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Excerpt: "Paul is being denigrated as a presidential contender even though on the vital issues...he has made the most sense of the Republican candidates. And by what standard of logic is it 'claptrap' for Paul to attempt to hold the Fed accountable for its destructive policies? That's the giveaway reference to the raw nerve that his favorable prospects in the Iowa caucuses have exposed. Too much anti-Wall Street populism in the heartland can be a truly scary thing to the intellectual parasites residing in the belly of the beast that controls American capitalism."

Republican presidential candidate Rep. Ron Paul is seen in a viewfinder as he speaks during a campaign stop at the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines. (photo: Charlie Riedel/AP)
Republican presidential candidate Rep. Ron Paul is seen in a viewfinder as he speaks during a campaign stop at the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines. (photo: Charlie Riedel/AP)

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+33 # michelle 2011-12-29 12:03
Ron Paul let's remember would marginalize women and the poor. He is opposed to single payer health care believing instead it is reasonable to let the poor die. He is the poster child for the free marketeers. While right on some issues (war), he is 'far right' on many social safety nets such as social security and medicare and on and on. Don't be fooled.
+12 # feloneouscat 2011-12-29 19:06
Worse than far-right, he is reactionary.

He would dearly love to see the reduction, daresay the destruction, of the U.S. Government as it currently exists.

This isn't a good thing, folks.
+20 # lincolnimp 2011-12-29 13:11
I'm not even sure why this "clap trap" appeared on RSN. I found the notion that Paul can be good on "civil liberties" but not on "civil rights" to be absurd and illogical at best.
+8 # feloneouscat 2011-12-29 19:07
I don't find him to be good on either.
+28 # diacad 2011-12-29 13:14
Ron Paul poses as anti-war and pro-civil liberties.

As for making anti-war statements, Obama did that too. Obama even got a Nobel Peace Prize for his anti-war posturing. Look what happened. Presidential candidates as far back as Wilson have made gratuitous resounding anti-war statements. We have to judge Ron Paul on other grounds than his promise to oppose war.

How Paul can be a strident anti-abortionis t and a civil libertarian at the
same time is a bit unclear:

Scheer skates over the question of Paul's racism. Read Ta-Nehisi Coates in The Atlantic:
Ron Paul is trying to disclaim these newsletter statements. But see

Paul represents oil interests and relaxed regulations. Paul supports offshore and artic drilling, other bad positions on the environment:

Paul is anti-union. Summary here: -
Paul's actual platform:

Robert Scheer and other progressives should be ashamed to go to
bat for him.
+1 # Martintfre 2012-01-01 23:30
except when your looking for saying one thing then doing another - Obummer voted for the big banker bail outs as senator - Paul voted against them. Obama signed TARP II as president - Paul voted against it.

Obama pretended to be for your civil liberties - yet he just signed the bill to do detention of any one with out a trial - Paul voted against that.
+9 # sandyboy 2011-12-29 13:28
Hmm. Paul has said some good stuff. But so did Obama. What politicians say to get votes always differs from what they DO once elected. And look at all the vile stuff from his past we are told is unfairly used agin him. No, this hound just won't hunt. As some of you guys say NEVER VOTE REPUBLICAN. Even if you're a Republican.
+20 # PGreen 2011-12-29 13:36
It is to be expected that the state capitalist establishment-- those who believe that government exists to promote and protect the interests of international business-- should oppose the libertarian (no government involvement) policies of Ron Paul. It doesn't make Paul's policies desirable. Such policies would likely institutionaliz e a dog-eat-dog world where the strong devour the weak. Though the lack of government promotion of an elite, militant (1%) agenda is desirable, Libertarianism is mainly advantageous to the wealthy and strong. There is little room for compassion in a libertarian world; certainly no public expression of it. No social security, public health, public retirement, civil rights, welfare, or public assistance of any sort. All of these programs the 1% would love to eliminate; they only avoid endorsing this philosophy because they don't want to lose their own government safety net, a necessity exposed by the last financial crisis. Other libertarian atrocities include the elimination of public safety regulations, financial regulations, and virtually all business restrictions. Powerful companies would have free reign, even more than they now do; the rest of us would be free to starve.
+5 # John Locke 2011-12-29 14:07
Lets not forget Paul is bigoted, antisemetic, and an overall fool who has one thing right and everything else to the extreme tight...
-1 # Johnny 2011-12-30 16:53
Yours is not the first note to label Paul "anti-Semitic." I find that disturbing. Could you document some basis for calling Paul "anti-Semitic"?
+13 # Regina 2011-12-29 14:19
I expected greater smarts from Robert Scheer than this paean for Ron Paul, who seeks to impose the law of the jungle for American society. Even the jungle is fairer, when compared to his history of racist, sexist, and anti-Semitic rants masquerading as "libertarianism ."
-1 # Johnny 2011-12-30 16:40
Could you cite an example of anti-Semitism is something Paul has said? Your accusation is disturbing.
0 # James Marcus 2011-12-29 14:44
Paul is the Only one not 'In the Pocket' of the Powers That Be. It is unlikely that Diebold (et al) will permit his Republican victory, should it threaten to emerge in a primary.
I hope he runs Independently!
+7 # feloneouscat 2011-12-29 19:09
Rubbish. Paul takes corporate money just like everyone else.

If you don't think it is "pay to play" in Republican town, you haven't seen the game before.
0 # Activista 2011-12-29 15:05
"The recently passed (NDAA) continues that slip toward tyranny and in fact accelerates it significantly ..."
Militarism and Patriot Act is where the hole is and money goes ($1.3 TRILLION per year)
There is something substantial in Ron Paul agenda - NOTHING new (same status QUO) in Obama.
+9 # feloneouscat 2011-12-29 19:11
Did. Then did some research. Paul has been predicting XYZ will bring about totalitarianism since the 90's. He also says that there is no such thing as capitalism in the U.S. (he has weird definitions).

Paul is for the same as it has been for the last 30 years: the rich get richer and the poor get a kick in the face.
0 # Johnny 2012-01-02 11:08
So you would have us believe that the law Obomber signed authorizing the king, or president, or Fuehrer to imprison any citizen for life without charges, probable cause hearing, evidence of wrongdoing, or trial is not totalitarian? Then what is?
+7 # scallywag 2011-12-29 15:15
There's nothing wrong with what Scheer writes here. He's not saying Paul is our savior, simply that Paul shouldn't be dismissed as a nut. By process of elimination, he's the best GOP candidate. He's got the right attitude about drugs, prostitution, the Fed, surveillance, and war. His stances on abortion, health care, the environment, and business regulations are... iffy at best. The other candidates are disingenuous (Romney), hypocritical (Newt), and utterly pathetic (Santorum). Paul at least makes some sense on some issues. Even if Paul does somehow get elected President, it doesn't mean he'll be able to pass his desired legislation. Congressional elections are crucial in 2012.
+4 # BellBuoy 2011-12-29 15:24
Painful to see Sheer supporting a wingnut like Paul. What then: Lindon LaRouche for VP? I too sympathize with some Libertarian ideals, but Libertarianism would bring Blade Runner to life. Forget it. We need a truly intelligent response to the insane mess we now have. I'm praying for Elizabeth Warren for President!
+1 # karenvista 2011-12-31 21:24
Quoting BellBuoy:
Painful to see Sheer supporting a wingnut like Paul. What then: Lindon LaRouche for VP?

Ron Paul gave the 2008 keynote speech for the John Birch Society. Remember that when you consider him as your presidential candidate!
+15 # sandyboy 2011-12-29 15:27
Yes, Kissinger got a Nobel Peace Prize too, didn't he? As someone said, irony is dead when that can happen. A dog eat dog world where strong devour weak? We don't need Paul for that: bros and sisters, it's already here.
+3 # stonecutter 2011-12-29 15:27
What's interesting is the overlap between Paul's attacks on the Fed and Alan Grayson essentially taking the same shots, albeit from a different angle (the first Fed audit since the fall of the Roman Empire)!

The Federal Reserve has been to secrecy in global banking what Opus Dei is to the Catholic Church, or if you prefer fiction, the "Matarese Circle" to Ludlum's eponymous spy novel. There's way too much outrageous shit going on behind the curtain, but at last some of it's been exposed to the light of day. The stuff Matt Taibbi recently wrote about the Fed's "lending" practices during the past 3 years is enough to give loan sharks new found respect and membership in the Better Business Bureau.

I was just watching, of all things, a 1999 episode of "Law & Order" (shot 12 years ago!), about Columbian drug lords partnering with the Russian Mob inside the U.S.(they make La Cosa Nostra look like choir boys) to launder hundreds of millions of dollars, through transfer by a private U.S. bank to banks in Russia, under the auspices of the Fed's policies and compliance approval. In the episode, usually based on factual research and/or actual headlines, the Fed received a commission on every single dollar sent to the Russian banks to be washed clean.

An example of the banking world's "situational ethics" at best, brazen racketeering at worst, as spearheaded by the Fed. Say it ain't so, Ben.
+5 # Lolanne 2011-12-29 15:27
I must admit I'm surprised at Robert Scheer. I would have thought if he wanted to point out these facts about Mr Paul, he might have felt equally constrained to go a bit further and tell the WHOLE truth about his views on various other things, as so many readers have already pointed out (thanks, diacad, for researching and giving the links to back up your facts). Thumbs down for this article!
+4 # Sophie 2011-12-29 15:45
There is everything wrong with what Scheer has written. This is not the first time he has pushed for Ron Paul. And WHY does RSN keep promoting his articles? I left Truthdig long ago, because Sheer does not want to entertain any other opinions other than his own. He is not a liberal--He does not view women as equal to men, with the right to reproductive rights, etc., and he could care less about racism in this country. Scheer is essentially a mirror image of Ron Paul. @Michelle, already said, "Don't be fooled."
+5 # anarchteacher 2011-12-29 17:43
I am truly astounded (and frankly rather ashamed) of some of the puerile and disgusting attacks on the character and integrity of the great investigative journalist Robert Sheer that I have read here simply because he asked his readers to look at the big picture concerning presidential candidate Ron Paul and see beyond the disingenuous attempts of the establishment press to marginalize and dismiss his insurgent candidacy. Sheer was one of the pioneer voices of the New Left in the 1960s, when it truly mattered. Whether as a courageous reporter in the field in Vietnam or at the helm of Ramparts magazine, his editorial voice always stood out. For fifty years his intrepid “speaking truth to power” has rung out across the land, challenging the ruling elites in the corridors of power of the Pentagon, the Congress, the White House, or on Wall Street. And just because he says people should look on balance at Ron Paul’s total record of 30 years of consistently fighting against corporatism, the warfare state and militarism, and the Fed’s predatory monetary policies toward the poor and middle classes, he is vilified and casually dismissed as a counterfeit progressive and faux liberal. These knee-jerk reactions are the mirror-image of the nonsense one encounters on the reactionary website, Free Republic.
+4 # PGreen 2011-12-29 21:18
Here is Ron Paul's economic position (aprx. as worded on his web site) that I find questionable. I wouldn't define his perspective as a "fight against corporatism," but rather a fight against government. If we eliminate government entirely, we will probably end up with some sort of plutocracy. These aren't policies that will bring about any greater economic equality. Likely the contrary.
* Ron Paul will support a Liberty Amendment to the Constitution to abolish the income and death taxes.  And he will be proud to be the one who finally turns off the lights at the IRS for good. Capital gains should also be immediately repealed. While a Flat Tax or a Fair Tax (sales)would each be a better alternative to the income tax system, Congressman Paul believes we would have to guarantee the 16th Amendment is repealed to avoid having both the income tax and one of these systems as an additional tax. Restraining federal spending by enforcing the Constitution’s strict limits on the federal government’s power would help result in a 0% income tax rate for Americans.
+5 # Carolyn 2011-12-29 18:07
Clearly, we need to hear More from Ron Paul rather than less. It has never been "wrong" for a candidate to speak honestly. what is so disgusting is the hogwash we hear, the pandering from people who Have no principles.
I am glad to hear a man with the courage to openly address the criminality and self-aggrandize ment of our recent and current government officials. Ongoing War as the Way of Life for Americans.
Thank you, RSN
+4 # futhark 2011-12-29 19:17
Ron Paul's perspective on foreign policy and fiscal policy are so refreshingly irritating to the military and financial establishments that he deserves far more coverage and support than he is getting. Yes, I don't like his positions on single payer medical insurance or opposition to the Civil Rights Act, but his candidacy can raise issues that the established political powers would love to see ignored. Ron Paul is like a time bomb in the Republican Party and very well could be a critical agent in its self-destructio n.
0 # Martintfre 2012-01-01 23:26
NOT irritating to those who serve in the military - they send more money to Ron Paul then all the rest of the chicken hawks 9 er republicans) combined
0 # karenvista 2011-12-31 21:56
Quoting Carolyn:
Thank you, RSN

We don't "need to hear more from Ron Paul."


Sorry to scream but I don't even know why he bothered to put up his official campaign website and his Budgets. No one reads it. Neither supporters nor foes. Am I the only person who has read it?

It will show you that he intends to return us to the 18th century and it will be every property owning man for himself. Women and persons who might have been slaves or indentured servants better read closely.

The only people who will be able to live a comfortable life are the ones who can live in gated communities with their own security forces, as well as medical and food supplies and who get from place to place by plane and helicopter because there will be no government and no taxes to pay for what we think of as a modern, functioning society with highways, schools, roads, police or anything else.

Read his "Issues" and "Budgets". Let HIM tell you what he believes. Use a little logic. Then make up your mind.
0 # Martintfre 2012-01-01 23:24
No country ever spent, taxed, printed money and regulated their way to prosperity - If $15 trillion of admitted debt is not enough to convince you -- will total national bankruptcy?
+9 # colvictoria 2011-12-29 19:51
What would really be a showdown is a debate between Obama and Ron Paul for the 2012 Presidential Election. Not that Ron Paul would ever get the REP nomination or that he could beat Obama but if it COULD happen hearing Paul tear apart Obama on foreign policy would truly be historic.
+1 # barryg 2011-12-29 21:49
Hmm there is a lot of knee jerk reaction going on here. Every candidate is right on some things and not on others depending on our own beliefs. However Ron Paul is the only one taking a stand against the totalitarian state we now live in. And that state has occured because The Fed is a private bank owned by the .001% who have used control of the money supply to control the nation. But not to worry. If Ron Paul were elected he would not last two months. When JFK shut down the Fed and started printing US dollars he only lasted two months.
+1 # Billy Bob 2011-12-30 00:00
Ron Paul's biggest political enemy is his own history and the fact that many people are starting to pay attention to what he really stands for.
0 # Activista 2011-12-31 01:43
Ron Paul: Only Republican candidate 'not owned by AIPAC' He is definitely un-american cause America is owned by AIPAC.
this is why he is marginalized.
+4 # malcontent 2011-12-31 09:13
Obviously, nobody here has ever read anything, books, articles, or speeches(of which thousands are on youtube) of Ron Paul. Except some 8 newsletters that appeared with his name machine stamped on them 25 years ago.
Ron Paul is not a perfect man, does not claim to have all the answers, but anything other than RP is status quo. Neocons ( a word invented by a jewish person) and neolibs of course will pull out the long knives in order to protect the Wall Street/DC axis of evil at any cost. If it means turning Americans in to fuedal serfs, then so be it, as long as they have their mansion on the hill.
Is ron Paul Obi Won? no. Compared to the other 'bots' running, and the current 'bot' in the WH, he is a hope. And what is really important, is that his lasting legacy will be inspiring thousands of young college age kids to really look hard at the machinery that runs the country and ask,"is there a better way?" Do we really need to give up our civil liberties to security? Do we need to give up our property rights for "civil rights". do we need to give up our financial privacy for secuity?
-2 # karenvista 2011-12-31 22:11
He made $1 Million in one year on those newsletters that made him the favorite candidate of White Supremacists like David Duke and Stormfront. It was HIS business. I've never heard him say that someone used his name without authorization. He has said he didn't write the most offensive remarks but his chief advisor/s did. And he didn't stop them!

You don't know what we've read, but I suggest you get your information from someplace other than youtube paens by his ignorant supporters, who also don't know what he believes.

Try reading his website and spend some time on his "Issues" and "Budgets."

You'll be even more malcontent.
-1 # Martintfre 2012-01-01 23:22
your parroting claims (he made 1,000,000 that are not true - and making false leaps of logic.

Sure the left hates him - he is for individual freedom - none of the collectivist we and they crap that racism is the spawn of. One of Dr Pauls heros drempt of the day when all individuals would be judged by the content of their character.
+1 # Lucius 2011-12-31 18:14
diacad pretty much summed up the other side of Sheer's homily. Sure, Paul is a threat to those who defend the status quo (which is every politician, the mass media, the NY Times, etc). But he is also dangerous because his social darwinist domestic policies, his xtian fundamentalism and his idea that the US government is a 'tyranny' are crackpottery. Our "Rights" are being strip-mined by the Government, but this isn't North Korea or Stalinist Russia. Not yet anyway.

Ron Paul's position on military spending and foreign interventionism and his opposition to the ludicrous war on drugs appeal to liberals and progressives. But in every other way he is anathema. Eliminate the EPA? The Department of Education? Roll back the gains made during the civil rights movement, continue the corporatization of health care, his anti unionism, etc. etc. are what disqualify him. Paul is also mistakenly taken for an anti-war/peace candidate. He isn't.

It's not his desire to reduce the US military footprint across the Globe that is the problem, it's the dog-eat-dog society he envisions for We the People. That's the problem.
0 # Martintfre 2012-01-01 23:18
Big brother lovers both left and right have good reason to fear Ron Paul -- he will kick the warfare and welfare state off the federal budget and let the states handle it as they should.
0 # Johnny 2012-01-02 10:59
Yours is not the first note to label Paul "anti-Semitic." I find that disturbing. Could you document some basis for calling Paul "anti-Semitic"?

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