Each year, much is made of the comparison between American Idol and American politics. By a huge margin, more votes are cast for up-and-coming singers than campaigning politicians. But that fact is about to change.
And who's the man responsible for this historic shift? George W. Bush. "W" has Americans scanning the horizon for a replacement with a nagging intensity. Even die-hard conservatives are itching to pull the "trap door release" in the Oval Office.
With 2008 right around the corner, the Republican party is in no way short of Presidential aspirants. Rudy Giuliani...Mitt Romney...John McCain and a host of others have come out swinging. Rumor has it that even Newt Gingrich will throw his hat into the crowded ring.
But while most Republican candidates are circling the wagons and blurting out stale party lines... one man is defying their consensus trance and awakening the American spirit.
As you'd expect, he's a bit of a fringe player...with a comparably small war chest.
Perhaps you've heard of him... his name is Ron Paul.
Dr. Paul, a Congressman from Texas, has captured the hearts and minds of Republicans and Democrats alike, with his message of smaller government, low taxes and non-interventionist foreign policy.
His message rings true to all who realize that Americans are living on borrowed time - and borrowed money. By and large, our representatives in Congress and the White House have blown immense sums of cash - like it's going out of style. And perhaps it is.
The value of the U.S. dollar has plummeted 90% over the last century... in large part due to trade imbalances, government growth and an out of control Federal Reserve that continues to keep the printing presses smokin'.
Then there's the runaway train of entitlement spending on government pensions, Medicare and the 800 pound gorilla in the budget, Social Security. (The "third rail" most politicians will actively avoid.)
What separates Dr. Paul from the rest of the pack, including Giuliani, McCain, Romney, Clinton and Obama?
He's the sole Presidential aspirant to publicly question the abject failures of his co-workers.
Let me explain... All candidates attack, blame or smear their rivals. Paul is no exception - but when he goes on the attack, he has a few references in tow, including a little piece of paper called the U.S. Constitution (a document many a Washingtonian has mistaken for toilet paper).
This expression of truth has been a bitter pill to swallow for direct competitors, especially Rudy Giuliani - and much of the Republican base.
And it's understandable... as it stands, America is a fabulous country to call home. In terms of the standard of living we enjoy... all the technology and safety so often taken for granted... we are near the top of the heap.
But imagine, if you will, an impressive mansion, towering on a hill. Complete with a fresh coat of paint, carpeting, granite counter tops...the works.
Pretty nice, eh? That's the view of most Democrats and Republicans. What separates Ron Paul from the politi-bots across the stage is this: he has the intelligence, balls and ability to point out our "house's" termite infestation. The rotting underbelly of a bloated, far-flung empire.
I truly believe it's not too late to save America. And there is MUCH worth saving. But if 2008 rolls around, and it's business as usual in Washington... the clock will be ticking on American prosperity.
We're a young, powerful nation that's hell-bent on self destruction.
Such destruction is not wished for by U.S. citizens... nor willfuly enabled by their representatives. But it's happening all the same.
If you agree that we cannot allow our great nation to spiral down the drain of history... If you value personal freedom and the right to pursue happiness free from the shackles of big government... If you want to live in a world where preemptive wars and far-flung, political military operations are a thing of the past...
Then check out Ron Paul. He just might be the candidate you've been waiting for. Come 2008, we could finally see American Idol taking a back seat to American politics. For once, there's a candidate to get passionate about!
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