Thomas Jefferson Lives On in Ron Paul

Friday, 09 Jul 2010 12:28 PM

By Doug Wead

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I’ve been getting a lot of mail asking if I am in trouble over my recent Thomas Jefferson/Ron Paul quote on Fox. One blogger mentioned my recent cancellation on a show.

Here is an update: Yes, I was canceled for a taping this week, but it surely had nothing to do with anything I said about Ron Paul. It was a scheduling issue.

Meanwhile, YouTube’s video of that “Ron Paul” moment has been popping up like mushrooms after the rain. One had 3,000 hits in the past few days. And those views are often monitored by television producers. So it came as no surprise that yesterday I got a call from Fox to come in and comment on the Chelsea Clinton wedding. So forget the ban idea.

My feelings? Three cheers for freedom of the press. And three cheers for Fox, which allows some diversity from the stifling, uniform, rigidity of opinion that dominates “news” in America.

You would think that the public would eventually get bored by the repetition. You would think that the elitists themselves would be bored. Thank God for Republicans and Democrats who can offer a divergent opinion or a reconfigured combination, like a conservative Republican who might be in favor of gun control or a liberal Democrat who may oppose abortion.

The bitter orthodoxy of America’s two-party system is so confining.

Do I like what Ron Paul is saying? Yes, absolutely. I favor an end to corruption, where wives of senators hold lucrative jobs from the very lobbyists who try to influence their votes. I favor an end to ongoing wars of decades that bleed our national Treasury and lose their original purpose.

So was I biased when I compared Thomas Jefferson’s philosophy to Ron Paul’s? Absolutely not.

We have unemployment of 9 percent. Our mortgage crisis has still not been addressed. Our environment is a mess. Graduate students from France or Sweden are arrested at our entry ports with bogus charges of “attempted illegal entry,” even though they have legal and proper documentation, all to bolster government statistics, while the border with Mexico is porous and the government is suing the state of Arizona for enforcing the government’s own laws.

The national debt is ridiculous. And our enemy is holding those financial obligations. Meanwhile, the Siena Research Institute polls presidential historians and announces that Barack Obama is the 19th greatest president in American history. Huh? He hasn’t completed two years in office.

Now that is bias.

Comparing Jefferson, who said that “the less you use power the greater it becomes” to Ron Paul is not bias. It is truth. But hey, the truth hurts.

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