The organizers of the Republican National Convention played an inspiring video tribute to Congressman Ron Paul in Tampa last night. The tribute was just as interesting for what it did not contain as what it did contain. The tribute did not contain any discussion of Congressman Paul’s critiques of the Military Industrial Complex and the Federal Reserve System.
It is not surprising that the National Republicans chose to focus on the areas in which Dr. Paul is in agreement with most Republicans. It is good politics. But discerning viewers are well aware that his criticism of military adventurism abroad with related spending, and his passionate advocacy to reign in the FED are Dr. Paul’s signature issues. Few Republicans have the courage to talk about these issues (although in the case of the FED that may be changing). Dr. Paul is an exception, as several of the speakers in the video tribute pointed out.
Dr. Paul believes Republicans and Democrats are equally complicit in creating the national debt crisis. Most Americans agree with him. Independent Americans recognize that the Democratic Party is beholden to unions, lawyers, universities, minority special interests, and the other benefactors of government largess. They know Republicans are beholden to investment banks, religious groups, and the military industrial system. Big corporations are influencing both parties. Both parties are beholden to the corporate media and the Federal Reserve, the enablers of the crony capitalism that keeps the oligarchy in place.
Independents believe we have an inside-out system that keeps some people in power and others getting perpetually screwed. On the inside, are the groups mentioned above. On the outside is the steadily compressing middle class that is failing to keep up with the oligarchy. In Dr. Paul they have a man that has been willing to point out the corruption and crony capitalism that is enabled by both national political parties. This may explain why a plurality of all voters in a 2012 poll saw Dr. Paul as the candidate that was most likely to advocate for the middle class. While candidates in the major parties were speaking to their own special interest constituencies, Dr. Paul was offering a broad-based middle class rescue narrative.
The poignant tribute to Congressman Paul at the Republican National Convention was well-deserved and timely. It celebrated the consistency and integrity of a political figure that has been ahead of his time. However, Americans need more. They need a more complete plan from their elected leaders to make the tough decisions to save the economy by re-invigorating the middle class. They need to know that their elected representatives will stand up to their own constituent groups to do what is needed to reign in the oligarchy. They need Republicans and Democrats to start speaking for the outsiders as well as the insiders. They need them to reign in the influence of the corporate media and the Federal Reserve System. They need their representatives to embrace Dr. Paul’s complete message.
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