View Full Version : Ron Paul and Reagan
06-04-2007, 08:56 AM
Who has seen the 32 second summary of the Republican debate?
The Republican party still worships Ronald Reagan. So I thought if we can associate Ron Paul more with Reagan then we may be able to win some of them over. Kind of on Paul's theme on "the Republican party has lost his way and I'm more Republican than they are".
At first I wasn't having much luck, because the "Reagan doctrine" is all about using the CIA to covertly overthrow unfriendly governments, but then I found this campaign speech:
I think a Reagan/Ron Paul juxtaposition would make a good campaign commercial. Haven't had time yet, idea is free if anyone wants to run with it.
Bradley in DC
06-04-2007, 10:19 AM
Dr. Paul was an early prominent supporter of Reagan as one of only six incumbent Republicans in Congress to support him over Ford in 1976. Dr. Paul led the Texas delegation for Reagan that year.
Reagan was the comparatively more non-interventionist candidate next to Kissinger running around untethered.
06-04-2007, 02:16 PM
REASON: Governor Reagan, you have been quoted in the press as saying that you’re doing a lot of speaking now on behalf of the philosophy of conservatism and libertarianism. Is there a difference between the two?
REAGAN: If you analyze it I believe the very heart and soul of conservatism is libertarianism. I think conservatism is really a misnomer just as liberalism is a misnomer for the liberals–if we were back in the days of the Revolution, so-called conservatives today would be the Liberals and the liberals would be the Tories. The basis of conservatism is a desire for less government interference or less centralized authority or more individual freedom and this is a pretty general description also of what libertarianism is.
"In 1975, he [Ron Paul] was one of four Congressmen to endorse Reagan for president; he has no need to prove that credential."
06-06-2007, 12:26 AM
I know very well that Reagan wasn't perfect, but he did have great rhetoric and was likable enough as public figure. Although his legendary status can debated, it doesn't hurt to let people know that Ron Paul was an early supporter. Reagan was a disappointment too many people who had believed that he was actually going to carry through with his many promises. Ron Paul was one of those disappointed people, I'm sure that was an early lesson for him in his early political career.
I feel that most Republicans today just give lip service to the Reagan legacy while supporting things that even Reagan would have found abhorrent. Also, I think Goldwater gets cheated out of the respect that's due him and it's evident that what Goldwater feared has come true regarding the Republican Party.
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