican for the primary in my state (FL). I will be voting for Dr. Paul.

    For the first time in my life, I sent $50 to a politician.


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