Ron Paul Fact Versus NYTimes Fiction
Diane V. McLoughlin, mcloughlinpost.com
March 25, 2012
A New York Times editorial yesterday, in discussing the results of a report by a
congressional watchdog outfit with the acronym 'CREW', smears Republican presidential
candidate and twelve-term congressman Ron Paul with the charge of nepotism. Six family
members of Dr. Paul's have worked on two previous political campaigns, each reimbursed
for their hours via the campaigns or PACs. That is privately raised money, not public
taxpayer funds. By the same measure, we would call all family-run restaurants or corner
stores hotbeds of nepotism, too. When I hear a politician accused of nepotism, the charge
typically pertains to employment within the pol's public office; or, using their political
influence, securing a plum job for a relative or a pal, in exchange for political favors.
Now, it's possible that I could be persuaded that permitting family members to work on
political campaigns is still not the best idea. However, the fact that the editorial does not
bother to take the time to point out that Rick Santorum was placed by CREW, in a 2006
report, under the category 'most corrupt' speaks volumes, as does leaving out the fact that
Ron Paul has a golden reputation for being highly principled and incorruptible. His
nickname on Capitol Hill is 'Dr. No.'
Fudging the facts, the NYTimes also writes off Ron Paul's (and Newt Gingrich's) chances
of winning the Republican leadership nomination. ('Gingrich and Paul Fail to Affect
Louisiana Vote'; Michael D. Shear, 24/03/12.)
Mr. Shear asserts that Ron Paul 'has settled into a losing pattern, failing even to compete
for a first- or second-place finish anywhere.' This is complete fabrication.
Ron Paul garnered strong second-place finishes in both New Hampshire and Virginia. In
Virginia, Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich didn't even have the organization to get
themselves on the ballot.
In Iowa, Romney and Santorum were almost tied for first, with Paul in a close third. Ron
Paul came in a strong second in Maine.
Mr. Shear writes that in Louisiana, 'Mr. Santorum won decisively.' Is that so?
Louisiana held it's primary March 24th, 2012. Louisiana has 46 delegates allocated to it
with which to vote for the next leader of the Republican Party. The national convention
will be held in Tampa, Florida, in August. Louisiana's precinct straw poll portions an
initial 20 delegates. As Santorum got approximately 50% of the straw poll vote, he will
now have 9 or so delegates out of 46. Most of the delegates remaining are decided at, first
the county conventions and then the state-wide convention after that. The entirety of the
contribution by the New York Times to our understanding, via Mr. Shear? Zero percent.
Fact: Across the country, the political battle for delegates rages. Mysteriously, there is
almost no discussion about it in the popular press. Perhaps few actually understand it. I've
had a few smh moments, myself. Be that as it may, the fact is that Ron Paul is winning
delegates. The game is on and it's wide open.
The reasons why Ron Paul inspires voters to support him can be summed up as follows:
His faith in and dedication to the Constitution; his desire for peace within secure borders,
instead of endless war; his understanding of economics and how to achieve national
prosperity; his desire for limited government; and his commitment to safeguard civil
I wrote a comment to Shear's
but so far it hasn't appeared.
For some reason.
I don't know why.
So I wrote this, instead.
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Copyright Diane V. McLoughlin 2012; All rights reserved.