Ron Paul has gained a lot of support in this election. Many people have forgotten about his extreme views in the past, or maybe they consider now is a good time for extremism. He accused Martin Luther King of seducing underage boys and girls, among other statements in the newsletters, mainly (Ron Paul Political Report)and the (Ron Paul Survival Report) he sent out all over the country. It will be interesting to see where his extremism takes him in this election.
Ron Paul is putting his name before the majority of the public and he’s getting attention. He does sound pretty good but maybe we should turn the clock back a few years and see what he was saying then. In the various news letters he sent out, he was a ranting peddler of paranoia. One of his claims was that Martin Luther King was a seducer of of under age boys and girls, and that AIDs patients enjoyed the pity and attention they were receiving. The story was that Ron Paul actually wrote the messages himself. By putting himself on the outer fringe, he suggested to most people that he was ready to leave the scene, but in 1997 Ron Paul was back representing the same Republican party and as outspoken as ever.
In 2008 his unexpected bid for the presidency gained him an explosion of new followers. His past extremism meant nothing to libertarians, dissident conservatives and some left wingers as well. They say his extremism of the past has nothing to do with the issues today. Among all the presidential hopefuls, his followers say, he is the only candidate who favors scaling back America’s over seas commitments, ending a failed war on drugs and reducing the power of the presidency.
In this and the last campaign, Ron Paul was the only politician who dared point out the way social spending and overseas commitments multiply no matter which party is in power, the connection between politics and Wall Street, and the dubious lists of policies that both parties support. Ron Paul’s extremism and rants sometimes cuts closer to the bone than his more grounded rivals. He is the rare politician who says, “a plague on both your houses.”
To his many critics his past transgressions foreshadows his future. Then as now, critics say Ron Paul blames the country’s ills on illusions and fantasy. They insist he is infusing poisonous ideas into the main stream of the country and needs to be not only stopped, but repudiated. But consider this, A madman and a prophet is divided by a very fine line. Who knows which one Ron Paul might be? In times like these, it sometimes takes a fearless crank to step in where Republicans and Democrats fear to tread.