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    Rep. Ron Paul announces candidacy for president

    Saying "the time is right" because more people agree with his positions, Rep. Ron Paul of Texas on Friday announced his candidacy for the Republican presidential nomination.
    The long-time lawmaker, who was first elected to the House of Representatives 35 years ago, says he's optimistic about his chances and that his "supporters are enthusiastic."
    Rep. Ron Paul announces candidacy for president – CNN Political Ticker - Blogs

    I whish him the best sucess, Go Ron Paul, Go Ron Paul!
    Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities.


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    What, his third or fourth go at this?
    At least he has staying power to continue every 4 years.

    It will just be the same thing, a repeat of what he has said for years.

    But he is an interesting man to meet (hey, I did).

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    I like Ron Paul, but I'm not a big supporter. I read his book. It does a good job of laying out the issues, some of which are real eye-openers, but he didn't propose any solutions.

    Most of what his supporters think he will do as president is beyond the scope of a president. For example, he wants to abolish the Fed and there is a good argument for that. However, the president has no authority to abolish the Fed. He would have to get the support of Congress to do that. Only Congress can abolish the Fed.

    He also claims that the foreign aid that we give to other countries is unconstitutional and should be ended. That could also be true, but to stop all aid to other countries would plunge many of these countries into more turmoil. We have a monkey on our back with these programs and ending them can be difficult if not politically impossible.

    I agree with a lot of his points, but the ability to change many of the things that he focuses on is beyond the scope of the president. A good president would have to rally not only bi-partisan Congressional support, but also the overwhelming support of the people. I don't see anyone who will likely be on the ballot who can do that.

    Obama also found that he made a lot of promises that he does not have the ability to keep. They sound good during a campaign, but trying to unilaterally implement change without popular support tears the country apart.
    "Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch. Liberty is a well-armed lamb contesting the vote." -- Benjamin Franklin

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