Ron Paul to Announce Exploratory Committee
Tomorrow in Iowa
By Polly Davis Doig, Newser Staff
Posted Apr 25, 2011 7:02 PM CDT
Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, is going to announce tomorrow that he's forming a presidential exploratory committee.   (Getty Images)

(Newser) Haley Barbour might be sitting 2012 out, but Ron Paul is looking to get in, a Paul source confirms to Politico. The Texas Republican will announce tomorrow that he's forming an exploratory committee—at a Holiday Inn in Des Moines, no less—the latest in a rash of such announcements that have marked this election cycle. A Paul bid for the White House could tighten Republicans' scramble for Tea Party love, notes Politico. Click through to Paul's website, where he's been dropping less-than-subtle hints.

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Apr 26, 2011 9:10 AM CDT
Ron Paul is the only consistent politician around. He has been railing against the military imperialism, and the central banking cartel for decades. He opposed the flag burning amendment. "Mr. Speaker, let me summarize why I oppose this Constitutional amendment. I have myself served 5 years in the military, and I have great respect for the symbol of our freedom. I salute the flag, and I pledge to the flag. I also support overriding the Supreme Court case that overturned State laws prohibiting flag burning. Under the Constitutional principle of federalism, questions such as whether or not Texas should prohibit flag burning are strictly up to the people of Texas, not the United States Supreme Court." The main criticisms of Ron Paul are never really teased out. OMG! He tried to get rid of the civil rights act, or voting act. We all know that is politically impossible, and so does he. The point he is making is what the role of the Federal government has. Can the state come into my business to mandate at my personal expense how I can do things? The issue is a philosophical one, and people lower it into a racial mud sling. The other main point seems to be the idea that basic education is a right, and public education should be mandated. At first glance of course you would say public education is a good thing. Look a little deeper into what the purpose of public education has been across history. State mandated educational systems are used to indoctrinate a population for the benefit of the state. Is it a right? Do I have a right to take your money from you? Do I have a right to take money from you against your consent to propagate an inefficient system created to indoctrinate? Do I have a right to tax you(which is wealth confiscation by threat of violence)in order to give someone a house? What about a car? An xbox? Where does it end? What right does the state have to take wealth from someone by violence to give to someone else? This is the philosophical perspective libertarians have for state programs. You can disagree, but to throw out snipes without an understanding is ignorance. The racial newsletter point has been beaten to death. People are criticizing what someone else wrote in a newspaper Ron Paul had his name on. Is the owner of newser culpable for me calling Bush a war criminal deserving the gallows? Should the newser owner be publicly criticized, and repeatedly attacked as a dangerous liberal? If I wrote something on your facebook wall are should you be liable for it? It is mainstream corporate media attacking someone who opposes the right/left corporate oligarchy. If your gonna parrot mainstream media you might as well repeat Fox rhetoric, or go join those Koch brothers defending the status quo.
Apr 25, 2011 11:43 PM CDT
I am lukewarm on Paul. He's too extreme on certain issues in my opinion (basic education isn't a right? C'mon Ron...), but I liked what I heard from him when he was running in the last election- his no-nonsense talk on foreign policy and affairs impressed me. While Mitt Romney was sitting on stage smirking at Paul (BTW, how'd all that smirking work out for you, Mitt?), Paul was the only guy up there telling it like it is. If it's him against Romney, Palin, Bachmann, Gingrich, Huckabee, Pawlenty- he would EASILY get my vote. I don't agree with all his policies, but he at least brings real discussion to the forum, unlike those other blowhards.
Apr 25, 2011 11:25 PM CDT
Sadly, there are nowhere near enough enlightened people in America to give this guy a chance of winning.