This is from a piece in the Washington Times a month ago today (I just saw it thanks to Lynn) and I think it lays out very well why Paul has such an enthusiastic following. And, frankly for me, the piece comes just as we are likely to insert ourselves in Syria—into the Shia vs. Sunni Islam wars that have gone on for centuries. (McCain wants to arm the “rebels.”) We did such a great job (I’m being sarcastic of course) helping to “liberate” Egypt and Libya and thus helping the Muslim Brotherhood come to power in the name of “democracy” we are now seriously contemplating going for number three—Syria—or four or five, but who is counting.
And, then consider what author, Amanda Read, has to say about Paul on the domestic side:
At this point I have to ask – why are Republicans naturally so hesitant about endorsing Paul for the presidency? However much we may detest the party establishment, there is a comfort and stability in the familiarity of it. Who wants to trek through wilderness to the promised land when the fantasy of going back to reform Egypt seems so much easier?
Arguably, Romney and Gingrich would be better presidents than Obama, and Santorum might be even better. Each of them would slow down the speedy decline Obama has the country on. But they all function within the play-it-safe Republican paradigm of recent days. In other words, they tend to treat our unconstitutionally big government as tolerable and permissible as long as moral, traditional conservatives are in charge of it.
Paul, on the other hand, condemns the status quo as ineffective and improper for America no matter who happens to be running it. His record and message are consistent no matter what audience or congress he happens to be speaking to. Paul understands and articulates the constitutional precepts of limited federal government better than any other candidate, and knows what sort of bold action it will take to get the United States out of debt.
Of course, I can’t predict how this campaign will end (we could be surprised), but know that in Maryland while everyone in the establishment is primarily talking to each other in their little ‘smart people’ circles about Romney, Ron Paul supporters are quietly going to the voters one by one.